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Jun 10Liked by Chase Roper

How I came to be a fan? I have no idea if this is an especially uncommon introduction, but in episode 3 of the sitcom "Raising Hope" it plays the song Istanbul a few times in it and I was very intrigued by it. I would go on to search for that song online and come across both it and Birdhouse, which I immediately fell in love with leading to me diving deeper and deeper into TMBG and becoming a fan.

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I've never seen Raising Hope and had no idea it ever featured Istanbul. It's wild that we both found this band in very different decades from a TV show featuring this same song. Thanks for sharing Zoe!

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The first TMBG song I heard was "Istanbul" which just seemed like a fun novelty song. The first time I heard them and thought, "thus is weird, unique, and I want to know more" was when someone on my HS debate team was listening to "Dead" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPgXYPJC2uA

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β€œNow it’s over, I’m dead, and I haven’t done anything that I want. Or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do.”

I love Dead a lot. Musically, it’s so simple and understated but melody of the vocals and the heavy lyrics just make the song seem so huge. It’s a great song to fall in love with the bands’ work, Nick.

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