Walkie Talkie Man

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"Walkie Talkie Man"
Single by Steriogram
from the album Schmack!
Released 2004
Format CD single
Genre Punk rock, hard rock, rapcore
Producer(s) David Kahne
Steriogram singles chronology
White Trash "Walkie Talkie Man"

"Walkie Talkie Man" is a song by the New Zealand band Steriogram, released in 2004 on the album Schmack! and as a single.

The song is widely recognized as bringing Steriogram the majority of their popularity. Its simple, catchy riff and fast-talking verses contribute to the song's popularity, and it attracted even more attention when it was used as the background music to an advert by Apple for the iPod.

The song debuted at #19 on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom and reached #14 on the New Zealand Singles Chart in the band's native New Zealand.

The riff is almost an exact replica of the one used in "Picture Book" by The Kinks, and some of the riffs are similar to those of "Pretend Best Friend" by Terrorvision. "Warning" by Green Day and "Big Bang Baby" by Stone Temple Pilots also have similar riffs.

Exactly 1:59 into the song, lead guitarist Brad Carter sneezes.


The video for "Walkie Talkie Man" was directed by Michel Gondry, and features scenes of children working as studio staff and knitting instruments and equipment, and the band is terrorized by a giant hand made of wool which grabs singer Tyson Kennedy and tears him in half, showing that his insides are also made of wool. The children save him by unraveling the threads that compose the giant and sewing his lower body back in place – but it is sewn backwards and Kennedy ends the video with his legs turned back to the camera, unlike his upper body. Brad Carter's woollen guitar bears the words "New Zealand". The video is available on the DVD compilation Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1).

The video was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 2005 and four Video Music Awards.

In other media[edit]

In 2004, the song was featured in Andamiro's Pump It Up: Exceed SE for Xbox and PlayStation 2 as well as in EA Sports' MVP Baseball 2004 and MLB 2005.

A cover version by Jason Paige is featured in the Nintendo DS video game Elite Beat Agents. In 2009, a parody titled "Agents" was composed by Josh Jones for the Mega64 Elite Beat Agents skit due to licensing issues.

MTV uses this single in a Milk Ad.

The single appeared in six movies:

The song appeared in the third episode of the season 4 of the TV show Alias, lightly accelerated.

The song appeared in SingStar Pop Vol. 2.

The song is used a 2008 advertisement for Export Gold beer in New Zealand.

The song was also used by YouTube series Eddsworld in the videos "Edd's Tale of Boredom" and "Zombeh Attack".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walkie Talkie Man" (2:13)

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