This is by far the rarest item in my TMBG collection. One of a kind, in fact! It’s the original hand-Sharpied lyrics to the TMBG venue song “Tucson” (aka “City Limits”), as performed for the first (and only) time on August 20, 2004 in my Arizona hometown. Note the spooky ghost illustration by Mr. Linnell. Many thanks to the house roadie who snagged it for me from the stage after the show!
Um ok that little ghost is like THE CUTEST THING EVER??? I LOVE YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU JOHN LINNELL. FUCK.
Also I do believe this is the largest sample of his handwriting we’ve ever seen at once! THAT’S EXCITING. Since Flans does the setlists, we mostly just have his autographs, and then a few other tiny things. I didn’t realize it was so BAD, haha. Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute. (This is cute because EVERY SINGLE THING JOHN DOES EVER is either cute or sexy, OBVIOUSLY.)
WOW y’all, I have another embarrassing “Things I Never Noticed in Direct from Brooklyn Videos” confession, but IT’S ACTUALLY A JOHN-RELATED ONE. I know, I can’t believe it either.
So you know THIS PART of Birdhouse?
PRETTY GOOD PART, RIGHT? I ENJOY THAT PART JUST A BIT. (Y’know, as opposed to EVERY SINGLE OTHER PART of Birdhouse.)
But when I was watching it just now, I realized that…I had no idea if he was still lip-syncing there or if he was too busy jumpin’ around. So I watched for it this time and yes he is and I was like “Hmm, good to know.” I’d really had no idea before that.
So I know right, you’d think I’d have every single aspect of every single thing John does in these videos memorized, wouldn’t you? But oh my GOD at this part I can’t even look at his face normally because I AM TOO BUSY STARING AT THOSE GODDAMN BONY LITTLE LEGS OF HIS IN THOSE GODDAMN PAINTED-ON BLACK JEANS. It’s not my faaaaaaaaaaaaault.
I still remember the first time I saw this video—it came out during my fandom hiatus, so everyone had long since seen it by the time I did. And I was talking to a couple of friends of mine and I was like “JOHN IN A TUX HOT DAMN” and then I was like “wait why the fuck is there a bear” and then I was like “WAIT WHY THE FUCK IS THE BEAR FLANS.” But since Flans totally is a big cuddly teddybear and also “Violin” is entirely about randomness I suppose it isn’t completely nonsensical. (Also JOHN IN A TUX IS STILL A VERY GOOD THING, in case you were wondering.)
You can seriously get all the reaction pictures you would ever need just from John Linnell’s faces in the part of the Flood promo where they’re saying the titles of all the songs