john flansburgh played guitar in a performance arts project called Frieda, which consisted of his coworker barbara lipp singing songs while some guy danced around in a 6-foot-tall barbie costume. kate pierson from the B52s was also involved. it was fabulous.
their only release was a 12” single put out in 1987 by a lesbian couple living in the east village.
(From They Might Be Giants Wiki This Might Be a Wiki) “This song has been commonly misunderstood, this song is called ‘Lie Still, Little Bottle’ and people seem to think it’s about alcoholism, but we are family entertainment, and this song is about, uh…amphetamines and barbiturates, actually, so please, don’t get the wrong idea. It’s fictitious.” - John Flansburgh, February 10, 1992
My boyfriend gave me a book called It All Changed in an Instant. It’s a book of “six-word memoirs,” which are exactly what they sound like, and it has Flans in it:
Visited London in 1977. Changed plans.
Here’s his bio from the back: John Flansburgh is an actor, musician, and member of the Grammy Award-winning rock band They Might Be Giants. He’s also directed music videos for Soul Coughing and Ben Folds Five, starred in the off-Broadway musical People Are Wrong!, and describes himself as “manic depressive, without the depression.”
“I thought I was alive—I thought I’d been living a complete life with all the experiences a fulfilled person needs to experience. I wasn’t a foodie or a hippie, just an experienced, sentient citizen of the world. But I had never had tasted kale Caesar salad, and I was completely wrong.”—
“She’s about half the size of Sid, and she’ll never grow. She’s a perma-kitten. When we got her, she was really sick and it took a long time to nurse her back to health. She just had a really bad cold. She is runty, and I think in a shelter situation, cats like that really get pushed around. So it really was an actual rescue. She was really bedraggled.”—John Flansburgh on his newest cat, Suzzy