Talk:Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head

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The article says that the "memo to myself" part was a last-minute addition to the self-titled album... I'm confused, then, as to how it's possible that it's identical to the version on the 1985 demo tape. - uglinessman 06:47, 25 Jan 2006 (EST)


There's a bit of a striking resemblance between the Weird Al song "The Check's in the Mail" and this song, check it out:

TMBG: That said, "The check's in the mail, and I'll see you in church, and don't you ever change"

Al: The check's in the mail - (Hey!) you're beautiful Don't ever change (you know what I mean)

Dunno, maybe I'm just doing too many drugs. -The preceding unsigned comment was added by 63.22.223.191 (talk • contribs) 11:49, 12 May 2006.

The two phrases seen in both songs are simply cliches that were often heard from yuppy-type suit-and-tie guys in the 80s. As much as I'd like to think otherwise, it's unlikely that TMBG were intentionally referencing Weird Al. - uglinessman 16:07, 13 May 2006 (CDT)

Hey, the accordion page says there's accordion in this. Is there? I haven't heard it. Maybe I've mistaken the funky keyboard stuff. --Lemita 02:30, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Huh, I just relistened to it, and I think I agree with you. There's one moment (right after "Quit... myyyyyyyyyy") that could be accordion, but it's probably not. But then again, I've never been the best at hearing the specifics. ~ magbatz 03:55, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
It's very deep down in the mix but it's there. Listen to the "mighty zombie" section. - Whirrrlwind (Woosh!) 10:42, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
There's an accordion part when it's played live.-CBGBrocker22

Umm... i just noticed that the version of the song used in the music video is definitely the 85 demo tape version. the accordion part is more distinct, and the drums are much less reverb'd at the beginning and during the "memo to myself..." part. also, i read an interview with adam bernstein saying the video was shot and finished before they were signed to bar/none, so it couldn't have used the final album version yet. having finally heard the demo tape version, i'm 99.9% sure of this. --Ehsteve14 00:45, 5 September 2007 (UTC)


Certainly Linnell did the spoken part? It doesn't sound like Flans... --24.36.147.5 05:56, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

titular?[edit | edit source]

[1] I was under the impression that among the meanings of "titular" was "of or pertaining to a title" or something like that [1][2][3] (it also makes sense according to general etymology rules). "Put your hand inside the puppet head" is the song's title, so isn't that technically correct, or does titular just not mean what I think it does at all? -Apollo (Phoebus!) 23:52, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

According to what I've looked up online, it looks like you're both right, making titular one of the words in English that has two meanings that are basically opposites: one being "in title only; nominal" (the meaning the IP editor who said it was used wrong on this page had in mind) and another being "of or relating to a title" (what Apollo is talking about above). Another such word is cleave, which has one meaning relating to joining things together and another relating to dividing things apart. Anyway, while it's possible that the "in title only" definition is the older or original meaning, the fact of the matter is that they're both now correct, and the other definition is probably the (much) more commonly used meaning. -Drew 02:28, 6 February 2012 (EST)

Bucks about the benjamins (ex, Indian guy reciting pupupuppethead][edit | edit source]

Fellows I must ask where did this file of an indian or pakistani or other fellow with an accent from the middle eastern/far eastern/super far eastern part of the World singing puppethead come from? I cannot stop listening, I tell you! WHAT IS THIS MP3! WHAT IS THIS MP3! What the heck i may never Know, but if You know, you must tell me, I TELL YOU!--WhatTheHeckLinnell 09:12, 4 October 2012 (EDT)

oh p.s. if it helps, he does a girl voice in the part of the song where he's qquoting the mormon zomby.--WhatTheHeckLinnell 09:12, 4 October 2012 jib jib(EDT)

OK! WTB is no1 responding!!!!!! I have questions about THISSSSSSSsSs! (yub-yub (ewoking))

Any one know of the arpeggios in this song?[edit | edit source]

Does anyone know how to recreate the repeating arpeggios that play during the majority of this song? You know, the synth part in the mix that uses the "funny" setting from the Casio MT-100

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=BWaWX5V7ZjM#t=12 Well, here it is, at least kinda close... (sorry for low light and bad editing, this was a quick-as-it-came improvised setup!) I'm sure there are things I'm getting wrong (I think the last chord before the stabs in the verse might be off, and I didn't bother to learn the pacing of the chorus riff), but maybe this is a good enough start for you or someone else to improve upon!
That instrument actually is a Casio MT-100! I'm not entirely sure that this is the same keyboard they used - it's similar, but it doesn't have a pitchbend wheel (as I would imagine would be employed in the big A & F#m stabs in the second half of the verses). And I know that Pink was done without MIDI and that Linnell's right hand is a well-oiled machine but I'm more inclined to believe that they used a keyboard with an auto-arpeggiator function. It also sort of just looks like someone kinda guessed when they said it's this keyboard, so unless evidence surfaces, I might just go ahead and delete that. - j2

I really loved that video, as it told me exactly what I needed to know. I just have one other question. Could you potentially make a MIDI file of that? Or at least sheet music? Thanks!

Jerry Reed[edit | edit source]

A friend has informed me that "Guitar Man" is actually a song by someone named Jerry Reed--the Elvis version is a cover. Should the article be changed, or are we going to assume that the Elvis version is the one Flans knows and leave it? --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 05:02, 29 October 2015 (EDT)

Yes, the original was written by Jerry Reed. I think maybe just adding something like "made famous by Elvis Presley" is enough, with a WP link in the article if people want to read more. I'll fix it up. :-) --MisterMe (talk) 08:34, 29 October 2015 (EDT)