The guy you love to hate.
The title and most of the song talk about how obnoxious the guy is. (Maybe he's New Hampshire man?) So, why would anyone want to be his best bud? I guess he's the guy that is so obnoxious it's amusing to you and your friends. --Mbarlowm 22:34, 7 March 2013 (EST)
- I was thinking more that the Icky Guy might be associated with Sketchy Galore. Not in a literal, "That's what they were thinking" way, but that it'd be the same caliber of person. YoungWilliam 05:56, 25 March 2013 (EDT)
New person here, According to 1930s slang "an Ickie" is someone who does not like popular music
I always thought of the "best bud" part as people trying to make up excuses to not hang out with him, i.e. "we can't both be his best bud". - fork
First name basis
At first I had no idea what "first name getting all up in your last name face" meant, but I think it means the guy is calling you by your first name when you'd prefer him not to be so casual. "Hi, John!" "Please, call me Mr. Linnell."--Mandaliet 07:59, 16 March 2013 (EDT)
- i think it's just listing his first and last name, as in "first name: j robert; last name: oppenheimer" → "j robert oppenheimer". herein, "first name: getting all up in your; last name: face" → "getting all up in your face". -Apollo (colloquia!) 09:03, 16 March 2013 (EDT)
I have a feeling that it is both, however the line "Full-time occupation listed as "life-draining leech"" does give more credence to the latter.
Linnell on form
It's taken a few listens before I realised that this is a mighty track. I think it relates to Linnell's need for privacy juxtaposed with perhaps his revulsion of celebrity. The icky guy that everyone wants to know.
Icky, the celebrity douche.
I agree with the "guy you like to hate" enterpritation, and I think it might have something to do with celebrity douches. In the music video, the icky guy eats people who pay attention to him, he becomes more powerful, more people pay attemtion, he eats them, etc. sounds a bit like jersey shore to me.
Whence sprung this song: a speculation
I think the song probably came about from John observing someone he found totally obnoxious and he was wondering why other people did not see how obnoxious the guy is, and even seemed eager to befriend him. So the first verse is just caricaturing this eagerness on the part of those other people.