The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get
My Dad Is Dead - The Taller You Are the Shorter You Get.jpg
CD edition cover art
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 24, 1989
StudioThe Beat Farm (Cleveland, Ohio)
Length82:58 (LP)
72:04 (CD)
ProducerChris Burgess
My Dad Is Dead chronology
Let's Skip the Details
The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get
Chopping Down the Family Tree
Professional ratings
Review scores

The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get is an album by the American post-punk band My Dad Is Dead, released in 1989 through Homestead Records.[2][3][4]


Aside from some bass and accordion, Mark Edwards played all of the instruments on the album.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press wrote: "Edwards veers relatively close to the musical mainstream ... with considerable success. His lyrics, meanwhile, have grown less morose and more philosophical, and he sings them with new-found expressiveness."[6] Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that the album "covers everything from pretty, jangly guitar instrumentals to Joy Division- and Devo-referencing New Wave numbers."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."For Lack of a Better Word"Mark Edwards5:10
2."The Big Picture"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards6:24
3."Seven Years"Mark Edwards5:10
4."Too Far Gone"Mark Edwards4:29
Side two
1."Planes Crashing"Mark Edwards4:30
2."Boundaries"Mark Edwards3:53
3."Can't Get Started"Mark Edwards5:26
4."The Only One"Mark Edwards4:54
Side three
1."World on a String (CD edition cuts lengthy instrumental intro)"Mark Edwards5:27
2."Meep - Meep (Absent on CD edition)"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards5:25
3."What Can I Do"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards6:26
Side four
1."Whirlpool"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards3:00
2."Nothing Special"Mark Edwards4:49
3."A Man Possessed"Mark Edwards5:11
4."Sweet Company" (Absent on CD edition)Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards5:29
5."So Much to Lose"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards5:33



  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get". Allmusic. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "My Dad Is Dead | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Parker, Chris (July 20, 2011). "Five essential My Dad is Dead records". INDY Week.
  4. ^ Earles, Andrew (September 15, 2014). Gimme Indie Rock. Voyageur Press. ISBN 9781627883795 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "LPS". Option. 30–35: 112.
  6. ^ "My Dad Is Dead". Trouser Press. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  7. ^ n/a (2013-09-06). "My Dad Is Dead - The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2017-05-05.