Pour le centre de l'univers c'est pas moi qui le dit, c'est Georges le Syncelle, et je suis bien placée pour le savoir… syncellement !
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is a swing-style song, written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon. It is based on the music for "Puttin' on the Ritz", written by Irving Berlin in 1929.
It was originally recorded by The Four Lads on August 12, 1953. This recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40082. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on October 24, 1953, and it peaked at #10. 
The lyrics humorously remind the listener of the change of the name of the city Constantinople to the Turkish name of Istanbul, professing uncertainty about how and why the names of cities change. (It doesn't mention the city's first name change, from the Greek name of Byzantium.) The song also mentions, for the sake of comparison, the fact that New York City was originally named New Amsterdam.
One of the more recent, better-known versions of the song is the cover by the rock group They Might Be Giants, who released it on their LP Flood in 1990, and on its own EP that same year. TMBG's version is at a faster tempo than the original and contains a distinct klezmer influence, including a violin introduction and some accordion parts. […]
The They Might Be Giants version of the song was used for a music video in an episode of the animated children's series Tiny Toon Adventures. […]
The song is also covered as the opening track on the Ska Cubano album Ay Caramba and recently in the Friends and Family album of Ayhan Sicimoglu (Doublemoon 2006).
PS : le clin d'œil sur les Voyageurs de l'impériale c'est pour toi Chico ! J'attends toujours l'article sur "quelle horreur !". On se le fait la rentrée ?
Quand aux histoires de Syncelle, promis, je vous en dis plus long ultérieurement.