#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

#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

#78 – “Vancouver” (2004)

Venue Songs

A.S.: Well, we’re back! I guess it’s not technically Monday anymore, but our schedules aren’t terribly consistent anyway L.K.: We might’ve had it done earlier had my computer not decided to act up again… it’s been dying a slow, painful death for a very long time. A.S.: Well, or if I hadn’t gone and seen ANDREW W.K. tonight, which was tremendous … Continue reading

#49 – “Don’t Let’s Start” (1986)

They Might Be Giants

L.K.: AAAAHHH WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF ALL THE GOOD SONGS. A.S.: I’m enjoying discussing all these undisputed classics/popular favorites, but we’re setting ourselves up for just, I dunno, five lousy kids songs in a row at some point. L.K.: We are going to get 10 “Fingertips”/McSweeney’s songs, followed by “Ten Mississippi”. A.S.: We’ve had a disproportionately large number of really … Continue reading

#48 – “Doctor Worm” (1998)

Severe Tire Damage

L.K.: I might be wrong here, but I think this is the first TMBG song that I heard when it was new. Severe Tire Damage was my first album, after all. A.S.: I feel like I heard it on Kablam or something around the time that first aired, so I’d be inclined to agree with you, just in a different … Continue reading

#47 – “The Devil Went Down To Newport (Totally Rocking)” (Mono Puff; 1996)

Unsupervised

A.S.: GO GO SATAN GO! L.K.: Ladies and gentlemen… do you remember an era? An era before the Flansbeard was a thing? When there was just… this terrifying video?  And yeah, this is such a special song just because you get so few chances to chant “Go, go, Satan go” during your lifetime. This is a cover, but I’ve … Continue reading

#28 – “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” (2011)

Join Us

L.K.: At long last, a Join Us track! A.S.: The first one on the album, too! L.K.: Can we just go waaaay waaay back for a second and let me complain about Pitchfork again, because I have no idea why they decided to debut this track on Pitchfork. Granted, it was very exciting at the time because OMG NEW … Continue reading

#13 – “The Statue Got Me High” (1992)

Apollo 18

A.S.: We’ve gotten pretty lucky over the last few days, just in terms of really great consecutive songs. L.K.: We really have, which means we’ll probably get cursed with an unlucky streak later on… A.S.: And you were also hoping we’d get a song with a music video too, so here we are. L.K.: Let’s cover the music video … Continue reading

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