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Artist: They Might Be Giants

Date Released: 1990

Label: Elektra

Produced By: Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, They Might Be Giants


  1. Theme From Flood
  2. Birdhouse In Your Soul
  3. Lucky Ball And Chain
  4. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
  5. Dead
  6. Your Racist Friend
  7. Particle Man
  8. Twisting
  9. We Want A Rock
  10. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair
  11. Hearing Aid
  12. Minimum Wage
  13. Letterbox
  14. Whistling In The Dark
  15. Hot Cha
  16. Women And Men
  17. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
  18. They Might Be Giants
  19. Road Movie To Berlin

Like I mentioned before, in a way, this is the They Might Be Giants sophomore effort. It's a bit more uneven, though the only album of theirs to go platinum, based partly on their appearance on Tiny Toon Adventures (where animated videos played for "Istanbul" and "Particle Man") and the strength of the single "Birdhouse In Your Soul". There are some great songs on here that make this album worth picking up early (particularly ""Birdhouse", "Your Racist Friend", "Lucky Ball And Chain" and probably my favorite "Twisting", which namechecks The dBs and The Young Fresh Fellows -- the latter of which always gets a good response in Seattle), though some of the cuts seem a little bit like they're padding out the record ("Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "Hearing Aid" and "Women And Men" are all right, but not nearly as memorable as the other songs... though, of course, I pretty much have THOSE songs memorized too. I probably wouldn't START with Flood, but I'd probably recommend getting it second or third. Or, if you are really into taking risks, get, say, Lincoln and Flood all at the same time. That'd be pretty cool. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

Flood is one of the first albums an established TMBG fan (myself included) is likely to steer you away from, even though it's the record that made a fan out of most of us. When you've been thoroughly indoctrinated, you'll understand: Flood is lighter fare than most of their early work, and it leans a bit more on the silly side. The songs are just too insanely catchy for that to matter though; these melodies easily distract your attention away from the slight bout of writers' block they must have been having when it came to lyrics. --

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