Talk:Mink Car

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Is Your Mom's Alright with Mike Doughty on any version of Mink Car? If so, tell me which one.

Check the main article page. It's on the UK and Japanese versions. -badqueso 01:29, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)
It should also be noted that it's a bonus audio track on Direct From Brooklyn. -TDK 07:33, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)

Amazon gave me the wrong copy of Mink Car! What's up with that?

I don't know, it was probably some weird mishap. None of us here can really help you, but try taking it up with Amazon.

Which do you think is the better version, The US or the UK edition? I'm stumped as to whether to get a UK edition or get an import... -- MooseBlaster 16:41, 13 Apr 2006 (CDT)

The UK version is available in any European records store (all the exclusive songs are available somewhere in the net for free tthough). Sure thing you can order one from there at yours. I'm still hoping I can get the US one. - Whirrrlwind 16:58, 13 Apr 2006 (CDT)

I forget which track exactly, but on one of them, about two lines sounded a lot like Till My Head Falls Off. Did anyone else notice this? I'll try to listen to it again and find out which song it was.

Sounded like which part of Till My Head Falls Off? Off the top of my head, my guess is you're thinking of Bangs or Hopeless Bleak Despair, both rockin-ish and they sorta sound like Till's chorus. With the quasi-headbobby and minutely-thrashy music (in TMBG standards) and sort-of held notes and everything. ~ magbatz 03:38, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
No, no, I mean in Yeh Yeh, the lines "We'll play a melody..." and "And there'll be no one else..." sound a lot like Till My Heads Falls Off, namely "And when I lean my head against the frosted shower stall", etc. I'm not sure how else to explain it, but that's just something I noticed. It just kinda jumped out at me the first time I heard Yeh Yeh.
Yeah, I can see that. ~ magbatz

Can anybody confirm that UK version of Mink Car Yeh Yeh had no lyrics? And should we clarify that statement by either saying the liner notes didn't have the lyrics (though they weren't included in the US version either as far as I know) or that there were no vocals? ~ magbatz 17:06, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

I can at least confirm that the song is the same as it is in the US. As for the liner notes... my copy is sealed. :x -CapitalQtalk ♪ 21:30, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
The song on the CD definitely has lyrics, but the liner notes say this:
This part not included
--Dr John Oakland 03:27, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
This image shows the inside liner notes: [1] and "Yeh Yeh" is completely absent, though on my copy the lyrics read the same as Dr John Oakland's above ("This part not included"). I'm guessing some copies of the U.S. release featured a section for it, and others ignored it completely. As far as I know, no instrumental version was officially released. 18:21, 16 June 2010 (UTC)
Funny. My Yeh Yeh "This part not included" is under the Hovering Sombrero lyrics, not above Hopeless Bleak Despair. -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 18:32, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Sept. 11 2001?[edit]

Weird. Anybody got a story on that? --Dunklekuh81

Yes, but to avoid making it too overt, I can only say that the fact that the attacks were around 9:00 is central to most analysts who believe there is something more to the story than what the government will allow to be revealed. ~ anonymous
Interestingly enough, it seems there were (at least for a while) people on youtube who thought TMBG died in the 9/11 attacks.

UK version questions[edit]

I'm thinking about getting the UK import. Could anyone answer some questions for me? Which version of Older is on it, the version from Long Tall Weekend, or the same as the US Mink Car? Also, is Your Mom's Alright all low-quality-sounding like on TMBG Unlimited, or is it a new CD quality mix? Akagi 13:45, 17 January 2008 (UTC) (logged in from school)

Your Mom's Alright is a high-quality CD version. For Older, I don't know from experience, but I can make an educated guess and say it would be the Mink Car version. First, there's not much reason to replace an album song with a prior version. Second, the run time listed is that of the Mink Car version and not the Long Tall Weekend version. Hope that helped. ~ magbatz 19:11, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Something interesting I noticed on the European version of "Older:" The first horn note from the instrumental bridge is absent. Instead, there is a rest between "Sooner still" and the guitar stabs. DominEl


Why isn't this on iTunes? I'm guessing it's because of the release date, but I doubt that, really. --ZippZapp 00:20, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't think it's because of the release date, I think it's more related to how the album is currently out of print. 18:25, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Two versions of Mink Car?[edit]

I know that isn't particularly likely, but in downloading the album via Napster (& purchasing the album) I've noticed that "Edith Head" is different (likely due to it being from the eMusic release).

