So Flansburgh's daddy didn't like his music? What a jerk.
Anyway, I'm going to avoid bumping an old thread and say that The Else is a great album. I didn't like it at first [mainly for the Take out the Trash song and Contrecoup], but it grew on me and I even consider Bee of the Bird of the Moth one of the best TMBG songs. The extra podcast disc was great too.
My favorite song from the debut album is "Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head".