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O Tannenbaum (They Might Be Giants song)

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"O Tannenbaum"
Single by They Might Be Giants
B-side"Christmas Cards"
Recorded1992, Fairfax High School
1993, Excello Studio, NYC
Producer(s)They Might Be Giants

"O Tannenbaum" is non-LP single by They Might Be Giants released on a transparent green 7-inch record to celebrate Christmas of 1993. The title track later appeared on their 2001 compilation EP, Holidayland.

Recording history[edit | edit source]

"O Tannenbaum" is the first recording by They Might Be Giants to utilise their live touring outfit. The duo had recently expanded to include a live bass player, drummer, and horn section for their Don't Tread on the Cut-Up Snake World Tour 1992 to promote Apollo 18.[1] The song was recorded during a soundcheck at Fairfax High School on 20 November, 1992.[2] "Christmas Cards", which also utilises a live drummer and bassist, was recorded on 5 July, 1993 at Excello Studio in Brooklyn.[3]

"O Tannenbaum" is sung entirely in German by John Linnell. The recording only includes the first verse. According to John Flansburgh, the band was provided with a phonetic transliteration from a German-speaking friend.[4]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover artwork for the EP was illustrated by Amy Sillman.[3] The songs are pressed on either side of a transparent green 7" record. The labels use an Elektra Records logo recreated by John Flansburgh and Barbara Lipp for the Apollo 18 album.[5]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

1."O Tannenbaum"Traditional2:05
2."Christmas Cards"They Might Be Giants2:32

Personnel[edit | edit source]

They Might Be Giants[3]

Additional musicians[3]


  • Paul Angelli – recording and mixing, track 1
  • Pat Dillett – recording and mixing, track 2

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Feinberg, Jonathan. "JDF Discography". Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  2. They Might Be Giants in Holidayland (Album notes). Restless Records. 2001.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "O Tannenbaum" (Release notes). Elektra Records. 1992.
  4. Seattle Weekly interview with John Flansburgh, December 2001. Accessed 2012-08-05.
  5. Apollo 18 (Album notes). Elektra Records. 1992.

External links[edit | edit source]

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