Science music for the kiddies

One of my favorite bands of all time is They Might Be Giants (the NYC duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell).  They’re indie rock gods best known for their 80s albums Flood and Lincoln.  If you’re never heard of them, you’ve still heard them: they wrote the theme songs for the TV shows Malcolm in the Middle and The Daily Show!

In addition to their alt-rock oeuvre, TMBG also performs shows for all-ages audiences (which means “kid friendly”), and they’ve released three albums for kids so far: No! (2002), Here Come the ABCs (2005), and Here Come the 123s (2008, which won a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children).

Now they’re back with Here Comes Science, which looks to be perfect for all those parents who’ve been writing us asking if there’s some alternative to “Jesus Loves Me” and wondering if there are any good resources out there to help raise kids who love science and embrace critical thinking.  Well, here ya go.

From their press release:

On the heels of the Grammy winning “Here Come the 123s” They Might Be Giants have created a new album of songs related to science.  The entire album has been fully animated on a second disc that comes with the specially priced set.


(If you don’t know the deal with Amazon, if you pre-order there it will probably arrive at your house on the release date-they are really on it that way.)


iTunes will be doing an exclusive digital download as well starting September 1st.

What are the songs? Well here are the titles:

1. Science Is Real
2. Meet the Elements
3. I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf
4. The Bloodmobile
5. Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser
6. My Brother the Ape
7. What Is a Shooting Star?
8. How Many Planets?
9. Why Does the Sun Shine?
10. Why Does the Sun Really Shine?
11. Roy G. Biv
12. Put It to the Test
13. Photosynthesis
14. Cells
15. Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller
16. Computer Assisted Design
17. Solid Liquid Gas
18. Here Comes Science
19. The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space)

The album is produced by TMBG and Pat Dillett, and was recorded in downtown Manhattan!

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