Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Underrated

I think that when it comes to sheer musical genius, They Might Be Giants is one of the most underrated bands of all time. Their music is often hilarious, sometimes educational, occasionally profound, and an earworm each one. Do you have a wee one. That music that plays at the beginning and ending of a certain show with a certain mouse and his gang? That's them, but they are so much more. They do educational kids' albums. They do semi-educational adult albums as well. And they are incredibly self deprecating and endearingly sarcastically hilarious at their shows. They have this way of playing songs that are unbelievably tragic but they're so damned cheerful about it that you don't realize that you should really not be happy.  Like, you kinda want to put your head through a wall (or, in the case of Don't Let's Start, someone else's head) and yet you're kinda looking forward to it. And they have an accordion. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I have a "thing" for accordion players.  I honestly did not know that until this blogging adventure. Ah, the things we learn. Anyhow, it seems only fitting that the most underrated musical geniuses have a song about one of the most underrated geniuses, Nikola Tesla. If you don't know anything about Tesla (or why you should have nothing but disdain for Edison), first of all, we can't be friends anymore. Secondly, click here (warning: Language).   Next, enjoy this bit by They Might be Giants. .. and I hope you do enjoy it because you'll be humming it for three days.

What's your favorite underrated band?

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