Song: "Birdhouse in Your Soul"
Writers: John Flansburgh and John Linnell
Original Release: 1989
Band: They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants is the dorkiest rock band of all time and I love them for it. What can I say? It takes one to know one. By the time I discovered them at college in the early '90s, they'd already built a significant underground following. Flood, their third studio album, was certified platinum which undercuts any act's claim to "alternative" status. So do the two Grammys they've won. In the years since, they've found new audiences through television theme songs and outstanding children's music, the rare sort that condescends to no one and is equally enjoyable for both tots and their Yanni-suffering parents. Through it all, they have remained delightfully true to themselves.
"Birdhouse in Your Soul" is still their best-selling single. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a nightlight, portraying itself as a guardian angel - admittedly one with limits. The song is sweet and unapologetically quirky, which really describes most of the band's music fairly well.
Filibuster vigilantly, my friends.
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