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 1994-10-14
8 I Wanna Be Sedated 1:37 Ramones
9 I Could Write A Book 2:06 Rodgers and Hart 1988-09-28
10 My Funny Valentine 1:34 Rodgers and Hart 1988-09-28
11 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 1:43 Rodgers and Hart 1988-09-28
12 Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow 1:44 Walt Kelly / Norman Monath
13 Dominique 1:40 The Singing Nun 1994-04-20
14 Why Does The Sun Shine? (Slow Version) 3:06 Hy Zaret And Lou Singer
15 Concrete And Clay 2:11 Unit 4 + 2 N/A
16 A Horse With No Name 4:30 America 1994-10-31
17 The Joker 4:03 Steve Miller Band
18 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 0:58 Iron Butterfly 1992-09-23
19 Sunshine of Your Love 2:13 Cream 1992-09-23
20 Elvira 1:37 Dallas Frazier 1992-10-18
21 Pictures of Matchstick Men / All I Have to Do Is Dream 3:09 Status Quo / The Everly Brothers 1992-09-19
22 See The Constellation 2:42 They Might Be Giants 1992-09-19
23 Pictures of Matchstick Men 1:18 Status Quo 1992-09-19
24 25 O'Clock 3:56 The Dukes of Stratosphear N/A
25 Honky Cat 1:48 Elton John 1992-10-18
26 Cherry Pie 2:39 Warrant 1993-04-28
27 Thriller 2:50 Michael Jackson 1994-04-16
28 It's a Fine Day 1:15 Edward Barton / Miss Jane Lancaster 1992-06-20
29 Maybe I Know 2:10 Lesley Gore
30 Forever 4:20 The Marvelettes 1992-12-31
31 White Rabbit 1:48 Jefferson Airplane
32 Whirlpool 2:08 Meat Puppets N/A
33 The Cosby Mysteries Theme 0:56 Improvised, not based on original
34 One More Parade 2:13 Phil Ochs / Bob Gibson N/A
35 Happy Birthday to You 0:53 Traditional 1994-06-20
36 Half-Breed / Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves 1:34 Cher
37 Jessica 2:22 The Allman Brothers Band N/A
38 This Land Is Your Land 1:12 Woodie Guthrie 1992-05-11
39 Spy 2:33 They Might Be Giants
40 You Are My Sunshine 1:02 Jimmie Davis 1992-04-24
41 Lady Is A Tramp 1:16 Rodgers and Hart N/A

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