The Mountain Goats - Alpha Couple

areyouawizard:

The Alpha Couple, characters well known to fans of the Mountain Goats, are a fictional man and woman described in a series of songs strewn throughout early Mountain Goats recordings, culminating in the narrative of the album Tallahassee, the entirety of which is devoted to their move to and subsequent falling out in a dilapidated house in Tallahassee, Florida. The Alphas are portrayed as a young couple who jumps the gun on marriage and, through a series of ups and downs, desperate moves and severe alcoholism, seek to stay together in spite of their deep, unwitting resentment for one another.

Reddit user willneu97 compiled the chronological list, which I owe for absolving me of most of the effort put in to making this (I cleaned, formatted, changed/ added some things, editorialized). These songs mean a lot to me as I’m sure they do many of you. Enjoy.



Sunny days, Real Love

Las Vegas and dissatisfaction

Tallahassee, new beginning

Real Problems

Denial, desperation, holding on

Spiraling

Ultimatum

Dissolution

The end but not the end

One takes off

The other deals with the loss

Stage 2: Anger

Revenge

The End

Extra/speculatory

  • Alpha Chum Gatherer (Rare, but it exists)
  • Alpha Compunction (No recordings of this one at all. EDIT: 10/30/12 - Linked to lyrics. Also, not real title, just name given by Jon Nall. Real name is unknown.)
  • Soft Targets
  • Eugene Sue (Possibly)
  • Standard Bitter Love Songs 1,4,5,6,7 (Possibly)
  • Orange Ball Series (Possibly)
  • Fault Lines (Debate exists but it is probably just thematically similar)

Here’s a playlist where you can listen to them in order.

More info for the even more obsessive.

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