April 19, 2004

they might be giants

On Saturday I saw They Might Be Giants play a special show for kids at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. A special TMBG show for kids has

  • mostly songs from No! (other songs were played, but shortened for kid-style spans of attention)
  • puppets (singing Robot Parade)
  • lots of audience participation. I mean screaming.

The last time I saw TMBG was in 1989, and while waiting in line to get a dollar bill signed by the Johns I ran into a guy I knew from my hometown, Otis Ball. Otis was working as their roadie, though he was a musician in his own right (walk on water / Otis Ball w/ backup vocals by John Flansburgh and John Linnell).

This time I just saw Andy Richter.

Posted by jjwiseman at April 19, 2004 12:03 PM

I remember a show that Otis Ball (and the Chains) played at the Eagles club where he did a swan dive off the stage and somehow missed everyone. He played out the set, then left. A while later, he returned to the show with a cast in a sling to check out the headliner (don't remember - probably Naked Raygun). I never met him but held him in high regard after that.

Posted by: chris borresen on April 20, 2004 07:54 AM
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