My friend just showed me a video of a cover of “Doctor Worm” that a mutual friend requested some no-name band play somewhere and THE BAND DOESN’T HAVE AN ACCORDION IN IT SO WHAT THE FUCK IS THE POINT OF THAT
And then of course John’s motivation for doing a side project was weirdo experiments with band organs and street noise that would’ve made Flans be all “Um WTF is this shit”
"I have this major need deep inside me to ROCK THE MOTHERFUCKING FUCK OUT but Linnell wouldn’t be able to handle the intensity of it, better start a side band" —John Flansburgh IRL
Woke up with this randomly in my head today: TMBG’s cover of the Monkees song “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”
I am all about having entirely misplaced faith in TMBG about things, only to be crushingly disappointed by them, which somehow does not dissuade me from continuing to do it. Example: Dearly hoping they’re going to surprise us by throwing some SUPERFUCKINGAWESOME unreleased song onto whatever album they’re currently working on. “Oh BTW Album 17 has ‘No Answer’ and ‘Sally Boy Candy Bar’ on it, NBD.” IT COULD HAPPEN, RIGHT? RIGHT?
Does TMBG’s music these days have a more satisfied theme to it? It still has eccentric, obscure themes to it, but I felt like they dealt with more tragic elements in their earlier works.
I don’t know about that. “When Will You Die,” “Black Ops,” and particularly “Stone Cold Coup d’Etat,” just off the top of my head, are pretty motherfucking dark. Off the last couple of albums the only song I’d describe as “satisfied” is “Never Knew Love” and I kind of hate that song so IT DOESN’T COUNT.