Flood (They Might Be Giants album)
|Studio album by They Might Be Giants|
|Released||January 5, 1990|
|Recorded||1989 at Skyline Studios, NYC|
|Producer||They Might Be Giants,
|They Might Be Giants chronology|
Cover of the vinyl LP
Flood is the third studio album by They Might Be Giants, and their first with a major label, Elektra Records. It was released in 1990. It was recorded in 1989 at Skyline Studios in New York City. The album spawned three singles—"Birdhouse in Your Soul", "Twisting", and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)".
Being their most popular record and many fans' first exposure to the group, the album has occasionally been performed in its entirety at live shows. At some of these performances, the group essentially 'opens' for itself, taking the stage as "Sapphire Bullets: the only TMBG cover band that matters."
With all the success Flood enjoyed, some fans and critics were disarmed by its polished production and slightly sillier lyrics. The group returned to a more organic sound and darker territory on its 1992 follow-up, Apollo 18.
Cover art 
The picture on the cover of the album features a man rowing a boat made out of washbasins strung together in a body of water. The photo was taken by Margaret Bourke-White and was part of a series of photographs taken after the Ohio River flood of 1937. The emblem showing the name of the band and the name of the album is very similar to the logo of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The cover was designed by John Flansburgh and Elizabeth van Itallie. In the series Clarissa Explains it All, the titular character has a picture of the logo on her wall.
Sales and singles 
The first single from Flood, "Birdhouse in Your Soul", reached number 3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart and was a top 40 hit elsewhere, including Australia and the United Kingdom. The other single from the album, "Twisting", peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart. Flood also contains another two of They Might Be Giants' most well-known songs, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)", a cover of The Four Lads' song, and "Particle Man", both of which were made into animated music videos on the children's television show Tiny Toon Adventures, exposing the band to a much younger audience.
Track listing 
- "Theme From Flood" – 0:28
- "Birdhouse in Your Soul" – 3:20
- "Lucky Ball & Chain" – 2:46
- "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" (Jimmy Kennedy, Nat Simon) – 2:38
- "Dead" – 2:58
- "Your Racist Friend" – 2:54
- "Particle Man" – 1:59
- "Twisting" – 1:56
- "We Want a Rock" – 2:47
- "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" – 2:23
- "Hearing Aid" – 3:26
- "Minimum Wage" – 0:47
- "Letterbox" – 1:25
- "Whistling in the Dark" – 3:25
- "Hot Cha" – 1:34
- "Women & Men" – 1:46
- "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love" – 1:36
- "They Might Be Giants" – 2:45
- "Road Movie to Berlin" – 2:22
- They Might Be Giants
- Additional musicians
- Alan Bezozi – Drums
- Mark Feldman – Violin
- Rick McRae – Trombone
- Frank London – Trumpet
- Charlie Spalvida – Trumpet
- Marion Beckenstein – Vocals on "Theme From Flood"
- Joel Mitchell – Vocals on "Theme From Flood"
- The Skyline Staff – Handclaps on "Particle Man"
- Arto Lindsay – Guitar on "Hearing Aid"
- Roger Moutenot – Whip on "Minimum Wage"
- Roger Moutenot – Recording, mixing
- Paul Angelli – Engineer
- Patrick Dillett – Assistant engineer
- Katherine Miller – Assistant engineer
- Alex Noyes – MIDI coordinator
- Margaret Bourke-White – Cover photo
- Helene Silverman – Design consultant
- Barbara Lipp – Art assistance
- Allmusic review
- Chicago Tribune review
- Kane, Peter. "Daft" [Flood Review]. Q. March 1990.
- Robert Christgau review
- Rolling Stone Review
- Flood shows category on This Might Be A Wiki, the They Might Be Giants Media Wiki. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
- Interview concerning Flood from tmbg.com, archived by archive.org. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- Interview with John Flansburgh on Design Matters podcast, 3 March 2012.
- Billboard single chart history for They Might Be Giants. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- RIAA certification database. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- Flood at This Might Be A Wiki