They Might Be Giants' Flood

They Might Be Giants' Flood

S. Alexander Reed Philip Sandifer / Jun 20, 2019

They Might Be Giants Flood For a few decades now They Might Be Giants album Flood has been a beacon or at least a nightlight for people who might rather read than rock out who care about science fiction than Slayer who are o

  • Title: They Might Be Giants' Flood
  • Author: S. Alexander Reed Philip Sandifer
  • ISBN: 9781623569150
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • For a few decades now, They Might Be Giants album Flood has been a beacon or at least a nightlight for people who might rather read than rock out, who care about science fiction than Slayer, who are often called clever than cool Neither the band s hip origins in the Lower East Side scene nor Flood s platinum certification can cover up the record s singular imFor a few decades now, They Might Be Giants album Flood has been a beacon or at least a nightlight for people who might rather read than rock out, who care about science fiction than Slayer, who are often called clever than cool Neither the band s hip origins in the Lower East Side scene nor Flood s platinum certification can cover up the record s singular importance at the geek fringes of culture.Flood s significance to this audience helps us understand a certain way of being it shows that geek identity doesn t depend on references to Hobbits or Spock ears, but can instead be a set of creative and interpretive practices marked by playful excess a flood of ideas The album also clarifies an historical moment The brainy sort of kids who listened to They Might Be Giants saw their own cultural options grow explosively during the late 1980s and early 1990s amid the early tech boom and America s advancing leftist social tides Whether or not it was the band s intention, Flood s jubilant proclamation of an identity unconcerned with coolness found an ideal audience at an ideal turning point This book tells the story.

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    1. Music can be as ripe for interpretation as literary works are -- not just in their words, but in their constructions as well. Knowing this, I'm open to the authors' interpretation of the 1990 album Flood by They Might Be Giants. Notwithstanding the few instances of almost ridiculous academic jargon (the authors are PhDs), the book is well-written and engaging with the humor you would expect from TMBG fans. Their theory of the band's "aesthetic of flooding [excess]" is overstated and a stretch mu [...]


    2. Probably the most comprehensive attempt to understand the underlying meaning of the album that is actually achievable, given that the authors--and the Johns themselves--admit the songs are impossible to interpret. It's not for lack of trying, though. This book is a 120 page start. Then you can hit the TMBG wiki for more (d more, and more, and more).But no matter how finely they construct their arguments, I feel like it's ultimately the wrong approach. It's an unwinnable battle. There's an inhere [...]


    3. First and foremost, I'm what you would call a pretty big fan of They Might Be Giants. Though by no means the uber fan that will shame you into admitting you're just not as big a fan as them, I count myself as a proud 25-year fan of the quirk-rock group (uber fans hate the use of that term). I own 93 CDs (2nd only in my collection to John Williams' music, of which I have 114 CDs) of their music, plus 5 videos, 3 books and an audiobook, all of which contain music they've contributed. When I was fi [...]


    4. There aren't too many books about the two Johns yet so avid fans like me will eat this book up. Even if it occasionally veers toward the overly academic ("Going back to Melanie Klein's idea of splitting, the song could be read as an inversion of the Kleinian part-object paradigm") and forgets the deep surrealistic humor of TMBG, it still is a mostly fascinating read.


    5. this book was fun, and difficult at the same time. Fascinating back stories paired with social commentary on the contemporary world events and social evolution of the years that created both TMBG and their one popularly successful album. I can't say I loved it, but as a fan of the band I enjoyed a lot of the background and inside looks. I also think the concept of 33 1/3 is interesting and will be scrolling through the other titles in this collection for albums I personally enjoy, or that I thin [...]


    6. As someone proudly obsessed with TMBG, I have to say this book wasn't really written for me. Who it was written for, I'm not entirely sure. As a superfan there wasn't much new information to be had, but what casual fans are going to take the time to read a book about a band they don't care that much about? There were entire chapters that were only related to TMBG in the most tangential way possible. I was particularly frustrated that the vast majority of interview quotes were from pre-existing i [...]


    7. I read a draft of this book before it was published and again in its current published form. Though they set themselves a major challenge in writing about an album that is crucially important to so many people, they did a great job. Mostly I think they did a great job because this isn't the standard treatment of an album. They don't do rote history, anecdote, analysis and call it a day. This book does so much more than that, and therefore stays vastly more interesting.It gives plenty of unusual [...]


    8. This short book is an enjoyable trip, especially if you're a fan of not only TMBG and Flood but of analysis. This is the sort of book I would have liked to have written as a graduate student, combining my interests of pop culture and crazy analysis. If you are looking for a straight forward account of the origins of the band and the album, you are in for a disappointment. There is plenty of information packed in here, but it is spread out through a lot of analytical wanderings. It is a cool way [...]


    9. Excellent little book in what looks like a terrific series about that most old-fashioned of concepts - the record album.Thoroughly enjoyable, even if the authors' interpretations of some songs didn't match my own - in a way, that's the point both of this book and of TMBG music in particular. I do take issue with their reading of the British (or as they put it, English) music scene of the 1980s and 90s, but otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable read which has put me back in touch with one of my favour [...]


    10. The thesis here about Flood coming out at the dawn of acceptable nerdom makes sense and is diverting if you know the record well and especially if you were in the generation the authors are talking about (i.e. about 18 in 1990). But it's frustrating they apparently interviewed the Johns and barely use any quotes from that interview. I guess what I really want is a Classic Albums episode.



    11. Fun But ShallowWhile the book is well written and interesting, the analysis is only on a surface level. Organization is also a bit of a problem as the book jumps between different songs and eras of the band regularly. Despite my critique, TMBG fans should definitely give it a read!



