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2013-03-30 09:37:02 AM  
fark TMBG istanbul is NOT that good of a SONG
in fact i like RUSH A LOT MORE!!
 
2013-03-30 11:44:30 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: istanbul is NOT that good of a SONG


That's nobody's business but the Turks'
 
2013-03-30 12:27:16 PM  
Istanbul is not a TMBG song. They did a cover of it 23 years ago, but the original is from a group called The Four Lads, and was recorded in 1953.
 
2013-03-30 12:32:02 PM  
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is a swing-style song, with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and music by Nat Simon. The tune is reminiscent of "Puttin' on the Ritz," written by Irving Berlin in 1929,[1] but the song is said to be a response to "C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E" recorded in 1928 by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra.[2]

The lyrics comically refer to the renaming of the city of Constantinople by the Turks to Istanbul (officially adopted in 1930). It also references other renamed cities, specifically the renaming of New York City from "New Amsterdam".
 
2013-03-30 12:41:33 PM  
They're also extremely adept in the field of sociology.

Why does the anger between Particle Man and Triangle Man exist? What kind of watch-wearer needs a millennium hand? Is the concept of "happy land" a constant, even with the needs of Particle/Triangle/Universe-based individuals?
 
2013-03-30 01:59:25 PM  
I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.
 
2013-03-30 02:07:42 PM  
Don't don't don't let's start, this is the worst part...
 
2013-03-30 02:08:29 PM  

GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.


They'll rue the day they did that "Tiny Toons" episode if they haven't already.
 
2013-03-30 02:16:34 PM  
I  love articles without words and a vid that won't play for me.

That noted TMBG are teh awesome in concert.
 
2013-03-30 02:16:51 PM  

GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.


Like the theme songs to Malcom in the Middle and the Daily Show!
 
2013-03-30 02:18:48 PM  
hidden messages

They Might Be Without Balls
 
2013-03-30 02:19:47 PM  
media.avclub.com

"Tell me something I don't know..."

"I play stand up bass for They Might Be Giants."

"That was you?!?!"
 
2013-03-30 02:26:15 PM  
The Salon is a horrible website, both technically and content-wise.
 
2013-03-30 02:27:56 PM  

quatchi: I  love articles without words and a vid that won't play for me.


This. I'm thinking that they might demand I see a giant ad.
 
2013-03-30 02:29:26 PM  
< iframe width="440″ height="248″ src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i0PaKXvDWQY" frameborder="0″ allowfullscreen></iframe >

Awesome
 
2013-03-30 02:31:08 PM  
Salon: your mobile site is shiat.
 
2013-03-30 02:32:22 PM  

ilikeracecars: < iframe width="440″ height="248″ src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i0PaKXvDWQY" frameborder="0″ allowfullscreen></iframe >

Awesome


Yeah, that's really high-quality HTML there Salon, good work.
 
2013-03-30 02:37:33 PM  
 
2013-03-30 02:41:24 PM  
OK, I'll bite.

Click link.

Link shows article headline, photo, but nothing else.

Noscript: Allow salon.com

Still no article.

Closes link.

Sigh.
 
2013-03-30 02:41:42 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: fark TMBG istanbul is NOT that good of a SONG


Perhaps but Minimum Wage rocks.
 
2013-03-30 02:43:31 PM  
Guest vocalist:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-30 02:47:23 PM  
I haven't seen them play live since the mid 90's.  Got tickets for next Thursday's show in Boston.  Can't wait.
 
2013-03-30 02:49:22 PM  

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time: I haven't seen them play live since the mid 90's.  Got tickets for next Thursday's show in Boston.  Can't wait.


I've seen them twice in the past five years.  One performance was a complete run-through of Flood.  The other was a selection from everything.  They put on a great show, one of the best concerts I've been to.

/The best being Devo.
 
2013-03-30 02:50:43 PM  
FTFA: <iframe width="440″ height="248″ src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i0PaKXvDWQY" frameborder="0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Well, that explains everything.
 
2013-03-30 02:53:02 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Salon: your mobile site is shiat.


It's not just the mobile site. I'm looking at the desktop version.

There's a headline. No text. No video. Just a headline.

I don't have any kind of script- or ad-blocking software installed.
 
2013-03-30 02:55:35 PM  
They also do The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song and The Hot Dog song! Yeah, I've got kids!
 
2013-03-30 02:56:02 PM  
They Might be Giants, but there AIN'T No Article..
 
2013-03-30 02:56:49 PM  

unlikely: Istanbul is not a TMBG song. They did a cover of it 23 years ago, but the original is from a group called The Four Lads, and was recorded in 1953.


