We’re throwing a little party at the International Spy Museum on Friday (3/2/12) which has gone and done sold itself out. Hopefully they like you guys and we can do it again sometime. In the meantime, let’s listen to our favorite spy songs.
Back in the early 90s, They Might Be Giants made the leap from duo + drum machines and backing tapes to duo + full band. They recorded John Henry, their first “band” album, and released it in 1994. I remember hearing about this and seeing their debut video Snail Shell on, I think, Mtv. The song seemed a little off though, with it’s guitar heavy sound, and I can imagine cranky old cranklins decrying this new fangled iteration. But once the full album arrived from BMG Music Club I quickly fell in love with it. The full band version was ok in my book, with tracks like I Should Be Allowed To Think and Destination Moon becoming personal favs and others like Meet James Ensor now considered “classics”.
And then there is standout track Spy, which feels the most like the old TMBG with it’s bizarre lyrics, abrasive whacked out breakdown/solo section, horns, chanting, and that little snippet of Lion Sleeps Tonight guitar sound, all the while benefiting from the fuller band treatment.
Fun fact: TMBG contributed the mini-track Dr. Evil to The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack.