The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek

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The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek
Studio album by Relient K
Released August 28, 2001
Recorded Yellow Studios
Genre Christian pop punk[1]
Length 55:01
Label Gotee
Producer Mark Lee Townsend
Relient K chronology
The Creepy EP
(2001)The Creepy EP2001
The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek
Employee of the Month EP
(2002)Employee of the Month EP2002
Alternative cover
The Gold Edition of the album, with the special gold slip cover
The Gold Edition of the album, with the special gold slip cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 7/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[4]
Melodic 3.5/5 stars [5]

The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek (often shortened to Anatomy) is the second full-length album released by the Christian rock band Relient K. It was released on August 28, 2001, and peaked at No. 158 on the Billboard 200. On June 26, 2006, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the United States. The cover of the original release is similar to that of the 1999 Ramones release Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology.

The album continues the band's liberal use of pop culture references (such as the song "I'm Lion-O," which is about the popular TV series Thundercats).[6] Song themes range from pop culture to Christian themes—growth in faith ("Pressing On"), backsliding ("What Have You Been Doing Lately?"), worship ("Those Words Are Not Enough," "For the Moments I Feel Faint," and "Less Is More")[6]—and social themes—such as racism and persecution ("Failure to Excommunicate"), judgementalism ("Down in Flames")—to making excuses or blaming others for one's own faults ("Maybe It's Maybeline").[6] There is also a song about one's experiences in high school ("Sadie Hawkins Dance").

Gotee Records released a "Gold Edition" of this album on October 31, 2006 along with the release of a "Gold Edition" of Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...but Three Do on the same day. The Gold Edition of this album has remixed and remastered sound is similar to Mmhmm (the album was remixed by the same people who mixed Mmhmm) and it has a music video for the song "Pressing On".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Thiessen, except "Those Words Are Not Enough", written by Matthew Hoopes.

Album release
No. Title Length
1. "Kick-Off" 0:39
2. "Pressing On" 3:29
3. "Sadie Hawkins Dance" 3:07
4. "Down in Flames" 4:07
5. "Maybe It's Maybeline" 3:14
6. "Breakdown" 3:45
7. "Those Words Are Not Enough" 4:39
8. "For the Moments I Feel Faint" 3:47
9. "Lion Wilson" 0:36
10. "I'm Lion-O" 2:55
11. "What Have You Been Doing Lately?" 3:23
12. "May the Horse Be with You" 2:17
13. "My Way or the Highway..." 3:47
14. "Breakfast at Timpani's" 0:22
15. "The Rest Is Up to You" 4:04
16. "Failure to Excommunicate" 3:35
17. "Less Is More" (original version included "Skittles and Combos" as a hidden track; Gold edition included "The Ballad of Tim Eddings" as a hidden track. LP contains both tracks.) 7:17
Total length: 54:53
  • Track 2 & 7, and all "First Three Gears" bonus tracks, originally from The Creepy EP.



Additional personnel[edit]

  • Madalena Burle Marx – cello
  • Ann Smith – viola
  • Heather Walker – violin
  • Cory Smith – violin
  • Crystal Brezovsky – french horn
  • Kevan Peden – additional vocals
  • Scott Cannon – additional vocals
  • Kyle Hudson – additional vocals
  • Rob Roy Fingerhead – slide guitar
  • Jonathan Bowles - additional guitar

References to popular culture[edit]

The last line of "Pressing On" is from The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme.[6] "Maybe It's Maybeline" (deliberately misspelled, much like the band's name) refers to the popular Maybelline line of beauty products and its tag line.[6]


  1. ^ Kielich, Kris (November 30, 2015). "Relient K Endures with Catchy Pop-Punk Sound". The Buffalo News. The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ Winberg, Pär (April 18, 2002). "Relient K - The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek". Melodic. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 750–751. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.