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{{Infobox song
 
{{Infobox song
 
  |title = Just A Friend
 
  |title = Just A Friend
|albumart = Th_justafriend_art.jpg
 
 
  |writer = Biz Markie
 
  |writer = Biz Markie
  |singer = Rob Cantor, Zubin Sedghi
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  |singer = Rob Cantor
  |album = Download with 2008's [[Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Album)|Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum]] / [[Admittedly Incomplete Demos]]
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  |album = Download with 2008's [[Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum]]
 
  |language = English
 
  |language = English
 
  |genre = Rap/Hip-hop
 
  |genre = Rap/Hip-hop
 
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'''Just a Friend''' is a song by the 1980's hip-hop artist Biz Markie that [[Tally Hall]] is known well for covering.  This cover is sung by [[Rob Cantor]] during the verses and [[Zubin Sedghi]] during the chorus.  It is one of Tally Hall's most well known covers, as they closed out nearly every show with it since the band's earliest days. It became such a popular song in their act, they got a bit tired of it and didn't want to be known solely by this cover song, so they decided to retire it around 2005/6. However, due to popular demand, it was put back into the set not long after, which arguably makes this song one of the reasons that helped the band stand out amongst its peers in the early days and led to sold out shows at places like The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.
 
  
== Studio Recording ==
 
Also in 2006, Tally Hall recorded a studio version of 'Just A Friend' but decided not to release the song because they weren't happy with it and were likely still tired of the song in general.  When asked about it in 2007, they had stated that they didn't believe it was very good in hindsight. 
 
  
Through a change of heart, they fixed some things they weren't happy with and decided to release it as a download for those who bought the 2008 [[Atlantic Records]] re-release of [[Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Album)|Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum]].
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'''Just A Friend''' is a song by the 1980's hip-hop artist Biz Markie, this cover is sung by Rob Cantor.  It is probably one of Tally Hall's most well known covers, as they would often close concerts with it.  Originally recorded in 2006, they decided to not release it to the fans because they weren't happy with it.  When asked about it in 2007, they had stated that they didn't believe it was very good in hindsight.  Through a change of heart, they fixed some things they weren't happy with and decided to release it as a download for those who bought the 2008 album version of M.M.M.M.
  
In December 2015 Tally Hall's cover version was released as part of the bandcamp exclusive release: [[Admittedly Incomplete Demos]]<ref name=justafriend>[https://tallyhall.bandcamp.com/track/just-a-friend Just a Friend on Bandcamp]</ref>
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=== Recording ===
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In August 2019, after years of inactivity, the band came together to make the combined decision to distribute ''Just a Friend'' on all popular streaming platforms for the first time.<ref>[https://open.spotify.com/album/6G7N8GyO4OOQMwxeQohrE3?si=yJVHBCMRRJ-4bTYFMaJEpA Just A Friend on Spotify]</ref> It is believed that this was done in response to a strong and growing monthly listenership on Spotify (nearly 350k at the time of the release) despite the band's hiatus.
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=== Trivia ===
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* In the original recording, it has been reported that Andrew was the one to say "and a very big bra."
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* The original recording was first heard at the end of the MTV's "You Hear It First" which was filmed in 2006.
  
== Trivia ==
 
* The studio recording was first heard at the end of the MTV's "You Hear It First" which was filmed in 2006.<ref name=yhif>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oNUyzfQDr0 Tally Hall on Mtv's You Hear It First, 2006]</ref>
 
* The final chorus is sung (from lowest to highest) by [[Joe Hawley]], Zubin Sedghi, and Rob Cantor
 
* Also in the last chorus after the "you got what I need, 'do wah'" Joe is known to say a random four syllable word to fill in the musical gap during live performances. (i.e Barbecue Sauce, Chicken Nugget, Dr. Pepper, Michael Jackson, Play Nintendo, etc...)<ref name=th2009>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up0A5u7XAGA Tally Hall - Just a Friend. 2009. Live at the Loft in Atlanta]</ref>
 
 
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