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  • Ascended Fanon: According to Tyler's track-by-track Spotify-exclusive commentary for Vessel, "Ode to Sleep" received its name from an event at a small local show where the song was played while it was still untitled and fans were asked to write down and submit possible names for the song.
  • Big Name Fan: David the Dad, a middle-aged dad and concert photographer who has been featured in two of the band's official tour highlight videos for his renowned dedication to the band and to the rest of the Clique.
  • Black Sheep Hit:
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    • "House of Gold" is much more genuinely happy and upbeat than most of their songs and contains no rapping. This led to many stories of people who enjoyed "House of Gold" and wanted to check out more of the bands work, so of course the next song they came to would be the band's other most popular song... "Car Radio".
    • The diversity of their sound gives this quality to almost any of their songs that gains popularity. Stories like this spring up regularly for people whose first song was the pop-rock love ballad "Tear In My Heart" or the laid-back hip-hop track "Stressed Out".
  • Cargo Ship: Both members like to jokingly ship Josh with his drums and (when he has one) his beard.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • After "Stressed Out" became a major radio hit, Tyler began to display some signs of this in interviews, culminating in a performance of the song at a Cleveland concert where he sang an alternate verse about how overplayed it had become.
      • Interestingly, this backlash was caused not by any personal distaste for the track, but rather Tyler's perceptions that his own, very personal song had been co-opted by people who didn't know or care about him and that the fanbase was experiencing Hype Backlash from the song's constant radio play and the resulting exposure of "their" band to a wider audience.
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    • According to Tyler's Spotify-exclusive Vessel commentary, he disliked the name of "Holding On To You" at first, since it sounded more like the name of an 80s rock song.
  • Dye Hard: Josh's hair has been essentially every color of the rainbow, though currently it is his natural darker color.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • For Tyler, variations of "Bean" ("Smol Bean," "Baby Bean," etc.), though this has largely died off in favor of more caustic names like "Coward".
    • For Josh: Jishwa, Spooky Jim, and anything relating to space and/or aliens.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: The Skeleton Clique, with individual members commonly identified as "Clikkies". "The Few, The Proud, and The Emotional" also gained some traction after the release of "Fairly Local".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Regional at Best is out of print and can no longer be purchased digitally. If you want to acquire it through legal means, be prepared to shell out $500+ for a copy of it on eBay, assuming someone is actually selling one.note 
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    • "Time To Say Goodbye", "Two", and "Save" were available on early mixtapes and briefly on the official website, but also cannot be purchased.
    • Tyler's self-published solo album No Phun Intended was never widely released and cannot be purchased.
    • The original music video for "House of Gold" takes a bit of digging through YouTube to find now, as it was replaced by the second, higher-budget one for its re-release as a Vessel single.
    • The UK-exclusive video for "Migraine" is also difficult to find in other regions.
  • Old Shame: Kinda. Tyler regularly refers to the first two albums as "mixtapes" and "products he tossed together for the merchandise table" and acts amnesiac when asked about Regional At Best. Even still, songs from those albums are still occasionally played at concerts, and Tyler has stated in interviews that while there are elements he considers "sonically wrong" about those amateur projects, they are an honest representation of that stage of his life and career.
  • The Pete Best: The other two members of the original lineup, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih, who left before the release of Regional At Best.
  • Real-Life Relative: Tyler's violent love interest in the video for "Tear In My Heart" is played by his wife, Jenna.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to original drummer Chris Salih, Tyler initially considered naming their band either "Chill Coat" or "Bicycle Thieves" until discovering other groups with similar names.
    • "Holding On To You" was originally named "Entertain My Faith"; Tyler was convinced to change its name to make it sound more radio-friendly.
    • Tyler and Josh briefly considered naming their first studio album Schizoid Pop in reference to a semi-critical review's description of their music. They decided that they didn't want to be labeled with that term for their whole career and switched to Vessel.
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