Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

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song name Battle for the Planet of the Apes
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Severe Tire Damage, TMBG Clock Radio, Podcast 2A
year 1998
first played November 21, 1997 (183 known performances)
run time 1:56
sung by The Audience


  • "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" premiered as an audience participation segment of live TMBG shows in 1997. The audience is divided in half and asked to either chant "people" or "ape" along to improvisation on drums and bass or keys and guitar, respectively.
  • The recording featured as a not-so-hidden tracks on Severe Tire Damage is from December 3, 1997 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. Its name comes from the Planet of the Apes movie series; Severe Tire Damage has several other tracks with similarly inspired titles.
  • After an eight year hiatus, this segment of shows had a brief comeback for several live shows for the Join Us tour from late 2011 to early 2012, and the Nanobots tour in 2013. In reference to its revival, the band sold T-shirts depicting an ape with a raised fist. Its return was likely inspired by the 2011 release of the Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Since then, the song has remained dormant with the exception of one performance at a 2015 show.

Song Themes

Animals, Movies, Planet Of The Apes, Recycled Material, Space


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