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They Might Be GiantsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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They Might Be Giants are an original band from Brooklyn, New York founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell and including Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass, and Marty Beller, the king of the drums. TMBG works continuously — writing, recording, or touring. They Might Be Giants have also been involved in numerous television and film projects.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H7V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

TMBG has always been a great reason for math and computer science majors to add a real rock album to their collection of John Williams and Weird Al records--and Flood is a bacchanalian celebration of dorkiness. Lifting off from their previous album, Lincoln, which was a sort of transitional hit-or-miss, Flood is a soaring, catchy sing-along album destined for people who love quoting Monty Python sketches. Try not singing the words to "Particle Man," "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," or "Birdhouse in your Soul." (Apparently, "Particle Man" was so catchy that the song was later used as a sing-along in a cartoon show for children.) Combining a book-smart, funny love of history, junk culture, and film noir, this is the album to own. Put it on loud, sing along, and dance very, very badly. --Todd Levin

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They Might Be Giants ~ Flood

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the life rafts. February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first time hearing any TMBG song was on the aforementioned children's show in the Amazon review. That must have been about 7 or 8 years ago--but I got so hooked on the music at that point that I searched for about 4 years looking for this album. Eventually, I found it, and it has changed my life. To this day I cannot get the "Particle Man" tune out of my head, and "Birdhouse in Your Soul" still causes me to draw a blue canary (whom I have rightfully dubbed Filibuster Vigilantly) unintentionally on letters and essays. The best part of this album is not only that the songs are pure genius, but they require you to make time in order to get used to the music and interpret it. The Johns allow you to actually take an active role and let you enjoy it as you see fit. It ultimately led me to buy Apollo 18, an equally exquisite piece of art. Believe me when I say this--if you want to be a better person, buy this CD. It makes you see everything in a new, often warped point of view, and will be a driving force in your own imagination and creativity. And the music sounds pretty good, also.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album made me a TMBG convert! September 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you are a TMBG fan, you already know own and love this album, so there is nothing new I can tell you. I'd like to address the newbies who might be browsing this page.
I admit than when I first heard "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and "Birdhouse in Your Soul" on the radio (you might not think they got ANY radioplay, but I swear that Live 105 in the Bay Area used to play them), the songs drove me crazy (not in a good way). They were so catchy I couldn't get them out of my head, and I misunderstood the oddball lyrics to mean "Ms. Radiolistener, you are so dim you will listen to any weird thing".
But I would like to publicly apologize for my miscomprehension. I was wrong!! Taken out of context (i.e., on the radio) I was unfairly condemning them. Most songs these days are completely tuneless and show no imagination. But every song on FLOOD is catchy and hard to forget, yes it's true, but that's a GOOD thing. Most lyrics these days are trite and cliched, but there is no a single cliche on Flood that I can find.
Now, when TMBG sings of a "birdhouse in your soul" I hear the joy of an uncensored imagination. (Or two uncensored imaginations, to be more precise). If you are having a bad day at the office, put it in your CD tray, you will feel completely liberated and you will be bopping around your desk.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This is an album that seems to receive more than its fair share of both praise and criticism. Some people seem to consider it the only worthwhile album They Might Be Giants have ever made (probably without having actually listened to any of their other albums), and I get the feeling that some TMBG fans consider this to be the band's weakest work simply because it IS the most popular. Personally, I would take a middle ground here; it is certainly not TMBG's best work, but it IS a solid effort, and a good place for potential fans to start. Most of the songs have a fun, accessible kind of sound, welcoming fans and non-fans alike. People tend to have widely varying opinions on which Flood tracks are the best, but just about everyone can agree that one of the highlights is the famous "Birdhouse In Your Soul," an excellent pop song about a nightlight. Other personal favorites include "We Want A Rock," a song featuring a violin and lyrics about prosthetic foreheads and winding string around rocks; "Whistling In The Dark," with similarly odd and amusing lyrics (although the chorus can get a bit tedious) and a clever horn arrangement; the fast-paced "Letterbox"; and the slow piano-sing-along-type "Dead." Quite frankly, there isn't much on this album that I DON'T like, although the extended ending to "Hearing Aid" (featuring about a minute of the sound of machinery breaking down) comes close, and I've grown rather tired of "Particle Man," although that might be due simply to having heard it so many times; taken in and of itself, it's a cute little song, although not the one song I would want people to think of when someone mentions TMBG, which, unfortunately, it seems to have become. All in all, this is a good record for someone unfamiliar with TMBG, and absolutely essential for a fan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Through the Looking Glass March 30, 2002
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Exploring the seemingly eclectic work of They Might Be Giants is always taxing - the first several listens, especially for newcomers, inspire more disgust than endearment - but I've found that it almost always pays off. "Flood" was the first TMBG album I tried, and I hated it for a long time. Even now, the last half of the album gets on my nerves, because the songs themselves are a lot less fun and start to sound either redundant or simply too high concept for their own good. That's the thing with TMBG - they're weird, with their constant fluctuations between rock, wacky sing-song anthems, 1930s swank, and downright freaky hybrids ("Hearing Aid" is impossible to describe), yet in the end, you can pinpoint their style pretty easily. As long as there's an accordion, and John Linnell's nasally, flat-sounding (but not really) voice is spouting off about something that makes absolutely no sense in the context of human knowledge (in "Dead" he sings about being reincarnated as a bag of groceries), you know it's TMBG. They may shift speeds, take turns using a variety of instruments, and defy all predictions at the start of each new track, but there's a familiar glow about them. Both their style and the rhythms of their music are insantly recognizable. Over time I've adapted to "Flood" beyond the few highlights that inspired me to buy it in the first place (the absolutely perfect pop chant "Birdhouse in Your Soul", perhaps their greatest song to date, plus "Istanbul [Not Constantinople]" and "Particle Man", which talks more about the bullying Triangle Man than the title hero, and which features not just a killer musical combination of accordion, tambourine, and handclaps, but also one of TMBG's funniest concepts, that of Person Man. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Whistling in the Dark
I'd give this CD more stars if possible!!!
This may in fact be my favorite They Might Be Giants record till this very day. John Henry coming in a very close as well. Read more
Published 11 days ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just good music to drive to
Published 20 days ago by Jennifer Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars "Flood" will drown you in an enjoyable music experience
These guys...I tell you. Funny, funny guys. I friend turned me on to They Might Be Giants. I really enjoy every song I've heard from them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Cotrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had already listened to this album before I purchased. Not a song on it that I dislike. TMBG perfectly expemplifies my style of music!
Published 5 months ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is excellent.
Every song is good. I weep for anyone who hasn't had the joy of listening to this album. Minimum Wage, heeyah!
Published 6 months ago by G. Kennaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album
I've gotten a couple of TMBG albums because Flood is such a great album. The others aren't even close to as good as this one.
Published 7 months ago by Joey T. Sudmeier
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Group of Songs by a Quirky Band
Bought this on disc when it came out back in the 90s. When it was in the $5 list, went and got it again for ipod.
It's a fun group of quirky songs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DS
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, very 80's indie. Also talented
Along with other indie groups like the Violent Femmes and Oingo Boingo, They Might Be Giants are the antithesis of the 80's pop metal bands from LA. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Maestas
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon
Sure, it's 24 years old (and change) but you can't really go wrong with this album. The music, while not exactly "timeless", has a lasting quality that survives repeated... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patrick Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Ahhh, takes me back. For some reason Particle Man popped into my head one day and I was compelled to find this album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jw
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Todd Levin, snob why don't you reply directly to his review?
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