Talk:Free Tunes

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I must be a total idiot.. but I signed up on the mailing list a while ago.. and I have no idea where to look for the password. Could someone help me? -INeedACrane

-Sign up again. They sort out the duplicates. --badqueso 23:54, 7 Aug 2005 (EDT)

I've tried that before, but it didn't seem to do any good. -INeedACrane

-I've signed up a couple times and the password is always thespinesurfs (user name tmbg.) Hope this helps you out. -BlarJotunn

Finally! An answer! I guess I just missed the whole free MP3 boat completely. Thank you. -INeedACrane

On the Free Downloads page the song "The Blue Note' is listed as being both from Columbia, Missouri and Columbia, South Carolina. The actual Blue Note webpage says that it is in Missouri, but then the actual Mp3 is hosted on as ColumbiaSC.mp3. I'm guessing that's just a mistake by some techie so I'm changing it on the page to read "Columbia, MO," but if someone figures something figures it out, let me know or just change it. -merylinabarrel

Broken Links...[edit]

Are the (download) links for Rest A While and Words Are Like (demo) broken? I won't make any edits or anything, as for all I know, the problem is on my side with my ruddy Internet connection...but I wanted to ask if anybody else is having this problem. -- 21:26, 1 Apr 2006 (CST)

Yes, they're down. You can get those two songs on They Got Lost. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 21:28, 1 Apr 2006 (CST)


I signed up just now but didn't get an e-mail to the song OR get sent to the song after signing up. Since this is at least the second time this has happened to somebody here, do you think we should post the current password and usernames on the page?

Signing up only puts you up for the email list to receive emails from TMBG. And usually they remind everyone of the password at some point in the letter. I just tried out the user name and password (user: tmbg, password: thespinesurfs), but according to this email, it looks like they've changed it, and I'm guessing they'll tell the password when they have something new to post. -Magbatz

When I enter tmbg as username and thespinesurfs as the username and password, nothing happens, just another dialog box pops up.

What happened? Has this happened to anyone else? - (Turnip)

Hm, it seems that they've finally changed the password like they said they would. Just wait for the newsletter, I guess. -Ecks

I'm having the same problem, and have been for some time now. I've missed the last 2 free tunes because I can't find the right password (thespinesurfs isn't working anymore). I've looked through all of my back issues of the newsletter, but there's no mention of what the new password is. Anyone? - jasonact

They just sent a new newslatter about the podcast. I can't read it right now, does it have the password? -Ecks

New newsletter, nothing about the password! ~SirDarrell

The old password doesn't work for me either, and I haven't received a new password either. I even tried unsubscribing and then resubscribing to the newsletter, but I didn't get a password, new or old. Has anyone gotten the song yet? Should we e-mail the address they gave in the newsletter for giving suggestions about the songbook and ask for the new password? ~Drew

I just sent an email to the TMBGdot email address. We'll see what happens. If I hear anything before an email is sent out to everyone, I'll post it here. -PoMoDave

Could this be the end of TMBG's free song era? - (Turnip)

No. :\ -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:33, 14 Feb 2006 (CST)

Okies, guys. Password is up and running! Go download to your little hearts' content. --ArAn 13:13, 15 Feb 2006 (CST)

Memory always busy, often broken[edit]

Was Don't Cry on either Free Tunes or they[...].com? ~ magbatz 19:03, 29 Apr 2006 (CDT)

I don't think so...why? Did you find an MP3 of it on your PC or something? -CapitalQtalk ♪ 19:06, 29 Apr 2006 (CDT)

Yeah. I was organizing my booklet thing of burned/loose CDs that I've made over the years, and I found it on one--my first TMBG one-- that I burned right around the time of Dirt Bike and Mr. Me live at Joe's Pub on Free Tunes, and although I don't remember exactly when I downloaded it, I definitely have Don't Cry (except the tag is now empty), and I have some vague memory of seeing the red and black of the downloads page before listening to the song. It was a while ago, though. But I wouldn't know where else I got it from (don't have the Malcolm in the Middle CD), and the only other website I can think of that I visited would be the now-dead ~ magbatz 16:11, 30 Apr 2006 (CDT)
Uh...didn't have a red and black theme? -CapitalQtalk ♪ 17:14, 30 Apr 2006 (CDT)
It was red and white, but same thing. I probably got it from there, I suppose. I guess today's not a great day for my brain. ~ magbatz 17:24, 30 Apr 2006 (CDT)

