Severe Tire Damage

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Severe Tire Damage
Live album by They Might Be Giants
First released August 11, 1998
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Tracks 24
Label Restless Length 56:33

2006 reissue back cover (featuring They Might Be Giants Podcast plug)

Severe Tire Damage is They Might Be Giants' first commercially-released live album, and their second release on the Restless label after departing from Elektra.


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Out of the 24 tracks on the album, 21 are live tracks, taken from various recordings. The versions of "Ana Ng", "Birdhouse In Your Soul" and "She's An Angel" on this album were previously featured on Live!! New York City 10/14/94, although there are small mixing and editing differences, including an overdubbed bridge in "Ana Ng". Also contained on the album were a series of live songs centered around The Planet Of The Apes. The tracks were taken from fan-submitted bootlegs of the shows they were played at, as the band hadn't originally planned to immortalize the improvised songs. These tracks were originally "hidden tracks", as the back of the CD doesn't list them and they play after 2:20 minutes of silence at the end of the track "About Me".

Although ostensibly a live album, it contains 3 studio tracks: "Doctor Worm", "Severe Tire Damage Theme", and "About Me". "Doctor Worm" was released as a single in the UK and also saw a promotional release in the United States. Although it was never released as a true single in the US, it remains a fan favorite, and is one of TMBG's most played songs in live shows.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart the week of August 29, 1998, and spent one week on the chart, peaking at number 186.

A stripped-down version, simply titled Live, was released in 1999. It features only 10 of this album's 24 tracks.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Doctor Worm 3:01 
2 Severe Tire Damage Theme 0:39 
3 They Got Lost (Live) 3:42  N/A
4 Why Does The Sun Shine? (Live) 2:16 
5 Birdhouse In Your Soul (Live) 3:11 
6 She's An Angel (Live) 3:20  N/A
7 XTC Vs. Adam Ant (Live) 3:39  N/A
8 Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (Live) 3:07  N/A
9 Ana Ng (Live) 3:00  N/A
10 First Kiss (Live) 1:35 
11 Spider (Live) 0:52  N/A
12 Particle Man (Live) 2:09  N/A
13 She's Actual Size (Live) 2:16 
14 S-E-X-X-Y (Live) 3:06  N/A
15 Meet James Ensor (Live) 1:30  N/A
16 Till My Head Falls Off (Live) 2:51  N/A
17 About Me 3:01 
18 Planet Of The Apes 2:35  N/A
19 Return To The Planet Of The Apes 2:45  N/A
20 Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes 1:40 
21 Escape From The Planet Of The Apes 1:08  N/A
22 Battle For The Planet Of The Apes 1:56 
23 Beneath The Planet Of The Apes 2:00 
24 This Ape's For You 1:13