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|song name||O Tannenbaum|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||O Tannenbaum (Single), TMBG Unlimited - October, They Might Be Giants In Holidayland, TMBG Clock Radio|
|first played||December 18, 1997 (1 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell|
- "O Tannenbaum" is a traditional German Christmas carol, known in English as "O Christmas Tree".
- This song was recorded at a soundcheck at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 1992 during the Don't Tread on the Cut-Up Snake tour. (The single erroneously lists the venue as Hollywood High, but the back cover of They Might Be Giants In Holidayland correctly lists Fairfax High.)
- This song features Jonathan Feinberg on drums.
- John Flansburgh (Seattle Weekly, December 2001):
Somebody we knew spoke German and did the phonetic translation. I'm sure if a German-speaker heard it, it's probably a really brutalized version of German. But there's an otherness to the actual spirit of that song that you're reminded of when you hear it in German. It makes you listen to it in a different way. It's not the same as hearing Barbara Mandrell singing 'O Tannenbaum.' It's a very cool piece of music, and we were trying to underscore the mystery of it.
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O Tannenbaum is currently ranked #587 out of 800. (18 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.56)