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John Flansburgh
John Flansburgh performing in December 2005
John Flansburgh performing in December 2005
Background information
Birth name John Conant Flansburgh
Also known as Flans
Born May 6, 1960
Origin New York City, New York
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Instrument(s) Guitar, others
Associated
acts
They Might Be Giants

John Conant Flansburgh (born May 6, 1960) is an actor and musician from Brooklyn, New York (though born and raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts). He is half of the longstanding alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants, for which he writes, sings and plays rhythm guitar. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 476 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): John Flansburgh Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation for intellectual... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Lincoln is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation for intellectual...


Commonly referred to by the nickname "Flans", he is married to writer/singer/puppeteer Robin Goldwasser, with whom he occasionally performs. His father, Earl Flansburgh, is a retired successful architect and former principal of his own firm. His mother, Polly Flansburgh, is the founder and president of Boston By Foot. His brother, Paxus Calta, is an anti-nuclear activist and political organizer. Robin Goldie Goldwasser is the co-writer of the musical People Are Wrong with Julia Greenberg. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An Ciara Danille Bowers is a person who is involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction. ... 2nd Harrison Gray Otis House, 85 Mount Vernon Street. ...


They Might Be Giants

Flansburgh co-founded They Might Be Giants, with longtime friend John Linnell, in 1982. The two share singing and songwriting duties, with Flansburgh on guitar, in addition to performing a variety of instruments when the need arises. In the 2002 documentary Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns, he was stated to hold somewhat of a leadership role in the group, managing most details of their live act and handling much of the promotion effort. They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation for intellectual... A promotional photograph from the late 1990s. ... Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


As a songwriter, Flansburgh enjoys a mix of styles; many of his songs have an absurdist and satirical bent, but he often breaks for more earnest and romantic themes as well. He penned and performed vocals on the group's first Grammy-award winning effort, "Boss of Me", which charted in Europe and served as theme song to the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Malcolm in the Middle is an American situation comedy created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Network. ...


Side-projects

Self-described as "manic depressive, without the depression", he is known to keep extremely busy when not touring with They Might Be Giants. Some side-projects include:

In 2004, Flansburgh created and hosted a series on WNYC entitled Now Hear This. The program spotlighted a variety of his musical interests, featuring interviews with artists such as Stephen Merritt, David Byrne, Matt Stone, and The Darkness. While no longer in production, it continues to be archived on the station's website. [1] Mono Puff was a New York City band and a side project of John Flansburgh, one-half of the musical duo They Might Be Giants. ... Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... The introduction to this article is too long. ... Ben Folds Fives self-titled debut album Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a three-member band formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who until their breakup in 2000 were a mainstay of piano rock. ... Frank Black (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... Harvey Danger is a rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992, and rose to prominence in 1998 with the single Flagpole Sitta. The band released a new album in 2005, Little by Little. ... Poster from People Are Wrong from the People are Wrong website: Bringing together some of the finest talents from the rock world and New York theater, People Are Wrong! is a manic and joyful celebration of melody and musical fable. ... WNYC are the call letters for two public radio stations in New York City. ... Stephin Merritt (born 1966) is a New York singer-songwriter. ... David Byrne (born May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a musician best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of the New Wave band Talking Heads. ... Matt Stone Matthew Richard Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an Emmy-winning American animator, film director, screenwriter, actor and voice actor. ... The Darkness are an English hard rock band. ...


External links

They Might Be Giants
John Flansburgh | John Linnell
Dan Miller | Danny Weinkauf | Marty Beller
Brian Doherty | Dan Hickey | Graham Maby | Tony Maimone | Eric Schermerhorn
See Also: Dial-A-Song
Discography
Albums: They Might Be Giants | Lincoln | Flood | Apollo 18 | John Henry | Factory Showroom | Long Tall Weekend | Mink Car | No! | The Spine | Here Come the ABCs
EPs: Wiggle Diskette | 1985 Demo Tape | Don't Let's Start | (She Was A) Hotel Detective | They'll Need a Crane | Purple Toupee | Birdhouse in Your Soul | Istanbul (Not Constantinople) | The Statue Got Me High | The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) | I Palindrome I | Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) | O Tannenbaum | Back to Skull | S-E-X-X-Y | Working Undercover for the Man | Boss of Me | Man, It's So Loud in Here | They Might Be Giants in Holidayland | Bed, Bed, Bed | Indestructible Object | The Spine Surfs Alone
Live albums: Live!! New York City 10/14/94 | Severe Tire Damage | Live | The Spine Hits the Road | Almanac | Venue Songs
Compilations: Don't Let's Start | Miscellaneous T | Then: The Earlier Years | Best of the Early Years | They Got Lost | Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants | A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants | Venue Songs DVD/CD
Songs
"Don't Let's Start" | "Ana Ng" | "Birdhouse in Your Soul" | "Particle Man" | "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" | "Doctor Worm" | "Experimental Film"
Video Releases
Direct From Brooklyn | Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) | Here Come the ABCs DVD/CD | Venue Songs DVD/CD

  Results from FactBites:
 
John Flansburgh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (411 words)
John Conant Flansburgh (born May 6, 1960) is an actor and musician from Brooklyn, New York (though born and raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts).
Flansburgh co-founded They Might Be Giants, with longtime friend John Linnell, in 1982.
In the 2002 documentary Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns, he was stated to hold somewhat of a leadership role in the group, managing most details of their live act and handling much of the promotion effort.
GO Brooklyn (1477 words)
They Might Be Giants duo John Linnell (left) and John Flansburgh offer a caffeinated toast to "Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns," a new documentary about their 20 years in the music biz.
Flansburgh confessed his initial fear that the documentary would focus on the business side of things or draw too much attention to the individuals behind TMBG rather than the "project" itself.
Flansburgh feared the documentary would feed the comparisons that are a natural result of being a duo, and he could be perceived as the less "artistic" half.
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