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Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul

  • Sep 16, 2000
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Pros: Humorous, upbeat music

Cons: Not recommended for those looking just for MUSICAL excellence.

Well, this one was a gift, literally and figuratively! Filled with humor, (some of it rather twisted humor!) this album still managed to make interesting points. One song is devoted entirely to why he "feels like a hypocrite talking to you, and your racist friend!" Another tells how a the girl left, "She's set your goldfish free, and now she's sighing! Blew out your pilot light and made a wish! She wants to see you again...Twisting! Slowly twisting.. in the Wind!"

Here is another sample, "I could shake my tiny fists, and swear I wasn't wrong!But what's the sense in arguing when you're all alone? Sure as you can steer a train, you can change your fate..." From a song titled Lucky Ball and Chain.

The song Women and Men was an intriguing piece. It always circles back to the image of women and men spreading out into new lands from their ship, and multiplying until the next generation goes a-voyaging!

Probably the most widely known songs from this album are Istanbul and Particle Man, which were used in a Looney Tunes episode! Actually, there IS a cartoonish quality to this work, in the best sense! Why DID they change Constantinople to Istanbul? {:^)

Well worth a listen, just for the laughs! While the music is not necessarily the most skillful bit of the album, you will marvel at how they manage to keep the lyrics in pace with the rapid tempo! They have put out several albums since this one, and not all of them are so saturated with comedy, but all are unique!


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They Might Be Giants are one of the most unappreciated and bizarre bands around. Their music doesn't fit into any genre. They have a dementia flavor, mixed in with a little bit of comedy, and a pinch of rock 'n roll and pop. I was first introduced to the band several years ago working on a children's radio show. One of their songs on this album "Particle Man" was on the WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO? cd and received many requests and a lot of airplay. Since then, I've grown more fond of …
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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--andFloodis a bacchanalian celebration of dorkiness. Lifting off from their previous album,Lincoln, which was a sort of transitional hit-or-miss,Floodis 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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Label: Elektra, Wea
Release Date: January 5, 1990

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