Here Comes Science

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Here Comes Science
Here Comes Science.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 2009
Recorded2004-2009
StudioKampo Studios, Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA,
Collyer Brothers Studio, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA,
The Governor's Bluff, Sullivan County, USA,
Coyote Studio, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA
GenreChildren's, educational
Length39:46
LabelIdlewild/Disney
ProducerThey Might Be Giants,
Pat Dillett,
David Agnew
They Might Be Giants chronology
Here Come the 123s
(2008)
Here Comes Science
(2009)
Join Us
(2011)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(66/100)
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com
Allmusic
The A.V. ClubB+
Billboard(favorable)
PopMatters
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)
Uncut
Under the Radar
Wired(favorable)
Zooglobble(favorable)

Here Comes Science is the fourth children's album and fourteenth studio album by American alternative rock band, They Might Be Giants, packaged as a CD/DVD set. The album is (as the title suggests) science-themed, and is the third in their line of educational albums, following 2005's Here Come the ABCs and 2008's Here Come the 123s. It was nominated for the "Best Musical Album For Children" Grammy.

Background[edit]

The band began hinting that the next children's album would be science-themed via interviews around the release of 123s, but the actual title of the album was not confirmed until an August 2008 interview with John Flansburgh for Blogcritics Magazine. The album had been in production since at least late 2007, as a very short sample clip of the music video for the song "How Many Planets" was posted in January 2008 to Colourmovie's website. The band also hired a scientific consultant for this project because, as Flansburgh admitted, "frankly, I was a terrible science student in high school. My last memory of the periodic table was right before I lost consciousness."

Here Comes Science features the songs "I Am a Paleontologist" and "Speed and Velocity", on which bass guitarist Danny Weinkauf and drummer Marty Beller sing their own compositions (respectively). This idea has been a common theme for the band's children's albums, but has never been put in place on any of their adult-oriented albums. "I Am a Paleontologist" features spoken appearances from Weinkauf's two children, Lena and Kai.

"I Am a Paleontologist" was featured in a Payless ShoeSource commercial featuring kids inside a dinosaur museum.

As of 2013, the album has sold 32,000 copies in United States.

Track listing[edit]

The CD track listing is the same as the DVD track listing, with the exception of the bonus track "Waves", which is absent from the DVD.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Science Is Real"They Might Be Giants1:54
2."Meet the Elements"They Might Be Giants3:19
3."I Am a Paleontologist"Danny Weinkauf2:32
4."The Bloodmobile"They Might Be Giants2:21
5."Electric Car" (with Robin Goldwasser)They Might Be Giants3:22
6."My Brother the Ape"They Might Be Giants3:06
7."What Is a Shooting Star?"Louis Singer, Hy Zaret1:38
8."How Many Planets?"They Might Be Giants1:56
9."Why Does the Sun Shine?"Singer, Zaret2:36
10."Why Does the Sun Really Shine?"They Might Be Giants1:51
11."Roy G. Biv"They Might Be Giants2:07
12."Put It to the Test"They Might Be Giants1:41
13."Photosynthesis"They Might Be Giants1:59
14."Cells"They Might Be Giants2:41
15."Speed and Velocity"Marty Beller1:48
16."Computer Assisted Design"They Might Be Giants0:54
17."Solid Liquid Gas"They Might Be Giants1:28
18."Here Comes Science"They Might Be Giants0:16
19."The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space)"Tom W. Blackburn, George Bruns2:17
Total length:39:46
Amazon MP3 edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
20."Waves"They Might Be Giants1:32
Total length:41:18

Personnel[edit]

They Might Be Giants

Additional musicians

  • Robin Goldwasser - additional vocals on "How Many Planets?", "Electric Car", "The Bloodmobile", "Photosynthesis"
  • Hannah & Niffer Levine - additional vocals on "Computer Assisted Design"
  • Lena & Kai Weinkauf - additional vocals on "I Am A Paleontologist"
  • Dan Levine - trombone, bass trombone, arrangement, alto horn, euphonium
  • Stan Harrison - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute
  • Curt Ramm - trumpet, flugelhorn, trumpet solo
  • Michael Leonhart - trumpet, flugelhorn, mellophone
  • Jonathan Levine - piccolo, alto flute, alto saxophone, bass clarinet

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