Hello to everyone reading this! First off, I must say I am a major Relient K fan. I first discovered them when most people did back in 2004. That year they released their MMHMM album which rocketed them into mainstream success with the singles “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been”. Most people forgot about Relient K afterwards and it shows with their record sales. They haven’t had an album reach gold since. However, I have remained a loyal fan and own every single one of their albums, including some EP’s and off shoots (The Bird And The Bee Sides, K Is For Karaoke). For those of you who remember Relient K or maybe have yet to hear of them, I present to you the top 16 Relient K songs you have never heard of. The rule of the list was that I could only pick one song from each album and it could not be well known.
By the way if Relient K ever reads this, I think Matthew Thiessen has been blessed to be a lyrical genius.
#16 – “My Good Friend Charles” (1998)
Off of the demo album All Work & No Play, comes My Good Friend Charles which was later re-recorded for The Bird And The Bee Sides album. The song is just about a guy named Charles who just happens to be in charge. Maybe you know of him? This demo was what caught Toby Mac’s ear and got Relient K signed to Gotee Records.
#15 – “Operation” (2001)
This song was exclusive to The Creepy EP which was released in between Relient K’s debut album and The Anatomy Of The Tongue In Cheek. “Operation” is a song about wanting to get operated on by the Lord to live for Him. It has an up beat catchy tune that surprisingly has some lyrics to chew on.
#14 – “I’m Gettin Nuttin’ For Christmas” (2007)
“I’m Gettin Nuttin’ For Christmas” is a re-imagining of the Christmas classic that is upbeat, fast paced, and fun. The song comes from Relient K’s second Christmas album Let It Snow… Let It Reindeer. It outshines the original version and shows the originality Relient K can bring when they re-imagine a song.
#13 – “12 Days Of Christmas” (2003)
“12 Days Of Christmas” sounds like a standard cover however, to think Relient K just does standard covers is to be foolish. Relient K has mixed in their own lyrics and also some other things to make it a memorable cover that you are better off just hearing for yourself. This song originally released on Deck The Halls, Bruise Your Hand even though it was later re-released on Let It Snow… Let It Reindeer.
#12 – “Africa” (2011)
Another cover song by Relient K from their all cover album Is For Karaoke. “Africa” was originally recorded by the band Toto however, I find Relient K’s version to be the definitive version. This song sends goosebumps all over my body at 03:25 every single time.
#11 – “Down In Flames” (2001)
“Down In Flames” is a high energy song about Christians and all of our faults. The lyrics here actually outshine the music despite that being good as well. Relient K calls out all Christians and themselves as well. It is a calling for us to all become part of the solution and not part of the problem. “Down In Flames” comes from The Anatomy Of Tongue In Cheek which had some hits you may of heard of such as “Sadie Hawkins Dance” and “Pressing On”.
#10 – “Hello McFly” (2000)
Being a huge fan of the Back To The Future trilogy made me initially interested in this song but, the high energy sound and lyrics keep me listening to it still to this day. All Relient K wants to do is go back to the past to fix up their act and stop them from making mistakes. Who wouldn’t want a time traveling De Lorean?
#9 – “Manic Monday” (2005)
After the mega success of MMHMM, Relient K was asked to kick off the Punk Goes 80’s compilation album and they chose to cover “Manic Monday” by The Bangles. This actually is a pretty standard cover of the song until the final 25 seconds of the song which make this song skyrocket up my list to #9.
#8 – “Hope For Every Fallen Man” (2008)
From The Bird And The Bee Sides comes the acoustic version of “Hope For Every Fallen Man” which was only previously able to be heard on the downloaded version of the album Five Score And Seven Years Ago. “Hope For Every Fallen Man” is a song about that one person who screws you over and how it is a good thing God forgives them because you are unsure you could ever get over what they had done. It is a heavy song and is perfect to listen to when someone has made you feel like complete garbage.
#7 – “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” (2002)
Almost everyone has heard of the Veggietales and their infamous pirates who don’t do anything schtick. What most people don’t know is that Relient K did a really fun cover back when they were just a young band. It is certainly worth a listen if you have ever heard the original.
#6 – “Apathetic Way To Be” (2005)
This song came out on the Apathetic EP in between the release of MMHMM and Five Score And Seven Years Ago. This is around the time when Relient K shifted from punny high energy songs to more serious, thought provoking music. This is a mix of both as they say how being apathetic is a pathetic way to be which is true and made me think as a teenager, which was when this was released. Is it ok to be apathetic and just not care? You tell me.
#5 – “My Girl’s Ex-Boyfriend” (2004)
Which song would I pick from the well known MMHMM album was a tough decision since I couldn’t pick any of the fantastic singles since they are all well known. I ended up choosing “My Girl’s Ex-Boyfriend” since it is just a fun song and a huge slap in the face to whoever dumped your girlfriend. It is hard not to have a smirk when listening and singing along. After all if it wasn’t for him he would be as happy as me.
#4 – “Mood Rings” (2003)
From Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right… But Three Do comes a beautiful song about that girl we know who cannot keep her emotions in check and is never afraid to show them. She is crazy but, yet she is beautiful. Can we not get every emotional girl to wear mood rings? It would make all of our lives easier to understand the complex infrastructure known as the female mind.
#3 – “Candlelight” (2009)
Ever fallen madly in love with a girl? Simply enough this song perfectly describes a man’s feeling when he is madly in love with said woman. No woman can even compare to our woman and in fact it is unfair of them to even try. This song comes from the album Forget And Not Slow Down.
#2 – “Collapsible Lung” (2013)
From the album I like the least by Relient K, Collapsible Lung, comes one of their finest songs to date. Despite this song and “Don’t Blink” being the only noteworthy tracks, “Collapsible Lung” is a fantastic, deep song that shows singer Matthew Thiessen at his core. To me this song explains the rest of the confusing mess of an album. The lyrics are top notch and the music is simply perfect.
#1 – “Deathbed” (2007)
What could top “Collapsible Lung”? After all I said it was top notch and perfect. “Deathbed” from my favorite album Five Score And Seven Years Ago, goes through the life of a man from childhood to death, and even after death. I cannot think of any words to describe the brilliant masterpiece of a song that this song is. It is beautiful story set to music that works right alongside it. If I am to ever make a film it would be based off of this song.
Side Note – I did not include songs from EP’s that only had songs you later saw on albums. Any song I pulled from an EP needed to only be on that EP and no actual studio album. If you want to buy a Relient K album then I suggest MMHMM, Five Score And Seven Years Ago, and Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right… But Three Do.