McTavish: Giants Might Be a Cult at Beaumont

Longtime cult band They Might Be giants – the quirky-as-they-want-to-be Brooklyn duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell – drew several hundred hardcore fans Friday night to the Beaumont Club in Westport.

The show’s big draw: The two Johns and their guitar-bass-drums backing trio performed the entirety of the band’s third and most well-received album, “Flood,” from 1990.

Tough to say which was odder: An alternative music group most people haven’t heard of diligently revisiting all 19 tracks in sequence from a nearly 20-year-old album. Or the sight and sound of a floor-full of followers jumping up and down in nostalgic approval while singing along with such obscure sonic nuggets as “Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love” and “Road Movie to Berlin.”

(To give the Giants their pop-culture due, the group won a Grammy Award for the song, “Boss of Me,” which was the opening theme to the Fox TV sitcom, “Malcolm in the
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2 Responses to McTavish: Giants Might Be a Cult at Beaumont

  1. Anonymous says:

    Classic old school NIGHTHAWK review! You still got it Brian. Watch your ass Tim Finn!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey, come on, not all St. Louisans are bad! It’s just the baseball fans.

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