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Here Comes Science [CD+DVD]

They Might Be GiantsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Disney Sound
  • ASIN: B002FKZ4UO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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?
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Disc: 2
1. Science Is Real [video content]
2. Meet the Elements [video content]
3. I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf [video content]
4. The Bloodmobile [video content]
5. Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser [video content]
6. My Brother the Ape [video content]
7. What Is a Shooting Star? [video content]
8. How Many Planets? [video content]
9. Why Does the Sun Shine? [video content]
10. Why Does the Sun Really Shine? [video content]
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This 2 disc cd+dvd set from grammy winners, they might be giants creates a new creative way for kids to learn. Here comes science, follows up their successful past two children's albums here come the abcs and grammy winner here come the 123s. With songs like electric car, photosynthesis and solid liquid gas (among others) kids will learn about science while having fun. The album features 19 songs and 19 entertaining videos!

Review

Every K-5 classroom should invest in the music and DVD video of TMBG's Here Comes Science. The toe-tapping sequence of science topics presented in sight and sound has something for every grade level in the areas of physical, earth, and life sciences.

The scientific process is made clear in the kick-off song, Science is Real. Songs with influences from every decade of rock and roll will help students make meaning of tricky scientific topics such as circulation, photosynthesis, speed and velocity, and states of matter.

Additionally, the music and video help to dispel common scientific myths, as well as inspires the use of scientific inquiry at every level. Using real-world connections students can relate to, a stimulating soundtrack that educates, and eye-popping graphics that punch the point make Here Comes Science a great teaching tool.

Teachers can use the songs and video to begin a unit of study, assess prior knowledge of a topic to help plan instruction, differentiate instruction, stimulate further discussion of a topic, expose students to new concepts, and develop science vocabulary and comprehension. -- Susan Lee Poage, Kindergarten Teacher Professor of Early Childhood Education Winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics


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150 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Science Music September 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
While not a kid, I am a fan of TMBG, a scientist and I love this album. There are too few songs for kids done by good musicians about some of the most wonderful things about the world around us. The videos add a level of detail without weighing down the music or the level of fun. What particularly impressed me about the album is that it is more then just a series of facts set to song. The songs "Why Does the Sun Shine?" and "Why Does the Sun Really Shine?" TMBG captures the self-correcting nature of science, while "Science is Real" and "Put it to the Test" convey that science is an active ongoing process.
I highly recommend this album to parents out there, as well as science fans of all ages.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, educational, AND cheap?? September 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just got this album in today and already I'm raving about it. The songs are fun and catchy, but the real deal-closer for me was the DVD. Over 45 minutes long, every single track on the CD has an animated video, each in a different creative style, that really bring the educational part home for the younger viewers. I have a daughter who is 4, and watching her stare with rapt attention as the "bloodmobile" explained how the cardiovascular system carries oxygen, nutrients, white blood cells, hormones, and waste to the different parts of the body--and seeing that she was really getting it--is incredibly rewarding. Or "Meet the Elements"... it's a bit too advanced for a 4 year old, but I can tell that she is at least getting some groundwork laid down in the basic concepts--that everything, and everyone, is made up of the same "stuff".

As a huge "fan" of science (I read science blogs while my coworkers check out ESPN), I can't tell you how fantastic it feels to have an entire album dedicated to, *ahem*, "singing the praises" of everything from anatomy to geology, astrophysics to zoology, the Big Bang to DNA. When I was a little kid, I was a little too late for Sagan's COSMOS, but I would watch hours of this silly little HBO show called ENCYCLOPEDIA, where they did silly sketches and songs about a lot of science facts and history. I know my fascination for learning new things about the How's and Why's of the world were, in part, kindled at that early age by such educational entertainment. I can't tell you how much it thrills me to see my kids starting on the same path of knowledge and discovery.

Thank you, John and John.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy songs with a good message. September 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
TMBG's biggest strength is their ability to make music that people of all generations can enjoy. It's rare that I find an album of kid's music that is tolerable, let alone something that I'll actually listen to on my own time -- "Here Comes the Science" is definitely the later.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Evolution to the Milky Way September 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I admit freely I skipped They Might Be Giants' previous children's albums, but I was drawn to "Here Comes Science" because they promised to correct the errors made in "Why Does the Sun Shine?" That, and the fact that I've been a hardcore TMBG fan for 20 years, and figured they deserved the benefit of the doubt.

"Here Comes Science" resembles any TMBG album, with catchy melodies and clever lyrics, sung in the nasal tones of John and John, along with guest shots by friends like Robin Goldwasser, who's worked with Flansburgh in Mono Puff. Truthfully, there's not a bad track on the album...my personal favorites are "I Am A Paleontologist" and "Put It to the Test," probably because these two tracks could easily fit on any TMBG album without any changes ("And all the kids who wanna see 'em/Are lining up at our museum"). These song-lessons occasionally put scientific accuracy (a good thing) at odds with song structure (a bad thing).

