The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get

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The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get
My Dad Is Dead - The Taller You Are the Shorter You Get.jpg
CD edition cover art
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 24, 1989
StudioThe Beat Farm (Cleveland, Ohio)
Length82:58 (LP)
72:04 (CD)
ProducerChris Burgess
My Dad Is Dead chronology
Let's Skip the Details
The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get
Chopping Down the Family Tree
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get is an album by the American post-punk band My Dad Is Dead, released in 1989 through Homestead Records.[2][3][4]


Aside from some bass and accordion, Mark Edwards played all of the instruments on the album.[5]

Critical reception[]

Trouser Press wrote: "Edwards veers relatively close to the musical mainstream ... with considerable success. His lyrics, meanwhile, have grown less morose and more philosophical, and he sings them with new-found expressiveness."[6] Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that the album "covers everything from pretty, jangly guitar instrumentals to Joy Division- and Devo-referencing New Wave numbers."[7]

Track listing[]

Side one
1."For Lack of a Better Word"Mark Edwards5:10
2."The Big Picture"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards6:24
3."Seven Years"Mark Edwards5:10
4."Too Far Gone"Mark Edwards4:29
Side two
1."Planes Crashing"Mark Edwards4:30
2."Boundaries"Mark Edwards3:53
3."Can't Get Started"Mark Edwards5:26
4."The Only One"Mark Edwards4:54
Side three
1."World on a String (CD edition cuts lengthy instrumental intro)"Mark Edwards5:27
2."Meep - Meep (Absent on CD edition)"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards5:25
3."What Can I Do"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards6:26
Side four
1."Whirlpool"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards3:00
2."Nothing Special"Mark Edwards4:49
3."A Man Possessed"Mark Edwards5:11
4."Sweet Company" (Absent on CD edition)Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards5:29
5."So Much to Lose"Jeff Curtis/Mark Edwards5:33



  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get". Allmusic. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "My Dad Is Dead | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Parker, Chris (July 20, 2011). "Five essential My Dad is Dead records". INDY Week.
  4. ^ Earles, Andrew (September 15, 2014). Gimme Indie Rock. Voyageur Press. ISBN 9781627883795 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "LPS". Option. 30–35: 112.
  6. ^ "My Dad Is Dead". Trouser Press. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  7. ^ n/a (2013-09-06). "My Dad Is Dead - The Taller You Are, The Shorter You Get". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
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