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Artist:They Might Be Giants
Desc:Fascist Robot Gladiators
Category:Music Videos, Alternative Progressive Indie Art
Tags:Robots, they might be giants, rome, gladiators, cardboard carnage
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Comment count is 9
Spit Spingola - 2008-04-13
Robin Kestrel - 2008-04-13
JL: Here's a sort of happy way that we collaborated on the last record. One example is I sent my demo of the first track, “I'm Impressed,” to John. I emailed it to him.

JF: MP3. Really lo-fi MP3.

JL: At some point I gave John the OMF, which just has the vocal and the drum reference and the chords. He took that and constructed a whole new track just behind the vocal. So he basically created a completely new track based on what I'd given him. Then we [brought] the OMF to Pat Dillett.

JF: Although what's funny is the vocal that's on the track is from the MP3. If you wonder how we capture that really crummy sound, it is that familiar sound of kind of a low-res MP3. We listened to [the vocal track], and part of it just had some slightly distressed effect on it.

JL: Sort of a murky sound to it.

JF: And combined with the original source and the effect, it did seem more interesting than just a straight vocal.

JL: I think the MP3 had the effects I had put on it in my home studio. The OMF we brought to Pat of the original full-bandwidth vocal didn't have the effects that I'd put on the demo. And we're like, “Well, how do we get these effects?” And Pat was like, “Well, why don't you just use this track — this perfectly good MP3 track?”

baleen - 2008-04-13

This was the first band past the 70's that I ever liked, somewhere around 14 years old. I will always love them no matter what.
KnowFuture - 2008-04-13
I stopped being into them so much when they went from being just the two Johns to being a full band but I can name at least one song I like from every album I've heard of theirs since then.

baleen - 2008-04-13

I stopped being into them, as in I stopped buying their records, when I went to college. However, they were actually a lot of fun to see live when they got that band. They had more to work with.

zatojones - 2008-04-14
It's always hard to maintain the idea that a band is cool when you go to one of their shows and see that the entire back section of the venue is comprised of parents who brought their kids to see the "band that makes funny songs".

baleen - 2008-04-15

Yeah, it's really a dork band and there's no way around it.

Feyd - 2010-06-12
You guys ever try liking or disliking something without trying to plug it into some kind of pro/con spreadsheet?

glasseye - 2008-04-17
They still do some awesome stuff.
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