Although their major-label sojourn ended in tears, the opening moments alone of 1990's "Birdhouse In Your Soul" prove that the added recording budget that came with the jump from tiny Bar/None Records to Elektra was well worth it. Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley's production, rather than smothering the song, brings out John Flansburgh and John Linnell's knack for dynamics and arrangement. The panoramic shifts back and forth from the quietly building verses into the instantly memorable singalong chorus would not sound nearly as impressive without the crystalline production. The song takes every advantage of the duo's increased financial resources, to the good. Lyrically, it's one of the group's finest efforts, a tune sung from the point of view of a nightlight that posits itself as the listener's guardian angel. Thanks to the inventive video, insanely catchy chorus and clever lyrics (initially obscure but easy to figure out, thereby making a generation of high school students pride themselves on their ability to "get" the song), "Birdhouse In Your Soul" was They Might Be Giants' breakthrough into the mainstream of early '90s alternative music.