Talk:Here Comes Science

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Danny's ASCAP[edit]

Sifting through Danny Weinkauf's ASCAP listings I came across a few songs that may have been written for this album: "The Moon is Made of Cheese" and "Paleontologist". Both songs have TMBG listed as the only performer and sound like they have to do with science. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:20, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Yay ASCAP/BMI! ~ magbatz 06:55, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
Maybe The Moon Is Made Of Cheese will be on Kids Go!, since it didn't make the cut on this album?? --Duke33 15:43, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm guessing this Kids Go book/EP will be about kids being active... my thought is that other than new songs on the topic or getting kids excited to go play, I might expect that PBS song Kids Go! and any similar songs. But maybe a couple of the songs that didn't make it to Science will be released as an iTunes or Amazon bonus track. Maybe even as Easter Eggs on the DVD? ~ magbatz 20:17, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
Just to tie up a loose end on this thread, Danny's moon song was eventually released on his solo debut, No School Today, in 2014. --MisterMe (talk) 15:51, 1 September 2016 (EDT)


Evolution is controversial?! What next? Will everyone be arguing as to whether gravity exists? Since Evolution is pretty much an accepted scientific fact(like gravity), it's hard to see how anyone(except for a small segment of society) would see it as controversial. Kudos for including it on the album. There's no need to be treating it as something that we shouldn't teach children or talk about with them. -CaptainCaustic 18:00, January 9, 2009

Okay, although I agree with you, I think this is precisely what the band didn't want to happen with this album. -AtionSong 15:10, 10 January 2009 (UTC)
Nobody in my town believes in evolution. Freaking conservatives. -Yamfox 10:59, June 20, 2009

My mom doesn't like My Brother the Ape... I lie about the interpretation and say that it's about similarities in DNA of all living creatures. When clearly it's about evolution. --Nerdy4ever95 01:01, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Is your mother aware that Earth organisms have similar genetic material because of common descent? -- 14:08, 16 February 2010 (UTC)
Hence "I lie." Apollo 14:38, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

Shooting Star[edit]

They have to re-record A Shooting Star Is Not A Star. At least as a bonus track. Please? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:01, January 19, 2009

Ta-Dah! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Magbatz (talkcontribs) 16:17, July 12, 2009


"Paleontologist" and "I Am A Paleontologist" are probably the same thing. --IP address 20:35, May 22, 2009

"The periodic table, photosynthesis, the color spectrum, the scientific method, paleontology" So, paleontology is I Am a Paleontologist and color spectrum is Roy G. Biv. What are the other three? — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:58, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
"the scientific method" probably pairs up with either the song "The Scientists" for which we only know the title or the song about Nikola Tesla... or they could be the same song (I hope not though-- was looking forward to something neater about Tesla). The first two, I have no clue. I am hoping the periodic table lives up to its potential (whatever that may be), and also that the photosynthesis song is more clever than I fear, just a bloodmobilesque song detailing a process. While I'm half on the subject, though, may I just plead, PLEASE BRING BACK THE BLOODBOAT, TMBG. ~ magbatz 03:34, June 21, 2009
Photosynthesis is Photosynthesis while sciencentific method is Put It To The Test Periodic table is Meet The Elements --Nerdy4ever95 01:01, 29 December 2009 (UTC)
Oh hey. Turns out I made a correct prediction about the photosynthesis song. And I still wish there were a Tesla song. ~ magbatz 01:13, 29 December 2009 (UTC)
Well, as well all know by know, there is. :-) --MisterMe (talk) 15:51, 1 September 2016 (EDT)


I guess we can rule Asterisk out as a potential animator, according to their blog. --Duke33 15:44, 19 March 2009 (UTC)


Just to let everyone know, I fixed up the wikipedia page a bit, could someone upload the album art, Id dunno how? -[[Lachlan_is 02:45, July 5, 2009

Done. -Yamfox 00:17, July 7, 2009

WDtSS new page title?[edit]

This isn't something we've had to really deal with in the past, where a TMBG song has two entirely different album-level studio recordings, so there's room for debate about how we should name the page title. Right now it's set to be [[Why Does The Sun Shine? (Re-recording)]], but I'm considering [[Why Does The Sun Shine? (2009)]], as it's a little less confusing. But does anyone have any other ideas? We've got almost two months until the page needs to be created. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 14:41, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Why Does The Sun Shine? (Here Comes Science Version)? Or even just (Science Version) if that's too long? There are already pages for re-recordings like Violin (ABCs Version); it's not a big leap. ~ blitzente (talk) 14:45, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
I do like "(Science Version)", I suppose. I'd forgotten about our using "ABCs Version". Maybe that's the way to go. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 14:47, 7 July 2009 (UTC)


If both the CD tracklist and DVD tracklist are the same, I think it would be better aesthetically to just have one track listing for both. ~ magbatz 12:46, 20 July 2009 (UTC)


I think we can add Divya Srinivasan to the list of potential animators. If you watch the demo reel on her site, there are clips from what seem to be videos for Roy G. Biv and a new one for Bloodmobile. --HerRoyalFlyness 19:07, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

