Review Revue: They Might Be Giants – Flood

TMBG Flood

Hey, guess who I saw in concert on Tuesday? They Might Be Giants! Guess which album they played all the songs from? Flood!! Guess how much it ruled? SOOOO MUCH!!!

A couple things I learned at the concert:

  • Flood was recently certified platinum 19 years after its release, making it, according to TMBG, the slowest album to platinum in recorded music history.

  • The gatefold vinyl version of Flood that we are looking at here (and which I have a copy of sitting at home), is the very last gatefold vinyl album ever released by the WEA group, which, the band informed us, the very last stoners used to collect the crumbs from the very last joints they rolled with the very last marijuana.
  • Some of their new songs (“The Elements,” for instance) are every bit as good as the gems on this classic album, even if they are nominally for kids.
  • Ralph Carney (best known for his horn work with Tom Waits, currently on tour with TMBG) is a kickass horn player.

“Some nice fiddle in one or two cuts. I kind of like ‘Your Racist Friend,’ but it might be the only song on the album that doesn’t whine and grate. My gut reaction is yuk.”

“‘Istanbul is an old 1920s song orig. done by Paul Whiteman. The rest actually aren’t as tinny as past songs, 1-8 [“Twisting”] is practically a Fellows tribute.”

“KCMU welcomes They Might Be Giants to the Backstage on Tues, March 20th”

“10/15/90 – I sat down last weekend & listened to this whole album & absolutely loved it! [ME TOO!] Not grating at all… genius… great maybe, grate never. Play this or be forever a close minded fool!”

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