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Here Come The 123s [CD+DVD]

They Might Be GiantsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

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They Might Be Giants are an original band from Brooklyn, New York founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell and including Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass, and Marty Beller, the king of the drums. TMBG works continuously — writing, recording, or touring. They Might Be Giants have also been involved in numerous television and film projects.

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Disney Sound
  • ASIN: B000VDDCLK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Here Come the 123s
2. Zeroes
3. One Everything
4. Number Two
5. Triops Has Three Eyes
6. Apartment Four
7. High Five!
8. The Secret Life of Six
9. Seven
10. Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work)
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Disc: 2
1. Here Come the 123s [video content]
2. Zeroes [video content]
3. One Everything [video content]
4. Number Two [video content]
5. Triops Has Three Eyes [video content]
6. Apartment Four [video content]
7. High Five! [video content]
8. The Secret Life of Six [video content]
9. Seven [video content]
10. Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work) [video content]
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They Might Be Giants are like the handful of best-selling authors who also happen to be doctors or astrophysicists: They do two things so well--in their case kids' music and grown-up music--that it seems a little unfair, like the talent scale has been tipped too hard in their favor. Like Here Come the 123s, the follow-up to 2005's Here Come the ABCs, and TMBG's third kids' record. Here the Johns--Linnell and Flansburgh--are up to their usual smart shenanigans: In "Seven," a bunch of skinny numerals crash a stranger’s living room before settling in for some cake, and in "Nine Bowls of Soup" an ichthyosaur is so enamored of soup he works out a way to balance a multitude of bowls on his scaly body. The brilliance isn’t limited to the lyrics. The Johns know a thing or 1-2-3 about crafting seriously jammable music. Highights include “High Five,” a flippy, freewheeling dab of disco, and “One Everything,” a juiced-up, jangly rocker with a message for listeners ages 3 to 93: an untidy room actually is an insult to the omniverse. --Tammy La Gorce

Product Description

Limited two disc (CD/DVD) edition of the duo's 2008 children's album, the follow-up to their Here Come The ABCs kids release from 2005. Combining a knack for infectious melodies with a quirky, bizarre sense of humor and a vaguely avant-garde aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk underground, They Might Be Giants became one of the most unlikely alternative success stories of the late '80s and early '90s. Musically, the duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell borrowed from everywhere, but their freewheeling eclecticism was enhanced by their arcane, geeky sense of humor. UMGD/Disney. 2008.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Kids!! One of Our Favorites!! August 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
We received this DVD/CD last week and the kids have been watching it over and over. Normally, I'd find this obsessive behavior concerning, but the educational quality of the video makes this one of the best DVD's I've seen for children. My kids are ages 6 & 8 and the video is geared so that both of them benefit from the lessons.

