SWEAT STAFF PICK: Betty
"First off, Apollo 18 is a surprisingly rocking affair. The addition of a full backing band really was like Dylan going electric: some purists felt betrayed, but the shift opened up new creative prospects, including the possibility of cranking the amps and shredding. Beyond that, Apollo 18 is funny without ever falling into a novelty-act ravine. The main pair tiptoe up to that edge and peer over, and then they look up and give us a wink. They know what they're doing, and they're in control of tone.
Apollo 18 might seem like an also-ran from 1992, dwarfed by the success of other arty alt-rock records of the era. However, its genre diversity, smart lyrics, and overarching humor warrant giving the album another listen. Additionally, it’s a harbinger of the ascendance of nerd culture in the subsequent decade or two. Thirty years later, They Might Be Giants still make ambition and reaching for the stars look cool."