ask us for an autograph.
We sing, we dance,
we make you laugh.
Don't you want to be like us?
They were good, They were good, They were really really really good!
Five Iron Frenzy
When you see them, we really really think you should
Thank them for being so cool and so awesome
Yeah, thank them for being so neat-o
- Dennis Culp: trombone
- Nathaniel "Brad" Dunham: trumpet
- Keith Hoerig: bass
- Scott Kerr: rhythm guitar (departed in 1998, rejoined when the band reunited in 2011)
- Sonny Johnston: rhythm guitar (joined in 1998, taking Scott's place)
- Leanor "Jeff the Girl" Ortega-Till: saxophone
- Micah Ortega: lead guitar
- Reese Roper: vocals
- Andy Verdecchio: drums
- Upbeats and Beatdowns (1996)
- Our Newest Album Ever! (1997)
- Quantity is Job 1 EP (1998)
- LIVE: Proof that the Youth are Revolting (1999)
- All the Hype that Money Can Buy (2000)
- Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo (2001)
- Cheeses (of Nazareth) (2003): A collection of b-sides, rare songs, and twenty tracks of random crap the band made up in the studio.
- The End is
NearHere (2003, 2004) "Near" was the band's final studio album before their breakup. "Here" was a rerelease with an extra studio track, and a second disc containing what was, at the time, their entire final live show.
- Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Trope articles with FIF song lyrics as page quotes:
Other tropes associated with the band or their songs:
- Anti-Climax: Played with quite vigorously at their final show: Reese explained how he hated the practice of bands planning to play an encore and saving their biggest hit for it. He then said that FIF would play the best song they've ever written right then, in the middle of the show, so people could go home early if they wanted. Then they proceeded to play "Pootermobile", which consists of five notes followed by thirty seconds of silence and the title of the song. Dennis then claimed that the rest of the show would be all downhill from there.
- Audience Participation Song: "Handbook for the Sellout". At live shows, Reese would simply stick the mic into the crowd and let them sing the entire first stanza for him. Given Reese's poor memory, the audience was probably more accurate much of the time.
- Band of Relatives: Leanor and Micah Ortega are cousins
- Bystander Syndrome: "Someone Else's Problem".
- Canada, Eh?: "Oh Canada". Before playing the song at shows, Reese would refer to Canada as "a mystical, far-off land" or "part of Minnesota".
- Careful With That Axe: Reese was in an industrial metal band before FIF, so he's capable of this from time to time, but it can be surprising to those who are only used to his regular singing voice. The bridge sections of "Fistful Of Sand" and "American Kryptonite" are good examples.
- Jeff the Girl has some fun with this in live versions of "When I Go Out".
- Cover Version: Over the years, the band put their own ska/punk twist on songs by Amy Grant, Tom Jones, and Rich Mullins, among others.
- Depraved Homosexual: Reese admits in Fahrenheit that he used to think of Freddie Mercury this way. The song is basically about him confronting his own homophobia.
- Downer Ending: "Eulogy" from Electric Boogaloo. Holy crap.
- Also "Blizzards and Bygones" from Engine of a Million Plots. It was written solely by Scott Kerr, and seems to be about losing one's religious faith and being unsure of whether you will ever get it back.
- Eagleland: Type 2, particularly the uncomfortable ways this attitude tends to get conflated with the Christian faith, is mercilessly skewered in "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia".
- Electric Boogaloo: The actual title of their fifth studio album.
- Every Episode Ending: After Our Newest Album Ever, they would end every live show with the song "Every New Day". After All the Hype... they would end every show with "A New Hope", "World Without End", then "Every New Day". They also made a point of not doing encores.
- Even the last song of their last (pre-reunion) studio album, "On Distant Shores" on "The End Is Near," ends with the final coda of "Every New Day." This is subverted in their live album, "The End is Here," of which the first CD is a reissue of "The End Is Near" with an extra song at the end... only to be played with on the second CD, a recording of their final concert, in which the last track is "Every New Day," but it isn't quite the last song in the album.
- Evil Laugh: The song "Giants" opens with one.
- Fully Absorbed Finale: The song "That's How the Story Ends" wraps up alleged loose ends from other songs, as well as providing a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue to some others.
- Geek/Nerd: "Suckerpunch" is about a "pencil-necked geek" getting picked on in middle school. "You Can't Handle This" is from the perspective of someone bragging about his geek-fu. It's possible both songs are about the same person.
