- THANK YOU. I hadn't heard this song in ages and forgot that it was missing from my life. That song is adorable. But, um, yeah, you guys, Join Us samples! I tried to restrain myself from listening to all of every sample, but I think I have accurately gleaned that this shit is going to be weird. Spoiler Alert is very exciting, I love verbal density and interplay more than most things. -j2 saying nothing worth reading
Inspiration for the cover art?
I noticed this song has a truck and leads to death. The album cover art depicts a truck that follows death. Anyone agree this is the song that inspired the monster hearse art? —Rafe
- Cars, death, and car accidents resulting in death are pretty common themes in TMBG's oeuvre; this song and the monster-hearse on the cover seems (to me) more like continuations of those themes than being intended as accompanying each other. (The pink hearse also appears in the art that's supposedly specifically for Cloissoné.) I don't think it's a definite enough connection for, say, the trivia section on the song's page, but it's a good connection to make says me. --Afterward 20:50, 25 July 2011 (EDT)
- And would it be proper to mention that the Avatars are performing stark naked? --Nehushtan (talk) 13:00, 4 May 2020 (EDT)
Appearance on Car Talk
I don't know if this is notable enough for the main page, but this song is used in the Car Talk episode #1138: Cleanliness Is Next to Boat Payment, during a commercial break! :D
(for anybody who has it, it begins at 34:16 in the Car Talk podcast.)
Instrument at the end
What it's the instrument at the end of the song? I'm thinking that it's a bass flute, but I'm not sure and it's kinda bugging me. What do you think?
- The liner notes credit Stan Harrison on the Bass flute for the track.
It's not polite to stare
But I did notice the scar on Linnell's wrist in the video at :55. I'm guessing this is the scar from his bike accident which broke his wrist and lead to them doing Dial-A-Song in the first place? If it required surgery, that would be the place to do it.--Pittsburghmuggle (talk) 21:44, 20 April 2015 (EDT)
Spoiler Alert In The USA
Does anyone know if the final piece of trivia (John Linnell originally wanted to give this song an inappropriately generic pop song title, such as "Party in the USA". This idea was scrapped when the band realized that that was the title of a Miley Cyrus hit single) is actually true? I'm just curious about it. It almost seems like one of the tall tales They would talk about before playing a song live. -Bouncer15111
- I think I remember reading this or hearing it in an interview when Join Us came out, so I don't think it's from show banter. I do wish it were sourced so we had definite proof, but yeh I swear I remember it. I mean it's possible they lie about things in interviews, but I think it's unlikely. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 18:03, 8 November 2016 (EST)
- The editor gave their source in the summary: "added trivia from podcast interview, at 43 minutes in, http://radioradiopodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2013-12-10T17_51_59-08_00" --DoubleDenial (talk) 18:40, 11 January 2020 (EST)