Philip Cogley, the sole musician behind the Saturday Giant, recently performed a triumphant homecoming gig at Rumba Cafe - his 194th show of 2014. To mark the occasion, we're running down some of our other favorite giants.
Philip Cogley, the sole musician behind the Saturday Giant, recently performed a triumphant homecoming gig at Rumba Cafe — his 194th show of 2014. To mark the occasion, we’re running down some of our other favorite giants.
10. Jolly Green Giant
What better way to get kids to eat their vegetables than to intimidate them with a gargantuan, shamrock-colored beast that likely smells strongly of asparagus?
9. “Little Giants”
It’s like the “Bad News Bears” of the gridiron, with Rick Moranis leading a team of misfits against his intimidating older bro Ed O’Neill. Fumblerooski! Fumblerooski!
8. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
This fictional, pre-product placement “Ghostbusters” villain is more likely to be portrayed by a corporate mascot in any reboot of the paranormal comedy classic. In other words, audiences should prepare themselves for the sight of a three-story version of either the Pillsbury Doughboy or Jake from State Farm.
7. They Might Be Giants
John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the creative duo driving the long-running weirdo rock crew They Might Be Giants, are totally of average size. The same can’t be said of the band’s influence, with extends to the likes of Weezer, of Montreal and Dark Comedy rapper Open Mike Eagle.
6. “The BFG”
The Roald Dahl creation is the ultimate gentle giant (BFG is short for “Big Friendly Giant”), and an antidote to the book’s villainous giants, many of whom are slapped with nightmare-fuel names like the Fleshlumpeater and the Bloodbottler. Less terrifying, though still chill-inducing: the Manhugger.
5. Robert Wadlow
The tallest human being of record grew just over 8’ 11” before his death in 1940 at the age of 22. Even money his go-to joke was “call me Bob for short.”
4. Giant Sand
Howe Gelb, the creative force behind Giant Sand, recently performed a solo set at Tree Bar. Dig into the band’s 2000 album Chore of Enchantment for a taste of its musical genius.
3. “Human Giant”
The short-lived MTV sketch show starred Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, and deserves a place alongside the likes of “The State” in the cult comedy canon.
2. “The Iron Giant”
The 1999 animated feature from writer/director Brad Bird spins the tale of a young boy who befriends a giant robot and helps it learn that “you are who you choose to be.” Just try to keep the dust from your eyes when the metal man finally chooses his destiny.
1. Andre the Giant
As much as we loved him on the small screen (as the foil to WWF Hulkamania) and the big (as Fezzik in “The Princess Bride”), it’s Andre the Giant’s off-screen antics that sealed the 7’ 4” behemoth’s spot atop our list. Talking about his legendary alcohol tolerance, he once boasted, “It usually takes two liters of vodka just to make me feel warm inside.”