Run Time[edit]

How exactly does the wiki have runtime? Advance copy that someone has?? -Goodtimes2 17:08, August 25, 2009

Yes -- Jason DeLima - ! - 22:17, 25 August 2009 (UTC) Sales Rank[edit]

Wow, Here Comes Science is now the #2 best selling album on all of! --Duke33 13:41, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

iTunes Release[edit]

Is there any word on what is going at at iTunes? You still can't download the album as a whole, only the individual songs and vids and the band's site said the videos were going to be free but they are charging $1.49 for them. A new message just went up on announcing that the album is available on iTunes and says the the "partial album" listing is a glitch and that what it there is the entire album but says nothing about the fact that it's not available to download as an album. I'm just trying to decide if I should suck it up and get it all individually (because I am not waiting until sometime next week for my Amazon CD to finally appear) or if it is going to change at some point today. --BlueCanary 15:30, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Unicorns and Stuff[edit]

The Johns are fans. --badqueso 16:47, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

There are also two mentions of elves. But that one's on the nitpicky side of things. ~ magbatz 17:44, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that and was disappointed there was no second showing (second coming?) of angels. --badqueso 21:52, 6 September 2009 (UTC) MP3 Bonus Track![edit]

Has anyone else noticed that MP3 has a bonus track for the album called "Waves"? I'm going to add it to the track listing in a minute, but I figured I would mention it here first! ~Drew

Also, someone should put a message about this on the main page (before it potentially goes to "album only"!) and set up a link to buy the MP3 album from Amazon. I'd do it, but I'm not sure how to do it to make sure that gets a referral fee, etc., so I figure I should leave it for someone else to do . . . ~Drew
Thanks, Magbatz and Duke33! ~Drew

Fact Checker[edit]

The "fact checker" for the album is Eric Siegel. This is great, because that is my name ^_^ --Rocket 18:59, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Nielsen SoundScan[edit]

According to this post, it looks like the album has sold 13,484 copies to date. For anyone that was curious: [1]. --Duke33 18:37, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

17,863 this week: [2] --Duke33 18:49, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
Oh, and for anyone that's interested. I did the math, and i figured that during september (including pre-sales), TMBW.Net directly sold 1.7% of all of the copies of HCS. That's pretty impressive in my opinion.--Duke33 18:49, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
WOW. That is great! Go TMBW! ~ magbatz 22:41, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
Here's the latest #'s that I've got on the total album sales: 200 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS HERE COMES SCIENCE 3235 -26 4379 21098 [3] --Duke33 10:47, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

DVD Subtitles? No?[edit]

Is it just my windows media player, or does this album lack subtitles?

Wouldn't subtitles be a great idea for helping children learn how to read by learning the song's lyrics to the video?

Anyways. Am I wrong? Are there subtitles on the DVD? --SoreThumb 23:24, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

No They Might Be Giants DVDs have subtitles, for whatever reason. - 19:33, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

DVD won't load on my MacBook Pro...[edit]

Thought my Superdrive was broken because the DVD would spin.stop.spin.stop.spin and eject. So guess I'm glad that it's just that the DVD media isn't readable. The kid will have to watch it on the TV...

Song intros[edit]

A question (sorry if it's been covered before)... Would it make sense to transcribe the song intros by The Scientist Johns? After all, the podcasts all get transcribed, including Podcast 39 with the intro to I Am A Paleontologist. I'm sure there are inquiring minds out there who want to know what They're saying about Rudolf Carnap or the International Astronomical Union (which Flans calls the International Astrological Union).

(Guess we could transcribe The Puppet Johns' intros from "ABCs" and "123s" while we're at it, though those are less interesting.) --Octoflange 00:31, 27 August 2011 (EDT)

Eh. Seems unnecessary to me. It's not like they're actual parts of the songs. If the inquiring minds want to know they can get the DVDs and watch them themselves. --Self Called Nowhere 02:29, 27 August 2011 (EDT)


Just realized this is up above already. But that was over a decade ago. And the ABCs have intros marked, but Science doesn't? I get that 123s doesn't have them, because they are after every single song, but the ones on this album are actually funny! I even thought up names for each of them!

  • Welcome To Our Musical Laboratory (Science Is Real Intro)
  • Dinosaur Bones (I Am A Paleontologist Intro)
  • Labcoat At The Cleaners (Bloodmobile Intro)
  • Going Green (Electric Car Intro)
  • This Is Not My Brother (Or A Real Ape) (My Brother The Ape Intro)
  • Storytime 1: Pizza (How Many Planets Intro)
  • Storytime 2: Color Spectrum (Roy G Biv Intro)
  • Joke (Photosynthesis Intro)
  • Superspeed And Velocity Guy (Speed And Velocity Intro)
  • Video Games (Computer Assisted Design Intro)

I do really think we should make these. Or, at the very least, include the dialogue from them in brackets or something on the lyric pages that each one belongs to.--You&Me!! (talk) 09:26, 29 January 2022 (EST)

Agreed. Especially considering the Venue Songs ones have their own song pages. --ColorOfInfinity (talk) 23:18, 29 January 2022 (EST)