Here Come the 123's [CD/DVD]

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The Grammy-winning rock legends They Might Be Giants return to kids' music with Here Come the 123s. The two-CD/bonus DVD follow-up to 2005's Here Comes the ABCs includes 24 original songs and 23 music videos about the joys of counting. The DVD features animation, puppetry, and live-action footage by the duo, and two bonus music videos, "Hot Dog!" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Here Come the 123's, the numerically inclined sequel to They Might Be Giants' winning CD/DVD set Here Come the ABC's, presents more fun and unexpected ways to learn from John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The album begins in ...
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The Grammy-winning rock legends They Might Be Giants return to kids' music with Here Come the 123s. The two-CD/bonus DVD follow-up to 2005's Here Comes the ABCs includes 24 original songs and 23 music videos about the joys of counting. The DVD features animation, puppetry, and live-action footage by the duo, and two bonus music videos, "Hot Dog!" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Here Come the 123's, the numerically inclined sequel to They Might Be Giants' winning CD/DVD set Here Come the ABC's, presents more fun and unexpected ways to learn from John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The album begins in mathematically precise fashion, starting with the bouncy bossa nova of "Zeroes" before hitting one through ten and then onto fancier numbers like 12 and infinity. "One Everything"'s funky rock is one of TMBG's typical brain-twisters, a little bit zen ("there's only one everything") and a little bit urgent ("please clean your room/we share the same omniverse"). Many of the other songs are just as fun, but feel more like standard kid's fare than Here Come the ABC's did, and need to be experienced on the DVD for their full, quirky impact. That said, story songs like "Triops Has Three Eyes" and "One Dozen Monkeys," and movement songs such as "Ooh La! Ooh La!" are never less than adorable. However, as Here Come the 123's' numbers get higher, the album builds momentum. After getting basics like "Ten Mississippi" out of the way, on songs like "Nonagon," the Johns get down to the kind of smart kookiness and purposeful silliness that fans of all ages have come to expect. Seven gets two songs: "Seven Days a Week" is an anti-reveille full of laziness and trumpets, and is a singalong favorite in the making. "Seven," meanwhile, imagines a world where number sevens can ring the doorbell and hang out for awhile eating cake. "Nine Bowls of Soup"'s bowl-balancing ichthyosaur makes that song a standout too, and things get literally loopy on "Figure Eight"'s action-packed, figure-skating rock, and on "Infinity," a tribute to eight's sideways sibling. Even if it's not quite as brilliantly clever as Here Come the ABC's, Here Come the 123's never talks, or sings, down to its audience. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087107840
  • Catalog Number: 000068100
  • Sales rank: 6,611

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They Might Be Giants Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    This is the most fabulous CD and DVD for kids. Also, get They Mi

    This is the most fabulous CD and DVD for kids. Also, get They Might Be Giants ABCs. Every kids needs this music! We get them for every kid we know.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Good music

    This is a fun music CD, although my 3 year old doesn't seem to get into all of the songs. The songs all sound similar so I can only listen to it once or maybe twice on a long car ride. We all (4 of us) prefer any of the Imagination Movers CD's a little better. But overall good, and an acceptable change from the norm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So much fun!

    This is a great album for toddlers and early elementary students, but the music is catchy enough for adults as well. The lyrics are entertaining, but educational and this album is a lot of fun for all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Keeps getting requests.

    Of the two They Might Be Giants kids CD that we own, this one is preffered the most. The songs are fun and though there is repition that is pretty much required for kids music it is not as frequent as many other children's songs. The CD includes some songs that the children may know from TV and a lot of other fun number songs. Each member of my family enjoys the CD. It is frequently in the CD player in our van.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great CD/DVD Combo

    My 3 year old son adores this CD and DVD. He learned how to recognize the numbers 1-9 with this DVD. Even though he sometimes mixes up 6 and 9, if I tell him, no it's an upside down 6, he immediately says, "Oh, it's a 9"--one of the videos points out how 6 and 9 turned upside down make the other number.
    There is a song/video of "I Can Add" and I thought that would have even been helpful for my 2nd grade students if I was still teaching--when we were practicing addition facts.
    I strongly recommend this CD/DVD, and I've bought it for birthday gifts for young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1,2,3!!!

    At any given point of the day, we all find ourselves singing one of the many great tracks on this cd! Our 2.5 year old son's favorite is "Triops" but he loves them all! They Might Be Giants is a very legitimate band and their music reflects that. Apartment Four could be on the radio right now! 7 Days of the Week is my ringback and ringtone for my co-workers. Haha! We love both the DVD and CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Grammy Award Winner for good reason

    My baby is only 3 months old, but he loves this album as much as we do. I use Never Go to Work to quiet him when he's upset.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a MUST have!

    Including the CD & DVD in one package was a smart thing- we love to listen to the music all the time and now we don't have to watch each time we want to listen! The music is catchy and infectious, as many of TMBG's music is. When I put this CD on, my children are dancing all over the living room. They especially love High Five "and proceed to give all their stuffed friends high fives". Ooh La!Ooh La! introduces kids to the concept of skipping rope and double dutch- and that song is particularly infectious! A song about each number, even numbers, adding- only TMBG make music this fun about math. You'll be so busy dancing and singing and having fun with your children, you won't even realize how much they are learning! The video's are great too! Very current and colorful and some of the fantastic puppets from Here Come the ABC's are featured! I love the dog that sings "The number 2!"

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