We really liked Here Come the ABCs [CD/DVD Combo], but we think this one is actually better. The music is well-composed and shows a great deal of musical sophistication underneath the silliness, playing with different musical styles and time signatures. The instructional value for the overall DVD is exceptional. My only complaint is that I can't get several of the tunes out of my head! Your kids will soon know that there are, in fact, animals with three eyes and be able to correctly identify a nonagon. Excellent video! I give it my highest recommendation.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still cool . . . February 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. As a 30-something parent I remember They Might Be Giants music from my teen years. This CD is true to their style--odd, funny, original, and off-the-wall. I like that it includes some humor that a grown-up can appreciate. Sharing this CD with my daughter (age 2 1/2) gives her music she enjoys and let's me feel a little cooler for listening to a real band instead of some sampling of nursery rhymes. We of course have classic children's songs in our CD collection, too, but this one is a refreshing break when I've heard all I can take of "Frere Jacques". It helps pass the time during our commute each day. I like most of the DVD pretty well, but find it kind of strange for a young child to watch (some odd puppets in a couple songs). Still, a must have in your children's CD collection, and something mom & dad can (secretly) enjoy, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Come the 123s July 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
We love this DVD and CD. My son is already doing addition problems from watching this video. We watch it in the car and everyone enjoys the lyrical masterings of They Might Be Giants. My husband and I loved them before they did kids music, and we love them even more now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome! February 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
We just got this today and I LOVE it and the kids LOVE it! The songs are even more awesome than their ABC album, if that's possible. I have half a mind to steal the CD for myself. The CD is definitely going in the car and the DVD will likely be on heavy rotation!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY recommend this wonderful CD & DVD! March 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have been on a mission to find more sophisticated children's music for my kids (which by default usually includes me) to listen to. I have to say this is one of my all time favorites. The music is wonderful and there is a nice variety of music on the CD. There are interesting facts and a couple of funny jokes which my 5 year old appreciates since she has become a little joke teller. My children 18 months, 3 and 5 love to listen to this in the car. They enjoy the DVD even more. It has creative videos that are enjoyable to watch. We really do like the songs and I have to warn you they may get stuck in your head. My husband also enjoys listening to this CD/DVD while most others make him want to poke out his eye balls. Great music and creative lyrics that most parents will enjoys with the kids. This is not a teach your kids to count education CD, but rather giving your child great music (much more sophisticated than than the traditional kiddy music) and lyrics with fun facts to listen to. It won a Grammy for a reason!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pavlov's Hot Dog (beware the bonus tracks) February 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
My son is almost 3 and we LOVE listening to TMBG. After making the mistake of buying one of those other kids albums and having to listen to "Polly Wolly Doodle" 157 times, I have grown to appreciate the clever lyrics and bouncy melodies of TMBG. I was very excited to hear they'd released another album and so far we love it. Strangest thing, though...every time my son hears track 23, "Hot Dog," he DEMANDS to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on TV. Little did I know that it's the theme song for that show. Unfortunately, as much as I like it, we'll have to skip that track from now on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a relief and surprise after repetition October 22, 2010
By J M P
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have reviewed this particular CD several times, but as I am buying it AGAIN to replace my lost copy several years later I will add the staying power this has had> In my first review I wrote: Such a relief to have music my 2 1/2 year old enjoys that doesn't remind me of nails on a chalk board. So many children's albums are SOOO bad and this one is actually enjoyable. Must say that I went to see They Might be Giants Live and enjoyed them in my pre-teen to early college years. They haven't changed themselves so much to appeal to the kid crowd that you won't recognize them. If this wasn't your music scene in the past don't anticipate a big change from the grown up CDs to the kids ones. If you replaced 7 with another word they could probably have a top 40 hit instead of something on the Disney circuit. Haven't done much with the DVD version but CD was easy to download unto itunes when put in an apple laptop. As far as actual educational value of the songs I would say that this is a toss up. This is certainly not drill type 1,2,3 stuff and I wouldn't say with the music alone that your kid is going to be a math genius. What it does offer is a way to make the learning fun and fun songs about numbers. There are also some more complex concepts interwined that other educational materials might not hit. Exposure to the pre-fix tri for example and words like triops and tripod certainly aren't going to hurt anyone. Enough adult wit to keep you going and fun tunes that definitely grow on you.
UPDATE FROM A FEW YEARS AGO We have listened to this CD on and off for several months and just a little past three now my son is getting into it. The songs from Mickey Mouse Club House are on here and that discovery was a big hit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids love it and I find myself listening and singing along ...
The kids love it and I find myself listening and singing along to the cd even when the kids aren't around.
Published 26 days ago by K N Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for my 3 year old
We love the learning DVD's from They might be Giants. This is no exception. My daughter always asks to watch 123 or ABC. Very cute for young kids learning skills.
Published 1 month ago by Ellie Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Come the ABC's & I especially love the Here Comes Science
I bought three DVD/CD's by TMBG's, this one, Here Come the ABC's & I especially love the Here Comes Science. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pbaggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
TMBG are a fabulous band, I have loved them for years. Now love them even more for thinking up this brilliant video and music for kids. My kids adore this CD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cari Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun and a great twist!
Son loves this- hes been watching it since he was 2 and is really into the music and funny puppets. Very creative take on learning and the group is so clever.
Published 3 months ago by A. Linn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes for kids!
Good stuff. Part of a trilogy of great TMG kids music - ABCs, 123s, science. Music is also interesting enough for parents to enjoy.
Published 3 months ago by cpc
5.0 out of 5 stars Son absolutely loves it!
I think this has been the best way to teach my son about the different numbers. He sings along with it and he asks for it by name. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elsa Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Contagious Tunes
I get so into this CD that my son has to tell me to stop singing. They Might Be Giants are amazing.
Published 3 months ago by Chrystal Boyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun music for adults and kids
So grateful to these guys for making kids music that is funny and clever and true. The songs get completely stuck in my head in a good way. Great present
Published 5 months ago by Rebecca Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids are crazy for this
My kids have been enjoying this for years. They ask for it on a regular basis, both the video and audio when we are in the car. They can't get enough!
Published 5 months ago by Camellia Willowbottom
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