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You 'eard.

The greatest band on earth. Better than the Beatles and Fugazi, combined. I watched the Gigantic documentary, and it rekindled my relentless TMGB love affair. The kids albums are fucking great too. Especially Here Comes Science. It's not for kids. Kid's won't even get it. It's about Science, and Science is for grown ups.

As gay and corny as it sounds, TMBG changed my life. 16 year old me was listening to grown men who wear shorts, prattling on about girls and skateboarding, as well as plethora of shite heavy metal. Then I borrowed Lincoln on tape from my friend who's taste in music I had never trusted, and thought it was a load of stupid wacky shite, which it was, but it was just incredible.

Here you go, I made a playlist of wall-to-wall hits. Get it cranked;

Spotify playlist

John Henry is not on Spotify though, which is one of my favourite albums. They've got S/T and Lincoln on there now though, which are the two best, by miles.

Go on. Tell me how great you think they are, and I'll agree. Don't like them? Dick.

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I always empathised with Triangle Man the most, that must say a lot about me.

Or a little.

I'm a twat.

I got Lincoln ages ago, I like it. He wants a shoehorn, the kind with teeth and all that. One day I'll investigate further.

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One of the greatest things that ever happened to me was when I was listening to Birdhouse in My Soul on CD in the car one day. I turned off the CD to put on the radio. Birdhouse in Your Soul was still playing. Pressed the button again assuming I hadn't turned the CD off, but I had, Birdhouse in Your Soul was in fact on the radio AT THE SAME FUCKING TIME.

Clearly this was a sign. I just haven't worked out what it means yet, that was about 5 years ago.

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My wee bro liked them. I thought 'Birdhouse in Your Soul' was a pile of irritating novelty cack at the time and I'm pretty sure I haven't knowingly heard any other songs by them.

Having said that, I was upstairs in O'Neills a couple of years ago and they played that song and I had a drunken boogie with my bro and others. I actually quite liked hearing it so I guess my feelings have mellowed.

I don't really have any desire to go and buy anything by them to join in on this thread though.

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I liked their cover of Istanbull (not Constantinople) even though I didn't know it was a cover when I first heard it. It's like an American John Kettley is a Weather men. Well, maybe not really. Actually I've no idea why I wrote that.

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Birdhouse is a superb single. It blew the Flood LP quite out of proportion though, because it's not that great, by any stretch. - In comparison to the two albums surrounding it (Lincoln and Apollo 18) anyway.

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I like to play the drums. I think I'm getting good but I can handle criticism. I'll show you what I know and you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums. I'll leave the front unlocked cos I can't hear the doorbell.

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Birdhouse in Your Soul is one of the greatest records ever made. FACT.

Quoted for truth. I played it in the Tunnels last week and it sounded stupendous through the big sound system.

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You 'eard.

The greatest band on earth. Better than the Beatles and Fugazi, combined. I watched the Gigantic documentary, and it rekindled my relentless TMGB love affair. The kids albums are fucking great too. Especially Here Comes Science. It's not for kids. Kid's won't even get it. It's about Science, and Science is for grown ups.

As gay and corny as it sounds, TMBG changed my life. 16 year old me was listening to grown men who wear shorts, prattling on about girls and skateboarding, as well as plethora of shite heavy metal. Then I borrowed Lincoln on tape from my friend who's taste in music I had never trusted, and thought it was a load of stupid wacky shite, which it was, but it was just incredible.

Here you go, I made a playlist of wall-to-wall hits. Get it cranked;

Spotify playlist

John Henry is not on Spotify though, which is one of my favourite albums. They've got S/T and Lincoln on there now though, which are the two best, by miles.

Go on. Tell me how great you think they are, and I'll agree. Don't like them? Dick.

I'm not listening to your playlist until you put Doctor Worm on it. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

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I wanted to put Dr Worm on there. Is it on Spotify? I couldn't find it! I wanted to put Meet James Ensor on there too.

Meet James Ensor. Belgiums famous painter. Dig him up and shake his hand. Appreciate the man.

Don't Let's Start is on there at least, which is the greatest song ever written.

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I thought 'Birdhouse in Your Soul' was a pile of irritating novelty cack at the time

I think the video helped that impression. They were just a bit too weird. That song however is musically and lyrically brilliant.

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The video was quite tame in comparison to their early live shows, often wearing oversized cardboard cutout heads and/or animal suits. Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head video is even worse. It's like the result you'd get from giving 2 children a video camera and a bathload of E-numbers.

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They're not bad. They can really grate sometimes, but sometimes they're really great. They pile on the nerdy 'lol songs about obscure historical facts' and tortured metaphors a little heavily, but they have some incredible singles when they want to.

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