Thursday’s Musical Education
Don’t Let’s Start - They Might Be Giants
The year was 1988 when I first heard this song. I went and bought the cassette single version. It has three other songs on it as well (One of them being “We’re The Replacements” which, is another great song).
I recall introducing TMBG to my friend who introduced me to bike racing. We’d ramble around Northern Illinois in a bike shop van…cranking They Might Be Giants. I’m not sure what people thought when we’d show up at a race (actually, I think they thought “Crap, Shawn is here again, I hope it does not come down to a sprint”…ya see…Shawn was one of the only Cat 1s in Illinois at the time, back when it was very difficult to be a Cat 1. They also thought “Who is that scrawny slow junior kid with him”? Which I was/am.)
TMBG got a bit too campy for me in the 90s but I can always go back to this song (and the songs on the single) and crack a goofy smile.
“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful…
…Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful”