They Might Be Giants

Then: The Earlier Years

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Then: The Earlier Years is a double-disc set containing all of They Might Be Giants' original, independent records -- the two albums They Might Be Giants and Lincoln, plus all of the B-sides and EP tracks that were compiled on Misc. T -- adding nearly 20 previously unreleased tracks. While the bonus tracks are of varying quality -- only "Now That I Have Anything" and demos of "Don't Let's Start," "Which Describes How You're Feeling," and "Hope That I Get Old Before I Die" are of interest to anyone but hardcore collectors -- the official releases remain surprisingly fresh, a combination of melodic skills, inventive arrangements, self-consciously clever lyrics, and bizarre, geeky humor. For most listeners, Then is the definitive They Might Be Giants, encapsulating all of their charm and quirkiness and capturing them at the height of their career.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:20 Spotify
2 2:12 Spotify
3 1:27 Spotify
4 2:35 Spotify
5 3:21 Spotify
6 1:36 Spotify
7 0:25 Spotify
8 1:31 Spotify
9 1:58 Spotify
10 2:10 Spotify
11 2:37 Spotify
12 2:51 Spotify
13 1:15 Spotify
14 2:38 Spotify
15 1:21 Spotify
16 1:58 Spotify
17 2:25 Spotify
18 1:27 Spotify
19 2:22 Spotify
20 1:50 Spotify
21 1:33 Spotify
22 1:33 Spotify
23 2:33
24 1:19 Spotify
25 1:22 Spotify
26 1:49 Spotify
27 1:19 Spotify
28 1:37 Spotify
29 2:20 Spotify
30 1:15 Spotify
31 1:48 Spotify
32 1:29 Spotify
33 1:12 Spotify
34 1:08 Spotify
35 1:14 Spotify
36 1:25 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:23 Spotify
2 2:21 Spotify
3 2:06 Spotify
4 2:40 Spotify
5 1:10 Spotify
6 3:06 Spotify
7 2:00 Spotify
8 1:52 Spotify
9 2:42 Spotify
10 2:24 Spotify
11 2:36 Spotify
12 1:55 Spotify
13 1:53 Spotify
14 2:33 Spotify
15 1:13 Spotify
16 1:16 Spotify
17 2:31 Spotify
18 1:54 Spotify
19 0:55 Spotify
20 1:52 Spotify
21 2:32 Spotify
22 1:59 Spotify
23 5:42 Spotify
24 3:48 Spotify
25 1:20 Spotify
26 1:25 Spotify
27 1:43 Spotify
28 1:50 Spotify
29 1:39 Spotify
30 1:59 Spotify
31 1:18 Spotify
32 1:24 Spotify
33 0:53 Spotify
34 0:12 Spotify
35 0:39 Spotify
36 2:05 Spotify
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