Here Come The 123s, New Kids Album by They Might Be Giants

Here Come The 123s

Here Come The 123s is the new kids album by They Might Be Giants, scheduled for release in February 2008. The CD/DVD is available for pre-order through Amazon. review by Tammy La Gorce

The release date is early February, but it’s hard to imagine a more hotly anticipated kids’ CD arriving all year. Here Come the 123s, the companion piece to 2005’s Here Come the ABCs, is among the buzziest properties to hit kid-land since Laurie Berkner started shaking things up in the late ’90s. That’s because the artists behind it are the kinds of geniuses who merit a thousand-page expose in The New Yorker but also know how to bust out a proper jam. The Johns–that’s John Flansburgh and John Linnell to the uninitiated–have accomplished what no other respected rock band has done with these discs: they’ve blown the lid off They Might Be Giants’ otherwise cultish fan base and brokered themselves a deal with a couple of generations. TMBG have made bright and extremely quirky pop songs out of stuff you learn in preschool (the ABCs and 123s), and 2- to 10-year-olds, as well as their clever, discriminating parents, get to feel good–and maybe learn something, too. Highlights on a CD/DVD package with nary a dud among its 24 audio tracks include the disco-dipped “High Five,” the funk-flecked, Dust Brothers-produced “Seven,” and the head-trippy but hugely sensible (think about it) “One Everything.”

Here’s the video for “High Five!”, one of the songs on the new album.

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.