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Has anyone ever wondered if the identity of Gloria and the Guy on the Phone could someday be discovered? I've always wondered if they know that their idle conversation of that can be perfectly acted out by strangers from opposite sides of the world. If you were Gloria, and you knew about the recording, would you tell anyone? - KingWeed 11:32, October 7, 2004

She would probably be very, very confused. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:42, January 16, 2006
I love the story Linnell tells about being in a bookstore or something and thinking he heard Gloria in another aisle, but by the time he went to look, she was gone. I think she'd be kinda mad actually. --Valerie 10:59, 19 Jun 2006 (MDT)
Yeah, that was funny :) ... wonder if she knows if she's famous among TMBG fans... --Lemita 01:14, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
We often hear artists talk about the random person they saw somewhere or had a brief conversation with that inspired them to create a piece of work and wonder if the muse ever finds out about it, or realizes that they are the one. I remember watching Storytellers about 10 years or so ago, and listening to Elvis Costello describe the situation and the young lady who inspired him to write "Alison" and thinking, "I wonder if she's watching this right now and knows that he's talking about her". But the chances of that kind of thing happening are very slim, I think. In Gloria's case, she'd have to remember that she had called "There May Be Giants" or "There Must Be Giants" 20 years ago and get the urge to look them up to see if they ever made any money off their venture, and then randomly come across this particular track. There is a chance that, over the years, she'd become a fan of theirs and ended up finding out about the track after purchasing this album, but that's even less likely. I think that she probably must have forgotten all about "There May Be Giants" and "his" zany, no-money-making idea. ;)
To answer the original question, I'm not sure! As a fan of TMBG, I think I'd be excited that my inane ramblings made it onto a record. But if someone came up to me and let me know that something I said in 1987 was set to music and released on an obscure band's album, I really don't know what would go through my mind. I would probably be really embarrassed! You know, I did leave a stupid message on someone's machine when I was about 10 (this would be 1992-ish). My mom made me call a restaurant and put in an order for us ahead of time, but she gave me the wrong number. The logic and reasoning skills of ten year olds being what they are, I just left our order on the person's machine. For all I know, it could have been a musician who wrote a song about some idiotic little kid who wanted Chicken and Dumplings! I should check this out... --Ms Fernandez 20:06, 16 January 2008 (UTC)


Someone out there have a screen capture of the video from Gigantic that they want to upload? --Duke33 13:22, 4 Apr 2006 (CDT)

I'm planning on sorting through all of the TMBG DVDs soon and posting screencaps for any tracks missing them. Maybe I'll do it tonight. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 14:17, 4 Apr 2006 (CDT)
I just finished making two super-high-res screencaps for every video on Direct From Brooklyn and adding them to their pages. Tomorrow I'll probabaly do Gigantic and Here Come The ABCs. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:19, 4 Apr 2006 (CDT)

Legal implications?[edit]

Aren't there possible legal repercussions for TMBG's commercial distribution of Gloria's conversation, ostensibly without her consent (or awareness)? I grant that the likelihood of legal action from Gloria is extremely low, but regardless, is this "song" legally kosher? Keriostar 00:39, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

She left it on their answering machine. - ElbridgeGerry TALK 14:52, 15 August 2007 (UTC)
They also don't reveal any personal, identifying, or damning information. I doubt Gloria would have much of a case if she ever came forward. - Ms Fernandez

What song?[edit]

Any idea what song Gloria and her pal heard on Dial-A-Song just before leaving this message? - thevince 14 August 2011

I would love to know. Their stuff back in the '80s was unlike most other music around, so it might not have even been one of their strangest tunes...Gloria could have had her mind blown by "Don't Let's Start"! --MisterMe (talk) 09:48, 18 May 2021 (EDT)

Linnell's thoughts[edit]

I'm not sure if this is worthy of inclusion on the main page, but here are some interesting thoughts from Linnell from a 1998 interview[1] on the person Gloria:

You know I think a lot of people thought we were making fun of her but I really think there's something deeply interesting about this person who is obviously from a kind of working class Brooklyn background who is like obsessed with obscure oddball things that you read about in the back of the Village Voice and she pursues them and is like making a list of them and really kind of obsessing on this stuff and it makes me wonder what is going on there you know it's kind of fascinating and she's obviously incomprehensible to like her friends...

--MisterMe (talk) 09:48, 18 May 2021 (EDT)