Steve Burns Versus They Might Be Giants

SOMEONE (Julie Seabaugh) was able to compare Steve and They Might Be Giants YEARS before Seymour ever could have! Since this chart seemed like something I would have made, I have decided to update it! I kept the categories, but I dislike some of the wording especially her use of the word "sordid." Sorry that my version is less humorous, but I would never call Steve a spaz unlike Julie. That just seemed so mean. She's also a comedy journalist and author so there's no way I could say anything funnier than her. She's a real professional and I'm a serious man one hundred percent of the time. The old version is up above. If you're having trouble reading that then I have it repeated down below. The original picture is rather small.


Steve Burns They Might Be Giants
Home bases NYC New Amsterdam
Sordid histories in animation field Hint: it involved a felt dog Dexter's Laboratory, Tiny Toon Adventures, Courage the Cowardly Dog
Stabs at newfound maturity Quitting said animation field, recording well-received debut album No reports of maturity as of press time
Orders of Geekitude Spaz Post-post A.V. / lit nerds. And they like accordions.
Must-listens Songs for Dustmites Tenth album, The Spine, out July 13
Serves as soundtrack for... Floating through the cosmos Tuning your accordion
Favorite geometric shapes Hmm...sugar gliders? Triangle
Endeavors in children's publishing The Lost Socks of Professor Boogeyschnoddz Bed Bed Bed
Inspired By The Flaming Lips The Pixies
Favorite historic figures Thomas Edison James K. Polk
Awards 2000 Honorary "Best Actor Who Converses with Salt Shakers" Award 2002 Grammy for Malcolm in the Middle theme song
Fun facts Keeps the "Thinking Chair" in his bedroom but doesn't oblige requests to have sex in it Will appear on Blue's Clues this fall


That chart above is originally from 2004. It is rather outdated. The newer version is down below. Sorry that it's very long. I really thought about this. Below that chart will have some more comparisons between the two because there are a few more similarities between them and I did not want to exclude them.


Steve Burns They Might Be Giants
Home bases They both live somewhere in New York. I don't know their addresses. Maybe they all live together in one house because they're very close friends and that's what friends do. Anyways, here is Steve's old place
Sordid histories in animation field Blue's Clues Dexter's Laboratory, Tiny Toon Adventures, Courage the Cowardly Dog, the Oblongs, Home Movies, Blue's Clues, the Drinky Crow Show, Xavier: Renegade Angel, Higglytown Heroes, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Coraline, Meet the Robinsons, Homestar Runner, and AdventureQuest Worlds if that one counts. I feel like this is not all of them and I could be leaving some out
Stabs at newfound maturity Well, he made "I Hog the Ground" and then released a kids album titled Foreverywhere and went back to Blue's Clues so I think he is no longer mature. You will not hear him swear ever again They probably won't release another kids album in the future so they have now fully matured as real adults
Orders of Geekitude His first album was about science and also love. Geeks love those kinds of things, don't they? The whole Here Comes ... series is pretty geeky. They also have some biographical songs like "Tesla," "James K. Polk," and "Meet James Ensor." You could also ask some huge TMBG fan about what makes their music so geeky. They would know more about that than Seymour
Must-listens You have to listen to everything that Steve has ever touched or else Seymour will get very sad. He can help you find everything if you need any help. Just ask Seymour. He's become bit of a Steve expert Everything they have ever made has been great, but you must listen to their kids stuff especially Here Comes the 123s and the Bed, Bed, Bed EP
Serves as soundtrack for... Going to Silly Town with your friends When you want to think that you're super smart and clever, but really you're just some plain dude
Favorite geometric shapes Hey, wait a second ... what does the sugar gliders joke mean? Yeah, triangle. What Julie said. I totally understand the joke here
Endeavors in children's publishing The Lost Socks of Professor Boogeyschnoddz, Mr. Mumbles of Mumbles and Grumbles, Inc., and Foreverywhere Bed, Bed, Bed, and Kids Go!
Inspired By The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, David Bowie, They Might Be Giants, and other people The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Walt Kelly, Ramones, and maybe some other people that I don't know about
Favorite historic figures Thomas Edison Nikola Tesla
Awards He got nominated for an Emmy in 2001 for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. He lost to LeVar Burton which is a great person to lose an award to. I have no idea if he has ever been nominated for anything else or has won any awards at all Won a Grammy award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2002 for "Boss of Me" as the theme song for Malcolm in the Middle. They won another Grammy award for Best Musical Album for Children in 2009 for Here Comes the 123s. They got nominated again in that same category in 2011 for Here Comes Science, but lost to Pete Seeger
Fun facts Steve is able to balance things on his chin. Here are some pictures of him doing exactly that so you know that I am not lying. Apparently, he can also juggle fire, but I've never seen him do it. Here is stuff that references it. Just press Ctrl + f and type in "fire" and you'll see it I don't know if any of these men can do any circus tricks like Steve. It's rather sad and quite disappointing. Flans will hold his guitar up with one hand sometimes from the bottom of the body so I guess that's close enough


The chart is over so now we're on to a list of random comparisons. This part is just as important as the chart above. Sorry if I forgot something.

  • Dunkin' Donuts commercials. Here is Steve's commercial from 1998 and here are TMBG's commercials.
  • Blue's Clues! TMBG were on the last episode titled "Bluestock."
  • They both have made albums for kids. Steve has Foreverywhere made with Steven Drozd and TMBG has No!, Here Comes the ABCs, Here Comes the 123s, Here Comes Science, and Why? They are all great albums.
  • They both have also made childrens books. The Lost Socks of Professor Boogeyschnoddz and Mr. Mumbles of Mumbles and Grumbles, Inc. were never published, but here is art from them.
  • TMBG and StevenSteven are both bands consisting of two white men with the same first name. TMBG has been a full band for decades now, but whatever. The two men named John are still in it.
  • This isn't really the same, but Linnell ranking number nine in People magazine's online poll of "the Most Beautiful People of 1998" reminds me of Steve being one of People magazine's "100 Most Eligible Bachelors" of 2000.