Of course, the album is called "Here Comes Science," so it's a good thing that the Johns are accurate. However, its reliance on sing-songy vocals (always a hallmark of TMBG, but usually more varied) makes this a minor struggle to get through on one sitting. However, for the under-10 crowd, it's easy to see both its usefulness and effectiveness. It's catchy, no doubt.

If anything, the songs on this album are better viewed in their video versions on the DVD. Not only is the animation goofy and fun, but the two Johns (in simplistic cartoon form) narrate and introduce the songs, often dropping useful facts and mnemonics to help the viewer better follow the subject matter. The DVD is consistently entertaining, fun, and educational, and therein lies the true value of this media project.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome for the sciencey families and childlens! September 11, 2009
By Lauren
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got this CD/DVD combo yesterday and, as soon as I was off work, put the CD on in my car. I love TMBG and had preordered this CD as soon as I saw it was for sale. Our family is very big on science and our daughter is six and quite musically inclined, so I thought this would be just perfect for all of us.

The songs are catchy and fun and, gasp!, informative for kids. They may seem like very basic stuff to us adults, but anything that will help the youngers remember their planets (and millions of other things), the colors of the rainbow, and what elements are is good in my book.

Today I popped in the DVD and watched it. There are both the songs in alphabetical order and a show that goes through the songs in the same order as they are on the CD. The show is hilarious and I laughed out loud at more than one part. I also learned a few things, such as what sand is made out of and that there is more than one dwarf planet in our solar system. Maybe everyone already knew these things, but I didn't.

A warning for those who take their respective holy books literally, this CD/DVD set is about science, meaning it does deal with evolution. That's not an issue in my book, but I know it can be for some. Off the top of my head, the songs "Science Is Real," "My Brother The Ape," and "I'm A Paleontologist" all either deal with the concept or at least mention it.

One thing to note that I really liked, though others might not or might find it confusing. The song "Why Does The Sun Shine?" (an older TMBG song that was rerecorded for this album) contains some outdated scientific information. Instead of changing the song, TMBG added another right after that one called "Why Does The Sun Really Shine?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album might be not be a good for religious families or anyone who...
My daughter loves this album and all the kids music these guys release, thanks to The Might be Giants she understands how elements work, what DNA is, and how sound waves can have... Read more
Published 2 days ago by courtney curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science CD for Kids & Adults
This is a great kids CD that teaches them a bit about science on road trips. My five year old has the songs memorized, as my other children did when they were younger as well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Raising Thinkers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, brilliant
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. My kids ask for to watch this DVD over all of Hollywood's junk. The songs are outstanding and the animation is fantastic.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT!
GREAT PRODUCT!
Published 13 days ago by mark twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tunes that both kids and adults can enjoy
Published 20 days ago by T. Vu
5.0 out of 5 stars I love them too because they are catchy tunes we can ...
Can I get a digital copy already. Second set I have bought for my son. Addicted to the three dvd's, 1,2,3's, A,b,C's, and Here Comes Science. Read more
Published 23 days ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars So Glad TMBG made this !
Kids love it - very listenable and instructive.
Every Home School needs one :)
Published 1 month ago by Brenda G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for little kids, medium kids and adult kids
I got this for my 3 year old nephew for his birthday. He, his dad, and his 10 and 11 yr old cousins all sat together watching it, entranced.
Published 1 month ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ordered as a sound track for a science themed party. Groovy!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money.
Educational and fun. My child started watching this at 2 and is still hooked on it 2 years later.
Published 1 month ago by exPmom2013
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Offensive to religious people
Not to mention how many unicorn believers are going to be offended! they should be ashamed.
Aug 30, 2009 by M. Rock |  See all 61 posts
Evolution References
I wonder what an overview of palaeontology that tried not to mention evolution that many times would look like. I can't see it being very long.
Sep 6, 2009 by A. He |  See all 7 posts
Can't wait for it, but where's Mammal?
"Dig him up and shake his hand" and "the torments of Christ"? I don't think that it will make it to a children's album unchanged....
Aug 15, 2009 by Tanner Huisman |  See all 6 posts
Delayed? You don't have to hear, "Is it here yet?!"
Puh-leeze. What in the world makes you think it's the fault of the band? It's not. It's the fault of the company that actually puts out the thing. And that would be, hm....oh yeah! Disney! Why are you protecting the corporate mouse? Everybody knows that TMBG is one of the most generous bands on... Read More
Sep 2, 2009 by sara sue |  See all 10 posts
What makes this exclusive?
The physical version (CD/DVD) is only available on Amazon at first. It hits other retail outlets later.
Aug 23, 2009 by Chris Lesher |  See all 2 posts
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