Song of the Day: They Might Be Giants, “Istanbul (not Constantinople)”

John Flansburgh, guitarist and singer for the alt-rock band They Might Be Giants, celebrates his 62nd birthday today. "Istanbul (not Constantinople)" was a novelty song written in 1953 by Jimmy Kennedy (lyrics) and Nat Simon (music) to commemorate the official renaming of the city. It was originally done by The Four Lads in 1953, when it reached #10 and was certified Gold. They Might Be Giants’s version was released on their 1990 album Flood, from which it was the second single.

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