TMBG Countdown #20: Older

April 11, 2015 Pop Culture, Reviews Comments (0) 120

First Release: Long Tall Weekend (1999)

(This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.)

Older is anthemic. I can’t think of another TMBG song with as many studio variations. There’s the original, from the ambitious experiment in e-music Long Tall Weekend; the live version, played at nearly every show with an agonizing long pause (see the video below, in which the band brought that version to Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2001); the slightly slower and odder-sounding version (my personal favorite) released on  Mink Car in 2001; and the acoustic puppet version in the video atop this post, released as a Friday Night Family Podcast in 2008.

There’s little I can say about this song except to quote from its lyrics, in their blithe and cheerful march toward death.

“You’re older than you’ve ever been, and now you’re even older / and now you’re even older / and now you’re even older / …and now you’re older still.”

Alex says: “I’m not sure which version I like better… the album version, or the version they did on Conan.”

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