I've heard that the original version of Tesla was more rockin' and the lyrics were essentially a list of things he'd invented / accomplished. Will we ever get to hear that version? (The one on the album makes me cry so the list-format lyrics sound far more appealing to me.) For that matter, will we ever get to hear your slower-paced Through Being Cool cover?
JF: there are actually a few different versions of Tesla, and the upcoming video has some really unusual remixes of the song as well. There was a “rock” version but it never had a finished vocal, and another alternate that seems to have been lost in the ether. Neither were that successful, so I don’t think they’ll see the light of day. As for Through Being Cool—it was good, not great, but the really cool part was the rhythm track which was a nice combo platter of Marty and some programmed drums, and I often think it would be nice to cannibalize them for something else if I could figure out how—so I guess I’m suppressing that track!
My 8-year-old son was asking me questions about the sun tonight at dinner. After answering a few, I looked at my husband and said, “Everything I know about the sun I learned from They Might Be Giants.”
I've been searching for this information and I'm certain it is hidden in an interview somewhere on the interwebs… What is your favorite coffee? I heard you like it strong, but light roast? dark roast? arabica? --Shaie
JF: to paraphrase the fellow at the end of the bar, we like the cup that is in front of us. The early days of the band were fueled but impossible dosages of Cafe Bustello (which is not so terrific tasting, but will make you JUMP) and the ubiquity of Starbucks across the country was a welcome improvement to our touring reality. A few months back I had Bustello at Linnell’s house and I was kind of surprised he’s stuck to it. I get various beans—often from Porto Rico Coffee Importing in NYC. French roast is my regular jam, but I think I might actually like Columbian more….
Please, for the love of all that is great in this world, if you are presented with the opportunity to take a selfie with Bill Nye: SEIZE IT. Even if captured a la "reverse photobomb", a Flanselfie with a side of Nye is a whole 'nother level of awesome.
JF: I’ve always respected that guy. Maybe I’ll see if I can make that happen.