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They Might Be Giants
— with Woo opening —
Lismar Lounge in New York, NY
January 16, 1987

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Performed in the Lismar Lounge's "Love Club", located in the venue's basement.

Preview of the show from the Daily News, Jan. 12, 1987:

A friend of mine frequently derides the press' use of the word "quirky" to describe many non-mainstream rock 'n' rollers. A point well taken, but there's probably no better way to categorize They Might Be Giants, a local duo comprised of accordionist John Linnell and guitarist John Flansburgh, a couple of Massachusettians who've been based in this area since 1983.
The 19 songs that comprise the Giant's debut LP, "They Might Be Giants" (released by the Hoboken label Bar/None Records), epitomize rock-underground quirkiness. There are accordion licks, skewed drum beats and nasal vocals. There are jokey, tongue-in-cheek songs that last about a minute, and other songs that are more substantial.

There are clever lines galore: "There's only two songs in me and I just wrote the third," "Life's just a good ring we're not allowed to see." The album also includes Giants' concert faves like "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" and "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head." Some of the songs veer toward the cutesy side, but when the duo play it straight, they come up with a good hook and an infectious ditty like the propulsive "Don't Let's Start" and "Everything Right Is Wrong Again." And for an independently released record, "They Might Be Giants" is doing well.
According to Bar/None co-founder Glenn Morrow, the Giants' album has sold out its initial pressing of 2,500, with a new batch of 1,000 copies being shipped to eager distributors. "We're getting calls from places like Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania," says Morrow, "saying, 'We've sold 25 copies!'" Bigwigs at CBS or Warner Brothers would probaby fire a few dozen employes if they heard news like that. They Might Be Giants will be at the downtown Love Club on Thursday.

Preview of the show from the Daily News, Jan. 15, 1987:

Those giants of the industry, They Might Be Giants, are at THE LOOP in Passaic tonight. Tomorrow, you'll find them at the one-and-only LOVE CLUB located in the basement of the LISMAR LOUNGE. It's on First Ave. between Second & Third Sts. If you can't make it, call the band's Dial-A-Song at (718) 387-6962.