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They Might Be Scientists

22 Jul 2009, 20:42 UTC
They Might Be Scientists
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Quirky pop band They Might Be Giants have come a long way from playing underground clubs on New York City's Lower East Side, having been featured on MTV and penning the title song for the TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. They've also delved into the world of children's music, releasing Here Come the ABCs in 2005 and Here Come the 123s in 2008 in DVD/CD sets. And how they're all set to release Here Comes Science, with catchy tunes about the periodic table, photosynthesis, the planets, the color spectrum and more. It seems like a natural venue for TMBG's John Flansburgh and John Linnell, since one of their best-known tunes is "Why Does the Sun Shine?", containing the immortal lyrics, "Oh, the sun is a mass of incandescent gas/A giant nuclear furnace..." Well, it turns out that science has come a long way since the tune was originally written (by Tom Glazer, not by TMBG, who covered it). So they've updated the tune for the new children's album, "Why Does the Sun _Really_ Shine?" The critical change in the lyrics: "Oh, the sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma..." Hmmm. I'm not convinced it scans quite as well. This ...

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