Talk:Anaheim

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I HATE this song. No, I'm not even going to grace my comment with the word "song"...I'm going to call this a "piece of garbage"...so my comment will read, "I HATE this piece of garbage." This song almost sent me over the edge from loving Them to hating Them. Luckily, it's the only one of its kind, and hopefully will stay that way. I could slap Linnell muliple times for writing this. I find it repulsive. Maybe it's because I'm female...either way, that doesn't change the fact that this is a very "male swine" type of song. - Overjoy

I agree about this song being horrible and disgusting. Only good thing about it is the noises Flans makes. --Valerie 17:25, 2 August 2006 (UTC)


A brilliant song

A very clever song with wonderful lyrics that manages to playfully invert inertia, drug and alcohol abuse, spousal abuse and throw in a Hitler gag. A clever kind of rag time pastiche makes the all the more odd as the lyrics don't match the mood of the song. Easily one of the best songs on the album, it's hard to understand the hate and above and below. Perhaps it's fans taking it literally. (Mr Tuck) Returning to this song (it's just popped up on a playlist) and it's so great. If I were ever to do a a Giants compilation this is the song I'd start it with. One of favourites. Ironical fun. And one of those short songs you just play again when it's finished. (Mr Tuck)


Although I like all of the songs by TMBG I have heard (including this one), this is definately at the bottom of the list. I'm not that musical, and I can recreate this fairly easily, meaning this song wasn't very well written. I like the "Good Night Mrs. Hitler" at the end, for no particular reason, and the noises that Flans makes, but apart from that this song is pretty bad. I can understand that they only had a very short time to write this, but all the other Venue Songs (especially Dallas) are much better than this one. I like this song, but if it was any worse I wouldn't listen to it at all. Also, I don't really like the references to Crack/Hash-Pipes and Pornography, I just think it makes the song worse than it already is. = ( Herwwiyal ? )/ 18:03, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

Hehe, the very last line was good, but I don't think it makes up for the rest of the song. I noticed that after I wrote my little rant up there, I was in a serious Linnell-hatred mood. So I listened to Flansburgh-only songs for a while until I was over it. But, really, all these people called Linnell a melodic and lyrical genius...he really screwed those opinions with this song. I just pray that "Anaheim" isn't anyone's first TMBG song...they'll hate Them. - Overjoy
Jeez, guys, the Venue Songs project wasn't a songwriting contest...their only goal was to create a song, often a humorous or parodical one, that represented the venue and would get some cheers, and/or, especially with the case of Anaheim, laughs out of the audience. For this song, Linnell (if he even wrote the whole thing- just because he sings it doesn't mean he wrote it) decided to write a song poking fun of the type of audience he'd possibly expect to gather at the Anaheim House of Blues...therefore the music, style of singing and references to pornography and crack-pipes are all fairly relevant. I suppose he figured that most fans and followers of the band would be able to get the joke and not think of this as a serious attempt at songwriting... -CapitalQtalk ♪ 21:48, 2 August 2006 (UTC)
Another theory is that whichever John wrote it made it intentionally crude because it was about a venue that was on Disney property. Kind of hypocritical, considering that They contributed a song to the soundtrack of a Disney film, but whatever.

I suppose Q is right, we are making a big deal about a song that was written for the people of Anaheim, and I'm sure they enjoyed it. Maybe we should just not listen to the song if we don't like it, eh? - ( Herwwiyal ? )/ 07:26, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

[quietly pokes her head in] I think it's kind of...funny, actually. Just work out your facial muscles and take a joke. The man's funny. --Henry 05:37, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

Haha, man, I realize I'm late now, but jeez, lighten up. This is a really fun song. I dig the instrumentation and the take from podcast 4a where Linnell starts laughing in response to Flansburgh's great sound effects. "Male swine song"? Pffft, better than some dumb prissy girly song. Like Hot Dog. >_> Ooooooo. This song is made of awesome and also win. Being male or female has nothing to do with it (and a comment like that pathetically stereotypes yourself), it's about whether you're a square or not. Chill. Peace. --Luke 03:32, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't find the song itself disgusting and horrible. I change my mind. The song itself is good, funny, but I don't like what it's about. Still funny. Just. Yeah. --Valerie 18:49, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Oh god why is the text getting bigger --ZippZapp 03:57, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

I was on a long car when I decided to listen to the album this is on for the first time. When this song came on (I was listening though headphones) I was laughing my guts out. (The has he gone nuts look came from quite a few of the passengers in the car) I think it's great. --Propman 02:46, 26 February 2010 (UTC

HAHA look at my stupid younger self; this song is fantatstic! --Valerie 03:02, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

That, my dear, is the result of being on the wiki for years. Don't get me started on most things I said here years ago. To continue the conversation, I think I had similar feelings to yours; my younger self wasn't sure about the song, but now I think it's actually sort of great. --Lemita 04:38, 4 January 2011 (UTC)