The Impression That I Get

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"The Impression That I Get"
Single by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
from the album Let's Face It
Released January 27, 1997
Format CD maxi single
Recorded 1996
Genre Ska punk
Length 3:14
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Dicky Barrett, Joe Gittleman
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones singles chronology
"Hell of a Hat"
"The Impression That I Get"
"The Rascal King"

"The Impression That I Get" is a song by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the lead single from their 1997 studio album Let's Face It. It is the band's most successful and popular song. The track reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. In 1998, a live version of this song appeared on Live from the Middle East. That same year, the Bosstones performed this song during their debut performance on Saturday Night Live.

The song was certified Gold in digital sales 17 years after its release in 2014.[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi single[edit]

  1. "The Impression That I Get" – 3:13
  2. "Desensitized" – 2:04
  3. "Is It" – 2:53
  4. "Storm Hit" – 3:14

Alternate pressing[edit]

  1. "The Impression That I Get" – 3:13
  2. "Is It" – 2:53
  3. "Storm Hit" – 3:14
  4. "Wig's Fallen Off!" - 2:33


"The Impression That I Get" is fairly characteristic of the Bosstones' ska punk style. Horns play a large role in this sound, as do the distinctive vocals of Dicky Barrett. Lyrically it is about the lead singer never having gone through a traumatic experience (knocking on wood) but that someone he knows has, and he is wondering how he would deal with the situation.

Original release[edit]

More than a year before the release of Let's Face It the song appeared on Safe and Sound: A Benefit in Response to the Brookline Clinic Violence [1], an album released in response to the slayings of two abortion clinic workers in two different clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts on December 30, 1994, and received heavy play on Boston radio throughout 1996.

Use in other media[edit]

"The Impression That I Get" was featured in several films including Step Brothers, Chasing Amy, Krippendorf's Tribe, Fathers' Day and Digimon: The Movie. It was also included in the Activision video game Band Hero, the Namco game Taiko: Drum Master, the Nintendo game Donkey Konga, the GT Interactive game Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 and the Harmonix game Rock Band 4. It also appeared in an episode of the television series Friends.

The current theme song of the reality show America's Funniest Home Videos is arranged and inspired by the song.

The song was featured in TV spots for the Adam Sandler film Jack and Jill.

The song was on occasions played on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno before commercials.

The song is a bumper for Howard Stern's impressions compilation shows.

It was used by the popular movie critics Mike and Jay of Red Letter Media as the outro music to their scathing review of the Adam Sandler film Jack and Jill.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


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