They Might Be Giants’ eponymous first album is celebrating it’s 33 1/3 birthday and Idlewild Recordings is marking the occasion with a fully remastered vinyl re-issue. Long out of print in any physical format, this vinyl pressing has been a labor of love. Sensitively remastered at Sterling Sound by UE Nastasi, this is a project we know many of you have been waiting for. The vinyl edition will be especially dazzling--pressed on 180g opaque pink vinyl (!), these 2000 discs are hand-numbered, include the original lyric insert (with typos removed!), and a smartly reproduced cover all made under the careful guidance of art maestro TS Rogers.
Nineteen unforgettable tracks of what fans would dub “the pink album" portended the lo-fi movement that would come to define much of the alternative music scene. Upon its release in late 1986, these are the songs that started it all. Fueled by a series of unforgettable MTV videos, this album would ship over 150,000 units in its first year. Recorded by the band in their apartments on 4-track, as well as 8-track at Studio PASS, and working after hours through the benevolence of producer Bill Krauss and engineer Alex Noyes, the disc was finally completed at Al Houghton’s Dubway Studios in the legendary (and hellish) Music Building off of Times Square. Originally released on the Hoboken label Bar/None, this album is TMBG's musical mission statement, packed with unforgettable songs and sounds. “Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head,” “Don’t Let’s Start,” “Number Three,” “32 Footsteps,” “Youth Culture Killed My Dog,” and many, many more.