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Name: John Linnell  
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Date of Birth: 12th June 1959
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Linnell is known for his reserved stage personality, especially compared to bandmate Flansburgh.

John Sidney Linnell (b. June 12, 1959), musician, is known primarily as one half of the enduring rock duo They Might Be Giants; In addition to singing and songwriting, he plays accordion, saxophone, and keyboards for the group.

Linnell co-founded They Might Be Giants in 1982 with high school friend and musical collaborator John Flansburgh. While the two split singing and songwriting duties (roughly) in half, Linnell's songs enjoyed the most commercial success in their early years: singles like "Don't Let's Start" and "Ana Ng" introduced the band to college radio, and they made waves on the Billboard charts in 1990 with "Birdhouse in Your Soul."

Persistent themes in Linnell's lyrics include aging, substance abuse, delusional behavior, bad relationships, and the personification of inanimate objects. Conversely, most of the accompanying melodies are extremely catchy and upbeat.

Since 1994, Linnell has done some solo work: in that year he released the State Songs EP, which he expanded to a full-length album in 1999. The EP and album's concept is intentionally misleading: U.S. states feature prominently in the title and chorus of each song, but have very little to do with their actual narratives: "Montana", for instance, is about the insane ramblings of somebody who is about to die; "Idaho" explores a famous rock story in which John Lennon, having consumed hallucinogenic drugs, believed he could drive his house; "South Carolina" is about getting rich off of a bicycle accident.

Other side-projects include the limited-release House of Mayors EP in 1996, and playing the accordion on David Byrne's 2004 effort, Grown Backwards.

In a People Magazine online poll - "The Most Beautiful People of 1998" - John Linnell finished 9th (with 4,189 votes, 8 ahead of Sarah Michelle Gellar, and 1,038 behind Madonna). He responded to the curious poll results with an op-ed piece in the New York Times.

As of 2005, he was married and had one child, a son named Henry. Henry appeared as a performer on They Might Be Giants February 2005 children's release Here Come the ABCs.

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