has the podcast killed the dial-a-song? If so, then a song should be made relating to said theme. - MRH0RRIBLE
:Or how about, "Podcast killed the telephone star" fits better.>
So are they never bringing it back then? I never had the chance to call it... i wish i was a fan years ago, i feel like i've missed out on alot... user:jadeybeans (March 16th, 11:04 am)
Say, half of these songs are "Song (Demo)" and the other half are "Song (Dial-A-Song)". Shouldn't we stick to one? -Ecks
Tons of discussion about DAS being down during 2005 removed...
I called and it's says the number you have dialed cannot be reached hang up and dial again. So i dialed 1 before the number and then the lady says that the long-distance company requires an access code. What do i do?
I just called, and it works! I couldn't make out any lyrics to the song, but it definitely wasn't anything I recognized. (I'll let someone else confirm this before I change the status, just in case I'm going crazy) --Brian Q 15:55, 29 Mar 2006 (CST)
Confirmed. The song sounds great, not the best quality, but I could make out most of the lyrics.--tehbagel 16:44, 29 Mar 2006 (CST)
Hooray! Did you make a page with the lyrics you found? 18.104.22.168 18:06, 29 Mar 2006 (CST)
That last post was me... forgot to log in (Turnip) 18:06, 29 Mar 2006 (CST)
I can call Dial a song perfectly on my Cell. But when ever I go for any of my home phones I start off Dialing: "7" "1" and right then before I can finish my dialing that computer voice lady comes up and says "were sorry your call can not be completed as dialed, please hang up and try your call again..." it's really annoying because I would love to listen to them on my home phone.
But it just wont work.
Anybody know why? (pnihill2000)
Thanks, that did it. - pnihill2000
I've just been getting "Why be Realistic" anybody get somthing new?
There's a program that allows you to call phone numbers from your computer for free. The service is supported by ads that are displayed in the center of the program. If it bothers you, you can always delete the "Ads" folder along with the "Adviewer.exe" in the Program Files directory. Get it here (Or this direct link). --Droffats 15:49, 30 Mar 2006 (CST)
The popular VOIP program, Skype has now made their SkypeOut service free until the end of the year for US and Canandian users. This means you can call any landline or mobile phone any where in American or Cananda for free. Read about this new deal here and download this program here. --Droffats 20:49, 15 May 2006 (CDT)
Most cell phones these days have free long distance, for those who live in a rapidly growing metro area that is just small enough to have only one area code. --Jnelson09 18:18, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
I just phoned the number a bunch, and I finally connect, but instead of giving me the song, it rings instead. Why is it ringing? It's supposed to connect directly to it, isn't it? And now it just said my call could not go through after about 20-30 rings. -cyberspace95
Does a busy signal usually mean it's broken? TheBlunderbuss 03:48, 31 Mar 2006 (CST)
It worked for me at about 6:00 a.m Eastern Time. It rang a bunch of times, but it picked up eventually. And it's working right now (7:20 a.m.)--and picked up right away this time. ~Drew
What does everybody think about this--since part of the problem with keeping Dial-A-Song running these last few days may have to do with the extremely heavy number of calls it's been getting, which is probably due in large part to this wiki, might it not be a good idea to strongly encourage our fellow wiki-goers to limit themselves to one successful Dial-A-Song call per day? At least for the time being, while it even being up in the first place is a new thing? I might be wrong, but it seems to me that this would be a good idea and would give the Johns some time to get everything all straightened out and running consistently. Let me know what you think. ~Drew
Does anyone know how often they have cycled through songs over the years and how often they were right before they took it down?
I called Dial-A-Song and only got the last couple lines of the song. Is something wrong?
I'm not sure. The same thing's been happening for anyone who calls (I just did a few seconds ago). All you get is the last verse: "And that might be the hardest nut We live in a dump". Amelia The Weird 16:34, 3 May 2006 (CDT)
Since Dial-A-Song is an answering machine, can you leave a message after the beep?
You used to. I don't know anything about those machines, but you obviously could.
I knew something was up with DAS today. I called it for the first time (My dad finally told me that long-distance is free on our cell-phones... sheesh) and was thrilled-- and I mean thrilled. I called, and alas, I got a weird whistley beep. =( I'm scared it was what Happened to Gloria... but that would be hilarious. I called like, 15 times trying to get it to work, then my brother called on my dad's cell and screamed, "OH MY GOD IT'S WORKING!" I only heard a bit... Alas... I shall call another day... --Lemita 18:59, 13 May 2006 (CDT)
Yeah, i just wasted money to hear some sort of beep with a lot of reverb and nothing more.. first time i called all year. couldn't i have done it a couple weeks ago? now i have to explain to my parents why i called NY and i didnt even get anything good out of it. Aw well, i guess the beep was kinda nice. -Fwahobadagadz 19:36, 16 May 2006 (CDT)
Maybe it's not messed up but rather is just an empty message on the answering machine. After the 10 or so rings, it pauses for half a second and then sounds like the end-of-message beep, so the actual machine I think is still functioning. They might have just taken off the tape. ~ magbatz
I just called and I got most of the song, but the tape was running fast and then stopped a little before the end. I think the machine is dieing again since I can't think of any problem with the tape itself that would make it run fast. -- Thunderbird 23:08, 16 May 2006 (CDT)
Something's definitely funky with the machine. I called, and it just repeated something in JF's voice (possibly backwards) for a few minutes until I ended the call. ~ magbatz 22:55, 4 Jun 2006 (CDT)
Do they -- 'they' meaning the band or anyone in a position to fix Dial-A-Song -- know it's broken? Is there someone we should inform? --Kassi
Man, TMBW's token Australian member travels all the way to NYC last week, and for just 25c got the chance to hear DAS for the first time in his life, alas the machines continuous sickness prevented this after a whole week of unsuccessful attempts. Unhappy --AnklePants 15:50, 27 July 2006 (UTC)
I realize that the answering machine can be old and tricky, and that computer models have failed due to crashing, but what's the problem with voicemail? I run my own dial-a-song off voicemail and it works fine (though I certainly don't get the kindof traffic they do).
The Postivies are:
The negatives are:
Not sure if this is the proper channel to suggest it or not, but I've called unsuccessfully too many times over the past year...
After recently realizing there was a number on the front of the Dial A Song (album) info booklet, I found this palce and found out the system was down (Insert sad face here). However, randomly checking eBay led me to find a Record a Call TAD 30 for sale. Is this what could bring Dial A Song back. (As neat as the podcasts are, Dial-A-Song cant be beat). 
Hope Dial A Song comes back soon!
Using 411.com, I have found out that the DAS phone number (718-387-6962) now belongs to a Mr. Bennett Shapiro... does this mean DAS is officially no more? WholeLottaMilka 00:16, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
I dunno... I think I remember checking the number before (for the same reason--to see if it was still registered) and it had Flans' name... I'm reluctant to try and call it, for fear of interruoting Mr. Shapiro's dinner. WholeLottaMilka 00:07, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
Dearly beloved, we gather here today to say our goodbyes to the answering machine known as Dial-A-Song. It was a good answering machine, and usually played a song at the fan's requests. It was also in a movie. *choked up sniffle* ...and...and...and... *sniffle* --Lemita 00:51, 10 March 2008 (UTC)
Are you going to be doing "Fingertips" live?
I don't think so, no. It's really hard work adapting these arrangements to a live band. Just with the songs alone, it's been such a chore to get everything memorized, get everyone to figure out all the parts and memorize them. The fact that we haven't even starting working on "Fingertips" now would suggest to me that we'll never learn it. There's other stuff that we're kind of halfway there with, maybe we'll get together by the end of this tour.
lolirony. --Luke 01:14, 14 March 2008 (UTC)
When did you actually start that (DAS)?
In '93, I believe.
Linnell! Wat's ur problem?!? --Valerie 01:41, 14 March 2008 (UTC)
I called today and someone who sounded eerily like John Flansburgh said hello.
I hung up because I didn't know if it was real or not.
As of Jan 5, 2010 someone picks up.
I made a jukebox 'app' with a web service called Twilio and a friend of mine told me about TMBG's Dial-A-Song. The write up is here: http://weakorbit.com/pnotes/archives/1373 you can check out my phone-thing if you call (919) 695-9242.
So just wanted to mention that, if people were seriously interested, this Dial-A-Song could be easily reincarnated into a new digital being.
"I'm sorry, an application error has occurred. Goodbye." If HAL was a woman, this is what it would sound like.
WHO IS WITH ME? --Self Called Nowhere 06:22, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Newest I have from this is that the 387-6962 has a full answering machine. Dial-A-Wiki has had the same song for a while. Sad. -Andy!
I never got the chance to use the service while it was still connected, did the machine say anything before the song or did it just beep and play the song?
Hey y'all, I just made a Facebook fan page for Dial-A-Song, which was long overdue. Nothing major, just gonna be status updates of quotes from songs, DAS-related pictures, etc. Check it out if you are so inclined. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 14:08, 21 January 2014 (EST)
Does anyone have any of the tracks that were on Dial-A-Song? I've seen a few on Youtube, but I wanted to know if someone out there happened to have any of the songs that were restricted to Dial-A-Song.
Send me a link to your site so I can check every now and then
I while back I actually sent you a message on Facebook about this exact thing, but since we aren't friends, it was sent to one of the other message boxes in Facebook for people you don't know.
Self Called Nowhere Do you know when you plan to do your site update? I'm not trying to rush you in any sense of the word, I'd just like to know
For those of you who play the PC game Garry's Mod, I have a bit of news for you. On a DarkRP server called "ThatDarkRPServer", there is a plugin called rPhone, which works much like a real smartphone (I.e. You can have voice-chat calls with people, text people, take pictures, access the internet, etc). Using my rPhone number, along with various TMBG music tracks with filters added in using Audacity and Mixcraft 6, I have re-created the Dial-A-Song phone service in-game. Basically, you call the number (981-6532) while playing on the server and wait for the phone to pick up. Once you do, you will hear a short message from me and a song by They Might Be Giants. Similar to the actual Dial-A-Song service, you will hear a different song every time you call, unlike the original, which had a new song everyday. If you play Garry's Mod, I strongly suggest joining the server and calling Dial-A-Song!