Venue Songs

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Venue Songs
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released November 11, 2005
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Tracks 46
Label Idlewild Length 1:09:09


This article is about the Venue Songs album. For a list of all venue songs performed by TMBG, see Venue Songs (Project).

Venue Songs is a compilation of songs written as part of the Venue Songs project undertaken by They Might Be Giants on their 2004 tour.

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Description[edit | edit source]

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During the 2004 Spine On The Hiway Tour, TMBG started the practice of writing a song specifically for each venue they performed in. After the conclusion of the tour, these songs were compiled into an MP3 album, which is detailed below. In 2005 a DVD/CD set was released, heralded by this description on theymightbegiants.com:

The DVD side includes ten original video clips, as well as colorful narration by former literary agent John Hodgman in the role of The Deranged Millionaire. There will be bonus video material including 'Damn Good Times,' 'Bastard Wants to Hit Me,' 'Experimental Film' (with Homestar Runner), 'I'm All You Can Think About' and more. On the CD side there is over an hour of music — all for the first time on CD. You will receive all the original Venue Song recordings from the 2004 tour, and a set of live recordings from that tour. The 10 studio recordings of the Venue Songs will also be featured. It also compiles a number of audio rarities from last year including 'Renew My Subscription,' 'Love Is Eternity,' 'Taste The Fame' and more.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

DVD[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Greeting from the Deranged Millionaire 0:58

 

N/A
2 "The experiment begins..." 0:52

 

N/A
3 Dallas
Trees
0:42

 

N/A
4 "A concrete shrine..." 0:30

 

N/A
5 Albany
The Egg
1:26

 

6 "Paradoxically..." 0:40

 

N/A
7 Los Angeles
West Hollywood House of Blues
1:42

 

8 "An oasis of hooch..." 0:29

 

N/A
9 Anaheim
Anaheim House of Blues
1:04

 

N/A
10 "The great walled city..." 0:29

 

N/A
11 Vancouver
Richard's on Richards
1:43

 

N/A
12 "Mon-on-ga-he-la..." 1:01

 

N/A
13 Pittsburgh
Mr. Small's
1:21

 

N/A
14 "You can't go home again..." 0:20

 

N/A
15 Asheville
The Orange Peel
1:30

 

16 "and so..." 0:23

 

N/A
17 Glasgow
The Garage
1:05

 

N/A
18 "Returning to the U.S...." 0:31

 

N/A
19 Charlottesville
Starr Hill Music Hall
1:50

 

N/A
20 "Skee-ball and saltwater taffy..." 0:43

 

N/A
21 Asbury Park
Stone Pony
0:50

 

N/A
22 "The tour nearly over..." 0:18

 

N/A
23 Brooklyn
Celebrate Brooklyn
1:15

 

N/A
24 Goodbye from the Deranged Millionaire 0:40

 

N/A
25 Damn Good Times 2:38

 

26 Experimental Film 2:56

 

27 Bastard Wants To Hit Me 2:14

 

28 I'm All You Can Think About 1:38 

CD[edit | edit source]

Tracks 1-11 studio recordings / Tracks 17-46 live recordings

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Dallas
Trees
0:42

 

N/A
2 Albany
The Egg
1:26

 

3 Los Angeles
West Hollywood House of Blues
1:42

 

4 Anaheim
Anaheim House of Blues
1:04

 

N/A
5 Vancouver
Richard's on Richards
1:43

 

N/A
6 Pittsburgh
Mr. Small's
1:21

 

N/A
7 Asheville
The Orange Peel
1:30

 

8 Glasgow
The Garage
1:05

 

N/A
9 Charlottesville
Starr Hill Music Hall
1:50

 

N/A
10 Asbury Park
Stone Pony
0:50

 

N/A
11 Brooklyn
Celebrate Brooklyn
1:15

 

N/A
12 Love Is Eternity 2:04

 

13 Renew My Subscription 2:17

 

14 Taste The Fame 0:59

 

15 Tippecanoe And Tyler Too 1:38

 

16 The Bloodmobile 2:22

 

17 Omaha
Sokol Auditorium
1:11

 

18 Houston
Meridian
1:31

 

19 Leeds
Leeds Irish Centre
1:57

 

20 New Orleans
New Orleans House of Blues
2:05

 

21 Columbia
The Blue Note
1:34

 

22 Santa Cruz
The Catalyst
2:00

 

N/A
23 Minneapolis
First Avenue Stage
0:49

 

24 Tucson
City Limits
1:53

 

