Here Comes Science

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Any inkling that They Might Be Giants had a future in crafting educational kids' songs came with 1994's "Why Does the Sun Shine?," so it's only fitting that after Here Come the ABC's and Here Come the 123's' success, John Linnell and John Flansburgh return to the subject that started it all: science. Here Comes Science covers everything from astronomy to evolution, mixing time-tested facts like the color spectrum with newer frontiers like electric cars. These songs are aimed at a slightly older audience than They Might Be Giants' previous Here Come... albums, since concepts like DNA are considerably more complicated than letters or numbers. At times, this complexity ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Any inkling that They Might Be Giants had a future in crafting educational kids' songs came with 1994's "Why Does the Sun Shine?," so it's only fitting that after Here Come the ABC's and Here Come the 123's' success, John Linnell and John Flansburgh return to the subject that started it all: science. Here Comes Science covers everything from astronomy to evolution, mixing time-tested facts like the color spectrum with newer frontiers like electric cars. These songs are aimed at a slightly older audience than They Might Be Giants' previous Here Come... albums, since concepts like DNA are considerably more complicated than letters or numbers. At times, this complexity feels like it hinders the band's musical creativity a bit. Though the band sticks mostly to charging rock, a few songs are more expressive: "Cells" uses layering and repetition to wittily depict cellular reproduction; "Solid Liquid Gas" communicates different states of matter with its tempo, moving from lumbering to swinging to frenetic; and "Speed and Velocity" breezes through basic physics with aerodynamic new wave. Here Comes Science also spends nearly as much time with the thought process behind scientific developments as it does with facts, and puts importance on teaching kids how to think: "Put It to the Test" is as much about thinking for yourself as it is about the scientific method. A punk-poppy reprise of "Why Does the Sun Shine?" is followed by the jazzy "Why Does the Sun Really Shine?," which introduces plasma as the fourth state of matter and refutes the previous song's science cleverly: "Not gas, not liquid, not solid/That thesis has been rendered invalid!" The album also finds fun in science-related jobs; few things appeal to kids as much as dirt, digging, and dinosaurs, and "I Am a Paleontologist" has all three. The DVD portion is charming, with standout videos by Feel Good Anyway ("Meet the Elements"), Divya Srinivasan ("The Bloodmobile"), and Pascal Campion ("What Is a Shooting Star?"). Here Comes Science closes with "The Ballad of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)," a space age update of Fess Parker's classic theme song that adds a little science fiction to these playfully presented facts. Here Comes Science is another fun, educational triumph.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087148997
  • Catalog Number: 000456600
  • Sales rank: 813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Science Is Real (1:54)
  2. 2 Meet the Elements (3:19)
  3. 3 I Am a Paleontologist - Danny Weinkauf (2:32)
  4. 4 The Bloodmobile (2:21)
  5. 5 Electric Car - Robin Goldwasser (3:22)
  6. 6 My Brother the Ape (3:06)
  7. 7 What Is a Shooting Star? - Louis Singer (1:38)
  8. 8 How Many Planets? (1:56)
  9. 9 Why Does the Sun Shine? - Louis Singer (2:36)
  10. 10 Why Does the Sun Really Shine? (1:51)
  11. 11 Roy G. Biv (2:07)
  12. 12 Put It to the Test (1:41)
  13. 13 Photosynthesis (1:59)
  14. 14 Cells (2:41)
  15. 15 Speed and Velocity - Marty Beller (1:48)
  16. 16 Computer Assisted Design (0:54)
  17. 17 Solid Liquid Gas (1:28)
  18. 18 Here Comes Science (0:16)
  19. 19 The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space) (2:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Science Is Real
  2. 2 Meet the Elements
  3. 3 I Am a Paleontologist
  4. 4 The Bloodmobile
  5. 5 Electric Car
  6. 6 My Brother the Ape
  7. 7 What Is a Shooting Star? - Louis Singer
  8. 8 How Many Planets?
  9. 9 Why Does the Sun Shine? - Louis Singer
  10. 10 Why Does the Sun Really Shine?
  11. 11 Roy G. Biv
  12. 12 Put It to the Test
  13. 13 Photosynthesis
  14. 14 Cells
  15. 15 Speed and Velocity
  16. 16 Computer Assisted Design
  17. 17 Solid Liquid Gas
  18. 18 Here Comes Science
  19. 19 The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
They Might Be Giants Primary Artist
Marty Beller Drums, Group Member
John Flansburgh Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Stan Harrison Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dan Levine Trombone, Euphonium, Alto Horn, Bass Trombone
John Linnell Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Curt Ramm Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Michael Leonhart Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Mellophonium, Mellowphone
Danny Weinkauf Bass, Group Member
Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser Vocals
Dan Miller Guitar, Group Member
Dan "D Unit" Levine Trombone, Euphonium, Alto Horn, Bass Trombone
Dan John Miller Guitar, Group Member
Hannah Levine Vocals
Niffer Levine Vocals
Science Is A Real Horns Track Performer
Kai Weinkauf Vocals
Lena Weinkauf Vocals
Jonathan Levine Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Dan Miller Guitar
Robin Goldwasser Vocals
Technical Credits
They Might Be Giants Composer, Producer
Marty Beller Composer
Albert Caiati Engineer
Patrick Dillett Producer
John Flansburgh Instrumentation
Dan Levine Arranger
John Linnell Instrumentation
Bill Morrison Creation
Hy Zaret Composer
David Agnew Executive Producer
UE Nastasi Mastering
Greg Thompson Engineer
Jon Altschuler Engineer
Danny Weinkauf Composer
Rob Shaw Director
Sean McBride Creation
Louis Singer Composer
Ace Kennedy & The Candies Director, Animation
Divya Srinivasan Creation
Dan "D Unit" Levine Arranger
Anaheed Alani Copy Editing
David H. Cowles Director, Cover Illustration
Pascal Campion Creation
Adam Sacks Animation
Matthew Canale Creation
Chris Conforti Animation
Matt Eller Creation
Jeremy Galante Director, Animation
Liesje Kraai Director, Animation
Ru Kuwahata Director, Creation
Hine Mizushima Creation
Sean McBride Creation
Adam Robinson Engineer
David Cowles Director, Cover Illustration
Andy Kennedy Director, Animation
Max Porter Director, Creation
Lucy Blackwell Creation
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A TMBG Kids' Classic

