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Promo flag[edit]

On Gigantic, where they play the song Theme From Flood, there's a yellow flag waving with the Flood logo on it. Does anyone know if I can get one of these for myself, and if so, where? --My Evil Twin's Twin 4-12-04


Lots of internet sources, notably the TMBG wikipedia article say that both Flood and Here Come the ABCs! have gone platinum. Can anyone verify this? Mucket 08:52, 14 Mar 2006 (CST)

The RIAA can. :\ According to a search on their website, both Flood and the Here Come The ABCs DVD have gone Gold (500,000+ copies sold), but I don't see any Platinum (1 million+) awards. I'll do some further research. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 09:15, 14 Mar 2006 (CST)
According to, it's still gold and not platinum. Hence, my revert. --Duke33 14:59, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, I was looking at their High Road Touring page and seem to remember press that said it when User's Guide was released. I also want to say that a John said it during a radio interview, but even if he did I'd never be able to find it. --badqueso 17:12, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
That crap is everywhere. Eeh. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:48, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
Well I was thinking of the High Road item as equivalent to a press release, though I guess that's not true. Also, the 18 search results I'm seeing is hardly "everywhere." --badqueso 19:13, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
Do you mean to tell me the Internet has more than eighteen webpages? How can it fit that much? -CapitalQtalk ♪ 19:23, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
Outer Space. --badqueso 19:51, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Add one more sale, I just bought a new copy, my old one was too scratched to play! Man, this is one of those "just put in in the tray and hit play!" Every track is great!--Slackerboy! 00:02, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Fold-out watchamacallit[edit]

On the first foldout of this CD (First time you unfold the liner notes or whatever they're called) is that Linnell on the left? The guy kinda looks like him, but it's been annoying the heck out of me, and we can't be too sure. ^_~; I know the other guy isn't Flans. Wow, this is an awkward question. --Lemita 15:37, 9 Apr 2006 (CDT)

If you're talking about the man in the boat, Linnell wasn't alive in 1930. ;) -CapitalQtalk ♪ 19:49, 15 Apr 2006 (CDT)
Oh, that was from 1930? I'm... a weirdo then. o_O;; Ok then... never knew that... --Lemita 08:52, 16 Apr 2006 (CDT)

Vinyl Lyrics[edit]

I'd just like to point out the two lyrics errors in the vinyl lyrics. (They might be on the CD lyrics as well, but I don't have that).

Your Racist Friend: "My head is tired from bobbing and pretending"
Letterbox: "I would have a lot of eyes on me by this time wouldn't I? Wouldn't that just be fine."

I know no-one will be interested in this, but this is "The TMBG Knowledge Base" and we are supposed to be collecting all the information on They Might Be Giants as physically possible, so I just thought I'd add that. - ( Herwwiyal ? )/ 07:49, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

It says the same thing in the CD liner notes. For "Your Racist Friend," this was the original lyric and is sung in the demos and sometimes live. I don't see how the "Letterbox" one is an error though. I'd think the greater error would be the glaring omission of the bridge. --badqueso 08:15, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Ok, thanks - ( Herwwiyal ? )/ 09:42, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

I just listened to Letterbox, and it definitely sounds like he's saying "I would have a lot of eyes on the other side" 19:04, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
See, that's what I thought too, but listening to it again, it really does sound like 'on me by this time'. Of course, as the singing is too damn fast, it's kinda hard to distinguish the consonants in the words. --McBob 06:14, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Every song played live[edit]

Is it worth noting that this is the only TMBG album where every single song has been played live? (All songs in their entirely, which excludes the Pink Album and its First Album Medley.) I also thought The Else was another album where every song was played live, but Feign Amnesia caused it to fail. JasonDeLima 05:19, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

But there's been TMBG and John Henry shows, along with near-complete shows for other albums. Are you sure? o_O -CapitalQtalk ♪ 05:22, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
TMBG, Flood, Apollo 18, John Henry, Factory Showroom have all been played out entirely. --Luke 16:40, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
I guess Token Back To Brooklyn doesn't count? --badqueso 04:50, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
I thought about that. I also promptly and consciously ignored it. Maybe it does count. Either way, the point stands Flood definitely isn't the only album that has been fully played, all at once or otherwise. --Luke 12:30, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
All the songs from Lincoln have been played live at some point as well. --Deysian

Slightly different version of initial cd pressing[edit]

I have a cd that's the exact same as the initial US pressing, but instead of a barcode, it says D 114772 and some stuff about BMG Direct Marketing. It also has that code on the front art and on the disc itself. Some kind of promotional pressing? --Valerie 04:03, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

I'm sure you've found this out yourself, but apparently BMG is a mail-distributor for large record companies. In case anyone else was curious and didn't have access to google. -Apollo 01:03, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

Interpretation of the title[edit]

I think "Flood" is a joke by the Johns-- referring to the biblical flood, when God wiped out almost all of life to start over again. With this album TMBG started over again, this time on a new label. The lyrics of the Flood theme song seem to correlate, if not support this. I'm sure this at least occurred to them at some point.

Top Ten Songs[edit]

Based on the average ratings given by users, these are the current top ten songs off this album.

10: They Might Be Giants (Song)

9: Lucky Ball And Chain

8: Twisting

7: Particle Man

6: Whistling In The Dark

5: We Want A Rock

4: Someone Keeps Moving My Chair

3: Letterbox

2: Dead

1: Birdhouse In Your Soul

The average score is 8.45

I thought this would help new fans know what some of the most popular songs are.--MidoFS (talk) 16:09, 22 March 2017 (EDT)

Union seals[edit]

The Flood logo on the cover mimics the seal for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union. The cut-out shape used for the record (vinyl) and CD labels is similar to the shape of the seal for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) union.

Union seals

--Nehushtan (talk) 00:24, 6 June 2022 (EDT)

Where's My Vinyl?[edit]

Hey, I can't seem to find the copy of the Flood vinyl that I have. It's CAT number is IDLE185. Does anyone have any idea about this CAT number? Please tell me ASAP! LowRiseJeans (talk) 08:09, 21 June 2023 (EDT)

That indicates a 2023 reissue. The IDLE catalog numbers are listed out on Idlewild Recordings but some still need to be put into the various album Release Detail tables. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 11:01, 21 June 2023 (EDT)

The back cover of Flood[edit]

Does anyone know the source of the yellow image, with the city flooding and the two huge boats in the street, used in almost every release? I can't seem to find any information on it. --EliRM (talk) 15:45, 25 July 2023 (EDT)

i found it a while back (ok, like 13 years ago). presumably i made a note of it somewhere, i'll see what i can find. --ant 15:46, 25 July 2023 (EDT)
ok, that didn't take nearly as long as i expected. it's a still from the 1933 disaster film deluge. i originally found it in a scan from a contemporary periodical discussing special effects. the effects, particularly the destruction of nyc, were so well-regarded that some footage was reused for other films. so, not sure where the band/flans specifically got it from, but that's the original source. --ant 15:59, 25 July 2023 (EDT)
Ah, that makes sense. It kinda looked like miniatures to me but it was hard to tell (that's probably why the effects were well regarded). Thank you for finding this! --EliRM (talk)