50 The Stone Roses vs. 79 They Might Be Giants

Ian Brown and John Squired formed The Stone Roses in the early ’80s and were one of the leaders of the Madchester movement, although the band didn’t released their debut album until 1989. But that album was hugely influential, inspiring many of the bands involved in the Britpop movement of the ’90s. The Stone Roses released a second album in 1994 and broke up during the ensuing tour. Brown and Squire both went on to successful solo careers, although in 2007 Squire left music to focus on painting.

To try to encapsulate They Might Be Giants in a few lines is probably impossible. John Linnell and John Flansburgh formed the band in 1982 and began making quirky music all their own. Song subjects have included obscure presidents, more obscure artists, night lights, drum-playing worms and the science behind the sun. The band’s popularity was bolstered by their long-running Dial-A-Song, which was an answering machine that would play a song the band was working on. TMBG have more recently focused on making children’s albums that are actually listenable for adults.

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