Tuesday Tunes: They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

Bunheads. Oh my heart. Your time was cut too short. Here was see Sasha dancing out to They Might be Giants’ “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).”

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker wrote “My So-Called Top-Ten List” and included this closing scene of the episode as number 1, writing, “This. Television is always the best when it takes you by surprise.”

And it certainly does. Even though Nussbaum wrote this on 4 December 2012, I was just as surprised when I watched it for the first time before Christmas break. Binge-watching has its ups and downs, but this scene stands out in my memory of such an incredible TV show with only one season, running from 11 June 2012 to 25 February 2013. Perhaps it is surprising because of the song choice. We’ve seen classical or traditional ballet performances in this show. However, here we see a darkness and greater depth to the character torn by the past (an unhappy family life) and the future (with divorced parents and the unknown).

You can watch Bunheads here for free! Do it, especially while it lasts, because who knows when it will be gone again.

xoxo,

the bbb blogger


Lyrics

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can’t say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

Istanbul, Istanbul
Istanbul, Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can’t say
People just liked it better that way

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

Istanbul

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