They Might Be Giants' Flood (33 1/3)

They Might Be Giants' Flood (33 1/3)

S. Alexander Reed, Philip Sandifer


For a couple of a long time now, they could Be Giants' album Flood has been a beacon (or no less than a nightlight) for those who may well relatively learn than rock out, who care extra approximately technological know-how fiction than Slayer, who're extra referred to as smart than cool. Neither the band's hip origins within the reduce East facet scene nor Flood's platinum certification can hide up the record's singular value on the geek fringes of culture.

Flood's importance to this viewers is helping us comprehend a undeniable approach of being: it indicates that geek id does not rely on references to Hobbits or Spock ears, yet can as an alternative be a collection of inventive and interpretive practices marked through playful excess―a flood of principles.

The album additionally clarifies an historic second. The brainy type of young ones who listened to they could Be Giants observed their very own cultural ideas develop explosively in the course of the past due Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties amid the early tech growth and America's advancing leftist social tides. even if it was once the band's goal, Flood's jubilant proclamation of an identification unconcerned with coolness stumbled on an amazing viewers at a great turning element. This booklet tells the story.

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