So! stststutter! Here's the big list of bands mentioned over MySpace-way:
They Might Be Giants, Kate Bush, Robyn Hitchcock, Magnetic Fields, Joe Jackson, David Byrne,Tom Waits, Bauhaus, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, The The, Steely Dan, Soul Coughing, Laurie Anderson, The Residents, Lou Reed, Michael Penn, Pailhead, Cole Porter, Chickasaw Mud Puppies, Gilbert and Sullivan, Jim Thirwell, Nelson Riddle, that new Dresden Dolls LP isn't bad, neither is the one Ed's Redeeming Qualities LP I've heard
..which are the "about half" that you claimed cluelessness about? Heck, I can probably even have fun with it and provide y'all with a song example for each one you've no clue about.