Ask @hiddeninthesand:

what's the meaning of taken for a ride?

The songwriters of Tally Hall tend to not ever talk about what the songs are about. They, like all good songwriters, prefer to leave it open to the interpretation of the listeners. The Tally Hallmanac is a great place to discuss potential song meanings.
What I'm trying to say is... I don't know. I really don't know what most of their songs are about except for a couple.

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what do you think the chances are of Tally Hall having a little reunion tour?

Y'know, I usually have some sort of opinion on these things. But... I really don't know at this point. At first I was going to say it's more likely we'd get an album than a small tour. But, I suppose maybe a more accurate answer is that they're both equal in terms of "the chances". However, the chances still remain slim.

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i was looking at tally hall's broad jam page, and i found a picture of all the gang, but there was one more; someone with a x for an eye and a white bow tie. do you know who it is? \http://www.broadjam.com/artists/photos.php?artistID=14625

I remember asking once in an email back in '05 but never got a response. So I'll give you what I've always suspected it to be: Nonsense. Or, in some other versions, there was no X on the face and I always interpreted it as the audience, for some reason. There's no logic to that interpretation, it's just my own personal one. There was also the half-conceived notion that it represented the Anti-Tally. I don't know what that would entail. But there ya go.

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I was listening to the album Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, and after the last track on it ("Ruler of Everything"), "Hidden in the Sand" started playing! But it never said it was part of the album on the case. Do you know if this was on purpose or a typo/accident?

"Hidden In The Sand" was a hidden track on both Complete Demos and all versions of MMMM. Are hidden tracks not a thing anymore that people are familiar with? Oh god, has the digital music age killed them off?! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_track

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In your opinion, what's the best part of the Tally Hall fan community?

This has been pretty tough to answer. There's been so many great moments that I, personally, have treasured which came from being a part of the community. But I guess what's best is that -- for the most part -- there remained such a comradery and tightness within it. When the forums were active, we could all delight and share in each other's enthusiasm, actively inviting others to come and share as well.
Now, since the forums (and band) aren't active, that "community" is not as visible as a single entity -- and there's not been much of a need to be active together in that way. But there's been so many friendships that were spawned which continue today and every day, many of which are "IRL" friendships, too.
It'll be interesting to see what happens if/when the band becomes active again. In the meantime, I'm just doing my part in trying to keep everyone connected and informed, for if/when that day comes.
I'm going to cross-post this on HITS Twitter and Facebook where you can feel free to share with me your answer to this question, thus keeping the spirit of our community alive.

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Hey Coz, remember me? I'm that creepy person who used to ask you creepy questions, and send Tally Hall e-cards in your name. How's it going, buddy? How are Kenan and Peanut?

Ohhh... so... nice to see you again. You look.... different. It's spelled "Keenan" and they're doing OK. Of course, they recently went through a very traumatic time when I had my floors re-done. But yeah, they're better now.

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if that isolated last part of "Good Day" exists (of the random noises), would stems of the entire song potentially exist?

Technically, stems of all their songs potentially exist, but none of them have been made available to the public and I've never seen/heard of any. The Good Day thing was a limited time promotion on iMeem (sponsored by Burger King) where it let you virtually re-mix the song through a Flash interface. You could turn on some tracks and turn off others... and I think even relocate sections of the song. That's how I got what I put up on HITS Galleries.

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Do you have a favorite specific PART of a song that you like listening to? Not a favorite song or anything, but just like... a couple of seconds that make you happy. (IE, Rob's low "going" in Sacred Beast, or Ross's "The Wind Knows" in Hymn for a Scarecrow)

I never really thought about it before. Obviously there are many amazing little moments or parts throughout their body of work. And to ask me at a time like this, where, unlike some of you new fans, I don't listen to Tally Hall on the daily anymore so I had to go back and listen to it all in order to give an accurate answer. After a week, I think I have come to a conclusion.
I first must give 2 honorable mentions.
1) Rob's breakdown in "Just A Friend": "Damn girl, what do you want, I'll give you anything. A magazine, potato, a mask of some sort? I love you." Honorable because it's not their song.
2) I really love the bridge they put in to the live version of the "Break It Down" song. Honorable because it's kind of a cover of anonyMous, which is not technically Tally Hall... plus not everyone's heard it.
As for my real answer...
I might have to go with....
crap, I can't narrow it down.
Here's 2 official answer:
1) The entire bridge & outro/collision of "The Trap".
2) The 3rd and final part of "Fate of The Stars", when the harp comes in, followed by the shaker. This has been my ringtone for a couple years now. http://www.hiddeninthesand.com/gallery/v/audio/sounds/tallyhallRingtone_fotsHarp.mp3.html

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Coz- you've probably answered this before, but I'm curious to know how you became involved with Tally Hall? When did you first hear about them?

I have, but it's been awhile so I'll recount it again. Just for you.
It was in the late hours of January 31st, 2005. I received a random friend request on Myspace from Tally Hall, whom I'd never heard of. It was the thing to do back then when you were an independent band... just search for people who liked musicians that were kind of like your band, send then a friend request and hope for the best. 90% of the time it doesn't work out. But in this case, it did.
They had 4 songs available to listen to. The first one was Good Day. I found it odd in a good way. Second one was The Ruler of Everything which just added to the craziness I was hearing and I was hooked. Greener was on there and I don't even remember the fourth one (maybe Welcome to Tally Hall? or Two Wuv?). I immediately went to their website and watched all their videos and couldn't believe all that I was seeing.
I went searching around the web and there was nothing there except for a few musician profiles they had up on sites for indie bands. I blogged about them in a few spots, hoping to help get them attention, and they took notice. I emailed them and asked if I could start a LiveJournal Community for them and a Yahoo! Group (because that's what we did in 2005). They agreed. Soon after, I was contacted by Michael Anuzis and Ryan Scott ("Questions Answered" guy), two friends of the band who were serving as their management, essentially. Michael took care of their Myspace, I think, and Ryan took care of the merch orders. They both thanked me for what I was doing, which was finally giving the band a presence outside of the Michigan area (and a little bit in Jersey where they played a couple times at Andrew's high school, AKA Pingry). Speaking of which...
Just a short 2.5 months after I discovered them, they had their annual Pingry school show in April '05 and, living near Philly, I made the trek up there. To my surprise, they recognized me by face alone! I was invited back to Andrew's parents house for the afterparty (pics in HITS Galleries) and met Rick Lax, along with Ryan Scott there. It was a blast.
Within the next month or so, the Banana Man video blew up via albinoblacksheep.com and they booked a show in Harrisburg so I got to see them again.
I continued running the LiveJournal community and when the band put a message board on their site, the fanbase started blowing up and eventually, the fans thought a proper fan site would be better than the LJ. So the HITS site was made.
Throughout it all, I was in fairly common contact with the band members, mostly Joe. He'd let me listen to early snippets of song ideas, etc. There was a strange fuzzy line between fan & friendship. Where do I stand? Where do they stand? How much do they want to trust me with information? They were happy to have my support and encouragement, but hesitant, I believe, to really "let me in" if you know what I mean. It was an earned trust, that's for sure, but it's secured.

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