|Single by They Might Be Giants|
|from the album Severe Tire Damage and John Henry deluxe edition|
|Writer(s)||They Might Be Giants|
|Producer||Pat Dillett, Tom Durack, They Might Be Giants|
|They Might Be Giants singles chronology|
"Doctor Worm" is a song by They Might Be Giants. It first appeared on the primarily live album Severe Tire Damage, being one of only three studio-recorded songs on the album. It was also released as a single and featured in a music video directed by band member John Flansburgh.
The lyrics describe a new drummer learning to play his instrument better. He invents a stage name for himself ("Doctor Worm"), and the song's narrator also describes his friend, a bassist known as "Rabbi Vole".
The song has been covered by The Deli Dude's Band on their album Cats Hey!, and by New York Anti-folk Musician Jason Trachtenburg. Additionally an a cappella rendition was recorded by the Boston University Dear Abbeys on their album Sincerely, Lost in Boston. Relient K has recorded the song for is for Karaoke.
In the video, Doctor Worm (an actual worm in medical attire) earns the respect of a musical group in search of a percussionist.
An alternate video, shot in black and white, features the band performing the song in an apartment office surrounded by medical paraphernalia.
- http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/history/1998.htm Triple J Hottest 100, 1998
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