#116 – “Ana Ng” (1988)

Lincoln

A.S.: Oh boy. L.K.: HOLY SHIT. Can I start this off by saying that this is my favorite TMBG song OF ALL TIME? OF ALL TIME. A.S.: I wouldn’t go so far with that, but it is impossible to deny its greatness. L.K.: It is absolute musical and lyrical perfection. Also it is up there with “Accidents Will Happen” on my … Continue reading

#110 – “I Can’t Hide From My Mind” (2004)

The Spine

[audio http://www.tmbg.com/_media/_pod/TMBGPodcast34A.mp3] [“I Can’t Hide From My Mind” begins 4 minutes, 19 seconds into podcast.] L.K.: It’s kind of a minor song but we still need to radiate the Flans-love today… and all other days, really. A.S.: Yes, happy Flanso de Mayo, everyone! L.K.: You drank Mint Juleps and Mexican beer yesterday… I am not sure what the official Flanso … Continue reading

#99 – “What Is Everyone Staring At?” (????)

Dial-A-Song

A.S.: For as much as I love this song, I can really understand why it’s remained unreleased. L.K.: Well, it’s probably because it later was released, albeit with a completely new set of lyrics and a missing segment of music! A.S.: Or rather, I guess I can understand why Linnell rewrote the lyrics, or chopped that chunk of melody out. As … Continue reading

#91 – “We Live In A Dump” (2006)

Cast Your Pod To The Wind

[Video tagged as “best dang band land grammy” among other things.] A.S.: I’m pretty surprised that this song gets as much live play as it does. L.K.: Yeah, especially considering that it isn’t even an album track. A.S.: Which, aside from a couple of really old B-sides, TMBG pretty much sticks to the songs that appeared on albums. … Continue reading

#85 – “Purple Toupee” (1988)

Lincoln

L.K.: Another big one! A.S.: Yes, and a damn near perfect song, too. The idea behind the song is wonderful enough on its own, lampooning revivals of eras that the revivalists were barely alive for.  Reminds me of an awful lot of what I hear going on today… L.K.: The difference is that John Linnell wasn’t trying to be … Continue reading

#62 – “Kids Are Different Now!” (Spool 409; 2000)

TMBG Unlimited - October

L.K.: We’re really getting a lot of these Battle of the Bands tracks the past few weeks, it seems… A.S.: Just two, right, including this one? L.K.: Maybe I’m just getting confused because we were discussing the project with regards to other, unrelated songs. A.S.: This is one of the songs recycled for the project; it’s gone under three … Continue reading

#60 – “Too Real” (2000)

Misc

[“Too Real” found 19 minutes, 24 seconds into podcast] L.K.: Ok, so is this some sort of “ironic” parody of cheesy pop music or what? A.S.: I have no idea if he’s trying to be ironic here.  There’s so little known about it; for all we know, it could be something left over from the Mono Puff … Continue reading

#56 – “Rat Patrol” (1999)

Long Tall Weekend

L.K.: This is one of those songs that wound up differing pretty radically from an earlier Dial-A-Song number with the same title. It blows my mind to discover that they’ve played this song live, because it seems like the sort of song that would never see a setlist. A.S.: Well, they’ve barely played it live, apparently only a … Continue reading

#43 – “A Self Called Nowhere” (1994)

John Henry

A.S.: This song is incredible. L.K.: It really is. This unholy combination of faux-Boston accents and circular lyrics and that trippy chorus… none of it should work, but it does. Really really well. The verses feel like they’re not even from the same song, relative to the chorus. A.S.: This song has one of the strangest chord progressions of any pop song I know. It … Continue reading

#40 – “Mrs. Cinderella” (19???)

Dial-A-Song

L.K.: Aww, one of those weird little Dial-A-Song numbers that never progressed beyond the answering machine. A.S.: A good song at that.  One with some sad-sack Flansburghian lyrics, perfect for Valentine’s Day! L.K.: Musically it’s pretty simple, lyrically it’s pretty incomprehensible… perhaps it was a good thing this song got left behind. There’s obviously some sort of reference to … Continue reading

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