Don't forget to mention that Jimi Hendrex's "All Along the Watch Tower" is a Bob Dylan song and that Johnny Cash "Hurt" was originally done by Nine Inch Nails.
 
2013-03-30 02:59:39 PM  

The Bestest: I've never actually read Salon and have no idea what I'm talking about.


Oh, absolutely:

2010
"Online Commentary/Blogging, Medium Site" (Glenn Greenwald) |Online Journalism Awards
2007
"People's Voice Winner for Best Online Magazine" |  Webby Awards
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" ("The Glass Closet" Alex Koppelman) |GLAAD
2006
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article ("Turning Off Gays" Mark Benjamin)" |GLAAD
2004
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" |  GLAAD
"Outstanding Journalist" (David Talbot) |Carr Van Anda Award
2003
"Top 100 Classics" (News & Entertainment categories) |  PC Magazine
"Feature Journalism - Independent" |Online Journalism Awards
2002
"Best Print and Zine" |  Webby Awards
"Best 50 Web Sites" |Time Magazine
"Best of the Web | Book Clubs"| Forbes
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Overall Coverage" |GLAAD
2001
"Best Online Magazine" |  Yahoo Internet Life
"Top 100 Websites" |PC Magazine
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" |GLAAD
"Best Independent Enterprise Journalism" |Online Journalism Awards
2000
"General Excellence" |  Online Journalism Awards
"Enterprise Journalism" |Online Journalism Awards
"Best Technology Site" and "Best Parenting Site" |Forbes
"Best of the Web - Media, Politics" |Brill's Content
"Best Online Magazine" |Boston Phoenix
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" |GLAAD
1999
"David Talbot, 20 Stars of the New News" |  Newsweek
"Best Online Magazine" |Webby Awards
"Top of the Net" |Yahoo Internet Life
1998
"Best Online Magazine" |  Webby Awards
"Best of Multimedia" |Entertainment Weekly
"Top of the Net" |Yahoo Internet Life
1997
"Best Online Magazine" |  Webby Awards
"Cool Site of the Year" |U.S. News & World Report
"Best of the Web" |Business Week
"Best Website" |Entertainment Weekly
"Best Online Magazine of the Year" |Advertising Age
"Top of the Net" |Yahoo Internet Life
1996
"Web Site of the Year" |  Time Magazine
"Cool Web Designers of the Year" |Cool Site of the Day

That said, this particular article is indeed textless and contains a video that won't run on some mobile devices, so this particular article is kinda useless.
 
2013-03-30 03:02:12 PM  
Science is real
From evolution to the Milky Way
I like the stories About angels, unicorns and elves

/With just a hint of trolling to make it delicious. That's the secret ingredient.
 
2013-03-30 03:03:17 PM  

El Pachuco: That said, this particular article is indeed textless and contains a video that won't run on some mobile devices, so this particular article is kinda useless.


Some mobile devices?  I'm seeing embed code in my desktop browser (some obscure, non-standards-compliant, hard-to-design-for browser called Mozilla Firefox running on some outdated, little-known OS called Windows 7).  That's a failure all around.
 
2013-03-30 03:03:54 PM  
Is their hidden message Ovaltine-related?
 
2013-03-30 03:06:57 PM  

StopLurkListen: OK, I'll bite.

Click link.

Link shows article headline, photo, but nothing else.

Noscript: Allow salon.com

Still no article.

Closes link.

Sigh.


Not running Noscript.  I do have Flashblock, but Youtube is whitelisted.  I also got the iframe tag as text.
 
2013-03-30 03:09:44 PM  
Even though it was aimed at younger listeners, I liked their science is real album.
 
2013-03-30 03:13:37 PM  
El Pachuco

Glenn Greenwald left a few years back. I haven't seen a David Talbot article on there in a bit, but then again after that travesty of a site redesign, I didn't really care anymore. For a bit of what Salon offers today, be sure to read the fluff piece by Phil Spector's daughter where she criticizes a film about her dad that she admits she never even watched, and also tells everyone that her dad is super great even though he has a long documented history of being a complete psychopath. shiat site, shiat articles, and their heavyweight writer bailed. Do you own stock??
 
2013-03-30 03:24:36 PM  

evers3: They also do The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song and The Hot Dog song! Yeah, I've got kids!


No joke: had a friend go through my CD album a few years ago and just stare at me when they found my copy of "They Might Be Giants - Here Come the ABCs".

No, I have no children.
 
2013-03-30 03:26:21 PM  

Trollin4Colon: GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.

They'll rue the day they did that "Tiny Toons" episode if they haven't already.


I always wondered how Spielberg got Tiny Tunes so wrong and Animaniacs so right.
 
