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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The narrator of "Mrs. Bluebeard" reflects on the things that should have tipped her off that her husband was a serial killer.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The narrator of "Mrs. Bluebeard" reflects on the things that should have tipped her off that her husband was a serial killer.SerialKiller.



** At one point in the video for "Push Back The Hands", the Time Traveler runs into one of the Morlocks from ''Film/TheTimeMachine1960''.

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** At one point in the video for "Push Back The Hands", the Time Traveler runs into one of the Morlocks from ''Film/TheTimeMachine1960''.''Film/TheTimeMachine1960''.
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->''And when you wake up you can feel your hair grow\\
Crawl out of your cave and you can watch your shadow\\
Creep across the ground until the day is done\\
All the while the planet circles 'round the sun\\
Everybody knows how this goes so let's get over it\\
And let's get this over with''
-->--'''Let's Get This Over With'''



!! Let's Get These Tropes Over With:

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!! Let's Get By The Time You Read These Tropes Over With:
Tropes, We'll No Longer Be Alive:

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* DomesticAbuse: Arguably the theme of "Mrs. Bluebeard", in which a woman is murdered by her husband; it's heavily implied that she willfully ignored numerous red flags.


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* NonAppearingTitle: "Mrs. Bluebeard".

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** "All Time What" is a fun power pop tune with a lot of horns. Lyrically, though, it's a fairly straightforward and sad breakup song.

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** "When The Lights Come On" is an upbeat song about surviving some horrible, possibly-apocalyptic disaster.
** The title track "I Like Fun" is a goofy-sounding, jaunty tune about prescription drug abuse.
** "Push Back the Hands" is an up-tempo song about regret and having to face your mistakes, however much you might wish you could "push back the hands of time".


** "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" in "Let's Get This Over With" is an old phrase, but is most-famously remembered as the key line in Semisonic's 1998 hit "Closing Time".

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** "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" in "Let's Get This Over With" is an old phrase, but is most-famously remembered as the key line in Semisonic's 1998 hit "Closing Time".Time".
** At one point in the video for "Push Back The Hands", the Time Traveler runs into one of the Morlocks from ''Film/TheTimeMachine1960''.

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* LongestSongGoesLast: "Last Wave" marks the first time they've done this in their career, but it's still [[MinisculeRocking only 3:24]].


* PosthumousCollaboration: Music/{{Cream}}'s Jack Bruce, who died in 2014, is credited with guest vocals on the title track. This is because the song's wordless hook is taken from a series of vocal samples Bruce recorded for use on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellotron Mellotron]].



** "[=McCafferty's=] Bib" mentions crowds waving signs of Creator/BobHope, inspired by a real piece of performance art by Brazilian artist Öyvind Fahlström.

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** "[=McCafferty's=] Bib" mentions crowds waving signs of Creator/BobHope, inspired by a real piece of performance art by Brazilian artist Öyvind Fahlström.Fahlström.
** "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" in "Let's Get This Over With" is an old phrase, but is most-famously remembered as the key line in Semisonic's 1998 hit "Closing Time".


* IsThisThingStillOn: The refrain of "This Microphone".

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* IsThisThingStillOn: The refrain of "This Microphone".Microphone" uses it as a metaphor for trying (and failing) to keep one's feelings to themselves.


''I Like Fun'' is the twentieth studio album by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, released in 2018 by Idlewild Recordings. Noted for being DarkerAndEdgier than much of their recent work, it was nearly named ''My Murdered Remains'' after a line from the song "Mrs. Bluebeard".

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''I Like Fun'' is the twentieth studio album by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, released in 2018 by Idlewild Recordings. Noted for being DarkerAndEdgier than much of their recent work, it was nearly named ''My Murdered Remains'' after a line from the song "Mrs. Bluebeard".
Bluebeard" (they saved the name for a Dial-A-Song compilation released later that year).



