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Why Does the Sun Shine? Single, Maxi, Import

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  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi, Import
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000005ITU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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They Might Be Giants ~ Why Does The Sun Shine / Jessic

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Let's not get too complex here. The title track is the sort of good humoured music other bands don't have the nerve to do. I sing this song to my small nephews and my niece. And my mother has used this tune at school for her 5 to 6 year olds. Try that with REM and the police will be calling. This song is in a similar vein to James K Polk on Factory Showroom: fun, finger tapping and, er, educational. Now that's value for money. And then we move onto a slightly extended version of Spy with its retro sounds. But perhaps the cream of the record is the excellent reworking of Jessica which some British readers will recognise as the theme tune to the motoring program, Top Clarkson. As well as being humourous and confident, the Giants are gifted arrangers. The set-up for Jessica is at once folksy and funky. The poignant and excellently sung Whirlpool finishes this odd and very special gem. I don't know what Whirlpool might be about, but if you've ever wondered if your life could be different, this is the song that expresses that odd fearful, sad wonder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Song 10 Mar. 2003
By Ken Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard the Sun Shine song on Dr. Demento many years ago. I thought it was a pretty cool song for describing the processes that go on in the sun. Somebody at work stirred me towards this EP, so I bought it. I'll have to admit, I like the title song the most, the rest not as much.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Mar. 2002
By H. Coffill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I liked their live version better. I probably won't listen to this again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does for astronomy what Potsie did for anatomy 25 Jan. 2002
By Kenton Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It worked for Potsie on Happy Days.
You remember the episode: Potsie, unable to memorize anatomical terms for a school test, writes a song called "Pump Your Blood" and subsequently passes the test with flying colors.
"Why Does the Sun Shine?", the title song from this EP, does for astronomy what "Pump Your Blood" did for anatomy. Sample: "The sun is a mass of incandescent gas/A gigantic nuclear furnace/Where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees." Everyone!
The glockenspiel-driven ditty is actually from a 1959 educational recording called Space Songs, and the Giants play it deadpan. The result is perhaps the most hilarious or annoying song of the band's catalogue, depending on your sense of humor.
The disc also includes a peppy, instrumental rendition of the Allman Brothers' "Jessica" and an accordion-based version of the Meat Puppets' "Whirlpool".
Ultimately, the EP is a fine between-albums stopgap, but it falls short of the band's insanely catchy originals.
If you're in the market for something to drive folks nuts at parties, or you're the Potsie of the astronomy set, this one's for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply charming 15 Dec. 2006
By R. Herriott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let's not get too complex here. The title track is the sort of good humoured music other bands don't have the nerve to do. I sing this song to my small nephews and my niece. And my mother has used this tune at school for her 5 to 6 year olds. Try that with REM and the police will be calling. This song is in a similar vein to James K Polk on Factory Showroom: fun, finger tapping and, er, educational. Now that's value for money. And then we move onto a slightly extended version of Spy with its retro sounds. But perhaps the cream of the record is the excellent reworking of Jessica which some British readers will recognise as the theme tune to the motoring program, Top Gear. As well as being humourous and confident, the Giants are gifted arrangers. The set-up for Jessica is at once folksy and funky. The poignant and excellently sung Whirlpool finishes this odd and very special gem. I don't know what Whirlpool might be about, but if you've ever wondered if your life could be different, this is the song that expresses that odd fearful, sad wonder.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much as it pains me -- 14 Aug. 2000
By J. T. Nite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It pains me to not recommend any TMBG album, but I have to disagree with consensus on this one. I liked this version of "Why does the sun shine?" unti I heard the faster, more rocked out version on "Severe Tire Damage." I liked the sparsely instrumented "Whirlpool," until I heard the 10-times better original. "Jessica" is fine, but not a compelling reason to buy an album. "Spy" is on John Henry, identical except for the improv at the end.
I would only recommend this to those who want everything TMBG's ever done. Kinda bugs me that this one is still available, but the GREAT EP's for "The Guitar" and "Istanbul" are not to be had.
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