For most bands, a 72-song retrospective would be sufficient to cover most of
their output and then some, whether they've been around ten years or twenty.
But, for the restlessly prolific duo of John's in They Might Be Giants, a
72-song compilation comprised of their first three albums, and 19 rare,
previously unreleased tracks is just a drop in the bucket. Due in early 1997,
Then: The Earlier Years is a two-disc collection of TMBG's material
from the era when they were a cult band that sold several thousand records
instead of several hundred thousand and were best known for early MTV hits like
"Don't Let's Start" and "Birdhouse in Your Soul."