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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby Heds » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:12 pm

Teh Dingo wrote:Things that cross your mind as you clean the bathrooms at work and Another Tattoo comes on the iPod:


At every job interview they're just so impressed
Cause I got all my ex-wives' on my chest



Where's Al interviewing? Chippendales????? :blink:

The guy in Another Tattoo sounds like he's applying for Nandos. But then again the manager would've given him the job on condition he shows his tats to the lads so he wouldn't be sayin "at every job interview they're just so impressed"

Anyways the guy would have great bants, I don't see why he wouldn't work for Nandos
Hats off to the use of hats as megaphones

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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby Big Spoon » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:56 pm

I always took the line to mean that Al shows off his chest during interviews, not necessarily that he's shirtless and the interviewer just notices. (Despite the video.)
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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby avesjohn » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:31 am

Originally posted these in the "Lyrics You Still Don't Understand" thread, but in retrospect, I think they're a better fit here:

avesjohn wrote:"Oh Harvey, Harvey
Harvey The Wonder Hamster
He doesn't bite, and he doesn't squeal
He just runs around on his hamster wheel
Harvey, Harvey
Harvey The Wonder Hamster!
Hey, Harvey!"

Some truly indecipherable lyrics. As an Al fan, I've studied them for over a decade now, trying to figure out what they could possibly mean.

Perhaps this is supposed to be Al's commentary on the struggles of working-class Americans ("Harvey The Wonder Hamster"), who don't have the courage to stand up to a system that treats them like pawns ("he doesn't bite, and he doesn't squeal"), and so are forced to simply work until they die ("he just runs around on his hamster wheel"). Al being a comedian, it was only appropriate for him to represent these people in song with a pet rodent.

As an alternative theory, maybe "Harvey The Wonder Hamster" is Al himself. In that case, Al would be singing from the point of view of us fans, who are cheering "Harvey" on, while remarking on the lack of "bite" (edge) in his generally family-friendly music. The "squeal" perhaps refers to Al's tendency to respect an artist's wishes not to parody their song, and in turn Al's unwillingness to do anything more than poke light fun at them in response. The "hamster wheel", of course, would be the music industry itself, which Al is racing to keep up with, and yet despite the ever-changing tastes of listeners, remains much the same in the end (i.e., crappy and in need of a skilled parodist to make it tolerable). When "Harvey The Wonder Hamster" appeared alongside Al in other media, it was obviously an attempt to deflect from this theory - assuming it's true.

Or maybe it's just a song about a hamster.

Anyway, as confusing as this song was for me, don't even get me started on "Fun Zone."
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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby avesjohn » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:34 am

Part 2 of the above.

Mystik Tomato wrote:
avesjohn wrote:Or maybe it's just a song about a hamster.

Hey man, if you're not going to take this seriously, then you need to get off this forum.


avesjohn wrote:My dear friend, when I said it might be a song about a hamster, you obviously missed what was implied by this statement: that it was a parable about the trying life journey of a single hamster ("Harvey"), from being witness to his parent's murders in Nazi Germany as a child to watching his grandson fight for transgender equality in 2016 America on the eve of the most important presidential election in modern times, all while confined to a cage in the bedroom of a ten-year-old girl in suburban Ohio. That Al could tell such a rich story so eloquently and in so few words - even predicting the future, being that the song was released in 1993 - is a testament to his songwriting mastery. The atrocities and injustices hamsters have suffered through have been well-documented by historians, and for you to dismiss them all like that is offensive, and the reason the battle never seems to end.

#HamstersForHillary


Look at me, increasing my post count by copy-pasting from one thread to another.

Because I'm tacky.
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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby Muppetboy09 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:21 am

avesjohn wrote:
Look at me, increasing my post count by copy-pasting from one thread to another.

Because I'm tacky.


Now you have to post this in the "What Makes You Tacky Thread"...
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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby anthontherun » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:57 pm

In "White and Nerdy," Al sings:
The pens in my pocket, I must protect them


However, isn't a pocket protector designed to, as the name suggests, protect the pocket (from ink stains) and not the pens?
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Re: (Over)analyze This

Postby eleventhirtyfour » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:42 pm

This is reminiscent of the Mr. Show song "Electric Tie Rack" which states that the electric tie rack is "rackin' up electric ties". The ties are not electric. The tie rack is.

That having been said, I have NEVER noticed the flaw in the pocket protector line until you pointed it out and now I love it even more.
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