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Here Come the ABCs [CD+DVD]

They Might Be GiantsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 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 (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Disney Sound
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here Come The ABC's [video content]
2. Alphabet Of Nations [video content]
3. E Eats Everything [video content]
4. Flying V [video content]
5. I am a Robot [video content]
6. Q U [video content]
7. Go For G! [video content]
8. Pictures Of Pandas Painting [video content]
9. D & W [video content]
10. Fake-Believe [video content]
11. Can You Find It? [video content]
12. Introducing The Vowel Family Letter [video content]
13. The Vowel Family [video content]
14. A to Z [video content]
15. Letter/Not A Letter [video content]
16. Letter Shapes [video content]
17. Alphabet Lost and Found [video content]
18. I C U [video content]
19. I Am Robot (Type B) [video content]
20. John and John Introduce... [video content]
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Editorial Reviews

No stranger to the realm of children's records, They Might Be Giants have seen success with their CD No! and the book-and-CD combo Bed, Bed, Bed. Their latest CD, Here Come the ABCs, offers up 25 alphabetically themed songs. However, as is their charming way, the two Johns (Flansburgh and Linnell), use the letters as merely the connective tissue, allowing them to pursuit intriguing flights of fancy that consider everything from the relative power of letters and sounds to animal hijinks. Just as they've always done, there are wistful ballads and high octane rockers. TMBG have always been a family-friendly band, and this disc works just fine for adult fans, who can rightfully consider this simply their newest release. --David Greenberger

Product Description

The band is partnered with Disney in this set. Included are all the contagious songs heard on Radio Disney and the music videoes seen on Playhouse Disney. The set is sure to make the alphabet fun and entertaining for children and parents. The DVD featu

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! November 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time fan of TMBG, I often played some of their music to my 16 month-old son. I got the DVD a couple of months ago and my son absolutely loves it - in fact he clamours for it (by waving the DVD remote control in my face urgently).

I think it's TMBG's best work in a long time (and that's saying a lot). All the songs have very catchy tunes and are highly amusing: they'll have you humming after the first viewing. The visuals are also very well produced and kid-friendly.

The musical styles are quite varied - from jangly upbeat kid stuff ("Go For G", "Fake Believe"), to ballads ("D and W", "Can You Find It?"), to rock 'n roll ("Who Put the Alphabet..."), to country-western ("I C U"), to psychedelic ("Pictures of Pandas Painting"), to electronica/dance ("Alphabet Lost and Found").

Every song is guaranteed to stick in your head for weeks to come.

Get this DVD/CD: I highly recommend it for both the kids and the adults in the family.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helping children and bringing back fond memories to me! February 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The joy is that John Flansburgh and John Linnell have produced yet another wonderful, thoughtful and creative CD for children! This CD is a great educational tool handling 25 tunes designed to educate while entertaining young children about the alphabet. The songs really are TRULY catchy with funny, thoughtful, lighthearted lyrics. Flansburgh and Linnell realize that in order to keep the very young interested in beginning education, you have to keep them entertained so they stay motivated as well! (This of course is true to a smaller degree with us adults, too!) Flansburgh and Linnell do a sublime job of mixing the education with the fun "intriguing flights of fancy" in their stories they use to connect the lessons about the alphabet and words that might otherwise be too dry for some of the younger children to keep them interested.

I must admit that this CD brings back fond memories of my parents, aunts, uncles and occasional babysitters reading to me on the living room sofa trying to show me that "books and words" are our friends. This is precisely the thing that Flansburgh and Linnell are doing here on this CD; and I suppose my affection for this CD is partly because it brings back the really good memories I have. In fact, I just bought two copies for nieces and nephews of mine! (One CD I got at the local store because I couldn't wait and the other through Amazon. I guess this makes me a TMBG enthusiast! GRIN)

I especially like the way the three bonus tracks follow the song "Goodnight." It's just so thoughtful, just like the way little children say "Good night, Mommy" and then ask for yet just one more bedtime story, "please?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! March 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My husband is a big fan of TMBG and bought this months ago and our son didn't show a lot of interest (he's a bit wiggles obsessed). Fast forward six months and our son is 2.5 and LOVES this DVD. He knows his ABC's and this only reinforces what he is learning from us and preschool. The songs are great and have a good beat and it's something that I enjoy listening to also. It's fun, upbeat, and educational.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only 4 stars, but it's Disney's fault March 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
TMBG seem like big kids and great dads; this album contains kid-friendly songs about the alphabet, including the classic lyrics "urnx, urnx, ni, imnx, ictv,ictv, nicu" which translates as "You are an X, you are an X, and I, I am an X, I see TV, I see TV, and I see you." [This one has a compelling country-western kinda twang to it!] The letters all have quirky personalities (W is called "double-wide") that kids will love.

