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New or Used: $30.75
Album: Mink Car
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bangs
2)    Cyclops Rock
3)    Man, It's So Loud in Here
4)    Mr. Xcitement
5)    Another First Kiss
6)    I've Got a Fang
7)    Hovering Sombrero
8)    Yeh Yeh
9)    Hopeless Bleak Despair
10)    Drink!
11)    My Man
12)    Older
13)    Mink Car
14)    Wicked Little Critta
15)    Finished With Lies
16)    She Thinks She's Edith Head
17)    Working Undercover for the Man
 
New or Used: $30.75

Album: Mink Car
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bangs
2)    Cyclops Rock
3)    Man, It's So Loud in Here
4)    Mr. Xcitement
5)    Another First Kiss
6)    I've Got a Fang
7)    Hovering Sombrero
8)    Yeh Yeh
9)    Hopeless Bleak Despair
10)    Drink!
11)    My Man
12)    Older
13)    Mink Car
14)    Wicked Little Critta
15)    Finished With Lies
16)    She Thinks She's Edith Head
17)    Working Undercover for the Man
 
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Performer Notes
  • They Might Be Giants: John Flansburgh, John Linnell.
  • The Band Of Dans: Dan Miller (guitar); Dan Weinkauf (bass); Dan Hickey (drums, percussion).
  • Additional personnel includes: Mike Doughty (vocals); Garo Yellin (cello); Jim O'Connor (flugelhorn); Dan Levine (trombone); Guy Pratt (bass); Hearn Gadbois, Luis Jardim (percussion); Chris Maxwell, Phil Hernandez (programming).
  • Producers include: Albert Caiati, Pt Dillett, Clive Lnager, Alan Winstanley, Adam Schlesinger.
  • Engineers include: Jason Spittle, Cosmo Heidtman, TJ Doherty.
  • Personnel: Mike Doughty, Cerys Matthews (vocals); Dan Miller (guitar); Garo Yellin (cello); Wayne Hankin (rauschpfeife); Jim O'Connor (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dan Levine (trombone); Adam Schlesinger (keyboards, bass synthesizer, programming); Clem Waldmann (drums, shaker, triangle); Dan Hickey (drums, percussion); Phil Hernandez (drums, programming); Hearn Gadbois, Luis Jardim (percussion); Chris Maxwell (programming).
  • Recording information: Coyote Studios (2001); Kampo Studios (2001); Skyline Studio (2001); SoundTrack (2001); Studio Four (2001); The Magic Shop, New York, NY (2001); TMF Stufio (2001); Westside (2001).
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: John Flansburgh; John Linnell.
  • When They Might Be Giants first appeared in the late '80s, it was hard to predict that the whimsical alt-rock duo would still be going strong over a dozen years later. However, MINK CAR stands as further proof of the band's staying power, mostly attributable to the endlessly inventive songcraft of Johns Linnell and Flansburgh. These days, the pair fleshes out the TMBG sound with a backing band that includes a couple of erstwhile members of the late, lamented Lincoln, the Chris Temple-headed band that logged a lot of road time with the Giants in the late '90s.
  • In the manner of the surprise hit "Istanbul," there's a zany-sounding cover tune here, a funky take on Georgie Fame's "Yeh Yeh," but the Johns' own songs are clearly the centerpiece. "Man It's So Loud in Here" is a devilishly clever satire of dance music and club culture, appropriately set to a pounding dance beat. "Older" is an ironically ominous meditation on aging. Amid the tomfoolery, though, the Giants always manage to sneak in a couple of touching gems. In this case, the pure pop romance of "Another First Kiss" and the celebratory, misleadingly titled "Hopeless Bleak Despair" fill the bill, making MINK CAR a solid addition to the band's catalogue.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/27/01, pp.69-70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Just a stitch more serious about being silly, an dthat extra earnestness makes all the difference."

CMJ (10/15/01, p.13) - "...A lesson in genre-bending..."
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