Interpretations:Fake Out In Buenos Aires

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Perhaps none of this happened in Buenos Aires. What a fake-out. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:47, May 26, 2005

Play on words[edit]

Everything is a play on commonly used phrases. The line-by-line:

  • Fake out, fake in: Fade out, Fade In
  • Fake it to me: Take it to me?
  • What Is Fake?: What is Love?, perhaps
  • Fake TV: Spike TV
  • Land of a thousand Fake Outs: Land of a thousand deaths?
  • Fake worse than death: Fate worse than death
  • Faker's Delight: Rapper's Delight
  • Fake your claim: Stake your claim
  • Fake around the clock: Rock around the clock
  • Winner fake all: Winner take all
  • Three fakes, you're out: Three strikes, you're out

Hmmm...maybe fake out is a euphemism for death? A thousand deaths in Buenos Aires? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe I'm just faking you out. Also, I admit that I got the idea for the first part from jkazoo's Where do They Make Balloons "interpretation" —Preceding unsigned comment added by WhatIsThatThing (talkcontribs) 00:02, July 2, 2007

I think "fake it to me" is a parody of "sock it to me". Akagi 00:08, July 2, 2007
Land of a thousand Fake Outs is probably "Land Of A Thousand Dances". From Fern Gully. :D —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:23, October 24, 2007
Land of a thousand Fake Outs - I assume the origin of this was Land of a Thousand Lakes, the moniker of Finland; or Land of 10,000 Lakes, a phrase found on Minnesota state license plates —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:10, July 15, 2019
"Faking it to (someone)" might simply be something you do in a sport like basketball or hockey, where you pretend to pass to one person and then pass to another, as it is. --The Almighty Doer of Stuff 19:20, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure "Fake TV" is not referring to Spike TV, as the name "Spike TV" didn't exist until 2003, six years after this song was released and even longer after it was recorded. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:55, January 7, 2010

I believe "Fake it to me" would be a play on "sock it to me". - El Zilcho 20:04, July 13, 2010

I always assumed "Fake TV" was a play off "Real TV", which did exist in 1997. -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 00:36, 14 July 2010

"We recorded it for our first album" which probably means around 1986 or '85. "Real TV" started showing in 1996. Maybe John & John have ESP. It could refer to reality television, though, I suppose, which has been around for nearly as long as TV. -Apollo 01:00, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
Why must you crush my blissful ignorance with reality? -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 01:33, 14 July 2010
Live TV maybe? -- Buzzmusic100 (Yes! Fake!) 21:14, July 13, 2010‎

Subconsciously world-wise[edit]

While this song is undoubtedly a bit of fun had by the Johns, almost like a genre exercise, I wonder if international headlines might have caused Argentina to creep into their subconscious. In the late 1970s and early 80s, Buenos Aires was in the throes of a coup. The most infamous aspect of this terrible time was how many people were "disappeared" by the government (maybe a "fake worse than death"). This was a tactic deployed by several Central and South American countries at the time, and it even later influenced U2 to release a song all about it. This TMBG ditty is pretty silly and their vocal stylings imply anything but seriousness, yet I can't help but think they were aware of the drama unfolding "on the hemisphere below" as R.E.M. put it so succinctly. --MisterMe (talk) 09:37, 18 August 2021 (EDT)