O Tannenbaum (Single)

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O Tannenbaum single cover
O Tannenbaum
Single by They Might Be Giants
First released 1993
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Tracks 2
Label Elektra <7-64578> Length 4:37
The transparent vinyl


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This single was a 7"-only release to celebrate Christmas 1993. In 2020, in response to a fan's question on why the band chose this format to release the song, John Flansburgh noted that "it seemed like a nice promotional piece" for a Christmas single.[1]

According to Jonathan Feinberg[2] and also from the back cover, the A-side was thrown together during a soundcheck for a show at Fairfax High School on November 20, 1992. (The back cover erroneously gives the venue as Hollywood High.) The atonal B-side "Christmas Cards" was recorded the next year in the dead of summer in Brooklyn. The cover art was illustrated by Amy Sillman.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 O Tannenbaum 2:05


2 Christmas Cards 2:32