In 1983, They Might Be Giants published a phone number in the back of The Village Voice that led to the band's answering machine, where callers would find a new song every day. (The service lasted until 2006.)
Now, TMBG's John Flansburgh and John Linnell are bringing back the service starting today with a new era for Dial-a-Song at (844) 387-6962. The band is promising a new song each week throughout 2015.
Per The Wall Street Journal:
“When we first did it, there were tremendous shortcomings to the phone machine in terms of fidelity,” said Mr. Flansburgh, 55 years old. “Actually, if we had any sustained notes in the song, the machine would reject it, mistaking it for the beep at the end of the message. So there were all these odd choices that were nonmusical.”
You can find the band's Dial-a-Song website here ... and their YouTube page.
TMBG became regulars in the East Village performance art scene in the early 1980s, playing steady shows at the likes of the Pyramid and 8BC.
And not a Dial-a-Song. From 1988.
Previously on EV Grieve:
On the phone with John Linnell of They Might Be Giants