Two follow-ups were released, in 2008 and in 2009. My 3, 5 and 7 year olds all get a kick out the funny songs, and love watching the silly videos. According to , it had sold 110,000 copies in the United States as of February 2008. Just as they've always done, there are wistful ballads and high octane rockers. Plus, it's not irritating for parents, like most kid music.
Forget about listening to Barney or the DoodleBops. The extras on the disk include some live performances of songs from No and The Spine and a few animated videos as well. It spent 22 weeks on the chart, peaking at 6 on March 5, 2005. One year old is a fun age to get them started on this. We started it when the 6 year old was 1. As for the songs, all are very entertaining and there are many standouts.
Of the 6 families who have received it so far, 5 love it and the other one doesn't count. Many of my friends that were fans started having kids and their children really enjoyed the infectious rhythms and melodies of They Might Be Giants songs. The album focuses on individual letters, learning the alphabet, and also reading and writing concepts. I love and sing along to all the songs and sit with her through each viewing of the videos; it's an activity that we both enjoy very much, and she seems genuinely interested in the content of the songs. They Might Be Giants are hands down the greatest children's band in the world.
Wouldn't you know that Disney Sound picks them up and viola! Although the audio-only release is considered to be They Might Be Giants' 11th studio album, some of the songs make little sense without their visual accompaniment. Bonus videos were included on the Amazon. Saw them live when our son was about 3 and it was probably the most fun concert we saw as a family. I was a fan in the early 90's when their only focus was on alternative rock. Based on the large success of the album, Disney commissioned a follow-up, , released in.
The production values remind me of early Wiggles: cardboard, spray painted sets, jerky video. Watching the letters helps them with letter recognition, too. For guest vocals on a few tracks, they turned to family: 's wife , and 's son, Henry. It's saved us many times, too. And, as the band's wonderful first children's album, , demonstrated, ' music speaks to kids in a way that few other bands' work can; they never sound like they're talking or singing down to their smaller fans. It also spent four weeks on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, where it reached 14 on March 12, 2005.
This is still a album, though, and the band's catchy melodies and smart wordplay haven't been dumbed down. A wonderful exercise in lunacy and education. I've been listening to their music since. . It appeals to them, but older kids love it, too.
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. While it was produced and released by , the band was reportedly given complete creative control over the project, which at the time was very unusual for Walt Disney Records, which had until then followed a strict artist control policy. I studied music for a long time and studied many different kinds of music and taken an interest in many artists, but for some reason They Might Be Giants winds up being at the top of my listening list again, over and over. Our kids are now 6, 4, and 1 year. They just like the silliness. Their humor and style seem to fit my personality. These two dvds are the only content we really ever let her watch, and they are the only videos that have ever kept her attention long enough - she listens and watches avidly, dances, claps.
It might be slightly less magical than , but it's a far cry from a by-the-numbers or letters children's album. We do Here Come the 123's for their 2nd birthday and that's fun too actually, I like the music even more on that one. My 3 year old can now recognize all the letters! But just like early Wiggles, my kids could care less how much was spent on the fx. . . . .