Lincoln (album)

Lincoln (album)

Infobox Album
Name = Lincoln
Type = Studio album
Artist = They Might Be Giants

Released = September 25 1988
Recorded =
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 39:32
Label = Bar/None, Restless (U.S.)
Rough Trade (Australia)
Producer = Bill Krauss
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [ link]
Last album = "(She Was A) Hotel Detective"
This album = "Lincoln"
Next album = "They'll Need a Crane"
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Artist = TMBG studio album
Type = Studio album
Last album = "They Might Be Giants"
This album = "Lincoln"
Next album = "Flood"

"Lincoln" is the second album by the band They Might Be Giants. It was released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). The album is named after John Linnell and John Flansburgh's boyhood home of Lincoln, Massachusetts. The two men pictured are Linnell's great-grandfather, Lewis T. Linnell (left) and Flansburgh's maternal grandfather, Brigadier General Ralph Hospital (right). [According to [ This unofficial FAQ] , this was stated in the Fall, 1991 issue of "They", the fan club magazine; it was also noted in the "TMBG Info Club" newsletter, Fall 1994 (archived [ here)] .] [ [ Generals of World War II] - Ralph Hospital was an Artillery Commander for the American forces.]

"Lincoln"'s lyrics further elaborate the themes and surrealistic, wordplay-heavy style of "They Might Be Giants" ("Shoehorn With Teeth"), but include more songs about troubled romantic relationships ("Ana Ng", "They'll Need a Crane", "I've Got a Match"), and some songs that verge on social or political satire ("Purple Toupee", "Pencil Rain", "Kiss Me, Son of God"). "Lincoln" is a more technically polished album than "They Might Be Giants", making heavier use of what would become TMBG's signature instrument, Linnell's accordion. Hints of jazz ("Lie Still, Little Bottle") and sea shanties ("Mr. Me", "Cowtown") are added to the previous album's wide-ranging musical influences.

Despite its primitive sound (the duo would eventually take on a backing band with live drums), this do-it-yourself effort is widely considered by critics to be the band's defining musical statement.

Music videos were made for "Ana Ng", "They'll Need a Crane", and "Purple Toupee".

This album is included in "", a compilation of the band's early material, in its entirety.

Track listing

All songs by They Might Be Giants.
# "Ana Ng" – 3:23
# "Cowtown" – 2:20
# "Lie Still, Little Bottle" – 2:06
# "Purple Toupee" – 2:40
# "Cage & Aquarium" – 1:10
# "Where Your Eyes Don't Go" – 3:06
# "Piece of Dirt" – 2:00
# "Mr. Me" – 1:52
# "Pencil Rain" – 2:42
# "The World's Address" – 2:24
# "I've Got a Match" – 2:36
# "Santa's Beard" – 1:55
# "You'll Miss Me" – 1:53
# "They'll Need a Crane" – 2:33
# "Shoehorn With Teeth" – 1:13
# "Stand on Your Own Head" – 1:16
# "Snowball in Hell" – 2:31
# "Kiss Me, Son of God" – 1:52


External links

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