#114 – “I’ve Got A Fang” (2001)

Mink Car

L.K.: I think “strange” is really the only word I have to describe this song. A.S.: Oh yeah.  Shades of the band’s earlier work really find their way into this one, only with a much bigger budget. L.K.: It seems like it’s trying too hard though, unlike the more organic weirdness of the earlier stuff. A.S.: You think … Continue reading

#98 – “How Can I Sing Like A Girl?” (1996)

Factory Showroom

L.K.: Man, I am listening to the demo of this song right now and I forgot how low it is. A.S.: You mean they key?  I’m giving the studio version a re-listen first. L.K.: Yeah, key-wise I think it’s continually moved up, from the demo to the studio version to the live version. A.S.: Which of course isn’t unusual for … 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

#80 – “Something Grabbed Ahold Of My Hand” (1992)

Apollo 18

A.S.: Finally, another “Fingertip”… sixty posts after the only other one we’ve covered. L.K.: Yep, and as usual, I am never really sure what to say about an individual Fingertip. A.S.: Well, this one is sorta notable in that it’s the only one performed in a different key live. L.K.: It’s also notable because, while I previously had no … Continue reading

#25 – “Dinner Bell” (1992)

Apollo 18

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Fan-made video up there contains images of internal organs, might not be for the squeamish.] L.K.: This is the sort of song that seems like it’d be impossible to pull off live… but they’ve done it. At least 40 times. They’ve never done so with enough vocalists to cover all the melodies, countermelodies, and harmonies … Continue reading

#19 – “Lie Still, Little Bottle” (1988)

Lincoln

A.S.: Well, we’re really blowing our load on the Lincoln tracks here. L.K.: We swear this isn’t rigged! Though I was just reappraising my feelings about Lincoln earlier today. I have no idea why I had such a lukewarm reception to this album before. A.S.: It’s consistently been my favorite since I first listened to it, I think. L.K.: I mean, my … Continue reading

#11 – “The World’s Address” (1988)

Lincoln

A.S.: Okay, so “The World’s Address.” L.K.: a.k.a. the song that makes me think of “Tonight” from West Side Story every time I hear it because of that one line in the lyrics… A.S.: “The world is just an address / A place for us to live in.” L.K.: Yep. Though there’s really not too much commonality beyond … Continue reading

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