They Might Be Giants Break The Fourth Wall

Written by December 30th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be in a band and constantly be asked the same interview questions over and over?

In a new interview with The Onion’s AV Club, They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh reflects on three decades of being interviewed. It’s an interesting peak into the mindset of the semi-famous.

Here’s an excerpt:

AVC: Have you guys ever pulled an O’Reilly?

JF: I don’t think we have ever walked out of an interview. It’s not like we’re the undisputed, chart-toppin’ alternative-rock band—we have to be advocates for what we’re doing.

AVC: Did you want to?

JF: Oh, probably every fifth one. Between me and my wife, there’s this joke where I’ll be doing some fun interview, and I’ll get off the phone and be like, “That guy was an idiot.” A lot of times, interviews are like being asked a list of questions. Invariably, there will be this part where they think you’re a writer for Letterman: “Just off the top of your head, tell me the 10 most influential bands on you.” And you’re actually asked to come up with a spontaneous list. It’s like, “Dude, I’m not living in High Fidelity.”

Read the full article here.

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