    Simply put, if you dug They Might Be Giants' previous kids' albums (No!, Here Come the ABC's, Here Come the 123's) you're going to dig this. John and John give their usual infectious nerd-pop the science treatment and it comes out every bit as interesting as anything Schoolhouse Rock came up with. It does skew older - this is more for the third grade set than the kindergarten set - but it's enjoyable through and through. One caveat for the super politcal or religious: as you might expect from an album dedicated to science, it doesn't give any creedence to the non-scientific. The first song, "Science is Real" gives openly sides with evolution and the big bang, and lumps in angels with stories of unicorns and elves. Frankly, I'm proud to hear a children's album speak so freely - it's what I'd tell my children - but it might be a turn off for some parents.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I'm at work and I've got a sound in my head. Put words to it - it is Here Comes Science. I love it but I really love that when I turn off the car in the middle of Solid, Liquid, Gas my daughter keeps signing. My daughter asks if glue is a liquid why does it get hard even if it doesn't get colder when you pour it out of the tube. She is only 6 and loves the album. My four year old and six year old are talking about it. They frequently request that we watch the DVD - which was a real bonus.
    Someone asked "Painful music?" but it's TMBG. It is totally them. It is quirky and fun. I like TMBG before but even still I think I would have like this disc set.
    I had to get used to the hipped up version of "Why Does the Sun Shine." I love the correction that follows. I learned stuff, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all-time faves

    Been listening to this disc for nearly a year. Catchy and intelligent music that is fun to listen to and dance along with over and over (and my kids, 7 and 10, do listen over and over...) Interesting and thoughtful instrumentation to boot. I consider the DVD a bonus, as the music stands on its own, but the DVD has creative, quirky, and thoughtfully produced animated videos which complement the music (watch some on YouTube to see; try My Brother the Ape). By the way, I'm over 40 and listen to it by myself also.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Family Favorite

    This is my favorite They Might Be Giants children's CD. My 5 year old son often has one of these songs "stuck in his head" and my husband and I will sing along with him. Some of the songs have interesting facts in them that my husband and I have never thought of like iron is a gas on the Sun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They Might Be Giants...finally I group I feel comfortable sharing with my child. :)

    My 5 year old daughter loves this CD/DVD combo set, and has learned quite a bit from it. I have always been a fan of They Might Be Giants since I was a teen, so the music along with the clever educational lyrics is just as fun for me. It's also easy on the ears for adults who may not have heard of them or their music before.

