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Don't touch her. Don't look at her. My kitten knows tae kwon do.

"Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this record in no way endorses a belief in the occult."
— The last lines of Lifetime Achievement Award, referencing the opening graphic of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Lemon Demon is a one-man band created by internet personality Neil Cicierega, active from 2003 onwards. To date, seven albums have been releasednote , the first four of which are now available for free.

Most of his songs could be considered Mind Screw, though given he created Animutation, this isn't very surprising.

The most widely recognizable Lemon Demon song is still 2005's Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, which was accompanied by a Flash animation.



  • Clown Circus (2003)
  • Live From The Haunted Candle Shop (2003)
  • Hip To The Javabean (2004)
  • Damn Skippy (2005)
  • Dinosaurchestra (2006)
  • View-Monster (2008)
  • Live (Only Not) (2011)
  • I Am Become Christmas (2012)
  • Nature Tapes EP (2014)
  • Spirit Phone (2016)
  • Upcoming album (TBA)

Lemon Demon provides examples of:

  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: A lot songs start out as fairly tame before turning utterly bizarre.
  • Book-Ends: All three parts of "Dinosaurchestra" begin and end with the sound of a clock ticking, before finally ringing in the third part.
    • The end of "Spiral of Ants", closing track on Spirit Phone, loops seamlessly back into the start of the album in "Lifetime Achievement Award." Also, the first word spoken on the album is “die” while the final word is "life."
  • Body Horror: "Cryptosanta"
    • "Modify", which is half a spoof and half a defense on body... modification.
    • "Sweet Bod", in which a honey-filled corpse is prepared for human consumption as a miracle cure.
    • "Cabinet Man", where the singer's "electric desires" combine his human parts with a game cabinet's systems.
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  • Bow Chicka Wow Wow: Part 3.4 of the interactive video "Haircut". "Do you slap her in the face, or do you Bow Chicka-Chicka Wow-Wow?"
  • Creepypasta: Spirit Phone is basically a Concept Album consisting of original Creepypastas.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Nature Tapes EP has a much more unsettling tracks compared to previous releases, and contains swearing.
    • Zig-Zagged with Spirit Phone. Some of the songs on the album sound much creepier, more of a The Man In Stripes And Glasses tone, while some of them are very upbeat with creepy lyrics.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: "No-Eyed Girl" from Spirit Phone is about a man in love with some sort of Eldritch Abomination or Humanoid Abomination. It seems that he gets the "girl," possibly dooming the world in the process.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The guys in "Knife Fight" talk up the epic knife fight they're going to have...until they realize they'll both get cut while fighting. They immediately agree to a much safer tickle fight instead.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: The joke of "Sweet Bod" is that the narrator tries to explain that he definitely doesn't intend anything sexual in creating a mellified man, and that it's purely a commercial project, but the fact that he thinks it necessary to specify this just makes it come off as definitely being sexual.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: BRODYQUEST starts off as a progressive instrumental track, until the name of the character walking throughout the quest starts being chanted while he becomes the universe.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Inverted with "Fiberglass Monkey."
  • Existential Horror: Pretty much every song on Spirit Phone that doesn't fit the Creepypasta theme invokes this, especially "I Earn My Life" and "Spiral of Ants."
  • First Contact: "Ancient Aliens" is about a prehistoric caveman's encounter with an extraterrestrial being whom he can't understand.
  • Former Teen Rebel: The commentary track for Spirit Phone confirms that as Your Father I Expressly Forbid It and I Earn My Life are about the same person, but the former song is from his child's perspective while the second is from his own. However, a common interpretation is that I Earn My Life is about the child as an adult, due to lines where he says he learned his lifestyle and values from his father.
  • Gratuitous Panning: "Revolution #5."
  • Hanging Up on the Grim Reaper: In "I've Got Some Falling To Do," a man who is falling to his death from an airplane gets a call from Death, and blows him off in favor of continuing to fall.
  • Haunted Technology: The eponymous "Cabinet Man."
  • I Am the Band: Aside from live performances, Neil is the sole member of the band.
  • I Fell for Hours: "I've Got Some Falling to Do."
  • Knife Fight: Trope Namer.
    "Knife fight! You're gonna fight for your life!
    Knife fight! You're gonna fight with a knife!
    Knife fight! A really really really sharp knife!
    Yeah, knife fight!
    I'm a crazy (crazy) son of a bitch,
    I'mma cut you (cut you)
    Swish swish!
    In a knife fight! (knife fight)
    Knife fight! (knife fight)
    Knife fight! (knife fight)"
  • Limited Animation: The first three minutes of BRODYQUEST, before Adrien Brody becomes a rock star and then becomes the universe.
  • Lonely at the Top: "It Can Get Lonely In My Mansion," about a man who builds all sorts of grandiose attractions in his house, only to discover than no-one really cares.
  • Loony Fan: "Bill Watterson," "Gonna Dig Up Alec Guinness"
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "The Only House That's Not On Fire (Yet)" seems to be this.
    • "I Earn My Life"
    • "When He Died"
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: "Redesign Your Logo" consists of a lot of nonsense corporate jargon to describe a brand.
  • Mind Screw: Oh yeah. "Telekinesis" is an especially good example.
    • What about "Bowling Alley"? Even the narrator claims its like an acid trip. Not that he advocates drugs because Drugs Are Bad and stuff.
    • At this point it's pretty much every other song.
    • His Rugrats video.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: "The Saga of You, Confused Destroyer of Planets."
  • Mood Whiplash: The otherwise humorous and Devo-inspired Spirit Phone ends with "Spiral of Ants," an unnerving song about being trapped by society. A few songs before "Spiral of Ants" comes "I Earn My Life," an upbeat-sounding tune about a man running himself ragged working day to day, terrified of dying, leaving his family in debt.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: "Geeks In Love."
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Referenced in "Knife Fight."
  • Red Right Hand: "Atomic Copper Claw."
  • Robot War: "When Robots Attack!"
  • Rock-Star Song: Defied with Being a Rock Star.
  • Sanity Slippage: The lyrics of “My Trains” starts out rather eccentric, yet somehow becomes even more manic as the song progresses, ultimately becoming absolutely batshit and leaving you terrified of the narrator's level of fanaticism for his model trains.
  • Shout-Out: As mentioned, several to Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Space Whale Aesop: From "Angry People": "Sooner or later, everybody must die/Die by the hand/Of their own evil baby"
  • Surreal Music Video: Word Disassociation. The video is with pieces of paper with random words on them, put next to random places.
  • Take That!: The song "eBaums World Dot Com", which consists primarily of insults directed at the eponymous site and its founder, Eric Bauman. Several of Neil's close friends have had Flash videos stolen by eBaum, so it comes as no surprise.
    • Never Go On Reddit, a brief parody of "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: "Two Trucks" is a song about two trucks having sex, the sight of which is so magnificent that it makes the singer's muscles involuntarily flex, and makes grown men, including the founding fathers, cry.
  • Toilet Humour: "Mr. Porta-Potty Man".
  • Train Song: "My Trains"
  • Trope Namer: For the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny and Knife Fight tropes.
  • Uncommon Time: Neil seems to be a fan of using odd time signatures in some of his songs:
  • Unflinching Walk: "Action Movie Hero Boy" is about some fool trying this in Real Life. It does not end well.
  • Urban Legends: Plenty of these on Spirit Phone.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Jaws" is a sung synopsis of the plot of Jaws.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Word Disassociation" is this trope taken more-or-less as far as it can go.
  • Yandere: "Ben Bernanke" has this vibe, among other things.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: "Bad Idea"


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