Ben Folds Five – “Tell Me What I Did” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tom Breihan | August 30, 2011 - 8:56 am

According to Ben Folds superfan Scott Lapatine, Ben Folds Five only played their Robert Sledge-penned song “Tell Me What I Did” live once: At Scranton University in April 2000. (Do not ask me how he knows this.) (UPDATE: It was played a few times, actually.) This did not stop Folds from reconvening his old band in June to record a new version of the song for his forthcoming career-spanning collection The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, out 10/11 on Sony Legacy and available as both a single CD and a triple-disc set. (Two more new songs, “House” and “”Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues,” also appear on the comp.) Listen to “Tell Me What I Did” and check out the tracklist below.

Ben Folds Five – “Tell Me What I Did”

CD1: The Best Imitation Of Myself
01 “Brick (Radio Mix)” (with Ben Folds Five)
02 “Annie Waits”
03 “Philosophy” (with Ben Folds Five)
04 “Underground” (with Ben Folds Five)
05 “Landed (Strings Version)”
06 “One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces” (with Ben Folds Five)
07 “Don’t Change Your Plans” (with Ben Folds Five)
08 “The Luckiest”
09 “Smoke” (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
10 “Rockin’ The Suburbs”
11 “Kate” (with Ben Folds Five)
12 “Gracie”
13 “Still Fighting It (Extended Version)”
14 “You Don’t Know Me” (feat. Regina Spektor)
15 “There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You”
16 “Still”
17 “From Above” (with lyrics by Nick Hornby)
18 “House” (with Ben Folds Five)

CD2: Live (1997 – 2011)
01 “Julianne” (with Ben Folds Five)
02 “Video” (with Ben Folds Five)
03 “Song For The Dumped” (with Ben Folds Five)
04 “Missing The War” (with Ben Folds Five)
05 “Mess” (with Ben Folds Five)
06 “Magic” (with Ben Folds Five)
07 “Selfless, Cold And Composed”
08 “Zak and Sara”
09 “Girl”
10 “Just Pretend” (with the Bens)
11 “Fred Jones Part 2″ (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
12 “Careless Whisper” (feat. Rufus Wainwright)
13 “All U Can Eat”
14 “Long Tall Texan”
15 “Army” (with Ben Folds Five)
16 “Battle Of Who Could Care Less” (with Ben Folds Five)
17 “Kylie From Connecticut”
18 “Effington”
19 “Picture Window”
20 “Sentimental Guy”
21 “Not The Same”

CD3: Rarities (1991 – 2011)
01 “Unrelated”
02 “Best Imitation Of Myself”
03 “Rocky”
04 “Boxing”
05 “Julianne” (with Ben Folds Five)
06 “Evaporated” (with Ben Folds Five)
07 “Alice Childress”
08 “Barrytown” (with Ben Folds Five)
09 “Amelia Bright” (with Ben Folds Five)
10 “Tell Me What I Did” (with Ben Folds Five)
11 “Rock Star”
12 “Losing Lisa”
13 “Break Up At Food Court”
14 “Wandering”
15 “Hiro’s Song”
16 “The Secret Life Of Morgan Davis (Alternate Mix)”
17 “Such Great Heights (Alternate Mix”
18 “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
19 “Time (Alternate Version)”
20 “Sleazy”
21 “Because The Origami” (with 8in8)
22 “Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues” (with Ben Folds Five)