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Song Name: S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Duty Now For The Future, E-Z Listening Disc, Greatest Misses, DEV-O Live (1999 re-issue), DEVO Live 1980

Year Released: 1979

Years Performed: 1979-1980

Run Time: 4:30 (album version)

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (lead)

Alternate Versions: E-Z Listening version

Song Connections:

Trivia / Info:

  • Live renditions differ from the studio version in terms of structure and lyrics. Performances on the Freedom of Choice tour seem to be shorter in length as well.
  • The EZ version has been often played as background music on the Weather Channel ("weather on the eights" segment).

Onstage Behavior:

As seen on the Devo Live 1980 video, Mark would pace around the stage clutching his head, squirm, and tear at his jumpsuit. At the end of the song, he pretends to snap his own neck and collapses. During the brief instrumental passages, Jerry and Bob 1 each stomp their left foot in time with the drumbeat.

Lyrics:

Got a nervous kind of feeling
Got a painful, yellow headache
Every picture in every magazines turned real
Every face looks out and screams at me too real
Cold sweat on my collar
Dripping to my boots
The waves of nauseous pain
Sets off the pressure pad alarms
Gotta get out of here
Gotta get out of here
Gotta get out of here
Gotta get out of here
Got a painful, swelling brain
Banging in my head
Got a painful, swelling brain
And I called off sick
Got a swelling, itching pain
Got me pulling out my hair
Got a swelling, itching pain
Clutching at my brain
Got a painful, swelling brain
In the back of my head
Got a painful, swelling brain
And I called off sick
Got a swelling, itching pain
Got me pulling out my hair
Got a swelling, itching pain
Clutching at my brain
Got a painful, swelling brain
Got me layin' on the floor
Got a painful, swelling brain
Think I left my senses
Got a swelling, itching pain
Seems like endless torture
Got a swelling, itching pain
Banging in my head
Got a painful, swelling brain
In the back of my head
Got a painful, swelling brain
And I called off sick
Got a painful, swelling brain
Got me pulling out my hair
Got a painful, swelling brain
Clutching at my brain
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Driving me up the wall
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Dripping out my eyes, ears, nose and mouth
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Imploding my thoughts
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Blasting holes in the front lobe now
Got a swelling itching pain; swelling, itching pain
Clutching at my brain
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Got me layin' on the floor
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Going out of my skull
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Burning up my thoughts
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Dripping out my eyes, ears, nose and mouth
Got a painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain; painful, swelling brain
Tearing me apart
DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Production
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's DEVO (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total DEVO (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1977) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Filmography
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Related Articles
History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Versions | Outfits

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