Release Date: Sep 8, 2009
Record label: Disney Sound
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Any inkling that They Might Be Giants had a future in crafting educational kids' songs came with 1994's "Why Does the Sun Shine?," so it's only fitting that after Here Come the ABC's and Here Come the 123's' success, John Linnell and John Flansburgh return to the subject that started it all: science. Here Comes Science covers everything from astronomy to evolution, mixing time-tested facts like the color spectrum with newer frontiers like electric cars. These songs are aimed at a slightly older audience than They Might Be Giants' previous Here Come...
They Might Be Giants first turned their always-catchy genre-hopping songwriting skills towards children on 2002’s No! To the band’s surprise, the album was wildly successful. This led to a (presumably lucrative) deal with kids’ music juggernaut Disney Sound, which got them better distribution and more exposure in the right places, particularly Playhouse Disney. They even won a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children for 2008’s Here Comes the 123’s.
For those of us that fell in love with They Might Be Giants as children (circa 1990's Flood), the duo served as our first introduction to alternative music. Sure, Pearl Jam and others got tagged as alternative, but those of us who spent hours laying in bed poring over those bizarre lyrics and listening to the tapes over and over—if you're one of us, you know who you are—had our own little secret about what alternative music really was. .