|Single by They Might Be Giants|
|from the album Severe Tire Damage|
|Songwriter(s)||John Flansburgh, John Linnell|
|Producer(s)||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 worm learning to play the drums better. He invents a stage name for himself ("Doctor Worm"), and the song's narrator also describes his friend, a bass-playing vole known as "Rabbi Vole".
Discussing the lyrical inspirartion, Flansburgh said, "For a long, long time we have been riffing on the song "Dr. Love" by the band Kiss. And I think just the weirdness of the conceit of that song was kind of rolling around in John Linnell's head. I know a million, billion times we've talked about the song "Dr. Love." It's such an absurd song. So I think "Dr. Love" was kind of the springboard for the idea behind "Dr. Worm."
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.
- In 2006, Jason Trachtenburg of Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players covered the song for the They Might Be Giants tribute album, Hello Radio.
- In 2011, Relient K covered the song for their cover album, Is for Karaoke. (In the cover, the band altered the lyrics "Rabbi Vole" to "Rabbi Warne", as a fitting reference to John Warne, Relient K's bassist.)
- "They Might Be Giants". Song Facts.
- http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/history/1998.htm Triple J Hottest 100, 1998
- Video on YouTube
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