- Genre Roulette: Most of the joke tracks on Cheeses. Also the 8-part rock opera "These Are Not My Pants".
- Hilarious Outtakes: Both their live albums.
- Proof That The Youth Are Revolting was edited together from 11 different concerts. The album's hidden track was a collection of all the times they messed up over the course of the tour, and some of their stranger-than-usual stage banter.
- On The End is Here, some stage banter (and a few of the short, silly songs) had to be cut in order for the concert to fit on one CD. Most of this material was added to the end of the studio disc The End is Near.
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: "Into Your Veins" makes a potentially disturbing analogy between musicians and drug dealers, with the fans playing the role of the addicts. The song is so fast-paced and danceable that it's easy to miss.
- Improv: There was no script for "These Are Not My Pants". Each band member was merely given a pre-recorded track in a distinctive genre, and a single take to do something funny with it.
- It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Discussed in "Handbook for the Sellout".
- Kung-Fu Jesus: "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia", a brutally sarcastic jab at the American habit of mixing the Christian faith with blind patriotism, contains the line, "Lock and load just like Jesus did!" This is taken Up to Eleven in the music video, in which a school play is hijacked by ultra-violent versions of Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, etc.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The End is Here.
- Literary Allusion Title: Used in their newest musical entry "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night".
- When put together, "Fahrenheit" and "Four Fifty-One" also qualify.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Blue Comb '78" is an overwrought, dramatic song... about a comb that Reese lost when he was 8. Subverted in that it's a subtle metaphor for his parent's divorce and his loss of innocence.
- Metal Scream: "The Day We Killed", B-side "Mind for Treason", and the rock section of "These Are Not My Pants".
- Miniscule Rocking: "When I Go Out", "I Still Like Larry", and "Pootermobile", among others.
- Mood Whiplash: Giants has one halfway through, the music starts out kinda bouncy and poppy considering the subject, then the above mentioned creepy child comes in, the rest of the song sounds like a dark anthem.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A common source of humor in their sillier songs.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Reese introduces the above-mentioned Hilarious Outtakes on Proof, claiming that this is what you'll say after hearing them.
- Never Heard That One Before: On the live album The End Is Here, after playing "Blue Comb '78", someone in the crowd yells that they found Reese's comb. Reese remarks, "Gee, I've never heard that one."
- No Longer with Us: A comment about their trumpet player being "in a better place" led to fan rumor's about Brad's death. Which in turn led to a vinyl titled Brad is Dead and a song "The Untimely Death of Brad" (which, oddly enough wasn't on the aforementioned vinyl).
- No, it's okay, he's actually alive. He didn't die by plague or prison; what really died was cynicism.
- Non-Indicative Name: Our Newest Album Ever! was doomed to have one of these after about a year or two.
- Old Media Are Evil: "Anchors Away" takes aim at TV news, accusing them of eschewing accurate reporting in favor of fear-mongering.
- Piss-Take Rap: "All the Hype" comes pretty close.
- Proud to Be a Geek: "You Can't Handle This," "Wizard Needs Food Badly," and much of "At Least I'm Not Like All Those Other Old Guys."
- Religion Rant Song: While they're a Christian band, this doesn't stop them from satirically poking holes in the facades of self-righteous Christians.
- Self-Deprecation: Both silly and serious (the aforementioned "Eulogy"). They named their farewell tour The Winners Never Quit Tour.
- Their very first vinyl release was called "It's Funny, But Not Very Creative".
- "You Probably Shouldn't Move Here" makes fun of their entire home state.
- See also the aforementioned Hilarious Outtakes on their live albums.
- Sound Effect Bleep/Censored for Comedy: Used extensively in "These Are Not My Pants (Part 8)". Just the first two lines:Yo, me and Bobby, we was walking down the [BLEEP]
Yo we didn't have nothin' to [BLEEP]
- Also used randomly in same. There's even a final [BLEEP] several seconds after the music ends.
- Spicy Latina: Jeff parodies the stereotype in the "Latin" segment of "These Are Not My Pants".
- Step Up to the Microphone: Dennis singing lead on "Beautiful America" and "Second Season". Also, Jeff singing "When I Go Out" at a few live shows.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Skewered in "My Evil Plan to Save the World".
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit: "Battle Dancing Unicorns with Glitter" makes a tongue-in-cheek case for this, with a strong dose of Totally Radical along the way.
- Wizard Needs Food Badly: The name of a song from The End is Near; used as a metaphor for the need to do "guy things".