Honestly, I don't think this song's as bad as people make it out to be. The lyrics are typical of Doughty ("Buddha Rhubarb Butter", some lyrics in "Sugar Free Jazz"). Plus, the music's more on the groove side rather than TMBG's usual structure. It's really a mixing of Doughty's style and TMBG's musical talent, and I, for one, like it. A soild 8 from me. -Ecks
Hm. The version that I heard on Clock Radio is over a minute shorter than the Mink Car version. The songs starts with the first "cafe con pan" (skipping the introductions and bass line) and ends after the second verse. This wouldn't be the version from Malcom, would it? --Salt-Man Z 11:57, 26 Feb 2006 (CST)
No, it's not the Malcolm version. The Malcolm episode only has horns. - apfelbitsliam
I really cannot stand this song. The lyrics don't mean anything, the music is bland, and the voice is annoying. Then again, all my friends say that the Johns' nasally voices are annoying, so to each their own.--tehbagel 17:57, 5 Apr 2006 (CDT)
This and Yeh Yeh are the most pointless waste of TMBG record ever. Agree or disagree?
- This song is one of my least favorites, but I pretty much adore Yeh Yeh. For me it probably has more to do with the lyrical content, not the music. This song is completely pointless while Yeh Yeh has at least a little substance.--GoPalindromeGo 14:37, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
- Disagree. How can anyone resist this song? It's nice to hear Them doing something different. ~bowser724 04:21, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Who's playing that there theremin? --ZippZapp 23:59, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
- I am actually pretty sure it isn't a teremin at all. At the first of the song, it is pretty clear that it is probably Linnell using his Kaoss Pad and at the end of the song I am reasonably sure that it is the same, just drowned in reverd. It sounds a bit too pitch perfect though, so if anything else it could just be a synth with vibrato and note slide added in, but it is no theremin in my opinion.
They Might Be Giants! Doughty! The Elegant Too!
As a longtime fan of both They Might Be Giants and Soul Coughing (Mike Doughty's former band), I find this song to be one of the most unique things either artist/group created. Sure, the lyrics are goofy to the extreme, but it's really not that far from what Doughty usually spouts off; he even admits as such, saying "My verse is extra spooky." And let's face it, TMBG's lyrics can be downright impenetrable sometimes. With The Elegant Too in the mix, I think the music and sound effects are quite, um, "xciting." I understand why this has a low placement (non-John vocals and bizarre lyrics), but near the bottom? Wow, it surprises me that it's so polarizing.
--MisterMe 13:29, 21 February 2012 (EST)
- i don't think it has anything to do with the non-john vocals or lyrics (though honestly both doughty's inflection and the rhymes border on cringe-worthy here), it's just a bad song. -Apollo (colloquia!) 00:11, 25 April 2013 (EDT)
Looking through the Giants songs ratings this is one of the lowest from a proper release, I think only Dogwalker is lower. Which I think is a bit unfair. I quite like the chorus bit (Yessss! ect) but the above poster is right. The whole thing sounds like middle aged men trying to sound young. It would have been better if they'd rationalised the lyric into something more sensible. They obviously had a great time recording it and sometimes it's a case of had you had to be there. (Mr TucK)
Wario Land similarity
The slow closing dirge
In the book of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, at the Yule Ball, the band plays a "slow dirge". The end of this song reminds me of what I thought the tune sounded like in my head.--Pittsburghmuggle (talk) 07:44, 1 August 2021 (EDT)