They Might Be Giants at 9:30
The 9:30 club is an institution for D.C. residents younger than, well, dead. Last night was my first time there, and I can really see why the place is so popular. It’s funky and small and a really great place to see a show. And if you’re gonna see a show there, They Might Be Giants is the band to see.
TMBG — as we hip young urbanites call them — got a reputation in the 90s for being almost inaccessibly quirky, thanks to songs like 1990′s inexpicable if catchy “Particle Man.” (“When he’s underwater does he get wet?/Or does the water get him instead?/Nobody knows./Particle Man.”)
But the band’s live show consists largely of more danceable, and especially more singable, fare like the almost shockingly good “Experimental Film” and “Boss of Me,” the title tune from the sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” When the band broke into the opening lines of that number (“Yes, no, maybe./I don’t know./Could you repeat the question?”) The crowd went nuts. Seriously. Nuts.
And this reporter, I’m not ashamed to admit, went nuts right along with them. There’s something deeply cathartic about screaming “You’re not the boss of me now, and you’re not so big!” at the top of your lungs along with a thousand of your closest friends.