    Highly recommended, particularly for those parents who are wanting to give an accurate exposure of science and the scientific method. They even discuss differing theories on the nature of the sun (via two songs) exemplifying the current debate. And Pluto is not considered a planet within the lyrics...but it is explained why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Beats to Jam To

    They Might be Giants delivers another fantastic CD/DVD for the senses. We love listening to this catchy and fun group who give some great drum beats and tunes that even us adults enjoy. Our two children, 2 and 5 sing all the songs and are provided a little bit of learning fun in the process. Not a bad song in this mix, from some of our favorites like Electric Car and The Bloodmobile, to a really cool song about The Elements. To top it off, there is a great DVD to give the kids a visual experience that goes along with this quirky music!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    We're addicted!

    In our house, our addiction started with the "Here Comes the ABC's" dvd/cd combo. I swear my daughter learned her alphabet from it and my 22 month old is currently doing the same. We then bought the "Here comes the 123's" and found the same results. So needless to say when "Here Comes Science" came out we had to get it and have everything good to say about it. I think my kids are going to know their elements and the difference between a solid,liquid, or gas by the age of 5! Our children were drawn to watching all the dvds everytime we put it them in. We keep the cds in the car and they love hearing the same music over and over again - fortunately as parents we don't mind it either. The music is very catchy and the unique lyrics are amusing!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Entertaining AND Educational!

    Great music from a great group! TMBG brings pizzaz to science for kids with funky tunes and humorous but informative lyrics.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    They Might Be Scientists

    As a fan of They Might Be Giants I'm always in awe of how they can continue to write such catchy tunes while still incorporating cleaver lyrics and this children's CD is no exception. This disc is probably their most enjoyable kids CD to date with Go, ABCs, and 123s under their belt already. Although the CD might be a little top heavy with the better songs appearing in the first half - this is exactly what you would expect from a group trying to gain attention to a new ADD infected generation of kids.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "Here Comes Science" Rocks

    My 5 1/2 year old is enthralled by TMBG's "Here Comes Science". He now knows what a paleontologist is, how blood flows through the body, the elements that make up everything around us, and even understands the concept of computer-assisted design. The DVD's animation is beautifully done, very hip, and yet perfectly illustrates the lyrics and lessons of the songs. This album and DVD has spurred his interest in a subject that confounded me in school, so much so that he's asked to be taken to the Bodies exhibit, the New York Science and Liberty Science centers, all in one week. Once there, he found it all very engaging. Thanks, John and John!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Fun

    I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gift item

    Sent to grandchild as Christmas gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRILLIANT!

    Very original, interesting and fun to listen to. My kids are 2, 7, and 9 and all of them sing along & think this album is great. It covers LOTS of material my son is doing this year in 4th grade science. Songs have great musical arrangements and are fun for parents, too. A real winner! And, what a bonus to have the DVD, it's hillarious! IF you were ever a Bill Nye the Science Guy fan, you'll love it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another great album by TMBG

    My just-turned-2-year-old loves this album! She sings along with it constantly (mostly in the car), and she has memorized most of the songs already, as well as the planets! (I didn't have those memorized until 9th grade!). She has learned a lot of science for a toddler (for example, the other day she said "Juice is a liquid!" because of the solid/liquid/gas song. I do have to mention, however, that my husband (a chemistry teacher) was a bit annoyed that the song states "Steam is a gas." So he always explains to our daughter that steam is actually microscopic bits of water suspended in a gas..." <sigh>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great disc.

    My kids, and my husband and I, are huge TMBG fans. It is great to find "kids" music that the parents can love too. Wonderful music and the kids have been applying the science lessons to everything they can find. I love the update to the sun song.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A child's CD that parents can rock out to.

    This is another amazing educational children's album that both myself and my 2 1/2 year old son love. The tunes are clever and fun. I am so happy that one of my favorite bands has created something over which my child and I can bond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    TMBG puts out another great cd!

    This is an amazing kids cd that parents won't get sick of! Fun & pop-filled beats that keep kids singing along too. Check this out if you have any school-aged children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Painful ?music?

    Is this supposed to be music? I'm serious. Is this simply trying to be lessons on science by guys who can't sing? I don't get it.
    The rhythm is off, the melody / harmony is like the cacophony of 1,000 creaking doors. Is this ?music? just used as a way of learning some facts? Is this a form of atonal music? Difficult to listen to. The lyrics are stilted as if to teach a lesson.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 3, 2009

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    Posted December 17, 2009

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