Istanbul [Not Constantinople]

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They Might Be Giants
“Instanbul [Not Constantinople]”
1990 Elektra (US)
9 66631-2

01 Istanbul [Not Constantinople] (LP Version)
02 James K. Polk
03 Stormy Pinkness
04 Ant
05 Istanbul [Not Constantinople] (Brownsville Mix)

“Instanbul [Not Constantinople]” was first recorded by Canadian quartet The Four Lads in 1953; the whimsical ditty peaked at 10 on the Billboard Singles Chart. With a history lesson embedded in humorous lyrics, the song proved perfectly suited to the style of Brooklyn-based duo They Might Be Giants, who covered the tune in 1990. The track was produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley, and remixed by Bobby Simmons & Daddy-O.

Here’s the original version by The Four Lads:

Posted on February 9, 2017, in Bobby Simmons & Daddy-O, They Might Be Giants. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. That entire album was an Indie MASTERPIECE!!! I still love listening to it!

    thank you for another great share!

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      Zhana Sunders – Sanctuary Of Love
      Label:
      Powertraxx Records – PTX-12-03
      Format:
      Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
      Country:
      US
      Released:
      1991
      Genre:
      Electronic
      Style:
      House
      Tracklist
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      A2 Sanctuary Of Love (Accapella) 3:45
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  2. Never could get into TMBG but I loved this. Maybe because of the cool 2D illustrations from J. Otto Seibold (he’s got some fun things going on http://jottodotcom.com/). Love the old one even more. Thanks bud.

    • Those animations are great! Pretty sure I spotted a wiener dog among the many canines in ‘Quincy’ :-)

      I didn’t like TMBG the first time I heard them, but they eventually grew on me. When I worked in radio in the mid-1990s, I had the good fortune to hang out with John Flansburgh for an afternoon – he came to the station to promote “Factory Showroom.” Really great guy.

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