Was Which Describes How You're Feeling (Demo) on Free Tunes or any of its associated sites? I can't see why TMBG would decide to put it up (neither new nor especially rare, doesn't promote anything), but that doesn't change the fact that I remember it being there. (Or am I mixing this up with seeing Words Are Like (Demo)?????????????) Dial-A-Song Page[edit]

Hey, CapitalQ, thanks for finding that stuff using the wayback machine. I totally forgot about these songs! That was way before I had my own computer, though the first two songs might still be on a family computer somewhere. Now, with that said--don't take this the wrong way, but is the Free Tunes page really the best place for the Dial-A-Song Page info? Only the first two could even be downloaded (and they still can be, btw--is it okay to link to them via as WAVs, and the other three could only be streamed with Quicktime streams, not downloaded. Should we maybe make a Dial-A-Song Page page and link it at the bottom to the Dial-A-Song and pages instead? Let me know what you think. (Or, if I'm wrong and those songs COULD be downloaded, let me know! But I'm pretty sure I remember this correctly, and I also checked it using info from ~Drew

Just sayin'[edit]

The "download" link for Tiny Doctors is broken.

Just sayin'.

Also, does anyone know why the live version of E Eats Everything is credited to Dan Miller and given the name "Sucker" after a song by Lincoln.

I'm pretty sure you can listen to Tiny Doctors on the Clock Radio. That version's higher quality anyway, I think. And about the "Sucker" reference, no clue. ~ magbatz 22:12, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Wayback Machine[edit]

I'm not sure if this would be the right page to put it on, but the Wayback Machine has archived copies of the early TMBG site, which include early versions of Token Back to Brooklyn and Rat Patrol in WAV format. Yoyogod

Yeah, those are the same recordings, I think, as the ones already on their download pages (Download:Rat Patrol (Dial-A-Song)-- it's from Bryce land or something. You could probably change the link if you want to though. Dunno. ~ magbatz

I want to point out that you can (apparently) get all of those songs at the directory . 00:47, 19 January 2007 (UTC) Edit: Hmm, it seems some weren't archived.


Does anyone think it's worth linking to the free samples on It appears that several of the recent shows contain a complete song as their samples (although three of them seem to be "Band Intros"). Also, a version of "How Can I Sing Like A Girl" is conspicuously absent, didn't Dan Miller suggest he'd include one in the liner notes to 7-25-07? Just nitpicking! --Oddjob 04:41, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

I totally think it's a good idea to list all of the complete (or almost complete) song samples under the heading, probably with a new subheading like "Complete song samples from shows available for purchase," or something like that. ~Drew
Cool. If there are no objections then, I'll create this section next chance I get (sometime this weekend perhaps?) --Oddjob 15:32, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
I'm starting a list from what I can remember. I am guessing, though, that there are a few more. Also, it would make sense if we matched the songs with the link to the mp3 or show, but this is just a start... ~ magbatz 22:01, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
Nice touch with the show links, WhatIsThatThing, but are you sure that's actually a parody of "With A Little Help From My Friends"? I haven't bought that show, so I don't know, but in the sample he's singing the actual Beatles lyrics. They played the song twice, once during soundcheck and once during the show. At least one version was a parody, but in the sample he's singing the real first verse, so I'm wondering if they did a straight cover in addition to the parody. --The Almighty Doer of Stuff 13:51, 30 December 2007 (UTC)
Actually, I have bought that show. As you mentioned, there are two versions of the song that are included with it. The live version is a straight up parody, as seen on the show page. In the soundcheck version, Homestar actually sings some of the real stuff in the first verse (as heard in the sample) but then immediately goes into some general Homestar...erry. Here's the line right after the sample ends: "Lend me your ears, and I'll try not to tickle 'em / but that depends on how much hair you have in your ears." --WhatIsThatThing 18:41, 30 December 2007 (UTC)


Can't we use the 'last modified' info (here) as an indicator as to when the songs were posted? Most of them seem to have been last modified (I bet posted as well) two weeks apart from eachother. Wout 11:37, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

New mp3s?[edit]

Flans has mentioned four new mp3s on Facebook recently. Anybody snagged them? — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 11:46, 5 November 2012 (EST)

I think he's referring to the tracks from At Large. He says "last chance" which I think means those cos they've been up for awhile. --Self Called Nowhere 12:31, 5 November 2012 (EST)

Speaking of new mp3s, should there be some mention of the At Large tracks, "Vote or Don't", and "I'm Your Boyfriend Now" from recent email newsletters? ~ veggieman 10:31, 14 November 2012 (EST)

I'd say they're definitely worth posting - dated, with URLs. Maybe in a new subheading on the page since this seems like the newest distribution of song MP3s. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 11:25, 14 November 2012 (EST)