Kidding Around With They Might Be Giants

John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants have always had a lot of fun being pop stars, and they’ve officially been pop stars for a whopping 30 years. The duo is known for whimsical lyrics and catchy tunes, (“A Little Birdhouse for Your Soul” anyone?) so their success in the realm of kids’ music has not only been unsurprising but also a welcome addition to the genre for parents who want to listen along with their kids, and well, not have to pretend to play along.

On January 28, UCLA Live presents a return appearance from They Might Be Giants in an afternoon performance the whole family can enjoy. A few tickets are still available for TMBG’s Family Show at Royce Hall (doors 2 pm, showtime 3 pm). Find out more and purchase seats here.

TMBG launched into kids’ music with the 2002 release of the album No! with a tracklist of songs celebrating imagination like “Robot Parade,” “Where do they Make Balloons,” “I Am a Grocery Bag” and more.


In 2005 the Giants released the well-received Here Come the ABCs replete with zippy tracks geared toward kids who are trying learning the alphabet. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Children’s Music charts, won two National Parenting Publications Awards and Amazon.com called it “the best Children’s Music album of 2005” and the 13th best overall album of 2005.


The duo followed up that success three years later with the release of Here Come The 123s, another Giants-branded installment of musical edutainment, this one with snappy songs starring numbers. The album won a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Musical Album for Children.


The group’s most recent kids’ album is the Grammy-nominated Here Comes Science, released in 2009 and housed with such fun science-themed ditties as “Meet the Elements,” “How Many Planets,” “Solid Liquid Gas” and many more.

“Here Comes Science is not just a great introduction to the discipline for youngsters; it’s a body-rocking listen for Generation iPod,”Wired Magazine praised the album upon its release.

They Might Be Giants brought the house down with lively performances of the energizing songs from these albums at their last sold-out UCLA Live appearance. Join the eclectic pop duo for what is sure to be another lively afternoon that will go down in confetti history.