That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)

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"That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)"
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Single by Panic at the Disco
from the album Pretty. Odd.
B-side "She Had the World" (alternate version)[1]
Released May 2, 2008
Format
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 3:15
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Rob Mathes
Panic at the Disco singles chronology
"Mad as Rabbits"
(2008)
"That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)"
(2008)
"Northern Downpour"
(2008)
Alternative cover
Promotional single cover
Promotional single cover

"That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)" (often shortened to "That Green Gentleman") is a single by American rock band Panic at the Disco, from their second studio album Pretty. Odd. The song was the second song written by the band after they decided to scrap an album's worth of material, but was not played with "When the Day Met the Night" and "Nine in the Afternoon" at the various festivals Panic performed at during the summer of 2007.

The title of the album was already decided before the line, "Things are shaping up to be pretty odd." was written.[2]

The song was performed (as well as "She's a Handsome Woman", and "Mad as Rabbits") on every date of the European tour prior to the album's release.

This single was also performed during the June 12, 2008 episode of FNMTV, hosted by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz.

Music video[edit]

On February 10, 2008, MTV released an interview with Panic announcing "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)" as the third single from Pretty. Odd. They also stated that the music video will include the band at different stages in their lives.[3][4]

The video was recorded as part of a deal with Nokia, a deal comparable to that of Fall Out Boy's "Thnks fr th Mmrs" video, The Academy Is...' "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands" and Paramore's "That's What You Get". The video premiered exclusively on Nokiausa.com on May 2.[citation needed]

There are two scenes where a Nokia product is shown. In one the members of Panic at the Disco are seen jumping on a Nokia 5610 XpressMusic phone, and the other is of someone in a crowd using the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic phone to take a picture.[citation needed]

The video, directed by Alan Ferguson,[citation needed] begins with a child version of band member Ryan Ross (Cameron Boyce) opening matryoshka dolls. When he opens the last doll, the members of the band come out and jump off the desk. They then land in a field and find various musical instruments. After playing them for a while, they suddenly open up (in the style of matryoshka dolls) themselves and child versions of themselves come out.[citation needed]

The child versions of the band start running in the hills, while older versions ride penny-farthings and sing in a row boat. The child versions of the band start rolling down a hill in a life-sized matryoshka doll and then opening once more to be elderly versions of the band, who, according to the director of the video, are "the old '06 Panic!". The versions in the rowboat, he said, would be considered "the new Pretty. Odd. Panic". The video ends with the band members rowing the boat into the sunset, along with a zoom-out scene of the matryoshka dolls.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

UK 3" CD single[edit]

  1. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)"

UK Digipak CD single[edit]

  1. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)"
  2. "She Had the World" (Alternate version)

US 7" single[edit]

  1. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)"
  2. "When the Day Met the Night"

US promotional single[edit]

  1. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)" (album version) – 3:15

UK promotional single[edit]

  1. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)" (album version) – 3:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Northern Downpour - Single by Panic! At the Disco". iTunes. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ YouTube. youtube.com. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "'Things Have Changed'". MTV. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Panic At The Preschool". MTV. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 

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