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GRAMMY winners They Might Be Giants are back with a whole new creative way to look at science. HERE COMES SCIENCE follows up their successful past two childrens albums HERE COME THE ABCS and HERE COME THE 123S. with songs like "Electric Car," "Photosynthesis" and "Solid Liquid Gas" among others, kids will learn about science while having fun.


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

Track Listings

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?
  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 Bonus Track
  19. The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space)

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]
  11. Roy G. Biv [video content]
  12. Put It to the Test [video content]
  13. Photosynthesis [video content]
  14. Cells [video content]
  15. Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller [video content]
  16. Computer Assisted Design [video content]
  17. Solid Liquid Gas [video content]
  18. Here Comes Science [video content] Bonus Track
  19. The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space) [video content]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 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 (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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 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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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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It is still coming can download the entire album and videos from iTunes now.
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