|song name||Doctor Worm|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Severe Tire Damage, Doctor Worm (Single), Direct From Brooklyn, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, TMBG Clock Radio, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity|
|first played||September 9, 1997 (810 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell|
There's certain songs we have to do for contractual reasons that we'd rather not do; this next song, for the people who are really into the band, we'd like to apologize, the only reason we're doing it is because we have to do it. It's actually a non-specific part of the contract, it doesn't say that we have to do this song, we can do any song in our repertoire involving doctors and worms.
Well, for a long, long time we have been riffing on the song "Dr. Love" by the band KISS. And I think just the weirdness of the conceit of that song was kind of rolling around in John Linnell's head. I know a million, billion times we've talked about the song "Dr. Love." It's such an absurd song. So I think "Dr. Love" was kind of the springboard for the idea behind "Dr. Worm."
Somebody said, 'That song doesn't make any sense. Typical of They Might Be Giants songs, the lyrics don't make any sense, how do you know, who knows what that's about.' And I thought about it for a second and I thought well you know, really, I mean--I mean, I feel defensive immediately hearing somebody describe it that way. But to me, the song makes perfect sense. It's about somebody who has an idea of their identity that, you know, other people don't agree with. And specifically, it's about the kind of person who has a fantasy about, you know, having --wants people to call them a nickname that nobody will agree to call them, and has an idea of their status that nobody else agrees on, and it's a pretty common problem, you know. I mean I grew up with people like that, who lived in their mothers' basements and, you know, had an idea that they were on TV and--and stuff like that, and y'know that's all the song is really about, it's about somebody who has a fantasy and nobody else will buy into it.
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