The first single, "Birdhouse In Your Soul", reached number 3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart and was a top 40 hit elsewhere, including Australia. Flood also contains another two of their most well-known songs, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)", a cover of The Four Lads' song, and "Particle Man", both of which were made into animated music videos on the children's television show Tiny Toon Adventures, exposing the band to a much younger audience.
Being their most popular record and many fans' first exposure to the group, the album has occasionally been performed in its entirety at live shows. At some of these performances, the group essentially 'opens' for itself, taking the stage as "Sapphire Bullets: the only TMBG cover band that matters."
With all the success Flood enjoyed, some fans and critics were disarmed by its polished production and slightly sillier lyrics. The group returned to a more organic sound and darker territory on its 1992 follow-up, Apollo 18. Flood is repeatedly quoted by Frank Black as one of his favourite albums.
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