* CoolOldGuy: Verse 2 of "I Like Fun":

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* CoolOldGuy: CoolOldGuy:
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Verse 2 of "I Like Fun":Fun":[[note]]John Flansburgh has clarified that he did not write the song about 58-year-old bandmember John Linnell; he only chose 58 because it was easier to sing than 57, and he'll "be 58 soon enough anyways". Even if Linnell would like you to think he's a master of parkour.[[/note]]



** John Flansburgh has clarified that he did not write the song about 58-year-old bandmember John Linnell; he only chose 58 because it was easier to sing than 57, and he'll "be 58 soon enough anyways". Even if Linnell would like you to think he's a master of parkour.



* GagDub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by {{Music/RunDMC}} and {{Music/Aerosmith}} - on the tour supporting ''I Like Fun'', the band's second set always started with the "Walk This Way" video being projected on a screen, synced to a recording of the original demo. They reworked it musically for the album but kept the WordSaladLyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.

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* GagDub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by {{Music/RunDMC}} Music/RunDMC and {{Music/Aerosmith}} - on the tour supporting ''I Like Fun'', the band's second set always started with the "Walk This Way" video being projected on a screen, synced to a recording of the original demo. They reworked it musically for the album but kept the WordSaladLyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.



** "Mrs Bluebeard" as a modern retelling of Literature/{{Bluebeard}} from the dead wife's perspective
** "Mc Cafferty's Bib" mentions crowds waving signs of Creator/BobHope, inspired by a real piece of performance art by Brazilian artist Öyvind Fahlström.

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** "Mrs Bluebeard" as a modern retelling of Literature/{{Bluebeard}} ''Literature/{{Bluebeard}}'' from the dead wife's perspective
** "Mc Cafferty's "[=McCafferty's=] Bib" mentions crowds waving signs of Creator/BobHope, inspired by a real piece of performance art by Brazilian artist Öyvind Fahlström.

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* CallBack: "[=McCafferty=]'s Bib" references the same performance piece that inspired the group to make William Allen White their unofficial mascot in their early years.


* GagDub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by {{Music/RunDMC}} and {{Music/Aerosmith}} - on the tour supporting ''I Like Fun'', the band's second set always started with the "Walk This Way" video being projected on a screen, synced to a recording of the original demo. They reworked it musically for ''I Like Fun'' but kept the WordSaladLyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.

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* GagDub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by {{Music/RunDMC}} and {{Music/Aerosmith}} - on the tour supporting ''I Like Fun'', the band's second set always started with the "Walk This Way" video being projected on a screen, synced to a recording of the original demo. They reworked it musically for ''I Like Fun'' the album but kept the WordSaladLyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.


* GagDub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by {{Music/RunDMC}} and {{Music/Aerosmith}} - They opened a New Year's Eve 2017 performance with this version of the song while projecting the "Walk This Way" video onstage, which then became the standard opening number for their next tour. They reworked it musically for ''I Like Fun'' but kept the WordSaladLyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.

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* GagDub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by {{Music/RunDMC}} and {{Music/Aerosmith}} - They opened a New Year's Eve 2017 performance on the tour supporting ''I Like Fun'', the band's second set always started with this version of the song while projecting the "Walk This Way" video onstage, which then became being projected on a screen, synced to a recording of the standard opening number for their next tour.original demo. They reworked it musically for ''I Like Fun'' but kept the WordSaladLyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.


* DescentIntoAddiction: (possibly) the main theme of "Mc Cafferty's Bib"

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* DescentIntoAddiction: (possibly) the main theme of "Mc Cafferty's Bib"Bib" and also the title track, “I Like Fun”.



** "Mrs Bluebeard" as a modern retelling of Literature/Bluebeard from the dead wife's perspective

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** "Mrs Bluebeard" as a modern retelling of Literature/Bluebeard Literature/{{Bluebeard}} from the dead wife's perspective

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* CoolOldGuy: Verse 2 of "I Like Fun":
-->''My excellence at [[LeParkour parkour]] might be unexpected''\\
''At the age of fifty-eight''
** John Flansburgh has clarified that he did not write the song about 58-year-old bandmember John Linnell; he only chose 58 because it was easier to sing than 57, and he'll "be 58 soon enough anyways". Even if Linnell would like you to think he's a master of parkour.
** Heck, at this point the entire band is starting to become cool old guys.

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