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They Might Be Giants
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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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...  more »


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All Artists: They Might Be Giants
Title: Flood
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/16/1990
Re-Release Date: 1/5/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075596090728, 075596090711, 755960907288

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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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Jerry B. from LOS ANGELES, CA
Reviewed on 5/13/2013...
This is a classic, perhaps their best.
Debra T. from POPLAR GROVE, IL
Reviewed on 10/8/2012...
Great fun. Unique lyrics and melodies. A striking combination of cerebral humor and ludicrous entertainment.
Chen-Chen W. (CCC) from SARATOGA, CA
Reviewed on 10/6/2006...
They Might Be Giants were one of the first of this genre...hilarious lyrics, even though they sometime don't make sense. This is still by far their best album to me.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

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This album made me a TMBG convert!
bensmomma | Ann Arbor, Michigan | 09/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Get out the life rafts.
Josh Dorsha | Milwaukee, WI | 02/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."