More interesting is that "Cyclops Rock" is quite different. One is more raucous and louder and includes an almost-screamed verse over the breakdown/bridge by a female and the regular version does not. Anyone have any clues or heard the version of which I speak?

The raucous, loud version with the Cerys Matthews bridge is the album version. And, as is probably the case with Edith, I'd guess the other Cyclops Rock is also from eMusic. It is interesting, though, that they have the eMusic versions on Napster. ~ magbatz 04:04, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
"Older" is also different - the eMusic version has a loud rauschpfife blast just before the guitar solo; this is absent from the CD version. 23:07, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

Out of print...[edit]

Not on iTunes, not on, only 3 left in stock on amazon... can it be? Is Mink Car out of print? --Ehsteve14 06:33, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

It does say 'coming soon' on, but I'm not sure how long it's been saying that for... Limabeans 07:12, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
Okay, according to that link, it is indeed out of print. But perhaps They're in the midst of negotiating it back from Restless? They did for Severe Tire Damage and their early Bar/None stuff, it seems. The "Coming Soon" would seem to imply this possibility. --Ehsteve14 01:24, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
Ah, I see. I should probably read things through before I give links to them. xD -※ Limabeans ※ 01:59, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
This link implies otherwise. It must be back in print now, unless they have remaining stock. 18:34, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Why different releases?[edit]

Why was the album given such different release? I asked Mr Flansburgh in person when I met him after a gig. In the nicest possible way he fobbed me off. Just wondered if anyone knew. Flans wasn't telling! I prefer the US release and bought it on import. (Mr Tuck)

I had the EXACT same question. Leaving five whole songs off of the European edition makes absolutely no sense to me . . . Drew (talk) 05:23, 15 January 2023 (EST)

Moving the Nanobots page discussion here & question for everyone[edit]

Hey, since apparently according to Talk:Nanobots (Song), there are differing opinions going on, so:

Which album do you personally think is better, Long Tall Weekend or Mink Car? - You&Me!! (talk)

Mink Car all the way, although the LTW version of Older is better. - HotelDetectiveInTheFuture🪗 talk 🎸 16:33, 19 June 2022 (EDT)
I'm including a list here of songs on two albums that I prefer more than it's other version
Maybe I'll add more later if I feel like it--You&Me!! (talk) 16:53, 19 June 2022 (EDT)
Whether or not Black Ops Alt is better, IMO they absolutely did not need to record a studio version of it and put it on an album, considering it was probably only written because the original was too slow for live concerts. --ColorOfInfinity (talk) 18:39, 19 June 2022 (EDT)
On the exact opposite note, there was no need to record the studio version of They Got Lost in a revoltingly slow tempo. If it was the tempo it is on Severe Tire Damage, LTW would be better than Nanobots.--You&Me!! (talk) 11:06, 20 June 2022 (EDT)
Ahh yes, the Severe Tire Damage version of They Got Lost is quite possibly my all-time favorite song to listen to while driving. If this makes sense, I personally enjoy Mink Car as an album package/experience more than I do LTW, but then LTW has individual songs on it that excite me more than some of what's on Mink Car. Drinkin' used to be my go-to song for walking around my college campus. Dark and Metric is pure musical candy. Reprehensible is a fascinating genre piece. --User:FloridaFlamingoGirl (talk) 12:47, 20 June 2022 (EDT)
Don't forget Operators Are Standing By and Certain People I Could Name. --ColorOfInfinity (talk) 19:49, 20 June 2022 (EDT)
Oh don't worry, I could never. Operators has one of the most playful, lovely Flans melodies, and Certain People is a divine balance between lilting piano chord progressions and smartly chosen word imagery. --User:FloridaFlamingoGirl (talk) 21:34, 20 June 2022 (EDT)