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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) Details


John Flansburgh and John Linnell are a pair of musicians who met when they were fellow junior-high misfits in the town of Lincoln, MA. Sharing a fondness for off-center pop music and absurdist humor, the pair decided to form a band, and later moved to Brooklyn, NY, in search of their big break. Adopting a rather unusual two-man lineup (guitar and accordion accompanied by a drum machine), the duo began performing as [[Performer~P70495~They Might Be Giants~theymightbegiants]], and their shows were part concert, part performance art, and part edgy comedy. Slowly but surely, [[Performer~P70495~They Might Be Giants~theymightbegiants]] became one of the biggest bands on the alternative rock scene, and while they never threatened to break into the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, they've managed to develop a loyal cult following, and after nearly 20 years together, are still recording and performing their one-of-a-kind songs on their own terms. Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) is a documentary which looks at the long and sometimes strange history of [[Performer~P70495~They Might Be Giants~theymightbegiants]], featuring extensive interviews with Flansburgh and Linnell; thoughts from fellow musicians [[Performer~P203922~Frank Black~frankblack]] and [[Performer~P322944~Syd Straw~sydstraw]]; endorsements from noted authors Dave Eggers, Gina Arnold, and Michael Azerrad; and readings of the group's lyrics from actors (and fans) [[Performer~P111073~Harry Shearer~harryshearer]], [[Performer~P196031~Janeane Garofalo~janeanegarofalo]], [[Performer~P102180~Michael McKean~michaelmckean]], and [[Performer~P53676~Annette O'Toole~annetteotoole]]. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 23, 2003