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* IWantSong: "I Want A Dog" is about Hobo wrangling with desires and aspirations. He starts off with the simple wish for a dog, then gradually the desires become more and more grandiose and impossible ("I want nothing but the best, better than anyone has ever had yet"), then reigns himself back in and tries to convince himself to aim lower ("No, Frank, you just want a dog, all you want is a dog").


* ''Hobo Johnsons 94 Corolla'' (2015)

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* ''Hobo Johnsons 94 '94 Corolla'' (2015)



** In "Me and the Cockroach", the president ultimately nukes the world because he "has a tiny dick".

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** In "Me "You and the Cockroach", the president ultimately nukes the world because he "has a tiny dick".



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Me and the Cockroach" is about how humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war, giving rise to a new civilization of intelligent cockroaches.
* FantasticNuke: In "Me and the Cockroach", the cockroach civilization tries to develop a weapon equivalent to nukes, but they can't use a real one since cockroaches are immune to it. Instead, they create something implied to have the same effect, a missile tipped with a giant... shoe.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Me "You and the Cockroach" is about how humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war, giving rise to a new civilization of intelligent cockroaches.
* FantasticNuke: In "Me "You and the Cockroach", the cockroach civilization tries to develop a weapon equivalent to nukes, but they can't use a real one since cockroaches are immune to it. Instead, they create something implied to have the same effect, a missile tipped with a giant... shoe.


* RockstarSong: "Ode to Justin Bieber" is about Hobo's conflicted feelings about the success he's received as a musician. He feels a desire for fame and universal adulation that he is troubled by, expresses concern that fame will mess up his life and relationships, but also sees the material and well-being of his family and friends as heavily dependent on his continued rise. Throughout the song he compares himself unfavorably to Music/JustinBieber both in the amount of fame he has and his ability to handle it well.

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* RockstarSong: "Ode to Justin Bieber" is about Hobo's conflicted feelings about the success he's received as a musician. He feels a desire for fame and universal adulation that he is troubled by, troubles him and expresses concern that fame will mess up his life and relationships, but also sees the material and well-being of his family and friends as heavily dependent on his continued rise. Throughout the song he compares himself unfavorably to Music/JustinBieber both in the amount of fame he has and his ability to handle it well.



** "Romeo and Juliet" references The Front Bottoms' "Twin Sized Mattress" with a line about Hobo's own twin-sided mattress ruining his relationships.

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** "Romeo and Juliet" references The Front Bottoms' Music/TheFrontBottoms' "Twin Sized Mattress" with a line about Hobo's own twin-sided mattress ruining his relationships.


* FantasticNuke: In "Me and the Cockroach", the cockroach civilization tries to develop a weapon equivalent to nukes, but they can't use a real one since cockroaches are immune to it. Instead, they create something implied to have the same effect, a missile tipped with a giant... foot.

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* FantasticNuke: In "Me and the Cockroach", the cockroach civilization tries to develop a weapon equivalent to nukes, but they can't use a real one since cockroaches are immune to it. Instead, they create something implied to have the same effect, a missile tipped with a giant... foot.shoe.
* FightFurYourRightToParty: Derek wears a dog suit for much of the video of "Typical Story", perhaps representing the "dog who wanted to run away."


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* PerformanceVideo: Most of the band's music videos were simply videos of them performing in a backyard, presumably to no audience (the "Live from Oak Park" series) posted to Youtube. ''The Fall of Hobo Johnson'' featured higher concept and production value videos, but Hobo has expressed an interest in a return to the more DIY feel of earlier videos.
* RockstarSong: "Ode to Justin Bieber" is about Hobo's conflicted feelings about the success he's received as a musician. He feels a desire for fame and universal adulation that he is troubled by, expresses concern that fame will mess up his life and relationships, but also sees the material and well-being of his family and friends as heavily dependent on his continued rise. Throughout the song he compares himself unfavorably to Music/JustinBieber both in the amount of fame he has and his ability to handle it well.

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* FourthWallGreeting: The submission of "Peach Scone" for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest begins with "What up, Bob?" [[note]]Bob Boilen, who hosts the Tiny Desk Concerts[[/note]] and continues with
--> "Hi, we're Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers
--> We're a couple of kids who like to make a little bit a love, like to make a bit of music"


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Boys [[note]]From left: Derek Lynch (guitar), Jordan Moore (keyboard), Frank "Hobo Johnson" Lopes (vocals), David Baez-Lopez (bass), Ben Lerch (drums)[[/note]]]]



Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers are a musical group from Sacramento, UsefulNotes/{{California}} whose musical style is well, [[GenreBusting hard to pin down.]] Hobo Johnson's (real name Frank Lopes) confessional songwriting, strangely affecting physical presence, and slam poetry-influenced talk-rapping defines the band and its sound. He is backed by the Lovemakers, who all play analogue instruments, leading to a group that resembles a traditional FiveManBand rock band in composition if not in sound.

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Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers are a musical group from Sacramento, UsefulNotes/{{California}} whose musical style is well, [[GenreBusting hard to pin down.]] Hobo Johnson's (real name Frank Lopes) Lopes Jr.) confessional songwriting, strangely affecting physical presence, and slam poetry-influenced talk-rapping defines the band and its sound. He is backed by the Lovemakers, who all play analogue instruments, leading to a group that resembles a traditional FiveManBand rock band in composition if not in sound.


--> "Hi my name's Hobo Johnson I'm a rapper I'm not actually a rapper I'm a musician I like to say I'm a musician I play guitar sometimes too just not as good as Derek which doesn't matter."

