Inspired by Talkin’ TCGS and fans like Andrea, here’s my list of Chris Gethard Show cast members and characters and their matching Elvis Costello songs. Special thanks to Intern Paige for her help!
Chris: (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?
One of Elvis’s most popular recordings. I like the way it reflects both the dark and more optimistic sides of Chris’s personality. “As I walk through this wicked world, searching for light in the darkness of insanity…”
Shannon: Big Sister
Shannon is the big sister of TCGS. Like all big sisters, she can be a little dangerous at times. “She’ll be watching over you,” Elvis sings, adding: “She’s got you playing Russian roulette.” Right. I don’t doubt it.
Murf: Watching the Detectives
All the tough-guy imagery in this song suits Murf perfectly. Listening to it, I can’t help but think of him sneaking around outside Gimghoul Castle. “Someone’s scratching at the window/I wonder who is it?” It’s Murf, obviously.
Bethany Hall: I Hope You’re Happy Now
The narrator of this song is being sarcastic. (He doesn’t really hope you’re happy now.) But I like to imagine Bethany saying this earnestly, because I think that’s how she feels about other people.
Human Fish: Pouring Water on a Drowning Man
Human Fish may be a little more human than he lets on.
Connor Ratliff: Pump It Up
The perfect workout track for a guy training for OLYMPIC GOLD.
Vacation Jason: Seven Day Weekend
This goofy song was never one of Elvis’s favorites, mirroring the Chris-Vacation Jason relationship.
Bananaman: Party Party
Elvis doesn’t consider this one of his best moments, either. (This may be why it’s not on Spotify…?) Chris has a love-hate relationship with the Bananaman character. There you have it.
Man Behind the Plant: Complicated Shadows
Not only was he hidden behind the plant, he was a “Shadow Person” in the Conspiracy Theory Gary episode.
The Hintmaster: Shot With His Own Gun
Because he was killed by his ally, the Human Fish.
Couple Who Are So In Love Now But Will Definitely Break Up in Exactly Six Months: Indoor Fireworks
This a song about a couple who fight. “Everybody loves a happy ending/But we don’t even try/We go straight past pretending/To the part where everybody loves to cry.”
I think the rest of these are self-explanatory, based on their titles.
Mimi: Next Time ‘Round
The llc: The Loved Ones
Rob Malone: Mystery Dance
J.D.: Wednesday Week
Jersey Dave: The Invisible Man
Alyssa: So Young
Griffin Newman: Let Them All Talk
Andres: Baby’s Got a Brand New Hairdo
All Randoms: Stranger in the House
Dru, Noah, Emma: Everyday I Write the Book
Phil Jackson: I Want to Vanish
Andrew “Hotdog” Parrish: Sweet Pear
Beast Masturbator: God Give Me Strength
40-Year-Old Goosey: Man Out of Time
Zero F*cks Boyd: Less Than Zero
The Guy Who Likes Cream BUT NOT TOO MUCH CREAM: Put Your Big Toe in the Milk of Human Kindness
His Personal Barista: Sour Milk-Cow Blues
Horse: King Horse
Bee: Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs are Taking Over)
Hiro Coquayne: Blame it On Cain
Meow-gic Matt, the Magician for Cats: Pads, Paws & Claws
The Writer Who Was Fired from the New Yorker for Being Too Pretentious: Pretty Words
Chat Rats: Talking in the Dark
Intern Paige: Our Little Angel
Spotify playlist:Elvis CosTCGSello