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They Might Be Giants

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Flood

 

    Because they're such hip, zany absurdists, They Might Be Giants open their first major-label album with a wacky fanfare. "It's a brand new record for 1990!" goes the twenty-nine-second "Theme From Flood," sung as if it were a rejected Sixties-TV theme song. Yes, it's zany, but the joke backfires: In fact, Flood defines the self-satisfied smugness and proudly disposable pop culture of the Eighties. It's an album that, with its smirking Letterman-like coyness, would be more at home in a time capsule than on a stereo system.

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freshness of their Dorks on Parade shtick has worn off, the Giants – New York singer-songwriters John Flansburgh and John Linnell – need to prove themselves an all-out novelty act or trenchant musical parodists. Judging from Flood, they are unwilling to make either commitment or are simply incapable of doing so. The nineteen ditties crammed onto the album – sophomoric throwaways ("Particle Man" and "Whistling in the Dark"), ersatz jazz ("Hot Cha") and country ("Lucky Ball & Chain") and an overdose of their standard-issue oompah pop – aren't as ingratiating as the Giants think they are. The duo's vocals remain gratingly nasal. The parodies, such as they are, are little more than strings of pop-culture non sequiturs ("My story's infinite/Like the Longines Symphonette"), and attempts at direct satirical blows are constantly undermined – a cutesy trumpet solo, for instance, ruins the otherwise well-intended "Your Racist Friend."

To be fair, Flood is the best-sounding Giants record so far, thanks to meatier production (some of it by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who have worked with Elvis Costello, among others) and instrumentation that expands the low-rent accordion-and-drum-machine arrangements of their earlier albums and EPs on Bar/None. Ultimately, however, this is music with one sole purpose: to attract attention to its own cleverness. Most of these songs aren't about anything but being clever. Too glib for their own good, too absorbed in their own facileness to bother with anything other than campy emotions, They Might Be Giants might just try being a little more genuine. (RS 572)


DAVID BROWNE



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CD
  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  They Might Be Giants   Flood CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $3.99 - $5.99      Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
Elektra 609072
  CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $3.99     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
Elektra 60907, 7559609072
  CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
Elektra E2 60907
  CD   Musical Ener
United States
  $5.99     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood
Includes Original Packaging - 100% Guaranteed! Ready To Ship! Ea60907
  CD   VERY GOOD orbitmgm
United States
  $3.99     Details
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Flood 19 Tracks   THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood 19 Tracks CD   LIKE NEW Music Obsess
United States
  $6.60 - $8.80      Details
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Flood 19 Tracks   THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood 19 Tracks
Full Length Cd, They Might Be Giants: Flood 19 Tracks, Elektra 60907/commercial Issue/foldout I...
  CD   LIKE NEW Music Obsess
United States
  $6.60     Details
Flood 19 Tracks - THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood 19 Tracks
Full Length Cd, They Might Be Giants: Flood 19 Tracks, Elektra 60907/commercial Issue/columbia ...
  CD   Music Obsess
United States
  $8.80     Details
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Flood (cd German)   THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood (cd German)
19 Track (9609072) German, Elektra, 1990
  CD   EX/VG+ Vinyl Tap
United Kingdom
  $8.82     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $9.72     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
  CD   Alternativem
United States
  $9.99     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood
1990 Release
  CD   USED - VERY GOOD Dreamelodic
United States
  $9.99     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
Theme From The Flood / Birdhouse In Your Soul / Lucky Ball & Chain / Istanbul (not Constantin...
  CD   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $11.48     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
  CD   NM/NM CMS Music
United Kingdom
  $12.10     Details
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Flood   THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood
Holland, Wea, 7559609072, 1990 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $15.38     Details
Flood - They Might Be Giants   They Might Be Giants   Flood
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 224588
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $19.04     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood / Apollo 18 : 2013 Reissue -2cd-
(2cd) 2013 Reissue Of The 'flood' (1990) & 'apollo 18' (1992) Albums From The Two Johns, Exp...
  CD   Red Eye
Australia
  $27.03     Details
  they might be giants   Flood/apollo 18
M93638 condition: New Copy/ Cd 2 12 2013 Edsel Edsk 7061 Condition: New Copy/ / Style: Pop Holla... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.49     Details
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Flood/apollo 18   THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood/apollo 18
Expanded Edition 2 Cd,1990 And 1992 Albums Edsel, Edsk7061, 12/2/2013
  CD   NEW importcd
Netherlands
  $27.62     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood / Apollo 18 (bonus Tracks (exp))
10-dec-13
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $27.92     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood / Apollo 18
Uk, Edsel Records Uk, 740155706135
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $31.97     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood & Apollo 18
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Gbr, Edsel, Edsk7061,...
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $41.56     Details
  they might be giants   Flood / Apollo 18 (bonus Tracks (e)
Eds5570613.2 label: Edsel Records Uk New Copy/ Barcode: 740155706135 Releasedate: 12 1... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $53.75     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $57.50     Details
  they might be giants   Flood / Apollo 18 (bonus Tracks (ex)
740155706135 cd Condition : New / - Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $78.61     Details

LP

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
Vinyl And Sleeve Are Ex+. Includes Insert Poster Also Ex+. Play Graded. The Copy To Own!!! Elek...
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) Tonearm
United Kingdom
  $47.95     Details
They Might Be Giants - Flood Album   They Might Be Giants   Flood
Increasingly Hard To Find 1990 Gatefold Original Features The Hits Istanbul Not Constantinople...
  LP   M- Audiophileus
United States
  $110.00     Details

Cassette

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
Theme From The Flood / Birdhouse In Your Soul / Lucky Ball & Chain / Istanbul (not Constantin...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $6.88     Details
  They Might Be Giants   Flood
German Cassette On The Elektra Records Label In Near Mint Condition. Front And Back Slicks Contai...
  Cassette   NEAR MINT Crypt Record
Australia
  $11.13     Details

2CD

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
Flood/apollo 18 - They Might Be Giants   They Might Be Giants   Flood/apollo 18
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. M93638
  2CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $25.39     Details
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   Flood-apollo 18
Expanded Edition 2 Cd, 1990 And 1992 Albums Holland, Edsel, Edsk7061, 2013 Special Order
  2CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $31.44     Details

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