by They Might Be Giants

Original Release Date: 1990-01-15


Flood is the third studio album by Brooklyn-based alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants, released in January 1990. 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 an international tour. The album’s mainstream promotion and success contributed to its status as the band’s most well known album. Many fans, including young viewers of Tiny Toon Adventures, were first exposed to They Might Be Giants’s music through Flood. 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. In 2013, the album was reissued as part of a CD series spanning They Might Be Giants’ four Elektra releases. In 2014, it was reissued on LP in Europe by Music On Vinyl and in the United States by Asbestos Records for Record Store Day and Black Friday, and it was reissued again on LP in 2015 on the band’s label, Idlewild Recordings.


  1. Theme From Flood (0:29)
  2. Birdhouse In Your Soul (3:15)
  3. Lucky Ball & Chain (2:49)
  4. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (2:34)
  5. Dead (2:54)
  6. Your Racist Friend (2:53)
  7. Particle Man (1:56)
  8. Twisting (1:54)
  9. We Want A Rock (2:45)
  10. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair (2:19)
  11. Hearing Aid (3:28)
  12. Minimum Wage (0:44)
  13. Letterbox (1:21)
  14. Whistling In The Dark (3:25)
  15. Hot Cha (1:33)
  16. Women And Men (1:45)
  17. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love (1:32)
  18. They Might Be Giants (2:39)
  19. Road Movie To Berlin (2:24)

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_(They_Might_Be_Giants_album)
Format Vinyl LP Album Stereo (Gatefold Sleeve)
Label Elektra
Catalog Number 960 907-1
Notes Comes in a gatefold sleeve with the left panel being glued together and the right panel housing the insert and record. Catalogue number: 960 907-1 as per spine 960 907-1 Ⓤ as per rear sleeve + additional cat# for the UK: EKT 68 960 907-1 and EKT 68 as per labels [On rear sleeve:] ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT A Division of Warner Communications Inc., [Warner logo] 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10019 345 North Maple Drive, Suite 123, Beverly Hills, California 90210 ℗ & © 1990 Elektra Entertainment for the United States & WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States All Rights Reserved Made in Germany [On inner gatefold:] Recorded and mixed in New York City at Skyline Studios Mastered at Masterdisk NYC 718.387.6962 gets TMBG’s regular charge Dial-A-Song All songs published by They Might Be Giants Music, ASCAP administered by WB Music Corp. except “Istanbul” published by Chappell & Co.. All lyrics © 1990 They Might Be Giants, ASCAP admin. by WB Music Corp, except “Istanbul” © 1953 Chappell & Co., ASCAP [On labels:] All Selections published by They Might Be Giants Music, ASCAP, administered by WB Music Corp, except “Istambul” published by Chappell & Co., ASCAP. [Label A only] ℗ 1990 Elektra Entertainment A division of Warner Communications Inc. [Warner logo] This issue contains an insert featuring a German translation of the lyrics. Runout matrix R / S Alsdorf 755 960907-1-X are stamped all other is etched.
Discogs URL They Might Be Giants - Flood