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* TheBeautifulGame: The band (''especially'' Gareth) are big football followers, and it shows up in quite a few songs. ** "All Your Kayfabe Friends": ''"You asked if I'd be anyone from history, fact or fiction, dead or alive: I said I'd be Tony Cascarino, circa 1995"'' ** "Miserabilia": ''"I've cried on ashen floor of working men's clubs, 96, 98, 2000, 2002, 2004, oh my God, will it end?"'', referring to the English national team's brave/heartbreaking/pathetic exits at European Championships and World Cups. ** Pretty much half of "Plan A" is about the singer getting called up to play for Malta (a country with a historically lousy football team), [[DownToTheLastPlay scoring a last-minute blinder]], and becoming a national hero. ** "This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind": ''"An analogy that makes sense to most: this opportunity had found me unmarked at the far post, but I blazed it right against the crossbar"'' ** "We've Got Your Back": ''"Every girl I ever kissed I was thinking of a pro footballer, thought you should know..."'' ** "Every Defeat is a Divorce (Three Lions)": Three Lions is a reference to the logo of the English National Football team. The entire song is about football, and includes lyrics about the logo gaining sentience and attempting to claw Gareth to death. ** Yet another reference comes from "Songs About Your Girlfriend": ''"She stubbed her home club's crest on me with cigarettes, a swift to match the bird upon her football shirt"'', which may or may not be a reference to English League One side Walsall F.C., whose badge features a swift. ** ''No Blues'' has a TON; Gareth has said that he's finally comfortable putting lots in, as it's a subject he feels confident making reference to. *** "Let it Spill": "''Béla Guttmann of love, curse all my exes to a life of celibacy''" references the Hungarian football manager Béla Guttmann. Guttmann led Benfica to two successive European Cup wins and, after parting with the club on bad terms, is said to have left a curse on the club so that they would never win a European Cup again. Benfica has since lost seven major European finals without winning once. *** Two more in "For Flotsam": "''Last set of goalposts taken down, summer of odd-numbered year''" being linked to a year with no World Cup or European Championships and therefore no interest, and "''She's catenaccio''" referring to the Italian, overtly-defensive style of football (i.e. he's getting nowhere with her) *** "What Death Leaves Behind": "''I proofread the book of Job for the lord, edit one: League Cup 2004"'' is a reference to obscure Middlesborough player Joseph-Désiré Job, who scored in the 2004 English League Cup final. *** "Glue Me": "''Leave with all the dignity of a [[http://youtu.be/DqJpnCmIvnA missed Panenka penalty]]''" and "''We connected like [[http://youtu.be/RK2aU9m4nW8 a Yeboah volley]]''"
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* ShoutOut: The "bake phallic cake" line from the song "Romance Is Boring" is a reference to "I Love You (But You're Boring)" by Gareth Campesinos!'s all-time favourite band, The Beautiful South.
* ShoutOut: The "bake phallic cake" line from the song "Romance Is Boring" is a reference to "I Love You (But You're Boring)" by Gareth Campesinos!'s all-time favourite band,
The Beautiful South.
->'''I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST!"''
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->''[[CarefulWithThatAxe I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST]]"''
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* ColbertBump: Gareth's continuous references to his favorite author, the late metafictional novelist B.S. Johnson, on the band's blog and in interviews has at least slightly raised the profile of the semi-obscure writer.
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* CreatorBacklash: Gareth doesn't care too much for "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives", one of their earliest singles. ** He supposedly hated "You! Me! Dancing!", although by now its one of their few early songs that remain in their concert setlist, so perhaps his feelings have changed. *** This could be a case of [[RevivalByCommercialization Revival By Commercialisation]], as it's often preceded by "this song is about beer", and has some lyrics changed to "every single one of us Budweiser 'til we die".
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* NamesTheSame: The band's name means "The Farmers" in Spanish, and as you might expect, there's a Spanish language band with the same name (without the exclamation point), a South American traditional folk group.
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->''I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST"''
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** "The Time Before The Last Time" has: ''"The shower head moaned, and I looked down to the drain, sons and daughters washed away"'' * AlbumTitleDrop: ''We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed'', ''Romance Is Boring'' and ''Hello Sadness'' all feature one within each album's [[TitleTrack title track]]. ''A Good Night For A Fist Fight's'' album title comes from the song "By Your Hand" and "No Blues'" comes from the song "As Lucerne/The Low"..
** "The Time Before The Last Time" has: ''"The shower head moaned, and I looked down to the drain, sons and daughters washed
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed'', ''Romance Is Boring'' and ''Hello Sadness'' all feature one within each album's [[TitleTrack title track]]. ''A Good Night For A Fist Fight's'' album title comes from the song "By Your Hand" and "No Blues'" comes from the song "As Lucerne/The Low"..
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