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Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics

Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics is an album by the band Yo La Tengo, released in 2006, consisting solely of covers.

Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics
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Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released 2006
Recorded WFMU studios
Genre Indie rock
Label Egon Records
Yo La Tengo chronology
Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003
Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 4.1/10[2]

Yo La Tengo supported the fundraising efforts of independent radio channel WFMU with annual studio visits. All listeners who pledged money during the band's appearances were offered the chance to request a favorite song that the band would then attempt to perform. This album compiles more than two dozen WFMU highlights first broadcast between 1996 and 2003.

The album cover was created by popular cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Tighten Up" (Archie Bell and the Drells)
  2. "The Night Chicago Died" (Paper Lace)
  3. "Raw Power" (The Stooges)
  4. "Sea Cruise" (Huey "Piano" Smith)
  5. "Favorite Thing" (The Replacements)
  6. "Baseball Altamont" (Ned Hayden, Philip Shelley)
  7. "Meet the Mets" (Bill Katz, Ruth Roberts)
  8. "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" (X-Ray Spex)
  9. "Ding Dang/Interplanetary Music" (Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn / Sun Ra)
  10. "Captain Lou" (NRBQ)
  11. "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" (The Velvet Underground)
  12. "Route 66" (Bobby Troup)
  13. "Roadrunner" (Jonathan Richman)
  14. "Tijuana Taxi" (Ervan Coleman)
  15. "Mendocino/Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (Doug Sahm / Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
  16. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Eurythmics)
  17. "Baby's on Fire" (Brian Eno)
  18. "Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand" (The Who)
  19. "The Hokey Pokey" (Larry Laprise, Taftt Baker, Charles Macak)
  20. "You May Be Right" (Billy Joel)
  21. "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (Randy Newman)
  22. "Roundabout" (Yes)
  23. "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  24. "Don’t Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)" (Yoko Ono)
  25. "Downtown" (Petula Clark)
  26. "Let the Good Times Roll" (Shirley Goodman, Leonard Lee)
  27. "Never on Sunday" (Manos Hadjidakis-Billy Towne)
  28. "20th Century Boy" (T. Rex)
  29. "Rock the Boat" (The Hues Corporation)
  30. "Shotgun" (Junior Walker and the All-Stars)
  31. Medley: "My Sharona" (The Knack), "Mr. Apollo" (Bonzo Dog Band), "Sonic Reducer" (Dead Boys), "God Only Knows" (The Beach Boys), "If and When/The Summer Sun" (Chris Stamey), "Schizophrenia" (Sonic Youth), "Another Girl, Another Planet" (The Only Ones), "Bedazzled" (Peter Cook, Dudley Moore)