They Might Be Giants
by Jeff Giles
They Might Be Giants has never been the world’s biggest band. In fact, only one of the duo’s 15 studio albums has been certified platinum—and that was over 20 years ago, with 1990’s Flood. The intervening years have followed a path familiar to any number of artists past their commercial prime; TMBG has bounced through a series of indie and online distribution deals, steadily releasing music for the faithful along the way. It’s the template for the cult act. And yet “cult act” doesn’t really define They Might Be Giants. From the beginning, their unique brand of idiosyncratic humor and quirky instrumentation might...