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Istanbul [Not Constantinople]


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:

Revenge – Slave

01 Slave (7″ Edit)
02 Slave (Extended Mix)
03 Slave (Alternative Mix)
04 Slave (Club Mix)
05 Slave (Instrumental Mix)
06 Slave (Dub Mix)
07 I’m Not Your Slave
08 I’m Not Your Slave (7″ Edit)
09 Jesus… I Love You (Edit)

FACT > Peter Hook formed Revenge in 1989 with guitarist Dave Hicks and keyboardist Chris Jones. “Slave” was the band’s third Factory single (FAC 279); this US issue features exclusive mixes from house pioneer Joe Smooth (with studio assistance from Die Warzau’s Van Christie), along with UK remixes by Stetsasonic’s Glenn ‘Daddy-O’ Bolton and Bobby Simmons.