25 San Francisco
Fillmore
0:58

 

N/A
26 Memphis
Gibson Lounge
1:10

 

27 Charleston
Music Farm
1:03

 

N/A
28 Atlanta
Variety Playhouse
2:02

 

29 Farmingdale
The Downtown
1:01

 

30 New Haven
Toad's Place
1:39

 

31 London
The Astoria
1:16

 

32 Raleigh
Lincoln Theater
1:39

 

33 Towson
Recher Theater
2:42

 

34 St. Louis
Mississippi Nights
1:12

 

35 Philadelphia
T.L.A.
1:31

 

36 Austin
Stubb's
2:42

 

37 Dallas
Trees
0:42

 

38 Albany
The Egg
1:21

 

39 Los Angeles
West Hollywood House of Blues
1:40

 

40 Anaheim
Anaheim House of Blues
1:02

 

41 Vancouver
Richard's on Richards
1:58

 

42 Pittsburgh
Mr. Small's
1:20

 

43 Glasgow
The Garage
1:07

 

44 Charlottesville
Starr Hill Music Hall
1:53

 

45 Asbury Park
Stone Pony
0:59

 

N/A
46 Brooklyn
Celebrate Brooklyn
1:28

 


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This set was originally titled the Venue Songs Dual Disc, with only one disc featuring the DVD on one side and the CD on the other. Due to space constraints, this idea was abandoned.
  • Copies of the DVD/CD set whose case was autographed by the entire band (Marty Beller, Danny Weinkauf, Dan Miller, John Flansburgh, and John Linnell) were available for sale during and after shows on the Beardo 2006 tour for $20.
  • The iTunes version includes only the tracks from the CD (which is perfectly sensible as the set was originally intended more as a CD with a bonus DVD, rather than the other way around).

Original MP3 album[edit | edit source]

Venue Songs live album cover
Venue Songs
Live album by They Might Be Giants
First released December 10, 2004
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
Tracks 31
Label Idlewild Length 48:16



Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Brooklyn
(Celebrate Brooklyn)
1:28

 

2 Charlottesville
(Starr Hill Music Hall) (soundcheck)
1:53

 

3 Omaha
(Sokol Auditorium) (soundcheck)
1:11

 

4 Houston
(Houston-Meridian Theme) (soundcheck)
1:31

 

5 Glasgow
(T-H-E-G-A-R-A-G-E) (soundcheck)
1:07

 

6 Vancouver
(Richard's On Richards)
1:58

 

7 Asbury Park
(The Stone Pony)
0:59

 

N/A
8 Albany
(The Egg) (soundcheck)
1:21

 

9 Leeds
(Leeds Irish Centre) (soundcheck)
1:57

 

10 Anaheim
(Anaheim House of Blues) (soundcheck)
1:02

 

11 New Orleans
(House of Blues)
2:05

 

12 Columbia
(The Blue Note) (soundcheck)
1:34

 

13 Santa Cruz
(The Catalyst)
2:00

 

N/A
14 Minneapolis
(First Avenue Stage)
0:49

 

15 Pittsburgh
(Mr. Small's Theatre) (soundcheck)
1:20

 

16 Tucson
(City Limits)
1:53

 

17 San Francisco
(Fillmore) (soundcheck)
0:58

 

N/A
18 Memphis
(Gibson Lounge)
1:10

 

19 Charleston
(Music Farm)
1:03

 

N/A
20 Dallas
(Trees) (soundcheck)
0:42

 

21 Hollywood
(West Hollywood House of Blues) (soundcheck)
1:40

 

22 Atlanta
(Variety Playhouse) (soundcheck)
2:02

 

23 Farmingdale
(The Downtown)
1:01

 

24 New Haven
(Toad's Place)
1:39

 

25 London
(At The As-tore-eye-yea) (soundcheck)
1:16

 

26 Raleigh
(Lincoln Theater)
1:39

 

27 Towson
(Recher Theatre)
2:42

 

28 St. Louis
(Mississippi Nights)
1:12

 

29 Philadelphia
(T.L.A.)
1:31

 

30 Austin
(Stubbs)
2:42

 

31 Asheville
(The Orange Peel) (soundcheck)
1:30

 


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • For other live recordings culled from the Spine On The Hiway Tour, see The Spine Hits The Road and Almanac.
  • A preview of "Albany" was made available via TMBG's Free MP3 service several weeks before the album itself was released. The ID3 tag information included on this file led many to incorrectly believe that the title of the album would be Venue Vidi Vici.