|Morning RC’ers…the next 100 starts with….a little silliness.They Might Be Giants: FloodListen to it here: http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/They+Might+Be+Giants+Flood/66065519
Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_%28They_Might_Be_Giants_album%29Fun Facts: Two songs off this album were featured in the animated Tiny Toon Adventures tv show.
The cover art for this album is actually a photo taken from the Ohio River Flood of 1937 – which left a million people homeless and cost about 500 million in damage (in 1937!!)
|RC: They Might Be Giants – Flood
Least favorite track/tracks:
Overall (1-5 stars): 5
|They Might Be Giants – Flood: 3 stars
Precon: Nerdy and experimental. Somehow I never heard these guys until a few years ago, though I remember them being all over the place in the 90’s. I like the birdhouse song a lot as well as the literal video version. The few other songs I’ve heard didn’t seem quite as good.
Favorite Track: Birdhouse In Your Soul
Man, I love Birdhouse. Something about the phrasing of the chorus and that weird synth chime noise is irresistible.
Magic the Gathering Card: “Zur’s Weirding”
|Preconceived Notions: I hate these guys. I mean, I guess hate is a little strong – they never did anything to me, and their fans are some of my closest friends. Musically though, man what a waste- I’ll admit, I’ve never listened to a whole album either – I could never get past a few songs in a row. I’ll suck it up for RC, but I have a feeling this is headed for ouch town.
After Listening: This is probably the album of theirs I have heard the most off of, so I am well aware of what I dislike about it. Musically, it’s well below average which is disappointing considering they feature a wide variety of instruments at work on this album. The problem is that most of their musical efforts seem to be lead in the direction of making a nursery rhyme feel on virtually every track. The simple music isn’t offensive until you hear it underscore tracks with very repetitive choruses….I mean to hear a line over 10 times in a 3 minute track is not creative –it’s annoying. I don’t mind that the subject matter is generally silly, or that the songs are uniquely theirs, but I do mind that inside of that context so many of these follow the same musical patterns – I mean, you clearly have a sense of humor, you have a wide variety of instrumentation, and you are making a record for yourselves….wouldn’t you want to at least do something outside of these nursery rhyme structures?
I’m not breaking this down into tracks.
Overall 0.8 Normally, I’m looking for redeeming qualities in bands and trying to part out something I like to discuss musically – but I’ve done that privately with these guys amongst my friends over the years – and to me I just can’t do it. Maybe this isn’t the album to really do that with, the wiki says this is one of their sillier efforts – so maybe they have better stuff. To me though this record is a complete throwaway. It would be fine to just be all filler or all silly – but the vast amounts of repetition on this thing and the added echoes of generic ska that they are attempting to pass off as style – well then it crosses into being an annoyance to me. They Might be have their fans…but I don’t see myself ever being one.
(from the movie which inspired the band)
Watson: God! You’re just like Don Quixote, you think everything’s always something else.
|TMBG – Flood
Preconceptions: While I haven’t heard this album since my Walkman broke, Flood was the soundtrack to a big year of drinking, heartbreak, geekery, and long hours at terrible jobs. I am curious to see how this has aged…
After: I am surprised how many of these songs I can still sing along too. I wonder if Jimmy can get them for karaoke…
High & Dry: Lucky Ball & Chain is a perfect Country/Zydeco heartbreak song with the singer admitting the flaws of his romanticized relationship memories. I suspect “5 feet tall and sick of me” describes a lot of our exes.
Soaked: While the entire album has a strong “weird for weird’s sake” ethic, Hearing Aid is the worst offender. Hot Cha is a close second.
Overall: Flood may have a few late 89 synth bits but the many layers of real and varied instruments thankfully overwhelm the intentional cheesiness. The album is completely unconcerned with having a coherent or marketable musical style, yet the disparate songs flow nicely in order. This may be the last album I bought that had a distint “Sides A & B” construction as the CD was gearing up to destroy vinyl & cassettes. Lyrically weird, TMBG still manages to be intelligent and thought provoking. My high marks for Flood will expose my hypocrisy after the many FTAs I’ve awarded less Weird-4-Weird’s-Sake albums in the RC. I’ll accept that. I never made out with purple-haired teenaged girls to Weasels Ripped My Flesh.