Talk:Guy Songs

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To my knowledge, the American word 'guy' has yet to be completely fathomed. Safire did a piece on it, but said little about its use as a kind of comedy shorthand. TMBG and its fans grew up in the era of Smothers Brothers, Saturday Night Live, and their imitators, irony-sotted and dyed in loose-jointed informality. The word "guy" (or its slacker/stoner cousin "dude") is almost too easy an out when looking to introduce an element of class- or importance-leveling fun to a discussion or a song. Whoever the deceased is in "Exquisite Dead Guy", we can't imagine treating him with great respect -- after all, he is just a guy -- no matter how exquisite he may be. And is Plato a towering figure in the history of western thought? Maybe so, but for our purposes he's just a Greek guy. Because it's such a simple-to-use off-the-shelf product, I have to fault TMBG for overusing the word in just this ironic way over the course of many songs, allowing themselves to merge blithely with the ambient spirit of the age.

"Guy" is the counterpart, in modern comedy, to the half-chuckle, mock-formal use of the title "Mr." (as in SNL's "Mr. Short-Term Memory"). Thankfully, the Johns haven't been overly indulgent in using this term for throwaway micro-laughs. The tragic song Mr. Me contains little to no trace of this cheap material, though maybe there's a thread of it woven into Mr Xcitement. --Nehushtan 17:36, 29 August 2008 (UTC)


this is a completely silly category. thoughts? -- 20:55, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

You're totally right! :O I didn't even realize that.
I've thought this from day one. -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 21:08, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
i don't mind this one, i would say it's a TMBG quirk that should be noted on the wiki. not all bands use the word 'guy' in so many songs. there are even sillier ones, such as and I Am. Limabeans ( · ) 00:56, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
But this one is weird 'cause it's... "Guy Songs." -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
Ummmm... what? Limabeans ( · ) 02:06, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
Isn't it a weird name? "Guy Songs"? -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
Oh, sorry, User:Nehushtan.
I like the name very much. -Apollo. 02:24, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
Surely by this logic though there should be a category for every word used in every song in TMBG's discography? --༺𝄞𝄆Ⓠⓤⓔⓛ⎈Ⓓⓞⓜⓜⓐⓖⓔ𝄇༻ 12:41, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
uhhh.... what? Limabeans ( · ) 07:08, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
I think she means that since there's a theme for the word "guy", why not have a theme for every other word? -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
And Apollo might like the name, but a self called theme called "guy songs" sounds like songs that are meant for guys. -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
That's exactly why it's hilarious! You think "oh, well that's sexist!" and then you read it and it's a list of songs that have the word "guy." I laughed. -Apollo. 23:05, 30 June 2010 (UTC)
I created this category because I started noticing around the release of Factory Showroom that they use the word quite a lot. It bothered me and soon tracking it became a hobby/obsession. For the reasons I outline in the large post above I believe its prevalence to be a bit of a chink in their armor and view each new appearance of it as a momentary slack or blind spot in their creative efforts. This is not at all meant to diss the band, you understand -- I think anyone who reads my posts in TBMW can see that I have great respect for their verbal prowess -- but hey, even Shakespeare wasn't perfect. --Nehushtan 05:49, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
Even if the song You Probably Get That A Lot didn't have the word guy, it would still be a guy song. Think about it. I'm not trying to be sexist. -User:Flansfan