Stumpbox

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The Stumpbox bootleg series consists primarily of cover songs They Might Be Giants performed live.

These covers were typically recorded during the Stump The Band portion of TMBG's live shows, where the band would try to cover a song suggested by a member of the audience. The bootleg's name is also reference to the song "Stomp Box."

The first and second editions (Stumpbox and Stumpbox Speak My Thoughts) were released on March 20, 1996 and March 18, 1997, respectively, as homemade cassette dubs distributed via alt.music.tmbg by user Shimbot, AKA Phil.[1][2][3]

Cassette artwork

In 2004, a third digital-only bootleg was released by another fan, titled Stumpbox III The Ceaseless Screaming.[4]

Stumpbox (1996) track listing[edit]

# Title Length Originally Performed By Date of Performance
1 Intro 0:45 N/A
2 Runaway 2:01 Del Shannon 1992-10-05
3 Frankenstein 3:19 Edgar Winter Group
4 We Are The World 1:54 "USA for Africa"
5 Smells Like Teen Spirit / Fire 4:22 Nirvana / Jimi Hendrix 1992-05-31 (radio)
6 What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? 2:08 The Monkees
7 Why Does The Sun Shine? (Live NYC) 2:31 Hy Zaret And Lou Singer
8 I Wanna Be Sedated 1:37 Ramones
9 I Could Write A Book 2:06 Rodgers and Hart
10 My Funny Valentine 1:34 Rodgers and Hart
11 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 1:43 Rodgers and Hart
12 Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow 1:44 Walt Kelly / Norman Monath
13 Dominique 1:40 The Singing Nun
14 Why Does The Sun Shine? (Slow Version) 3:06 Hy Zaret And Lou Singer
15 Concrete And Clay 2:11 Clive Langer
16 A Horse With No Name 4:30 America
17 The Joker 4:03 Steve Miller Band
18 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 0:58 Iron Butterfly
19 Sunshine Of Your Love 2:13 Cream
20 Elvira 1:37 Home Free
21 Pictures Of Matchstick Men / All I Have to Do Is Dream 3:09 Status Quo / The Everly Brothers
22 See The Constellation 2:42 They Might Be Giants
23 Pictures Of Matchstick Men 1:18 Status Quo
24 25 O'Clock 3:56 The Dukes of Stratosphear
25 Honky Cat 1:48 Elton John
26 Cherry Pie 2:39 Warrant
27 Thriller 2:50 Michael Jackson
28 A Fine Day 1:15 Edward Barton / Miss Jane Lancaster
29 Maybe I Know 2:10 Lesley Gore
30 Forever 4:20 The Marvelettes
31 White Rabbit 1:48 Jefferson Airplane
32 Whirlpool 2:08 Meat Puppets
33 Bill Cosby Mystery Theme 0:56 Craig Handy
34 One More Parade 2:13 Phil Ochs / Bob Gibson
35 Happy Birthday 0:53 Traditional
36 Half-Breed 1:34 Cher
37 Jessica 2:22 The Allman Brothers Band
38 This Land Is Your Land 1:12 Woodie Guthrie
39 Spy 2:33 They Might Be Giants
40 You Are My Sunshine 1:02 Jimmie Davis
41 Lady Is A Tramp 1:16 Rodgers and Hart


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