Severe Tire Damage (album)

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Severe Tire Damage is primarily a live album by They Might Be Giants, released in 1998 (see 1998 in music). It also features a couple of polished studio tracks at the beginning and end, including a new single ("Dr. Worm").

The live cuts, some recorded at soundchecks without any audience, cover their previous record (Factory Showroom) and a few old fan favorites that have been reworked since the duo adopted a full backing band. Songs like "She's An Angel" and "Birdhouse In Your Soul", from their indie and major label debuts, respectively, are treated to multiple guitars and a horn section. Conversely, the song "Meet James Ensor" originally appeared on their first full band effort (1994's John Henry) and surfaces here in a bare-bones, almost a cappella rendition.

Track listing

  1. "Doctor Worm" (3:01)
  2. "Severe Tire Damage Theme" (0:40)
  3. "They Got Lost" (3:42)
  4. "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)" (2:17) (originally on a single unrelated to any album)
  5. "Birdhouse in Your Soul" (3:12) (originally from the album Flood)
  6. "She's An Angel" (3:20) (from They Might Be Giants)
  7. "XTC vs. Adam Ant" (3:39) (from Factory Showroom)
  8. "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" (3:07) (from Flood)
  9. "Ana Ng" (3:00) (from Lincoln)
  10. "First Kiss" (1:36)
  11. "Spider" (0:53) (from Apollo 18)
  12. "Particle Man" (2:09) (from Flood)
  13. "She's Actual Size" (2:16) (from Apollo 18)
  14. "S-E-X-X-Y" (3:06) (from Factory Showroom)
  15. "Meet James Ensor" (1:30) (from John Henry)
  16. "Till My Head Falls Off" (2:51) (from Factory Showroom)
  17. "About Me" (3:01)
  18. "Planet Of The Apes" (2:35)
  19. "Return From The Planet Of The Apes" (2:46)
  20. "Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes" (1:40)
  21. "Escape From The Planet Of The Apes" (1:08)
  22. "Battle For The Planet Of The Apes" (1:57)
  23. "Beneath The Planet Of The Apes" (2:00)
  24. "This Ape's For You" (1:13)

Tracks 1, 2, and 17 were recorded in a studio rather than onstage; track 15 was recorded in a hotel room. First Kiss was later reworked and put on the 2001 album Mink Car, with the same basic melody and similar lyrics but a substantially different sound and tempo.

Tracks 18-24 were improvised in concert, apparently based on the Planet of the Apes movie series. They are "hidden" in that they are not listed in the track listing on the back of the album, and there is a long space after the end of About Me, but the lyrics for 19 are printed in the liner notes and the songs do have their own individual tracks on the CD.

External links

  • Severe Tire Damage (http://www.tmbw.net/wiki/index.php/Severe_Tire_Damage) page at This Might Be A Wiki


They Might Be Giants albums

They Might Be Giants | Lincoln | Flood | Apollo 18 | John Henry | Factory Showroom | Severe Tire Damage | Mink Car | No! | The Spine | Here Come the ABCs

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