Tally Hall remains an eclectic songwriting team because they have four primary songwriters that tend to write their songs on their own and bring them to the band to work on and enhance. They try to keep a good balance and equal share of songs by each songwriter on their albums.
The writer of each song was consistently written on the back cover of every album/EP until Good & Evil. The Tally Hallmanac is now the best place to find this information. http://www.hiddeninthesand.com/wiki/
There seems to be some confusion about this song, at least for fans born after 1990 or for those who aren’t as proactive on the web as they could be and wonder why it wasn’t on their copy of Marvin’s.
“Just A Friend” is an old, quirky rap song done by a guy named Biz Markie. This was his biggest hit in the 80’s. I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding a way to listen to the original version.
A live performance of the song was included on The Pingry EP. As for the studio recording,
“A studio recording of “Just A Friend” was made in July ’06 but did not surface until the Atlantic Records releasing of MMMM in April 2008. Those who attended concerts after the release of the album were given instructions on how to download the track for free.”
Basically, you were given a small business card with a URL and password to download the song for free.
Updated on 12/13/18
My definition of Tally Hall’s “older stuff” consists of:
- Complete Demos (LP)
- The Pingry EP (EP)
- Partyboobytrap (EP)
- Welcome To Tally Hall (EP)
None of these are for sale anymore through the band. My guess is the EPs can now be considered collectors items and will never be pressed again.
Complete Demos has released on Bandcamp, so that’s cool.
In the meantime, you can currently find MP3s of these older recordings lying around the internet if you look hard enough.
The Pingry EP is a collection of live, acoustic, and one-take performance demos released by Tally Hall in April 2005. Originally, they were recorded to have something to give record companies, in addition to the Complete Demos, to show what other songs they’ve been working on.
It was named after The Pingry School in New Jersey, where Andrew went to high school. Tally Hall had been a staple band at the annual Pingry School Spring Fling concert for a few years but hasn’t been back since 2005 where they officially released the EP to the public.
The Pingry EP was distributed in standard white paper CD envelopes, the kind with a transparent, round window on the front. Inside was the CD-R plus a B&W photocopied insert with the track listing and liner notes.
Comment on old FAQ: They first came to Pingry even before the ties, I think in 2003. (I was at Pingry two years behind Andrew.) They were opening for some band no one remembers and in subsequent years were properly placed as the main act. I specifically remember “Good Day” and “Ruler of Everything.” The Pingry EP came their third year at Spring Fling I believe. We may have been among the first outside Michigan to be exposed to the wonkiness. Pingry remains a strong Tally Hall-ic base. When they played it was one of the only reasons many of us would go back and it’s amazing to see them now in New York and all over.