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--> -> "Hi my name's Hobo Johnson I'm a rapper I'm not actually a rapper I'm a musician I like to say I'm a musician I play guitar sometimes too just not as good as Derek which doesn't matter."

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* WeightWoe: "Sex and the City" touches upon this:

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* WeightWoe: "Sex WeightWoe:
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** Many songs also touch on Hobo's own insecurities about his weight.


Their music consists of rambling, often sad or self-deprecating, confessional lyrics juxtaposed with humor and overlain on a sparse musical background. Hobo delivers the lines in a spoken-word style interspersed with asides, [[SpokenWordInMusic conversational vignettes]] that blur the line between song, introduction and StudioChatter, and [[SuddenlyShouting SHOUTED PASSAGES]]. Listening to the songs is a bit like having a one-on-one conversation with an earnest and talkative but deeply unstable person.

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Their music consists of rambling, often sad or self-deprecating, confessional lyrics juxtaposed with humor and overlain on a sparse musical background. Hobo delivers the lines in a spoken-word style interspersed with asides, [[SuddenlyShouting SHOUTED PASSAGES]] and asides or [[SpokenWordInMusic conversational vignettes]] that blur the line between song, introduction and StudioChatter, and [[SuddenlyShouting SHOUTED PASSAGES]].StudioChatter. Listening to the songs is a bit like having a one-on-one conversation with an earnest and talkative but deeply unstable person.



* BreakupSong: "Happiness" is about Hobo's girlfriend leaving him due to his comments about her career, while he regrets his actions and wishes her success.

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* BreakupSong: "Happiness" is about Hobo's girlfriend leaving him due to his comments about her career, while he regrets his actions and wishes her success. Most of ''The Fall of Hobo Johnson'' deals with the fallout of this breakup in one way or another.
* CallAndResponseSong: A lot of songs (more so live than on albums) feature the band yelling out things in response to certain lines. Often crosses over with AudienceParticipationSong as well. For example, in "Sex in the City"
--> '''Hobo:''' "I'll be at your Mom's house, eating all the sandwiches"
--> '''Band:''' "DAMN I LOVE THOSE SANDWICHES"


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* DarkReprise: Both "Mover Awayer" and "Moonlight" deal with the topic of Hobo's breakup. "Moonlight", which comes later on the album, takes the main hook of "Mover Awayer" ("You made my Mondays feel like Fridays/You made my Ruby Tuesday's taste like Benihana's") and mixes it with a faster, more dissonant instrumental background that makes it feel more frantic and sad as opposed to sweet and sentimental. Overall, "Mover Awayer" has a more wistful take on the subject while "Moonlight" is saturated with despair and depression.


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* IBangedYourMom: Subverted in "Sex and the City". The song, which is overall about sex and relationships, features a vignette where Hobo talks about how if he were hotter, he'd be at your mom's house... eating all the sandwiches[[note]]GODDAMN I LOVE THOSE SANDWICHES[[/note]].


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* WeightWoe: "Sex and the City" touches upon this:
--> ''"But if you're beautiful from birth, do you really have the courage of a woman picked on for her girth ever since she was a kid (you know how kids are) up until she was a full grown adult?"''


--> "I love the thought of being with you"
--> "Or maybe it's the thought OF NOT BEING SO ALONE"

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--> "I love the thought of being with you"
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--> "Or Or maybe it's the thought OF NOT BEING SO ALONE"


** In "I Want A Dog" references ''Literature/TheBlindSide'' (with Creator/SandraBullock) as example of a movie that leaves you "amazed but also touched inside".

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** In "I Want A Dog" references ''Literature/TheBlindSide'' (with Creator/SandraBullock) as example of a movie that leaves you "amazed but also touched inside".


* MoodWhiplash: A hallmark of Hobo's sound is sudden shifts from ebullient happiness to funny asides to moments of profound happiness. In his delivery, he'll often go from sounding like he's about to cry to like he's bursting with happiness, and the lyrics vary in wildly in tone from line to line.

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* MoodWhiplash: A hallmark of Hobo's sound is sudden shifts from ebullient happiness to funny asides to moments of profound happiness.sadness. In his delivery, he'll often go from sounding like he's about to cry to like he's bursting with happiness, and the lyrics vary in wildly in tone from line to line.


* ShoutOut: "Romeo and Juliet" references The Front Bottoms' "Twin Sized Mattress" with a line about Hobo's own twin-sided mattress ruining his relationships.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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"Romeo and Juliet" references The Front Bottoms' "Twin Sized Mattress" with a line about Hobo's own twin-sided mattress ruining his relationships.relationships.
** In "I Want A Dog" references ''Literature/TheBlindSide'' (with Creator/SandraBullock) as example of a movie that leaves you "amazed but also touched inside".


* CompensatingForSomething: Discussed in "Subaru Crosstrek XV" where Hobo justifies ''not'' getting a fancy car by imagining himself and his future family:

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* CompensatingForSomething: CompensatingForSomething:
** In "Me and the Cockroach", the president ultimately nukes the world because he "has a tiny dick".
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Discussed in "Subaru Crosstrek XV" where Hobo justifies ''not'' getting a fancy car by imagining himself and his future family:


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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Me and the Cockroach" is about how humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war, giving rise to a new civilization of intelligent cockroaches.
* FantasticNuke: In "Me and the Cockroach", the cockroach civilization tries to develop a weapon equivalent to nukes, but they can't use a real one since cockroaches are immune to it. Instead, they create something implied to have the same effect, a missile tipped with a giant... foot.


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* TorchSong: "Mover Awayer" is about Hobo still being in love with, and fondly reminiscing about, a girlfriend who left him.

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