2013-03-30 03:30:32 PM  

unlikely: Istanbul is not a TMBG song. They did a cover of it 23 years ago, but the original is from a group called The Four Lads, and was recorded in 1953.


23 years? Aw jeez...
 
2013-03-30 03:33:45 PM  

El Pachuco: The Bestest: I've never actually read Salon and have no idea what I'm talking about.

Oh, absolutely:

2010
"Online Commentary/Blogging, Medium Site" (Glenn Greenwald) |Online Journalism Awards
2007
"People's Voice Winner for Best Online Magazine" |  Webby Awards
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" ("The Glass Closet" Alex Koppelman) |GLAAD
2006
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article ("Turning Off Gays" Mark Benjamin)" |GLAAD
2004
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" |  GLAAD
"Outstanding Journalist" (David Talbot) |Carr Van Anda Award
2003
"Top 100 Classics" (News & Entertainment categories) |  PC Magazine
"Feature Journalism - Independent" |Online Journalism Awards
2002
"Best Print and Zine" |  Webby Awards
"Best 50 Web Sites" |Time Magazine
"Best of the Web | Book Clubs"| Forbes
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Overall Coverage" |GLAAD
2001
"Best Online Magazine" |  Yahoo Internet Life
"Top 100 Websites" |PC Magazine
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" |GLAAD
"Best Independent Enterprise Journalism" |Online Journalism Awards
2000
"General Excellence" |  Online Journalism Awards
"Enterprise Journalism" |Online Journalism Awards
"Best Technology Site" and "Best Parenting Site" |Forbes
"Best of the Web - Media, Politics" |Brill's Content
"Best Online Magazine" |Boston Phoenix
"Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" |GLAAD
1999
"David Talbot, 20 Stars of the New News" |  Newsweek
"Best Online Magazine" |Webby Awards
"Top of the Net" |Yahoo Internet Life
1998
"Best Online Magazine" |  Webby Awards
"Best of Multimedia" |Entertainment Weekly
"Top of the Net" |Yahoo Internet Life
1997
"Best Online Magazine" |  Webby Awards
"Cool Site of the Year" |U.S. News & World Report
"Best of the Web" |Business Week
"Best Website" |Entertainment Weekly
"Best Online Magazine of the Year" |Advertising Age
"Top of the Net" |Yahoo Internet Life
1996
"Web Site of the Year" |  Time Magazine
"Cool Web Designers of the Year" |Cool Site of the Day

That said, this particular article is indeed textless and contains a video that won't run on some mobile devices, so this particular article is kinda useless.


So no awards since 2010. Good research there, Poindexter.
 
2013-03-30 03:34:50 PM  
Everyone says they are awesome in concert, but we took our kids to see them after "No" came out, and we were very unimpressed. There wasn't that much fun stuff for the kids, just standing and doing the numbers, and that was it. Maybe they put less effort into the kid-oriented concerts?

/YMMV obviously
 
2013-03-30 03:35:08 PM  

El Pachuco: The Bestest: I've never actually read Salon and have no idea what I'm talking about.


All you've proved is that Salon -used- to be something (and I agree.. I used to like it).

Now? It's a crappily coded website with nothing of real value anyway.
 
2013-03-30 03:37:51 PM  

GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.


I took part in a best albums of the 90s, and Flood ended up being #1.
 
2013-03-30 03:45:23 PM  
Also, John Linnell (the guy on the right) has obviously discovered the fountain of youth. He's 53
 
2013-03-30 03:51:56 PM  

Resin33: GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.

Like the theme songs to Malcom in the Middle and the Daily Show!


"Dog On Fire" (The Daily Show theme) was written and originally performed by Bob Mould. This version was replaced by TMBG's cover shortly after Stewart took over the show.

And yes, all TMBG is good TMBG.
 
2013-03-30 03:59:08 PM  
The argument certainly could be made that they might dabble in political songs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StTiCU_fqCg (James K. Polk)
 
2013-03-30 03:59:46 PM  
As someone who bought their first album in the 80's and called Dial-a-song now and then, it always brings a smile to my face knowing that they are still kicking around. They are masters of the earworm
//Apollo 18 is a underrated gem!
///Dammit now I have Anna Ang stuck in my head
 
2013-03-30 04:05:01 PM  
I've always agreed with their assertion that people should get beat up for stating their beliefs.

/particularly vis à vis toothed shoehorns, because there's no such thing.
 
2013-03-30 04:10:36 PM  
That article was AMAZING.  Thanks Salon!
 
2013-03-30 04:11:07 PM  
No is no.
 
2013-03-30 04:18:25 PM  
Science is Real
 
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