Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)
EP by They Might Be Giants
Released September 14, 1993
Recorded Excello Studio, Brooklyn and Skyline Studios, NYC
Genre Alternative rock
Length 9:57
Label Elektra
Producer They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
(1992)
Why Does The Sun Shine?
(1993)
O Tannenbaum
(1993)
They Might Be Giants EP chronology
Why Does The Sun Shine?
(1993)
Back to Skull
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (neither) [2]

Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) is an EP by alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, released in 1993. The EP is notable for being their first release with a full-band lineup, rather than only the two original members (John Flansburgh and John Linnell) performing. It was also released as a single on 7" vinyl.

Songs[edit]

All of the songs on the EP are cover versions, except for one. The title song is a cover of a song by Hy Zaret from Tom Glazer's 1959 album, Space Songs. The lyrics for the refrain appear verbatim in the 1951 Golden Guide "Stars".[3] They Might Be Giants re-arranged the song in an uptempo version for their 1998 live album, Severe Tire Damage, and their 2009 children's album, Here Comes Science, on which they added the self-penned "Why Does The Sun Really Shine? (The Sun is a Miasma of Incandescent Plasma)", which corrects several factual inaccuracies in the original song. It was also included on the soundtrack to the children's computer game Carmen Sandiego: Out of This World.[4]

The second track, "Jessica", was originally recorded by The Allman Brothers Band for their 1973 album, Brothers and Sisters. The third track, "Whirlpool", is a song written by alternative rock band Meat Puppets, and can be found on their 1991 album, Forbidden Places. The fourth and final track, entitled "Spy", is the lone original track on the EP. It was later re-recorded for the band's successive studio album, John Henry, released in 1994.

Track listings[edit]

Main release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)"   Louis Singer, Hy Zaret 2:53
2. "Jessica"   Forrest Richard Betts, Les Dudek 2:24
3. "Whirlpool"   Curt Kirkwood 2:10
4. "Spy"   They Might Be Giants 2:30
Total length:
9:57

7" vinyl[edit]

A. "Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) – 2:53
B. "Jessica" – 2:24

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • They Might Be Giants (John Linnell & John Flansburgh) – producer
  • Patrick Dillett – music recording, mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) - They Might Be Giants". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-04-14.
  2. ^ "CG: they might be giants". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  3. ^ Zim,, Herbert S. and Baker, Robert H. (1951). Stars. NY: Golden Press. pp. 16 (1975 printing).  "The sun is a mass of incadescent gas: a gigantic nuclear furnace where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees."
  4. ^ Carmen Sandiego: Out Of This World allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-25.

External links[edit]