You Can Play These Songs with Chords

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You Can Play These Songs with Chords
Death Cab for Cutie - You Can Play These Songs With Chords.jpg
Demo album by Death Cab for Cutie
Released 1997
Recorded May–July 1997 (original)
November 1996 - January 2000 (reissue)
Genre Indie rock
Length 30:05
Label Barsuk Records[1]
Producer Ben Gibbard
Death Cab for Cutie chronology
You Can Play These Songs with Chords
Something About Airplanes
(1998)Something About Airplanes1998
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (65/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Almost Cool (6.5/10)[4]
Billboard (positive)[5]
Dusted Magazine (positive)[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.4/10)[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8][2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine C[10]

You Can Play These Songs with Chords is an early demo from the rock band Death Cab for Cutie, which at the time consisted entirely of founder Ben Gibbard. This demo was originally released on cassette, and it proved so popular, Gibbard decided to recruit other members to make a full band, which would go on to record Something About Airplanes, the band's debut studio album.

You Can Play These Songs with Chords was expanded with ten more songs and re-released on October 22, 2002, through Barsuk Records on the heels of the success of The Photo Album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Benjamin Gibbard.

No. Title Length
1. "President of What?" 4:06
2. "Champagne from a Paper Cup" 2:34
3. "Pictures in an Exhibition" 4:02
4. "Hindsight" 3:47
5. "That's Incentive" 2:13
6. "Amputations" 4:03
7. "Two Cars" 3:31
8. "Line of Best Fit" 5:49

All songs written by Benjamin Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Christopher Walla except as otherwise noted.

iTunes Store bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Charming Man" Johnny Marr, Morrissey 2:14
2. "TV Trays"   4:02
3. "New Candles"   3:02
4. "Tomorrow"   2:17
5. "Flustered/Hey Tomcat!"   2:56
6. "State Street Residential"   5:51
7. "Wait (Secret Stars Cover)"   3:34
8. "Prove My Hypotheses"   4:11
9. "Song for Kelly Huckaby (Facts Version)"   3:51
10. "Army Corps of Architects"   4:43



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