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Robyn Hitchcock
— with They Might Be Giants opening —
Haverford College in Philadelphia, PA
November 15, 1986 at 10:30 PM

From B-Side Magazine: Just a normal Saturday night at Haverford. (Photo by Sandra C. Davis)

Fan Recaps and Comments:

This show was sponsored by the Alternative Concert Series of Haverford. Tickets were $6 and the band's debut album could be purchased in the venue's lobby.

John Flansburgh briefly mentioned the performance in a Daily Collegian article from 1987: "The entire first row at the Robyn Hitchcock concert was tripping."

Preview of the show from the Swathmore Phoenix, Nov. 14, 1986:

Also appearing [at the concert] will be They Might Be Giants, a quirky pop duo whose stage show borders on performance art. Tickets are $6.00 and available at the door.

From a review of Robyn Hitchcock's set by Robert Gordon
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 17, 1986:

Opening the show — which was sponsored by the Alternative Concert series of Haverford — was an energetic duo from New York, They Might Be Giants, whose spontaneity was sapped by their prerecorded background music.

From a review of Robyn Hitchcock's set by Jeff Masek
Bryn Mawr-Haverford College News, Nov. 21, 1986:

The opening act, They Might Be Giants, proved just how versatile a guitar/rhythm track/accordion polka band can be. For those particularly moved by their music, the album could be purchased from the band members in the lobby.

A review of the band's set by Sandra Garcia
B-Side Magazine, Feb/Mar. 1987:

I'm giving this group a paragraph of their own as with a name like that (it happens to be the title of one of my all-time favorite movies) they deserve it. And live these boys were a pleasant surprise. They were a silly mummery, harkening back to the beloved Blotto school of 'music for fun's sake'!

They went through their set laughing and grinning, sharing the joke with the audience with a big wink. Of course, critics may detract points as 75% of their music was created by backing tapes, this augmented by live guitar, bass sax and accordian. But I felt that They Might Be Giants weren't there to make a big musical statement. They were there to make you laugh and think with clever lyrics and mock rock posing.

If the sight of a man singing clad in a bathrobe and fez while playing an accordian like a maniac doesn't make you giggle, then I suppose you would pass on this group. I thought they were a great hoot and lots of fun. And God knows you don't find too much of that at your average show!