But (and it's a BIG but), this has not the charm of their previous kid's effort "No, No, No" and it's entirely Disney's fault (the album is a Disney production). "No, No, No" had these really cute little animations/games that could be played, simply, on your computer. But if you put "ABCs" into your computer, what comes up is merely a link to Disney's web site--and you have to REGISTER--and it's not clear whether once you do there will be any added content. In fact, it took about 10 minutes to figure out how to circumvent Disney's tremendous need to market to my hapless kids and merely *listen* to the album.

So the visual angle that reinforced the songs and increased the play value of the previous album is gone daddy gone. Now Disney has your name and your kids' name too. John, John, my kids want to see your letters boogie - do they have to be SOLD to to see it?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless TMBG February 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
They Might Be Giants rocked my world in - was it '89? - with Ana Ng and others, opening my eyes to super fun and clever alternative music in my teen years. Now as a 30-something mother of two, I feel pathetically out of touch with any new or cool music, it's just hard to keep up while juggling life now. I am THRILLED that my old love, TMBG, has not failed me in my predicament, but has provided the perfect solution - their awesome sound and clever lyric-writing with kid-level content so my daughters and I can all enjoy it together. And I'm a big fan of the alphabet, so this is our perfect match! WE LOVE THIS CD!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have! November 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
We bought this when it first came out for our son who was about 5 months old at the time. He immediately took to the music and loved everything going on in the DVD. He is now 2 years old, knows his alphabet and can sing most of the songs on the CD. Every time we are in the car he asks for his ABC's CD. As parents, the music is so great that we don't even get sick of hearing the same CD over and over again. This is most definitely a must buy!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is the first of three TMBG DVD/CD sets we have. This is a great one to start the younger kids on. The videos are entertaining for parents too. :)
Published 1 month ago by Rachelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Best A B C songs ever
Its not your same old ABC's! I can listen to these songs coming from the back seat on a long trip and not go INSANE!
Published 1 month ago by Kris Kirvin
3.0 out of 5 stars Educational, but not enjoyable...for me
I like that these are fun, educational songs to play for my children---but despite all of the other reviews I still found the songs pretty annoying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Junebug05
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for kids!!!
We give this to all of our nieces/nephews for their first birthdays. Of the 6 families who have received it so far, 5 love it (and the other one doesn't count... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bethany
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
My kids love this cd and all of the new incarnation of TMBG as children's song writers. It's the only cd my kids have that doesn't drive me up the wall.
Published 3 months ago by Nosson Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Bought this as a gift for my new nephew. I am a big fan of TMBG and happy to pass on their music to the children. (I love this CD too)
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Cornn
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't stand that "kids music" made for no talent fools - this...
Great music by TMBG!
The only kind of kids music I don't mind listening to, intelligent lyrics and sound. Ain't no number 2;)
Published 4 months ago by Matt D
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun songs, but more for watching than listening
This is a fun CD, no doubt, but it isn't really something you can play in the car as a good portion of the songs reference visual things that are on the DVD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Come the ABCs
Both CD & DVD are wonderful to have. Once a child knows the music then the CD becomes something to be enjoyed in the car!
Prompt arrival. Good packaging.
Published 6 months ago by Virginia Burd
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for parents, A muster for kids
It is not the best for grammar, but it is a fun way to introduce the letters to the young'uns.
Published 6 months ago by Cathlene F.
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Original version of "I C U"?
I'm just as confused as you are. I think it might depend on how you view the DVD. When we played the disc using the "Play All" selection on our region-free DVD player in Germany, the live-action video *always* played. We never even knew there was an alternative. But after moving to the... Read more
Jul 2, 2010 by Dilettante |  See all 3 posts
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