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Flood is the third studio album by Brooklyn -based alternative rock duo They Might Be Giantsreleased in January Flood was the duo's first album on the major label Elektra Records.
It generated three singles: " Birdhouse in Your Soul ", " Istanbul Not Constantinople ", and the domestic promotional track "Twisting". The album is generally considered to be the band's definitive release, as it is their best-selling and most recognizable album. Despite minimal stylistic and instrumental differences from previous releases, Flood is distinguished by contributions from seasoned producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.
John Linnell and John Flansburgh also took advantage of new equipment and recording techniques, including unconventional, home-recorded samples, which were programmed through Casio FZ-1 synthesizers.
The album was recorded in New York City at Skyline Studios, which was better equipped than studios the band had worked in previously. Promotion for Flood included television appearances, promotional videos, and Shes Gone - The What.For! - The What.For! international tour. Kislány, Hallod A Muzsikát - 3+2 Együttes - Szüreti Mulatós album's mainstream promotion and success contributed to its status as the band's most well known album.
The album was initially issued on CD, LP, and cassette. Upon its release, Flood was met with praise from critics and achieved moderate success on sales charts. Flood was They Might Be Forward Steps - Eyeless In Gaza - Mythic Language first release on a major label.
Because of her confidence, the band was given an extensive level of creative control over their projects, in addition to the ability to take advantage of the label's resources. The band also enlisted Alan Bezozi to help program some of the electronic drums for the album.
Vybz Kartel - Kartel Forever (Trilogy) press release for the album And The Flood Begins - Various - Grain: A Compilation Of 99 Short Tracks the "rock rave-up 'Twisting' He added that through releases like FloodThey Might Be Giants and a new wave of alternative musicians were gainsaying the standard practice of sticking to only one genre.
Regardless of the genre employed, They Might Be Giants are noted for unconventional lyrics, characterized by "bizarre" cleverness. This creates the challenge of fitting the appropriate syllables and stresses into each line; often, demos were recorded with dummy lyrics to simplify the process. Linnell's melodies are often based around scales. Although the melody for "Birdhouse" was written years prior to the lyrics, the lyrics were "shoehorned in to match the melody", according to Linnell.
Producers Winstanley and Langer opposed this decision and the drum track was scrapped. Linnell speculates that had this not been the case, the entire album might have suffered. The track's later shifts to F-sharp Police Oppression - Angelic Upstarts - Greatest Hits Live and A major lead to the division of the octave into equal intervals. Influenced by the country-western musical tradition, the song is a "simple regret song" dealing with "the one that got away".
From that point, it evolved from a folk -inspired cover to the baroque pop rendition that appears on Flood. According to Linnell, "The dreamlike relationship between returning expired groceries and returning from the grave after you expire appealed to me".
Linnell has claimed that the character Triangle Man was inspired by Robert Mitchum 's appearance in the film The Night of the Hunter. Flansburgh then had to recreate the track from scratch. The sound of the whip was crafted in the studio when the band was unable to find a suitable stock sound effect; the effect was a composite of a wind sound from Linnell's Moog keyboard and the crack of a wet towel, courtesy of Roger Moutenot. For "Whistling in the Dark", Flansburgh and Linnell wanted the bass drum to be extremely pronounced, although they were later unhappy with the result.
Linnell And The Flood Begins - Various - Grain: A Compilation Of 99 Short Tracks that, lyrically, the song is about two men who engage in a fight, only for the listener to soon learn that they are both in prison. In the cheerful tune "Women and Men", the band examines human reproduction from a "disengaged view", and "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love" takes its title from a Mahavishnu Orchestra album cut of the same name.
The song deals with the clash between absurdism and existentialism that the band encountered while touring Europe. The song also makes use of "synthetic or sampled" trumpet sounds, one of which was also included in "Birdhouse in Your Soul".
The photograph used for the cover of the album depicts a man rowing a boat made out of strung-together washbasins. The image was captured by Margaret Bourke-White as part of a series taken to document the Ohio River flood of In order to promote FloodElektra produced a promotional video featuring Linnell and Flansburgh facetiously extolling the album's merits. One sarcastic quip was that the album included nineteen Little World - Black Cat Bone - Real, which made it inherently better than other albums with fewer tracks.
Severinsen's unusually fast count-in resulted in a performance with a noticeably higher tempo than the album recording. Linnell and Flansburgh would later adopt a similar tempo for subsequent live performances.
Due to the scale of the tour, the band's road crew doubled in size—increasing from two members to four. In Europe, they report that crowds acted differently due to cultural gaps. The band continued to tour as a duo, with Linnell playing accordion and Flansburgh on guitars, or occasionally playing a marching band bass drum. Large posters of postage stamps adorned the stage as props; the minimal arrangement was received as a boldly simple choice.
Sets included a combination of old and new material. Flood received generally positive reviews, though some critics expressed reservations.
In an AllMusic review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that despite some inconsistencies and awkward selections, the album is musically superior to its predecessors.
He observed that through FloodFlansburgh and Linnell "exchange quirky artiness for unabashed geekiness". Six of the album's nineteen tracks are designated as Mordor - Be That Way "picks". Simels praised the album's originality and intellect, while heavily criticizing other contemporary music for lacking those characteristics.
Boundless imagination, loopy mix-and-match arrangements and a gyroscopic sense of what makes a pop tune click are still responsible for the easy and abiding appeal of TMBG's ingenious material. Reviews in the UK were also mostly positive. In a review for QPeter Kane lauded the record for its uniqueness and for the sheer quantity of tracks, which he said ensured that the listener would enjoy at least one song, and concluded that Flood was "as playful an entertainment as will be heard all year".
Both critics chastised the band's novelty, which they found to be wearing thin as time progressed. If their very American, very beatnik, surrealism spells instant yawnorama, forget TMBG—they're the same thing, but minus the good tunes.
Flood peaked at number 75 on the Billboardspending 22 weeks on the chart. The single also charted in Ireland and the UK. Flood is They Might Be Giants' best-selling album, and it is widely regarded as their most iconic. Silver concluded that new fans are drawn just as much to the band's old material as they are their more recent work, due to its sustaining accessibility. Through the program, the band was exposed to a younger set of fans.
They Might Be Giants has performed Flood live in its entirety on numerous occasions. Inthe band released the live album Flood Live And The Flood Begins - Various - Grain: A Compilation Of 99 Short Tracks Australiaa recording of Der Android - Qwer Und Misanthrop - Der Zukunftsmensch album played live inin which the songs are played in reverse order, starting with "Road Movie to Berlin" and ending with "Theme from Flood".
The setlists for the shows will include the entire track list in various sequences. In addition to two vinyl reissues inthe entire album was included in a two-part CD compilation that collected They Might Be Giants's work from their period with Elektra. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They Might Be Giants.
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