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Here Come The ABCs
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
First released February 15, 2005
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Tracks 26 Last album The Spine
Label Idlewild / Disney Sound Length 34:45 Next album The Else

Here Come The ABCs is They Might Be Giants's eleventh studio album, and second full-length children's album. It was released on the band's own label, Idlewild, and Disney Sound on February 15, 2005.

Purchase[edit]

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CD/DVD (Amazon Exclusive) $11.88 Purchase
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CD (Amazon Exclusive) $11.73 Purchase
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MP3 $9.49 Purchase
AAC $9.99 Purchase
CD $20.00 Purchase

Description[edit]

Background[edit]

After the success of No!, the band's first children's album, TMBG signed with Disney to release their next full-length album for kids. The album focuses on individual letters, learning the alphabet, and also reading and writing concepts.

To accompany the CD, the band commissioned several artists, such as Divya Srinivasan, The Chopping Block, and others to create videos for the DVD. The DVD also introduced children to The Puppet Johns, who appeared in between-video segments and videos, and the Deeply Felt Puppet Theater. Bonus videos were included on the Amazon.com version of the DVD, and various bonus songs were included on Amazon.com and Best Buy versions of the CD.

Chart success[edit]

A chart showing the historical performance of Here Come The ABCs on the Billboard charts

Through its exposure from Playhouse Disney and other sources, the ABCs DVD quickly reached RIAA-certified Gold status, meaning that it had sold 50,000 copies, on April 29, 2005 (compare to music CDs, for which 500,000 copies must be sold to achieve Gold status). In 2012, the DVD reached Platinum status for selling 100,000 copies. It spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Top Kid Audio chart, peaking at #6 on March 5, 2005. It also spent four weeks on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, where it reached #14 on March 12, 2005. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it had sold 110,000 copies in the United States as of February 2008.

Accolades[edit]

The album was named by Amazon.com as the 13th Best Album of 2005 and the best Children's Music album of 2005:

They Might Be Giants use the letters as merely the connective tissue to pursue intriguing flights of fancy that consider everything from the power of letters and sounds to animal hijinks.

Here Come The ABCs also won Parenting Magazine’s Children’s DVD of the Year Award, as well as two National Parenting Publications Awards (NAAPA).

Based on the large success of the album, Disney commissioned a follow-up, Here Come The 123s, released in 2008.

DVD track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Here Come The ABCs (DVD Version) 0:25

 

N/A
2 Alphabet Of Nations 1:26

 

3 E Eats Everything 2:43

 

4 Flying V 1:34

 

5 I Am A Robot 1:29

 

N/A
6 Q U 1:09

 

7 Go For G! 1:14

 

8 Pictures Of Pandas Painting 2:07

 

9 D & W 1:37

 

10 Fake-Believe 1:51

 

11 Can You Find It? 2:55

 

12 Introducing The Vowel Family 0:11

 

N/A
13 The Vowel Family 1:59

 

14 A To Z 0:28

 

N/A
15 Letter / Not a Letter 1:08

 

N/A
16 Letter Shapes 1:22

 

17 Alphabet Lost And Found 2:49

 

18 I C U 1:49

 

19 I Am A Robot (Type B) 0:56

 

N/A
20 John And John Introduce... ? 
N/A
N/A
21 Who Put The Alphabet In Alphabetical Order? 1:25

 

22 Rolling O 1:26

 

N/A
23 L M N O 1:43

 

24 Introducing C Is for Conifers ? 
N/A
N/A
25 C Is For Conifers 2:37

 

26 Fake-Believe (Type B) 1:56

 

N/A
27 A To Z (Type B) 0:29

 

N/A
28 D Is For Drums 2:21

 

N/A
29 Introducing ZYX ? 
N/A
N/A
30 Z Y X 1:21

 

31 Goodnight My Friends 0:25

 

N/A
32 Here Come The ABCs 0:11

 

33 Introducing The Bonus Tracks ? 
N/A
N/A
34 Clap Your Hands 1:22

 

35 Violin 3:33

 

N/A
36 Stalk Of Wheat 1:19

 

N/A
37 Here In Higglytown
Theme to Playhouse Disney's Higglytown Heroes
0:57

 


CD track listing[edit]

The Here Come The ABCs CD
# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Here Come The ABCs 0:11

 

2 Alphabet Of Nations 1:26

 

3 E Eats Everything 2:43

 

4 Flying V 1:34

 

5 Q U 1:09

 

6 Go For G! 1:14

 

7 Pictures Of Pandas Painting 2:07

 

8 D & W 1:37

 

9 Fake-Believe 1:51

 

10 Can You Find It? 2:55

 

11 The Vowel Family 1:59

 

12 Letter / Not a Letter 1:08

 

N/A
13 Alphabet Lost And Found 2:49

 

14 I C U 1:49

 

15 Letter Shapes 1:22

 

16 Who Put The Alphabet In Alphabetical Order? 1:25

 

17 Rolling O 1:26

 

N/A
18 L M N O 1:43

 

19 C Is For Conifers 2:37

 

20 Fake-Believe (Type B) 1:56

 

N/A
21 D Is For Drums 2:21

 

N/A
22 Z Y X 1:21

 

23 Goodnight My Friends 0:25

 

N/A
24 Clap Your Hands
Bonus Track
1:22

 

25 Here In Higglytown
(Theme to Higglytown Heroes) (Bonus Track)
0:57

 

26 Hovering Sombrero '05
(Exclusive Amazon Bonus Track) / I Never Go To Work (Exclusive Best Buy Bonus Track)
1:27

 

N/A

DVD/CD combo[edit]

For the combo tracklisting, see Here Come The ABCs/Combo Track Listing.

After the initial success of the separate DVD and CD releases of ABCs, Disney released a new DVD/CD combo version of the set through Amazon on October 25, 2005, containing additional videos on the DVD (a different video for "I C U", and exclusive in-studio performances of "Robot Parade" and "Sleepwalkers"), and both exclusive CD bonus tracks in one place ("I Never Go To Work" and "Hovering Sombrero '05").

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