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2019 INSTANT FAN CLUB
Every few years, They Might Be Giants does something very special. We create a fan club service designed to provide a sweet bundle of new and often exclusive music, products, and experiences at a highly discounted rate. Why haven’t you heard more about this amazing service? Because, except for three weeks every other year, it’s a secret.
THE INSTANT FAN CLUB OATH
As a TMBG Instant Fan Club member, I am a willing participant in this secret experiment in human happiness. When asked about the Instant Fan Club, I shall reply, “Oh, I don’t know. You must be thinking of some other band.”
This year’s Instant Fan Club offering delivers exclusives, real value, and surprises so secret we haven't even figured all of them out. Because this new offering is coming on the heels of our whirlwind 2018 program, we have split the levels into options that let both current members and brand-new Instant Fan Club members get the most out of their membership without duplication.
THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE HAPPIER YOU’LL GET
• You can now create gift memberships.
• All US shipping and handling is free free free, all plastic cards are lovingly accepted, and PayPal is our good pal.
• IFC membership allows you to order additional exclusive IFC shirts for your whole family.
• IFC shirts are available in ALL sizes. Kids, women, and men (up to 5XL with no up-charges).
Level 1. The OFFICIAL 2019 INSTANT FAN CLUB MEMBERSHIP
This initial level is ideal for all current 2018 IFCers, with no duplication of items. Everything here except for the 7" single will arrive before December 25th! It’s only $75 for the annual membership, and all shipping and handling is free. It is packed with surprises, values, and exclusives.
You get these INSTANT FAN CLUB EXCLUSIVES:
• 2019 Instant Fan Club shirt
• Holiday card from TMBG
• Live 2019 studio streaming event
• Instant Fan Club pocket rain slicker
• A small but secret music download from deep inside TMBG’s vault
• 2019 membership card
• 2019 TMBG IFC Certificate of Thanks
• Two mystery IFC guitar picks
• Instant Fan Club keychain
• Instant Fan Club Patch
PLUS these additional cool TMBG things!
• “The Communists Have the Music” 7-inch vinyl single backed with “I’ve Been Seeing Things”
• John Henry Demos CD (limited edition) and download
ABOUT THE John Henry Demos
Years back, through the Instant Fan Club, we included a download of the demos to the John Henry album. The recordings were made with Patrick Dillett and an evolving live band over a few long session days at Brooklyn’s Excello Studios. Upon reflection, it seemed the quality of the work really called for a proper release. So now a proper, full-length album is finally available.
• Pride in providing key support for They Might Be Giants’ independent musical efforts!
All members who sign up BEFORE OCTOBER 23rd will receive these wonderful bonus items:
• Two 11” x 17” Todd Alcott–designed full-color posters: his notorious Saturday Evening Post parody and the beloved “Science Is Real” poster! Offer ends October 23rd.
Level 1A. The EXPANDED 2019 INSTANT FAN CLUB MEMBERSHIP
This offering arrives in December and is ideal for new or returning Instant Fan Club members.
For just $90, you’ll get everything you see in the 2019 MEMBERSHIP you see above, PLUS an opportunity to catch up on all this TMBG music from 2018 and SAVE SAVE SAVE! Of course, new members are always welcome to the Instant Fan Club. With so much going on in this whirlwind year of releases, we are offering this value-packed bundle of brand-new (and mostly exclusive) TMBG music. This is a beautiful set of new sounds for you to enjoy and a super-sweet deal.
You get downloads of:
• My Murdered Remains
• The Escape Team
• They Might Be Giants 2018 Live (exclusive)
As well as a copy of David Cowles’s Escape Team comic book, issue #1.
Level 2. The 2019 SUPER PRESIDENT IFC MEMBERSHIP
We don’t call them crazy. We need them now more than ever.
For just $175, join and receive ALL the above items in the EXPANDED IFC MEMBERSHIP plus these extraordinary possibilities:
• YOUR NAME credited in the liner notes of My Murdered Remains as one of
the EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
• a specially designed, highly colorful Super President t-shirt
• Super President coin designed by Paul Sahre
• Super President patch
• Super President key
• Have your name entered into a lottery for one of six personalized, custom-painted ukuleles created by John Flansburgh
AND FINALLY, A WORD FROM THE BAND EXACTLY WHY WE PRAISE YOU
Hello TMBG people! They Might Be Giants endures because of the long-term support of you, our audience. A few years back, we embarked on a special yearlong project called the Instant Fan Club. Our goals were ambitious: we would create the perfect win-win-win fan-club package, where people got real exclusives as well as crazy value, and in return we’d get to continue our musical careers without kowtowing to outsiders.
While it is no secret that the music industry has crumbled to dust in recent years, we here at They Might Be Giants are soldiering on, comforted by the knowledge that our professional future is secure through the ongoing patronage of the TMBG Instant Fan Club.
We gratefully acknowledge the Instant Fan Club’s continued enthusiasm, involvement, loyalty, and support, which allow this band to stay focused on creating new recordings without compromise and performing live shows with world-class production.
—John and John, They Might Be Giants
HERE ARE SOME FAQs
Q: When do things start?
A: Downloads arrive on the first day of Hanukkah, December 3.
Q: When will the products ship?
A: Almost all of the physical 2019 Instant Fan Club stuff will arrive before December 25th, but streaming events and exclusive audio treats will be happening periodically throughout 2019. There will also be a later shipment of the 7" vinyl and any additional vinyl orders. If you need to update your shipping address between now and then, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I'm a 2018 IFC member. What do I still have coming from that membership?
A: 2018 members will be receiving My Murdered Remains, The Escape Team, and TMBG 2018 Live on CD. If you'd like My Murdered Remains or The Escape Team on vinyl, you should to add those on to your 2019 IFC order.
Q: I want to give an IFC gift membership as a surprise. How do I avoid spoiling it?
A: Immediately following your order, both the purchaser and the recipient of the gift will receive a confirmation email. If you'd like to make it a surprise, you should list your own email as both the "purchaser email" and "recipient email." After the big reveal, email email@example.com to have your recipient's email updated in our system.
HIGHLY PHILOSOPHICAL BUT CRUCIAL BOILERPLATE FOR ALL FUTURE INSTANT FAN CLUB MEMBERS
All sales are 100% final. Membership is not refundable or transferable. Only one membership per individual. For US members, all shipping and handling is included in your membership. Because of customs, VAT, and international shipping, international orders must include additional charges.
Don’t wreck a special thing.
The exclusive material available through the Instant Fan Club is strictly for the personal enjoyment of IFC members and IFC members alone. Instant Fan Club materials are not to be distributed or resold. Idlewild Recordings reserves the right to refuse membership to any persons and to cancel the membership of anyone found to be auctioning, trading, or reproducing fan-club material online. They Might Be Giants, Idlewild Recordings, and their management sincerely ask all members to respect and honor the sanctity of the club and its philosophy.
Click to view Terms and Conditions for the 2019 IFC Offering.