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 the band, though none of their albums since then is as lighthearted as this one. My favorite songs on the ablum include:
"Birdhouse in Your Soul"
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
"We Want a Rock"
"Someone Keeps Moving My Chair"
"Whistling in the Dark"
"Road Movie to Berlin"
The most famous song on the album is "Istanbul (Not Constantinople). "Minimum Wage" is basically an instrumental piece, but with a catchy flavor that captures the spirit of minimum wage workers. Overall, this is a great album to own especially if you're tired of the same old drivel. I play a couple songs on the internet radio show I host and people are always asking about it. A good album from a great band.
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 … more
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