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They Might Be Giants are having a catchup sale, in which you can download three recent albums for $5 each. I haven't been listening to a great deal of TMBG lately, but I seized this opportunity to acquire Glean and Why?. I may yet go back for Phone Power.

Why?, like the earlier No!, is designed to be kid-friendly, but it is equally agreeable for big kids. I started laughing at the second line of the first song:
"Don't accidentally do things you'll later regret!
Oh, no, you did!"

Elsewhere, there's a meditation on things to do when I Am Invisible ("Did the cat turn on the dishwasher? No I’m holding his paw"), a celebration of different kinds of family in And Mom And Kid ("And dad and mom and kid and kid and grandad"), and Definition of Good, a sort of junior Reasons To Be Cheerful ("Cardboard box that a large appliance came in...Mixing pieces from two different board games...Thing that's stored in a larger version of itself").

To my joy, the album also contains a cover of Sixties favourite Walkin' My Cat Named Dog, accompanied by a cute video. So here you go!



You can listen to all of Why? here.
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Hate the Villanelle is something special.
Yes! It was seeing that there was a song called 'Hate the Villanelle' on Glean that convinced me to buy, and I was not disappointed.
I will give this a go! I have warmed to 'Walking My Cat Named Dog' recently after I learned that the original singer actually did have a cat called Dog (good old 'Sounds Of The Sixties'!).
My dad told me there was a theory the song was actually about a dog named Cat, i.e. a cat-named dog, but we both agreed this was an inferior idea.