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Here Come the ABCs CD+DVD

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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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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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]
  21. Who Put the Alphabet in Alphabetical Order? [video content]
  22. Rolling O [video content]
  23. L M N O [video content]
  24. Introducing C is for Conifers [video content]
  25. C is for conifers [video content]
  26. Fake Believe (Type B) [video content]
  27. A to Z (Type B) [video content]
  28. D is for Drums [video content]
  29. Introducing Z Y X [video content]
  30. Z Y X [video content]
  31. Goodnight My Friends [video content]
  32. Here Come the ABCs! [video content]
  33. Introducing the Bonus Tracks [video content]
  34. Clap Your Hands [video content]
  35. Violin [video content]
  36. Stalk of Wheat [video content]
  37. Robot Parade [video content]
  38. Sleepwalker [video content]
  39. Here In Higglytown (Theme To Disney's Higglytown Heroes) [video content]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Disney Sound
  • ASIN: B000BEZPSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Z. Matni on 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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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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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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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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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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I LOVE TMBG! So when I read the reviews before buying this, I discounted all the negative ones. After the fact, I wish I hadn't. This is my least favorite album I've bought of theirs, and compared to No (which is their only other kids album I own) which I will happily listen to all the time, after a week of listening to this while I drove my 18 month old son to day care each day, I had to take it out and haven't been able to bring myself to put it back in. I do like a few of the songs, like C is for Conifer, and initially liked the Alphabet of Nations until I started memorizing the nations to sing along and caught on that for W and X, they sing West Xylophone. I would rather just sing W and X, or a phrase about there not being any nations that begin with those letters rather then made up nations to confuse my son. Also, while the DVD is cool, and nice as a separate item, for some reason all of the songs are also on the CD, so Letter/Not a Letter, which is basically a bunch of kids voices shouting out "that's a letter," "that's not a letter" to images, makes no sense in the car. I'm very disappointed by this, and now hesitant to buy the rest of the TMBG kids CD's in case they are similarly disappointing.
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