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song name Leeds
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Venue Songs, Leeds, UK September 8, 2004
year 2004
first played September 8, 2004 (1 known performance)
run time 1:57
sung by John Linnell, John Flansburgh joins for the "fuel tank" section


  • Also known as "Leeds Irish Center" in the original concert setlist. Venue song for the Leeds Irish Centre.
  • The "fuel tank" sequence is a reference to the fuel being siphoned from out of TMBG's truck in the Leeds Irish Centre car park.
  • Performed in a style that echoes "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who, in reference to the album The Who: Live at Leeds.
  • The "truck, truck, truck" section is also likely an homage to The Who song "A Quick One, While He's Away," wherein the band wanted cellos for one part but couldn't afford them, so they just sang "cello cello cello..." during that part of the song.
  • The verse references all the features of the venue as seen from the stage: the two bars, (disco)ball, ceiling, walls, floor, stage and windows. Linnell pointed to each of them as he sung them in the live performance at the venue.
  • The "spinning around" lyric is a reference to the disco ball that hangs in the Leeds Irish Centre. When TMBG played at the same venue in 1990, Flansburgh made references to the ball and asked for it to be turned on during their set.

Song Themes

Furniture, Screaming, Venue Songs, Windows


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