Talk:I Left My Body

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A strong start[edit]

This bodes well for the new album. Think of anyone of your musical heroes and if they're still going 30 years in, they're struggling to sound fresh. Last week I heard the Breeders new single and it was like being back in 1993, and I mean that in a good way. It's the same with this song. It's a proper Giants song, a lead single, but I feel that some of the things I've moaned about on recent releases have been addressed. The subject matter, although obviously odd, isn't so oblique that your wondering what the hell it's about. The production is a revelation, I just listened to the new Beck album, and it's so flat, in the way digital recordings can be, too compressed and no space to breathe. I've moaned about the overproduction of recent Giants material, and Flans talks about production in the Rolling Stones review and it'll need someone more skilled than me to explain the specifics of what they've done but it sounds great. Under-produced Flans argued, but for me they've just worked harder on the arrangements - love the intro - and far less cluttered, though apparently it's been recorded "more traditionally" (I'd like more details on that). In some ways there are some production tricks (they've done some vocoder effect or is it a triple tracked vocal?) for Linnell but it works. Linnell sounds the same but different - and it's a great vocal. A great vocal. I'd love to read how the song was written, I bet it started with the vocal.

Stop Press: Just watched the Live performance on Conan. One of the greatest live performances I've ever seen the band do. Linnell absolutely slays it. Brilliant. (Mr Tuck)

It's nearest relative (and in a sense it could be a companion piece, given the subject matter) is Wearing A Raincoat. What's great about the song, is that there is no fat on it, it rolls in at 2.30 something, in recent years they'd of made it 4.20. It does remind me of another band and another song, but I'm absolutely stumped at to which band and song it is. If I have a minor complaint its the piano pad part on the quiet part (guys I know you have to play it live, but think of another trick) but I'm quibbling. I really like it and I'm going to listen to it again right now. It's great to post on they might be a wiki again. I've missed you all. (Mr Tuck) 16:10, October 23, 2017

As far as the song this reminds you of, I'm getting strong vibes that this song was heavily influenced by prime Electric Light Orchestra, particularly "Do Ya". That's a good thing! Also, agreed on the new Breeders song. :-) --MisterMe (talk) 16:33, 24 October 2017 (EDT)

Really enjoying this song. Best single they've released since 'Can't Keep Johnny Down'. Just upgrade my rating to 9. I really hope the album is as strong. (Mr Tuck)


After watching the Conan performance, does anyone agree that Linnell is singing "Doctor Bronner soap" (and not bat repellent). Thoughts?

he certainly is in the conan performance! (bat repellent on the studio recording was given to us by flans on twitter~) -jjjjjjjjjjjjj2
He's been doing it that way at live performances too. But yeh it's still definitely "bat-repellant" on the studio version. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 18:45, 4 March 2018 (EST)

There is a connection![edit]

This change always intrigued me because it seemed so random (even for Linnell), so I just looked up what a bat repellent soap might be, and while I couldn't find any such thing, I did find this information on a website about bat repellents: "...there are other tales of people using the strong scent of peppermint oil to drive bats away from a particular location." Guess what one of the main ingredients in Dr. Bronner soap is? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kaylum (talkcontribs) 15:52, March 24, 2019

Meet the Elements[edit]

I believe this is the only song mentioned on the "Meet the Elements of TMBG" shirt in which the song's lyrics refer to the element rather than the title starting with the same letters. (It stands for Tungsten.) --ColorOfInfinity (talk) 18:24, 17 June 2020 (EDT)