February 3, 2009

Speeeck Of Doost Doost Doost

After listening to it on my wife's office colleague's iPod a couple of weeks ago, They Might Be Giants' song "Violin" from their No! album has become the kid's official anthem. It is just a bizarre song.

And since we usually listen to the album version linked above [which has some YouTuber's homebrewed animation], it's even more bizarre to watch a live performance of "Violin" in a bar full of yobs from Leeds doing the wave.


I don't know if you're a TMBG fan, but their first three albums (self titled, Lincon, Flood) were all pretty kid friendly and strangely silly, as was Apollo 11.

The line between TMBG's "kids" and "adults" music is a very thin one.

Not sure I love the Disney influence on the last couple kids albums that seem to take a leap into edutainment. My son probably learns as much from "Violin" and even "Triangle Man" than he does from "E Eats Everything." The combination of catchy tunes and funny, wordy lyrics throughout the TMBG catalog make so many of the songs great for fun and learning. I could do without the specific emphasis on letters and numbers. (But I guess parents feel better when they think their kids are learning.)

Our sons first word was "Mop".
4 1/2 years later I still have no idea what that song is about but he does a good job housekeeping.

This was my oldest son's first jam. He would say "dust" through the whole thing.

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