Walkie Talkie Man
|"Walkie Talkie Man"|
|Single by Steriogram|
|from the album Schmack!|
|Released||29 February 2004|
|Genre||Punk rock, rapcore|
|Songwriter(s)||Tyson Kennedy, Tim Youngson, Brad Carter, Jared Wrennall, Jake Adams|
|Steriogram singles chronology|
The song is widely recognized as bringing Steriogram the majority of their popularity. Its simple, catchy riff and fast-talking verses contribute to the song's popularity, and it attracted even more attention when it was used as the background music to an advert by Apple for the iPod.
The riff is almost an exact replica of the one used in "Picture Book" by The Kinks, and some of the riffs are similar to those of "Pretend Best Friend" by Terrorvision. "Warning" by Green Day and "Big Bang Baby" by Stone Temple Pilots also have similar riffs.
Exactly 1:59 into the song, lead guitarist Brad Carter sneezes.
The video for "Walkie Talkie Man" was directed by Michel Gondry, and features scenes of children working as studio staff and knitting instruments and equipment, and the band is terrorized by a giant hand made of wool which grabs singer Tyson Kennedy and tears him in half, showing that his insides are also made of wool. The children save him by unraveling the threads that compose the giant and sewing his lower body back in place – but it is sewn backwards and Kennedy ends the video with his legs turned back to the camera, unlike his upper body. Brad Carter's woollen guitar bears the words "New Zealand". The video is available on the DVD compilation Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1).
In other media
A cover version by Jason Paige is featured in the Nintendo DS video game Elite Beat Agents. In 2009, a parody titled "Agents" was composed by Josh Jones for the Mega64 Elite Beat Agents skit due to licensing issues.
MTV uses this single in a Milk Ad.
The single appeared in six movies:
- Agent Cody Banks 2
- Kicking & Screaming
- Man of the House
- Arthur and the Invisibles
- Una pelicula de huevos
The song appeared in the third episode of the season 4 of the TV show Alias, lightly accelerated.
The song appeared in SingStar Pop Vol. 2.
The song is used a 2008 advertisement for Export Gold beer in New Zealand.
The song was used in the 2012 comedy film The Three Stooges.
- "Walkie Talkie Man" (2:13)