HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS!
Bar/None released They Might Be Giants' debut self-titled album on November 3, 1986. It became a sensation on college radio and MTV put the video for "Don't Let's Start," filmed at the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World's Far, on heavy rotation. The team of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, childhood friends from Massachusetts, formed the band when the duo found themselves living in the same Brooklyn apartment building after college. The group's unusual name came from the 1971 film They Might Be Giants, which in turn was taken from a Don Quixote passage about how Quixote mistook windmills for evil giants. And Cervantes was inspired to create that image by a canto in Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem, "The Inferno."