Talk:Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2

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Music Jail, Pt 1 & 2[edit]

Lyrically, Dylan can sleep easy but it's a lovely melody both parts and 1 and 2. Part 1 continues the slightly scary funfair musical theme of last weeks No Cops and again this songs sees Giants in a playful mood that we perhaps haven't seen since the late 80s. Like No Cops this is one that you want to listen to again and again (unlike Erase which is just a bit too much Linnell by numbers and Madam, I challenge you to duel which isn't very good). Fair play to Flans, this is a quality song. If there is a criticism it's that he leaves himself an incredibly high part on Part 2. He just about pulls it off and I guess Flans would argue Why Can't I Sing Like A Girl? Why indeed, but it'll be interesting how he approaches it live! The only debate now is which is better, Part 1 or 2? I'm undecided! (Mr Tuck)

I like the song as a whole--it would feel incomplete without both halves! Musically, it's a gas, and it seems to follow songs like Cloisonné and The Darlings Of Lumberland in showing off their formidable free-jazz side. No doubt in my mind, it's the most interesting entry to the new Dial-A-Song project thus far. --MisterMe (talk) 09:29, 28 January 2015 (EST)
Since you mentioned wondering how TMBG will play it live, here's a video I took on Sunday night of the song's first live performance. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 13:38, 28 January 2015 (EST)

Thanks for the post. Poor old Flans struggling to stay in tune. (Mr Tuck)

Possible redirects[edit]

i'm just going to list some of them.

obviously there's like 2341235 more. 3 punctuation marks! (logograms, whatever) i don't know where to stop. the first is the only "official" one, but redirects are pretty harmless, even in large quantities. thoughts? Apollo (colloquia!) 19:31, 28 January 2015 (EST)

Why the heck not?!? --Nehushtan (talk) 23:03, 21 October 2019 (EDT)


In the band's UK radio performance today, they played this song. Then Flans thanked The Housemartins "for all the ideas". I was not expecting that! I really enjoy that group. --MisterMe (talk) 23:14, 29 January 2016 (EST)

Do you think this is worthy of putting into the trivia, or no? Also, now I have to go find what the underlying Marxist themes of the song are, because that's clearly what Flansburgh meant.--MidoFS (talk) 14:11, 16 May 2017 (EDT)
I'll assume you're joking, because I'm pretty sure Flans was. --Nehushtan (talk) 11:15, 29 May 2021 (EDT)


Music Jail has an obvious separation into two parts, so noting it in the title is pretty self-explanatory. But knowing that Flansburgh knows everything about pop music, I've got to suspect he's giving a tiny tip o' the hat to the Isley Brothers who had numerous songs with "Part 1 & 2" in the titles. --Nehushtan (talk) 22:05, 20 October 2019 (EDT)

I always found it weird how it's called that even though the two parts have never been released separately. --ColorOfInfinity (talk) 20:02, 21 October 2019 (EDT)

Band on the Run[edit]

The different musical sections and the shared concept of 'musicians stuck in prison' makes me think this song is TMBG's take on Band on the Run by Wings. AngleBlueprint (talk) 15:22, 19 June 2021 (EDT)

Yes, yes, yes! I've always enjoyed the big expansive take of Wings' Band On The Run and Admiral Halsey/Uncle Albert. Music Jail takes that same expansive view and I love it!
So I’m not the only one who gets Admiral Halsey vibes! Flans doing medleys is the greatest. Since his short songs are so solid, stitching them together makes much sense. With the Dark succeeds in this respect too. -FloridaFlamingoGirl 11-11-22