Talk:The Bullies

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This is the best Flansburgh song I've heard in a long time! —The thing Talk 11:22, 23 May 2018 (EDT)

Not bad... for a Flans song. But I kid. I just want to note that, without realizing it was such, when I read the lyrics in the email this afternoon, before subsequently watching the music video, I read it as a Flans song. Which is weird, because several aspects of the lyrics struck me as Linnellesque. The idea of bullies recalls, for me, the Generalissimo who barks his orders in "I'm Impressed". The whole first verse reminds me of "Hate the Villanelle"... I think because of the line "Repeating old phrases like courses for horses." Kind of a jigsaw rhyme? And then the last verse feels like a direct callback to "We Want a Rock"... except the tables have been turned. And of course, the greatest bully of them all is Triangle Man, so I feel safe to say Linnell had some hand in these lyrics. But what the hell do I know? User:umbflm

Well first of all Flans wrote the lyrics to "Hate the Villanelle," so if it reminds you of that that's no evidence that Linnell had anything to do with this song. I also do not think that "Not bad...for a Flans song" is a very cool thing to say, even if you add "But I kid" after it. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 00:37, 24 May 2018 (EDT)
Thanks for the info about Villanelle. :) -umbflm

Gertrude Stein said "there's no there there"

Yes, there was talk about this when the page for the song was first made. Someone thought it was trivia-worthy, but my belief is that while it's true that this is the original source of it it has become such a cliche at this point that someone saying it cannot necessarily be taken as a reference, similar to the variation on "rosy-fingered dawn" in "Push Back the Hands" having the original source of Homer but also having passed the point of cliche by now. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 21:55, 1 October 2018 (EDT)


The electric guitar strikes me as Flansburgh's style but I'm sure Dan is versatile enough to have made that tone. --Nehushtan (talk) 23:14, 4 October 2019 (EDT)