They Might Be Giants

Also known as TMBG. The alternative rock band from Brooklyn, New York usually consists of John Flansburgh, John Linnell and – probably the only band member one can really count on - a drum machine.

Why band name They Might Be Giants - Don Quixote - No Quixotes road signThey Might Be Giants is also the title of a 1971 film, directed by Anthony Harvey.

According to Linnell - and he should know - the band wanted a name that was outward-looking and paranoid.

 In another interview it was explained differently: 'It's the name of a movie. It's not a good movie and it don't hold that much significance for us.'

Perhaps it is nice to know that the film They Might Be Giants is named after was loosely based on the experiences chronicled by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in his novel El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha.

In that book Sancho Panza puts the question to his 'boss', Don Quixote, why they always have to take up arms against windmills.

Don Quixote replies: 'Why, they might be giants!'. (In Spanish, of course.)

Active: 1982-present, USA

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