    12. A fun, quick read for deep fans of the band and of this album in particular. Some disorganized thoughts:- The history of the band and their family backgrounds was concise and helpful, though starting a history of individual humans or endeavors with geologic origins is a stylistic tic as played out as poetry formatted as a recipe or starting a speech with "Webster's defines _____ as"- My favorite parts were the deeper musicological dives into the songs "Hearing Aid" and "Birdhouse in Your Soul." [...]


    13. 33 1/3 is a fascinating concept: short, academic books about popular or well-regarded albums. Flood is my favorite album (and They Might Be Giants are my favorite band) so I was interested to give this a read.First, it satisfied my need, likely not shared by anyone else, for a book on They Might Be Giants. I still think there's a ton of fertile ground to be had for an album about them coming to the East Village scene in the 1980s, moving to Brooklyn way, way before it was cool, being a nerd grou [...]


    14. It’s about They Might Be Giants. I am not—was not—am not really a fan; I had only heard their cover of “Istanbul.” But I am a fan of Sandifer’s work at the TARDIS Erudatorium, and so I picked up the book. It’s good. Ironically, given the fact that the book is centrally concerned with what the authors call the aesthetics of flooding, it’s also very short, clocking in at 128 pages. The brevity here means two things: first, it allows the authors to be very controlled, homing in on t [...]


    15. As much of a fan as I am of the 33 1/3 series, they have not often taken on albums with great personal meaning to me, but Reed and Sandifer's study of a favorite disc from my adolescence was a breath of fresh relatable air. The authors are self-avowed geeks (they discuss meeting at a camp for gifted kidsor as their fellow tweens knew it, "nerd camp"), and their take on TMBG's platinum-selling 1990 release is that it was an album that spoke to, and was instrumental in codifying, what would evolve [...]


    16. Most fans of the band and/or the album have rated this book 3 or 4 stars, with the general complaint that it focuses too much on TMBG's place in "geek culture" and not enough on Flood itself. To those people I ask - what book did you read? Yes, it's true, there's a lot about TMBG's place in "geek culture" in here. But the book isn't ABOUT that. There's so much in here that I would never have recognized about the band and the album, like the way they use technology (and how Flood was perfectly ti [...]


    17. As a lifelong fan of They Might Be Giants as well as having studied the social sciences, I really appreciate what this book set out to do. As a biography, it's far more satisfying than the Gigantic DVD, even though it does not contain /as/ much content as the latter. I enjoyed the interpretations of the individual songs, the album as a whole, the Johns, as well as how these are and were situated in the current and former worlds of geek culture and music industry. I will say that some of interpre [...]


    18. Stretches of handwavy intellectual analysis aside, this is a fun read for fans of They Might Be Giants. This is far from a detailed history or the band or the recording of the album, but it is a neat overview of the their early years and the environment from which Flood came out of. When sticking close to song analysis Reed is very successful (especially interesting is a break-down of "Minimum Wage"). When he starts hypothesizing grander statements of the band, things get shakier.But it was wort [...]


    19. This book would actually have received the very unwanted, yet arbitrary, rating of 1 star, had it not been for the epilogue, wherein the authors admit to a lack of cohesiveness in their writing. There were interesting bits here and there (mostly at the beginning), but the gradual digression into varying realms of geekdom and cool seem like they've missed the point all along. I wanted something that brought Flood to life. it a vitality that doesn't exist merely in sound the end, I got the typical [...]


    20. The survey of the album's context gets a bit too academic for my tastes at time, such as running with the idea of a "flood" as an overarching metaphor that is validated anytime the Johns do anything frequently. Personally I would have preferred more information about the making of the album and what was going through the artists' heads as they created it. Still, a fun read that tackles an utterly unique band.


    21. What a fun read--one of the best of the 33-1/3s that I've picked up. Just the right mix of academic, geeky, and funny. This album meant and still means a great deal to me, even though I was almost 30 when it came out, not in middle school as the authors were. Flood serves as the background to much of the home video footage that was taken of my daughters during the early 90s. And finding a reference to a Duke University Press book about bondage within this book's pages was an unexpected treat.


    22. One of the authors, Philip Sandifer, is a favorite blogger/author who writes extensive critical analysis of Doctor Who. Both authors have dissected They Might Be Giant's Flood with as much reverence as anyone who loves it could hope for. My only complaint was that it was brief and over too quickly. I would have liked a longer, deeper dive into that world, as much for nostalgia as to satisfy a craving to understand everything better.


    23. A very informative read, giving insight into TMBG's inception, rise in popularity, and a decent analysis of their most famous album, "Flood." I learned quite a bit about the band and their music and enjoyed the song analyses, even if some might have been over-analyses. I suppose the super, die-hard fans might know a lot of this stuff, but as someone who loved them growing up and hadn't kept in touch, it was a great way to re-enter TMBG's world.


    24. AHHH DUR HUR SOMEBODY WROTE A BOOK ABOUT A THING I KNOW INTIMATELY!!! WOOOOOO!!Seriously. I don't know music criticism from a hole in my head, so that's about all I can reasonably comment. Well, maybe that I'd have liked some dang citations. But that's all.I think it's cool Bloomsbury is publishing these crazy things, though. There's hellas. Click the series button and be amaaaaaazed.


    25. Another 33 1/3 book that I read recently. My love of They Might Be Giants and this album propelled me through this very scholarly work -- yes, at times it felt like someone's masters thesis. Interesting insights on the music and it's connection to "nerd culture."


    26. if you're a tmbg stan, you're gonna love this. if you're a casual fan/don't know who they are, you're gonna find this book annoying, especially once they start using the flooding metaphor



    27. Nothing cool about this book. One of it's strongest features. OTOH, there's sincerity aplenty. A nice change of pace for the series


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