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Basic Trope: A band plays songs that last longer than usual.

  • Straight: The Alice and Bob Project, a prog rock band, is well known for playing 20-minute songs containing unusual rhythms, extended instrumental sections, and more.
  • Exaggerated: The Alice and Bob Project are well known for releasing 4-disc epic concept albums featuring only one song, replete with 20-minute keyboard solos, Word Salad Lyrics, and taking in pretty much every musical influence you can think of.
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  • Downplayed: The Alice and Bob Project tend to write fairly conventional, but interesting songs lasting around seven minutes.
  • Justified: The band like to be creative, pushing the boundaries of the genre.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The Alice and Bob Project finally release an album consisting of three minute songs.
  • Double Subverted: Until you turn the record over to Side 2, which is all one 20-minute epic.
  • Parodied:
    • The lyrics contain self-deprecating jokes relating to the song's length, such as "It feels like we started an hour ago," or - at the end - "Is it over yet?"
    • The song literally has no end.
  • Zig Zagged: The song lasts for 53 seconds, then ends, but it was a Fake-Out Fade-Out but then it ends again later, but that was also a Fake-Out Fade-Out.
  • Averted: The Alice and Bob Project are a normal rock band who play conventional four-minute songs.
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  • Enforced: Their fans wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Good lord, how much longer is this song?"
    • The album (or song) starts with "—finally over," and ends with "thank god it's—"
  • Invoked: The act of writing the song in the first place.
  • Exploited: The Alice and Bob Project, who have been trying to release a two-disc album for a long time, realize they can accomplish this by filling one whole CD with a single mega-length song.
  • Defied: The record company are trying to make the band more commercially successful, and insist on them writing songs which are of marketable single length.
  • Discussed: "I really want a song that can just be us showing off. I know, let's make a 17 minute song!"
  • Conversed: "Say, is there a rule that states the longer a song is, the more epic it is?" "Something like that, yes."
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  • Played For Laughs: When the Alice and Bob Project appear on a popular sketch comedy series, they perform a song here, the camera cuts to another sketch, and the song can still be heard in the background.
  • Untwist: In later years, the Project claims that their next song will be shorter, and it is... by less than 30 seconds.

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