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Istanbul [Not Constantinople]

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They Might Be Giants
“Instanbul [Not Constantinople]”
1990 Elektra (US)
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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: