Here Come the ABC's

Here Come the ABC's

by They Might Be Giants
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Here Come the ABC's

They Might Be Giants' debut into the world of children's music, the kid-hit No!, featured a variety of topics and wacky lyrics, but this time, John Flansburgh and John Linnell have just one thing on their mind -- the alphabet. For a duo who have famously composed an album of songs exclusively about American states and who operated a dial-a-song service for years, the narrow focus is no hindrance. Here Come the ABC's may seek to educate about letters, but it's also an energetic, upbeat, and quirky paean to individuality. The disc opens with "Alphabet of Nations," a great alternative to the traditional recitation that also promotes an understanding of the world around us. "Go for G" is a frantically paced celebration of the many words that begin with titular letter and could easily be a Sesame Street outtake -- and that's no faint praise. Another twist on a classic comes from "Who Put the Alphabet in Alphabetical Order?," where a high pitched female voice sings the ABC's, old-school style. But the best track, by far, is "Pictures of Pandas Painting," an homage to alliteration that's as psychedelic as its title sounds -- parents will recall Beatles songs and college rock; kids will just think it's fun. Most songs are less than two minutes long, another bonus for teachers trying to incorporate learning into waiting for the bus, or singing between activities.They Might Be Giants leaven the work of learning with a dose of creativity that just might send reluctant young students on their way to the world of letters. There's also a companion DVD release of songs from this CD filled with animation, puppetry, live action, and pure fun -- an eclectic mix of sight and sound that is not to be missed.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2005
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086120475
catalogNumber: 861204
Rank: 20244

Album Credits

Performance Credits

They Might Be Giants   Primary Artist
Marty Beller   Drums,Vocals
Patrick Dillett   Keyboards
John Flansburgh   Group Member
Dan Levine   Trombone,Tuba
John Linnell   Group Member
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Danny Weinkauf   Bass
Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser   Voices
Dan John Miller   Guitar
Henry Linell   Voices
Desi Tomaselli   Voices

Technical Credits

They Might Be Giants   Composer,Producer
Marty Beller   Composer
Patrick Dillett   Producer,Engineer
David Agnew   Executive Producer
Rolf Conant   Logo
Samm Potts   Logo
Anaheed Alani   Copy Editing

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Here Come the ABC's 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Music parents and kids can love.
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