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Talk Shows On Mute by Incubus

Album: A Crow Left Of The MurderReleased: 2004Charted:
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  • This is about the mind-numbing effects of TV talk shows. The phrase, "Come one, Come all into 1984" is not referring to the year but to a book written by George Orwell called 1984, which is about a man living in a totalitarian oligarchy. (thanks, Will - Portland, OR)
  • Lead singer Brandon Boyd: "I was on an airplane when a talk show began playing on the TVs. I decided to start narrating for the people, which is a really great game if you're ever bored enough. I realized a time will probably come when television will watch us if we're watching it, if that hasn't already happened, figuratively or literally. It sounded like some sort of pseudo-Big Brother nightmare, so I wrote it down." (thanks, Tim - Pittsburgh, PA)
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Comments: 17

awsome song. i just listen to it when i'm going through a hard time and it just calms me like its trying to tell me something. i love incubus.Anna - New York, Ny
Has anyone else noticed that the first letters of "Come one, come all, into nineteen eighty-four" can stand for cocaine?Alice - Danville, Ca
Rumor also has it that Brandon received the book 1984 by George Orwell from a fan before a gig in New York in September of 2001. Having some influence on this song as well.James - New York, Ny
What about this guitar solo... its just so tasty and delicious.... the song flows perfectly into and out of it, not too long, not too short, quite delectible to say the least.Poop - Poopville, Mo
at face value the song seems to be about excess and cultural dilution in the 80's. on a symbolic level it's about the government control and constriction of the publics rights.Joshua - Reno, Nv
I would just like to point out to Johann that Reagan was in fact president in 1984 (He was president from 1981 to 1989), Richard Nixon was in office during Watergate. I would just like to say that this song is great! It is one of my favorite songs from Incubus.Scott - Lexington, Ma
Reagen wasn't president in 1984... he resigned in 72 after the Watergate scandal.Johann - Ascel, Hi
I love this song because of its message and its tune. 1984 is a great book to read if you already haven't read it. It foreshadows the future if we fail to establish democracy and protect it. It's a great reference for different bands to use. I know that Rage Against the Machine has used it a couple of times.Hmmm - Los Angeles, Ca
This song is about:
Come
One
Come
All
Into
Nineteen
Eighty-four.
Anonymous
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Incubus has never created a bad song...they rock..not that i care what you thinkNate - Aurora, Il
Until this song I hated the band . I hope they continue not to suckJerry - Somerville, Tn
Just an insight. Talk Show on Mute is about the political landscape of the Reagan Administration.... Reagan was president in 1984.... "The electric sheep are dreaming of your face." We were all sheep, following our presidential "actor". "Pay an audience to care
'Impress me' personality".....Reagan lowered taxes and his personality carried his administration...... The song is about Reagan making us feel comfortable while he was screwing us big time.... "Your foundation is canyoning" is a line at the end of the song.....Meaning the foundation of America was drowning with Reagan as President in 1984.... "Endearing with the sound turned off" means he had a likeable personality but hid many things from the American voters...more so then most presidents..... in his speeches, he spoke to us, with the "sound turned off" meaning we loved what he had to say, but he didnt speak the truth...it may also mean we didn't realize what he was doing to the hard working Americas...and we decided to stay mute....

You can say the same for most politicians....but Reagan sticks out a lot...
Lawrence - Staten Island, Ny
well people should really just stop worrying about the future and act on the present.Whats the point in saying "oh ill just do my laundry tommorrow"then a month later you wonder why your closets are empty and your laundry baskets are full.Erika - Yuma, Az
this is my favorite incubus song of all-timeBilly Ross - Hagerstown, Md
Wow, you read too much into things. While it may entail the use of media by the government, as well, the song is a general reproach of the thoughtless state of society, particularly in America. More specifically, it points out the entertainment industry for redundantly pounding us into submission. The references to 1984 create a picture for the way mass media controls our everyday lives, just as Orwell's futuristic government did. If you doubt me, just watch the Ryan Seacrest Show and all of its pointless banter.Travis - Lawrence, Ks
the line " Electric sheep are dreaming of your face" is a refernce to the science fiction masterpiece, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. The basis for the film Bladerunner was taken from the novel. Excellent read, very thought provokingHans - Oakdale, Ca
Talk Shows on Mute refers to the government falsling guiding people. The very first few lines talk about how polititions let only certain people into their interviews (pay an audience to care) and how they manipulate to get places. It also indirectly refers to the Patriot Act, which deprives people of some of their given liberties so that the government can further investigate terrorism and moniter internet, e-mail, and other activities that would be essential to terrorism. George Orwell wrote his book, 1984, in the late forty's and was a grim outlook of his views of what the future would be like. In his book the government deprives its people of any personal privacy.Coby - Fruitland, Id