Istanbul (Not Constantinople)- They Might Be Giants

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) was covered by They Might Be Giants on their 1990 album Flood and released as single following the success of Birdhouse in Your Soul, the first single taken from the album.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) was written by Canadian vocal quartet, The Four Lads, and released in 1953 on the 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans.

An extremely well-covered song, some of its many interpreters include: Frankie Vaughan, Bing Crosby & Connie Russell, Bette Midler, The Ritchie Family, The Big Muffin Serious Band, Col Joye’s Joy Boys, Bart and Baker, The Sacados and Pierce Brosnan and The Muppets…


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