Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits is an album of songs from the Homestar Runner universe released on November 17, 2003. It includes extended versions of songs from the various cartoons on the website, defictionalized versions of songs from the original Strong Bad Sings cartoon, and even some new material from Matt, Mike, and Missy, performed with the help of Y-O-U.
In 2019 the album was finally made available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Music, and through streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and other services. A vinyl edition was released in February 2021 through Fangamer.
- Trogdor - Strong Bad (1:39)
- The System is Down - Strong Bad (1:46)
- Strong Badian National Anthem - Strong Bad feat. Ms. Partsmatter's 1st Grade Class (2:12)
- Oh Yeah Yeah - Marzipan (1:09)
- Because, It's Midnite - Limozeen (2:13)
- Circles - The Kinda Long-Haired Band (2:13)
- Let's Get Started On Doing All Those Awesome Things I Suggested - Strong Bad (0:48)
- Moving Very Slowly - Taranchula (4:06)
- Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Theme Song (0:56)
- I think I Have a Chance With This Guy - What's Her Face (0:56)
- It's Like It Was Meant to Be - Strong Bad (1:05)
- Nite Mamas - Limozeen (2:27)
- Sensitive To Bees - Marzipan feat. Strong Bad and Homestar Runner (1:54)
- You've Got an Ugly & Stupid Butt - Strong Bad (0:32)
- These Peoples Try to Fade Me - Coach Z (2:11)
- The Ladies in My Town All Know My Name - Strong Bad (0:34)
- The Theme from Dangeresque II: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque I - Strong Bad (1:30)
- Somebody Told Me ( Now I Believe Them) - Strong Bad (0:47)
- The Cheat is Not Dead - Strong Bad (3:02)
- Everybody to the Limit (Live from West Rekjavik) - Strong Bad (3:51)
- Secret Song - Homestar Runner (1:28)
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- Accidental Misnaming: In "The Ladies in My Town All Know My Name", Strong Bad notes the exception is "this one girl, she thinks my name's Brian".
- Affectionate Parody: Many of the songs parody the conventions of the genre they're in, whether it's hair metal ("Because It's Midnite", "Nite Mamas"), death metal ("Moving Very Slowly"), or blues-rock ("Circles").
- Alternate Album Cover: The original 2003 release's album cover consists of a pen sketch of Strong Bad. The 2021 LP release, meanwhile, features a more lavish painting of Strong Bad as a heavy metal demon.
- Anti-Climax: "Let's Get Started On Doing All Those Awesome Things I Suggested" sounds like it's building up to a Barry White-esque make-out jam, but ends on a Letting the Air out of the Band moment right as Strong Bad sings "Let's get started..."
- Audience Participation Song: "Everybody To the Limit (Live)"Strong Bad: Somebody say "Trogdor"!
Strong Bad: Say "burninate!"
- Bait-and-Switch: At the start of the album's version of "Oh Yeah Yeah", Marzipan tells her back-up band "This is a folky song, so don't go too fast." Then she launches into a fast-paced, punk-rock version of the originally much slower-paced song.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: At the end of "These Peoples Try to Fade Me", Coach Z says:I can flow (one two one two)I can freak (one two one two)Uhh... I can freak and flow at the same time
- Continuity Cavalcade: Songs from all across the website's three-year (as of its release) history are featured on the album. The songs are also littered with various references to the cartoons.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The last verse of the "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Theme Song" is done by the Wheelchair and Sherlock the Cowcopter.
- Expository Theme Tune: "The Theme from Dangeresque II: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque I"He fights the law
But he also fights the crime
But not as much
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: On "Moving Very Slowly", it fades out during the "Burn! Burn! Burn!" section, only to fade back in for the finale.
- Gospel Choirs Are Just Better: Strong Bad is joined by a choir of back-up singers in the second half of "The Cheat Is Not Dead", and notes how great they sound after he realizes they've joined.
- Gratuitous Panning:
- In "The System is Down", the "dooj" sound is panned from one ear to the other.
- "I Think I Have A Chance With This Guy", for the "guy guy guy guy" line, has each word come from alternating sides.
- Hidden Track: Homestar's "Secret Song", which comes after a few minutes of silence in "Everybody to the Limit (Live)".
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: "The Theme from Dangeresque II" mentions that Dangeresque keeps some "Chinese stars" under his bed, probably referring to Japanese shuriken.
- I Work Alone: Spoofed in "Theme From Dangeresque II: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque I"He works alone
Except when he works with Renaldo
Which is all the time
- Longest Song Goes Last: Subverted; the album closes with "Everybody to the Limit (Live from West Rekjavik)", which has a runtime of 7:56. However, the song only goes for 3:51 by itself, and then after two and a half minutes of silence, the 1:28 "Secret Song" plays. The actual longest song on the album, "Moving Very Slowly", goes for 4:06.
- Malaproper: "Moving Very Slowly" includes the bizarre lyric "ashes rain from the 'bove" (instead of "above"). "The 'bove" would become a running gag on the website after this album's release.
- Metaphorgotten: From "Circles"She took me to different places
Like the university bookstore
And the financial aid office
- Meaningless Meaningful Words: "Secret Song" includes the lyric "Songs are made of mysteries, and clouds are made of moonbeams".
- Miniscule Rocking: Only three of the twenty tracks on the album are more than three minutes long, and only eight of twenty are longer than two minutes.
- Musical Gag: "Circles" has a guitarist and a harmonica player squabbling between the vocal parts. The harmonica is noticeably out of tune, and at the end, the guitarist laughs and asks, "is this song really in G?"
- Packaged as Other Medium: The original release is designed to resemble an amateur home recording. The cover art depicts a sketch of Strong Bad in blue pen on white college rule paper, and the disc label mimics a cheap CD-R, with the album title written at the bottom in Sharpie.
- Piss-Take Rap: Coach Z's hip-hop single "These Peoples Try to Fade Me", which was something of a running gag on the site before it became official and fans got to hear just how bad it was.Where my lasers at?
All these people try to tell me where my lasers at
And your mother tried to show me all the laser crabs
And I got a bunch of types, a bunch of laser dabs
- Pluralses: In keeping with the franchise-wide running gag of unnecessarily pluralizing words, this album features a couple of instances:
- "These Peoples Try to Fade Me"
- "Trogdor" also refers to the Peasants as "Peoples."
- Rearrange the Song: Several songs on the album are covers of songs that were already available on the website, such as "Trogdor", "The System is Down", "Strong Badia National Anthem", and "Because, It's Midnite". In most cases, the songs are faithful arrangements of the originals, though with higher production values. The version of "Everybody to the Limit" on this album is substantially different than the website version, being presented as a "live" performance with different lyrics and a vocoder countermelody.note
- Rhyming with Itself: Strong Bad calls out Marzipan for rhyming "cute" with "cute" twice in a row in "Sensitive To Bees".
- Spoken Word in Music: "Strong Badian National Anthem" is book-ended by Strong Bad trying to organize the kids who are supposed to be singing along, while "Sensitive to Bees" has smart-ass commentary from Strong Bad throughout the song.
- Studio Chatter:
- The beginning of "Oh Yeah Yeah" features Marzipan directing the band on how to play ("the chords are A to D, and then I think the change is F to G, or it could be the other way around").
- "Circles" has a guitarist bickering with an out-of-key harmonica player and ends with the guitarist laughing to himself, saying "Where am I? Is this song really in G?"
- Stylistic Suck:
- The cover art looks like it was hastily sketched by Strong Bad himself with a ballpoint pen.
- Some of the tracks contain deliberate musical mistakes, such as the clumsy harmonica and guitar in "Circles" and Homestar's terrible piano playing in "Secret Song".
- The CD looks like a CD-R with the album's name written on it.
- Surreal Theme Tune: "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Theme Song"Did you ever watch this show?
Yes, this once, I didn't know
How do you think this show will go?
Take a shot, my friend!
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Used in the intro to "I Think I Have a Chance With This Guy":What's Her Face: That's awesome! I have to sing a song now!
- This Is a Song: Homestar's "Secret Song" is a love song to the secret song.Secret song, I can't believe it's you
I never knew it was true
Oh, secret song!