Talk:Bastard Wants To Hit Me

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The worst song on The Spine, it should have been shoved aside for a Flans contribution. - Zack

The Cher-like coda on the vocal helps emphasise the internal monologue of Linnell on the track, and the fact that most of us have been in Linnell's situation at sometime, makes this pretty little song work well. (Mr Tuck)

You think Bastard is the worst on the album? Maybe you should listen to it a few more times. - NeuroPod

I love this song. I like songs that are original, humorous and have something unusual about the production. --An orangutan

This is one of my favorite from The Spine. The keyboard intro is very reminiscent of Chopin -- melodic and deeply moody. The melody of the song is very catchy. Though unusual for TMBG, the voice effect fits well and sounds good.

Mmm. I'm mixed, the lyrics are fair but forgettable, and the Cher-sampling and electronic background make it seem like bits of Man, It's So Loud In Here and Am I Awake? mixed. Stil, it's catchy and hummable, I do like it. --Mongoose

Ick. Even after having listened to this song several times, I've found myself completely unable to get into the song. Maybe because, musically, it sounds like a vastly watered-down version of Man It's So Loud in Here (a song that I actually rather enjoy). Or maybe because the pitch correction irritates me. Or the lyrics seem a tad half-baked (Yes, we've all been in a situation like the song suggests, but that doesn't necessarily elevate it). Oh hell, I just hate it. Easily the worst song on the album, to me, and possibly one of the most irritating songs Linnell has ever written. - TheNintenGenius

I can see why the song would irritate so many people, but I'm easily amused, so the song works for me really well. Sure, it sounds like really bad techno, and sure, the synthy vocal effects are really annoying. But the concept of a song going "some crazy bastard wants to hit me, he's waving me over so he can hit me" is enough to make me giggle. To me, this song is more of an OMGWTFLOL sort of They Might Be Giants song, if anyone gets what I mean. -- Rhinoceros Rex

The first time I heard this song I thought, "Wow, cool song." The voice effect is interesting, and I like the mellow vibe the song sets. Yeah, there's nothing spectacular on the lyric sheet, but I don't even really internalize the lyrics the first dozen times I hear a song, anyway... not such a big deal to me. Just no extra lyrical easter eggs later, like I found in Birdhouse In Your Soul and others. There are definitely other tracks on the album that are more "annoying". -- Kazen

This song cracks me up every time. At first I dismissed it as just a cute little novelty, with Linnell's robotic vocal and hysterically paranoid lyrics. But then I got to thinking that maybe he's poking a bit of fun at his fear of dealing with his own fans (see "Interpretations"), at which point the song became even funnier to me. -- GR

I am surprised that people would think this is the worst song on the album. It is easily my favorite. I guess there's no accounting for taste. - JSH

Good song on a fair album.--BlarJotunn

I think it's interesting that people mostly either love or hate this song. :) The first time I heard this song, I didn't like it too much, but now that I've listened to it a few more times, I like it. It's a pretty good song. --Tara

So why was the video for this up for an Annie under Best Animated Television Commercial? Was it in an ad?

There's no separate category for music videos, so this is the most appropriate category for it; IIRC, music videos are technically considered commercials for the album on which the song appears. -- Zytka

If anybody can, listen to the live version. I have the Seattle Moore Theater show from 11/7/05 (which is still available on, and it kicks. It's more high-energy, and just a better version.--tehbagel 15:03, 25 Apr 2006 (CDT)

This is just one of those songs that just don't live without the video. Why one of the worst tracks on The Spine gets the best music vid, I don't know. --ZippZapp 03:01, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

I love this song. Catchy melody, interesting mood. The dehumanised vocals nicely undermine the terrified lyrics, and it's also a nice parody of contemporary pop music. (And I can think of at least four songs on the album that aren't as good as this.) -- Thread Bomb (talk) 12:57, 22 August 2020 (EDT)

Auto Tune?[edit]

So is the pitch correction on this song essentially Auto Tune or is it something else completely? — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 18:32, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

From what I understand, all autotuning is pitch correction, but not all pitch correction is autotuning. Autotuning goes one step further by allowing composers to manually choose which pitch is sung, but standard pitch correction just tunes to the closest note, which creates that weird choppy sound. — User:PageProbablyNotFound@ 20:19, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Well, "Auto-Tune" is also the name of a specific Antares plug-in too. It's far from the only one that can generate a pitch-shifting effect though. They could just be using a different means of pitch correction. -J-Gatz 15:57, 29 March 2012 (EDT)

Piano Sheet Music?[edit]

Does anyone have some piano sheet music for this song? Thanks in advance! PuppetToupee 14:26, 13 February 2011 (UTC)