Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Who did the version of Istanbul (Not Constantinople) they played at the end of the episode of The Simpsons episode ‘Mobile Homer’? Was that the TMBG version?

Oh, this is going to be a fun thread. :smiley:
Sorry, I didn’t see the episode

According to the episode guide on Wikipedia it was TMBG. That’s by far the most common recording of that song and really better than the original imo.

Dude! That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’!

why DID Constantinople get the works?

That’s what I want to know. Why’d New Amsterdam get the shaft? :wink:

Thanks. The iTunes sample clip only had the beginning with no vocals.

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

(Still a Turkish delight
(On a moonlight night)

Even old New York
Was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it,
I can’t say
People still like it
Better that way!

I’ve been listening to this song obsessively lately, driving my husband nuts. Ever since I heard it, incidentally, at the end of the Simpsons a few months ago, and I rushed off to iTunes to grab it, since it had been years…

That it is all. Oh, and the title of this thread threw me, as I am playing Everquest II, and the guild description under one of my characters says (and has said for some months), simply “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”, just to get a rise out of my husband and a laugh out of my guildmates, so it was a little jarring to minimise EQ for a moment, come to the Dope, and see this at the top of the page. Neat. Irrelevent, inconsequential, pointless. But kind of neat.

And nobody’s business but the Turks.

I would LOVE to find a copy of the Tiny Toon Adventures “music video” of Istanbul (Not Constantinople.) And Triangle Man, too.

Tiny Toons was my first exposure to TMBG, and Fox Kids also introduced me to Barenaked Ladies.

Man, those were the days. Tiny Toons, Batman:TAS, Animaniacs…

Try YouTube.

Good thinking.

And wth was I doing with “Triangle Man?” Try “Particle Man,” idiot.

Both those videos are on their DVD “Live from Brooklyn” which you can get relatively cheap.

ARG Someday those quotes will work for me… someday! :smack:

Just for the record:
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Particle Man

and a non Tiny Toons Particle Man that I thought was cute.


Man, I forgot how cool that Constantinople video was. I like the little Maltese Falcon thing they have going with it. “Will you do it for this pile of cash?” -No, now get out of my office, will ye? “How about for this beautiful woman?” -Okey.

Sweet. :slight_smile:

All I can contribute is this: I listen to this song just so I can sing along with the Tarzan-like yodel in the middle.


sigh My day can now commence.

No one could make the meter come out right when they did it as “Constantinople, not Byzantium”?