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
The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek
Employee of the Month EP
Alternative cover
The Gold Edition of the album, with the special gold slip cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 7/10 stars[4]

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).[5] 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")[5]—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").[5] 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 Mmmhmm) and it has a music video for the song "Pressing On".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed 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) 7:17
Total length:
  • 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]

Notes and trivia[edit]

  • The hidden track after "Less Is More" is entitled "Skittles and Combos." The band used to encourage fans to bring Skittles and Combos to shows. While they no longer encourage it, fans still do, and often throw packages to the band. In addition, small packages of each are sometimes placed on the stage by the crew prior to performances. Thiessen also later on admitted that he despised Skittles and had no idea what Combos were.
  • "Skittles and Combos" isn't on the gold re-release. A different hidden track is at the end of "Less is More" called "The Ballad of Tim Eddings". Tim Eddings was originally the manager for Relient K, and also was a producer for Ace Troubleshooter, the old band of current Relient K bassist John Warne.
  • The only original Relient K song that Matt Thiessen did not write (prior to the four other member-written songs on The Bird and the Bee Sides), "Those Words Are Not Enough", is on this album. Matt Hoopes wrote the song.
  • Both verses of the song "Failure to Excommunicate" are sung by drummer Dave Douglas, with Matt Thiessen joining in on the first and second verses.
  • The album contains re-recorded versions of songs from their 1998 demo All Work and No Play. These songs include the ThunderCats-themed "I'm Lion-O" and "For the Moments I Feel Faint", which is a slower, acoustic recording of the song "C.U.R.B.".
  • The music video for this album is "Pressing On", but the original song chosen for a video was actually "Sadie Hawkins Dance".[citation needed] In the end, they went with "Pressing On", as they didn't have the budget to do what they wanted for "Sadie Hawkins Dance". Matt Thiessen once said this on the band's forum. One plan for the "Sadie Hawkins Dance" video actually included Gary Coleman. [1]
  • The resulting video for "Pressing On" shows the band making their way into a building amidst a crowd of fans. Upon arrival, they are greeted by a producer waiting to film a music video with them. When one member asks the director if he can have a drink, he is told that there is no budget for that — a parody derived from the above trivia item.
  • The song "Sadie Hawkins Dance" once appeared in an episode of the show Smallville.
  • A tentative track listing for this album originally included the song "Operation", which was eventually used as an exclusive song for The Creepy EP instead.
  • The song "I'm Lion-O" has similar chords in the beginning as the song "For The Band" on the Employee of the Month EP.
  • The song "Pressing On" appeared in an episode of the show Power Rangers Ninja Storm as well as What's New Scooby Doo?.
  • The album is going to be released on vinyl for the first time in 2015.[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. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  4. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Lantinen, Chris. "Early Relient K coming to vinyl for 1st time". Modern-Vinyl. Retrieved January 16, 2015.