Why You (and your kids) Should Be Listening to They Might Be Giants

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If you haven't heard of They Might Be Giants first let me educate you, because you need to know who they are before you learn why you (and your kids) should be listening to them right?

Formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, They Might Be Giants is an alternative rock band, but don't be put off because more recently they've been known for their children's music and TV/movie theme music.

One of their songs I'm absolutely certain you will have heard (if you're of a certain age) is Birdhouse in Your Soul.




I remember loving that song when I was a kid!

So why do I think you should be listening to them?

Well it's all about their children's music - it's nothing like regular children's music. There's no nursery rhymes, and it's not nonsense (at least some of it it isn't), it's educational!

Stealth Education


One of our boys' favourite albums is entitled Here Comes Science and it is great. Both boys have learnt real science because of They Might Be Giants music. On this album they have songs about the solar system, the sun, elements, and science experiments. I've even learned things!

Check out Meet the Elements...




My boys have learned the sequence of planets in our solar system thanks to They Might Be Giants and this:



And for all the scientists in the house there's "Put it to the Test".



They Might Be Giants are a regular feature in our car journeys and the kids love their music.

The Hubby came up with a great term for their music that I had to steal, "stealth education". The kids love the music and they don't realise they're learning. BP and LP have listened to this particular album hundreds of times and have learned so much that they wouldn't have come across until they got to into High School. 

Of course these songs are a little advanced for younger children, and They Might Be Giants have you covered with albums like "No!", "Here Come the 1, 2, 3's" and "Here Come the A, B, C's".

No! has a lot of nonsense songs but they're entertaining, even for adults. Saying that though there are a couple of songs that are educational, including "Where do they make Balloons?". In that song they sing about where things come from.

For Fun


TMBG also did a Friday podcast back in 2008 in which they shared a video for a couple of their songs, both LP and BP loved watching these. Even now they still go back and watch them occasionally. 

And the TV themes I was talking about? Check this out...



Surprised?

When I learned that They Might Be Giants sang this theme tune I was surprised, but then when you actually listen it makes sense.

If you spend any time listening to They Might Be Giants I think you'll enjoy it just as much as we do, and you can use "stealth education" with your children!

I'd love to hear what you think of They Might Be Giants.

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33 comments:

  1. This is really a great idea. I've never heard about 'They Might Be Giants' prior to now, so thanks for this.

    We previously used the 'Rock N Learn' series for our boys and they benefited greatly from that.

    It really is a welcome idea considering all the 'nonsensical nonsense' that pervades the air space.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

    Loving you from #PoCoLo

    Cheers,

    Abiola
    www.biolaleye.com

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    1. Thank you, hope you enjoy listening. x

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  2. I knew they did the Mickey Mouse theme but had no idea about all the science songs - my kids will love these. Totally agree about sneaking education in without them realising! #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks Catherine, there's loads of music that's educational but I think along with the tunes and lyrics They Might Be Giants are amongst the best!

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  3. I love Birdsong in your Soul :) ... and what a brilliant way to get kids into science. It's not quite rap enough for my teenage boys but I know stealth education works as they are big fans of the Big Bang Theory and have gone off to investigate science from the back of that. AS for me, I might not know exactly what string theory is but at least I know it exists!

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    1. Haha, no I don't think it's great for teenage boys! I guess I'm lucky to have got this in before BP is too old. :)

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  4. We love They Might be Giants and always have Science, the ABCs and 123s on in our car! As far as kids' music goes, they're the best albums by far, for adult listeners too. Haven't heard No yet though - will have to check it out!

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    1. No is great, it's more nonsensical but very entertaining when you listen to the lyrics. :)

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  5. I am so familiar with the Mickey Mouse theme but this is the first time that I have heard of the They Might Be Giants.

    Stealth education is so effective I think. I never really liked studying beyond school as a child but I would appreciate some help in learning through songs.

    #pocolo

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    1. There's lots of videos on Youtube that you could check out, They Might Be Giants have great podcast videos and music videos, and it's all educational. :)

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  6. I used to love singing along to the mickey mouse clubhouse theme but had no idea who was behind it. A birdhouse in the sky is one of those songs that take me back to a time and place when I was rather younger x

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  7. I hadn't heard of this before and I've just asked my son to search for it and that its something for him to have a look at. Thanks, its a really good resource.

    Mainy

    #PoCoLo

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    1. Glad to have helped, I hope your son enjoys watching. :)

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  8. I remember this band from my own childhood. In fact, I think I first heard their music on an episode of Tiny Toons. I can remember "Istanbul" and "Particle Man" and it was amusing enough that I bought the album when I was older. I haven't thought of them in ages.

    My daughter and I groove to School House Rocks :) Great post. #weekendblogshare

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    1. Haha, yes Istanbul and Particle Man are great! I don't think I've ever seen School House Rocks, I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

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  9. I remember hearing these guys quite a while back, but will confess that I forgot all about them. Thanks for the reminder. I'll bet my kid would love them

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    1. You're welcome Jeremy, I hope your kid has fun listening. xx

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  10. I LOVE 'Birdhouse in your Soul' and know every single word, every single instrumental! Will definitely have to get into stealth education!

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    1. It's definitely the way to go Carol, my boys love it and have learned so much! :)

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  11. I never heard of this group but I actually like their music myself. This is a refreshing change to the usual kiddie music we hear all day long. I am going to let my #3 listen and see what he says, whether he gives it a thumbs up or down? #Pocolo

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    1. Oh definitely, I'd love to hear what he thinks! :)

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  12. Hi Morgan, I had what I think was They Might Be Giants first album with their single Birdhouse In Your Soul on it. I loved it as it was quirky. I didn't even know they were still around and thought that was their only album.

    My two do have a pretty diverse taste in music, but I think they would fall about laughing if I asked them what they thought of Birdhouse In Your Soul. Could be worth a try.

    xx

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    1. Hehe, I think older children might find it funny rather than educational but we do love it! It's always worth listening to just for the entertainment value. :)

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  13. I love They Might Be Giants. I shall go dig the CD out now :)

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  14. I'm aware of the existence of They Might Be Giants, but didn't know much about them. This is a really good idea - will have to remember this for when the kids are older & stealth educate them too! #PoCoLo

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    1. Definitely. BP and LP have been listening to these albums ever since they were toddlers, I think that's why they love it so much. They know the music and when they got old enough to actually listen to the lyrics they learned too. It's a great resource. :)

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  15. Totally familiar with They Might Be Giants - Grace is always singing Birdhouse in Your Soul! #PoCoLo

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  16. Ah that song, blast from the past! And stealth education sounds good, I think we all learn more when learning is fun #pocolo

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    1. I couldn't agree more Steph, it's definitely easier to take it in when the learning is fun! :)

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  17. Not to put too finer point on it........I had heard of this when researching for my new teaching post, but Disney and pop songs are banned from the school I teach in as it's an Arabic/Muslim school and my kids are way too old now, but i love the song and i'm listening to it now as i type

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    1. Hehe, it's great isn't it? What a shame that the songs are banned. Hope you enjoyed listening. xx

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