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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RXLGxe-9c sampled]] from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RXLGxe-9c sampled]] from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''. This probably doubles as a StealthPun on the band's own name.


** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is sampled from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is sampled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RXLGxe-9c sampled]] from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is sampled from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.


** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as a commentary by the band on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with less resources.

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** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as a commentary by the band commenting on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with less fewer resources.

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* BilingualBonus:
** The sampled announcement in the "Welcome to Barco AM/PM" segment of "Storm" is partly in Spanish. Helpfully, there is an English announcement shortly thereafter that says basically exactly the same thing.
** The "Attention...mon ami..." segment of "Antennas to Heaven" has a sample of children singing in French. The band themselves formed in Montreal, so this is probably many members' native language. See also GratuitousFrench below.


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** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as a commentary by the band on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with less resources.


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* IndecipherableLyrics: Most of the times, their vocal samples are fairly comprehensible, with a few words difficult to make out. There are a couple of points that are so processed that it's difficult to make out ''anything'', though:
** The "Kicking Horse on Brokenhill" segment of "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence" opens with a rare sung passage, but it's drenched in so much reverb that most lyrics sites don't even attempt to transcribe what is being sung.
** "Cancer Towers on Holy Road Hi-Way" in "Storm" features a sampled speech of some sort, but there is so much distortion applied to it that it's difficult to make out more than a few of the words. It doesn't help that it's also mixed rather quietly.
** "Chart #3" is a downplayed case, as most of the passages are fairly easy to make out. However, the voice begins fading after "It's not even in your Bible", and that's a bit harder to make out.
** "Nothing's Alrite in Our Life" features a Christian preacher with a rather thick East Indian accent. It's possible to make out most of his words until the music drowns him out, though.


* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Outside of ''Yanqui U.X.O.', they've also titled what's probably the heaviest song in their discography, "Mladic", after a notorious war criminal.

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* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Outside of ''Yanqui U.X.O.', '', they've also titled what's probably the heaviest song in their discography, "Mladic", after a notorious war criminal.


* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Outside of ''Yanqui U.X.O.', they've also titled what's probably the heaviest song in their discography, "Mladic", after a notorious war criminal.


* EnnioMorriconePastiche: They seem to be pretty fond of this trope, having used it since their first album. "The Cowboy" section of "The Dead Flag Blues" and "Kicking Horse on Brokenhill" section of "Providence" both sound very influenced by Morricone, and "Bosses Hang" almost sounds like it could have been on the soundtrack of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' at times.

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* EnnioMorriconePastiche: They seem to be pretty fond of this trope, having used it since their first album. "The Cowboy" section of "The Dead Flag Blues" and "Kicking Horse on Brokenhill" section of "Providence" both sound very influenced by Morricone, and "Bosses Hang" almost sounds like it could have been on the soundtrack of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' at times. times, as does Part Three of "Anthem for No State" (minus the tremolo-picked, distorted guitars, anyway).


* BreadEggsMilkSquick: ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' is a relatively normal post-rock album, with the usual dark, movement-based suites and 20-minute tracks. Then, out of nowhere, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NivY_iRdSBQ this]] happens (0:00 1:14).

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' is a relatively normal post-rock album, with the usual dark, movement-based suites and 20-minute tracks. Then, out of nowhere, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NivY_iRdSBQ this]] happens (0:00 1:14). PlayedWith in that ''LYSF'' returns to being a relatively normal post-rock album (well, as normal as post-rock gets) immediately afterwards, making it more of a case of Bread, Eggs, Squick, Milk.

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* AlbumIntroTrack: An odd example that's exclusive to their live performances so far. Pretty much every show they play opens with "Hope Drone" before they get to any of their album material. Depending on the performance it can either be a full song with drums and tempo changes, or simply a crescendoing wall of noise.

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* ToiletHumor: The band has referred to themselves as "God's Pee" on several occasions


** "George Bush Cut While Talking" also contains a rather unsettling loop of a girl saying "It is a predominant question: why am I here, and what can I do to make it better? How can I do what is right?"

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** "George Bush Cut Up While Talking" also contains a rather unsettling loop of a girl saying "It is a predominant question: why am I here, and what can I do to make it better? How can I do what is right?"right?"
** The ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'' "Where are you going?" sample in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" from "Providence"/"Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful...".
** "They had a large barge with a radio antenna tower on it that they would charge up and discharge" from "Black Helicopter" in "East Hastings".
** "With his arms outstretched, with his arms outstretched" from "Mladic".
** The "Welcome to Arco AM/PM Mini-Market" sample is a fairly long loop, but arguably still counts.

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* ArcWords: "Hope", "Amen", and "More of us than them" show up repeatedly throughout the band's visual materials.


* ExcitedShowTitle: Given the exclamation point in their name. Also, the album title ''[='=]Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'' and the song title "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'".

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* ExcitedShowTitle: ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName: Given the exclamation point in their name. Also, the album title ''[='=]Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'' and the song title "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'".

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* HorribleHistoryMetal: "Mladic" is a loose example; it's one of their heaviest songs musically and named after a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratko_Mladi%C4%87 Serbian general]] who committed numerous massacres during UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars.

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