I'm Sick (Of This American Life)

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song name I'm Sick (Of This American Life)
artist They Might Be Giants
releases eMusic Freebies, They Got Lost, TMBG Clock Radio
year 2000
run time 1:24
sung by John Flansburgh


  • From tmbg.com, "We wrote and recorded this in a single afternoon on a dare from Sarah Vowell from This American Life while she waited at a coffee shop for us to finish. She offered us money to write a song spontaneously, as part of her report on Dial-A-Song, and, while we turned down the dough, we rose to the bait and cooked this thing up. Nice obvious use of some simple drum loops, and no bass instrument in sight-which I find intriguing and pretty random. The lyrics cannibalize some of what was going to become Cyclops Rock probably because they were sitting around at the moment."
  • This song originally appeared in 2000 as one of several free MP3s offered through eMusic that predated TMBG Unlimited.
  • The album (and song title) for this MP3 was listed as "I'm Sick Of This American Life," identified as eMusic album 8940 in the "comments" section of the MP3's ID3 tag.
  • The song is played at the end of This American Life's January 16 broadcast in 1998 (Available for listening here).

Song Themes

Artificial Body Parts, Criminal Activities, Death, Medical, Misanthropy, Museums, Recycled Material


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I'm Sick (Of This American Life) is currently ranked #711 out of 910. (25 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.44)