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Rock is The Alphabeticians debut album. Recorded between March and November 2010 at Kid's Recording Studio in West Linn, Oregon.

It was named one of the Top 10 Debut Kids CDs of 2011 by Zooglobble, one of the top national Kid's Music websites. They also picked the song "Metaphor" as one of the top 25 songs for 2011.

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released 24 December 2010

Mr. E (Eric Levine): Vocals, guitars, keyboards, cricket, thighs, drum, kazoo, maraca, shaker
Mr. Hoo (Jeff Inlay): Vocals, guitars, keyboards, loops, thighs, tambourine

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The Alphabeticians Portland, Oregon

Self made millionaires seeking out vigilante justice from a cave? No. Huge, scary, reptilian beasts from an ancient time? No. Space travelers from the other side of the universe trapped here because their ship ran out of fuel? Maybe, but no. Then who, or more precisely, what are The Alphabeticians? They are 2 guys (Mr. Hoo & Mr. E) who love playing quirky, funny, upbeat songs for kids & families. ... more

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Track Name: The Alphabetician's Theme Song
A B C D
Don’t forget Mr. E
And what would we do without you Mr. Hoo?
Hi, we’re The Alphabeticians
Which means we’re kinda magicians
With the Alphabet and Icians

Say you and Jay are on the swings
Or hanging from the Oval rings
You can take the alphabet and sing it backwards

For ABC, we are your men
From NME to LFN
Anemone to Zebra
Oh the things we’ll say
When we play with the alphabet all day
The Alphabeticians
Track Name: I Want a Bag
I want a bag to put my stuff in
Then I would have everything that I want, that I need
I want a bag

Laundry, grocery, diaper bag, garbage bag
Bag of toys, book bag, sleeping bag, it’s in the bag

Hoooo ah hoooo

I want a bag to put my stuff in
Then I would have everything that I want, that I need
I want a bag

Hit the bag, punching bag, bag lady, big bag
Bag of bagels, Bilbo Baggins, let the cat out of the bag

Hoooo ah hoooo
Track Name: Up With Daddy
Down, down, down, down
Always on the ground
I live on my knees
I see your shoes are checkered Vans
That's cool Spicoli
I learn to stand on my own too slowly

I wanna be up with daddy now
I wanna be up with daddy now
I wanna be high like the buzz of the bees
I just wanna see what everyone else sees

Fe fi fo no!
Don't send me to bed
You're watching basketball and calling all your friends
But I'm not sleepy
I swear that I'm not sleepy
I rub my eyes but I'm not sleepy
I (yawn) sleepy

I wanna be up with daddy now
I wanna be up with daddy now
I wanna be high like the buzz of the bees
I just wanna see what everyone else sees

My dad's so tall
He sees it all
When I'm up there
The air is rare
I fly

From my nest
This world's the best
So please excuse me
While I kiss the sky

Down, down, down, down
Still down on the ground
Still down on my knees
I see your shoes still checkered Vans
Still cool Spicoli
I learn to stand on my own still slowly

I wanna be up with daddy now
I wanna be up with daddy now
I wanna be high like the buzz of the bees
I just wanna see what everyone else sees
Track Name: Hoo's Afraid of the ABCs?
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N O P
Q R S T U V
W X Y and Z

Now backwards:

Z Y X W V U T
S R Q P O N M
L K J I H G
F E D C B A
Track Name: Metaphor
A metaphor’s a way to say the way a thing is seeming
Instead of saying “smiling”, you can say that one is “beaming”
And so make a comparison: that person is the sun
We know they’re not, but we forgot how much they act like one

When you describe the beauty of the world as something more
You use a metaphor

A metaphor can help us to explain just what we’re feeling
It helps us share, enhances, without being too revealing
And in so doing we can see the truth below the bottom
We get to understand ourselves, thank metaphors we’ve got ‘em

When you describe the beauty of the world as something more
You use a metaphor

It’s a tasty song, but you can’t eat it
She’s an open book, but you can’t read it
It’s a house of cards, but you don’t live there
It’s a dog eat dog world and you’ve got milk bone underwear

A simile’s a comparison that uses “as” or “like”
A metaphor is similar, but goes straight for the mic
It loudly and directly says a thing is something else
A helpful lie it hopes will clarify the thing itself

When you describe the beauty of the world as something more
You use a metaphor

It’s a tasty song, but you can’t eat it
She’s an open book, but you can’t read it
It’s a house of cards, but you don’t live there
It’s a dog eat dog world and you’ve got milk bone underwear
Track Name: When I Throw Up
When I throw up
My mouth is a muzzle of bees
Sometimes it makes me sneeze
Sometimes some throw up comes out of my nose
But throw up could be other things I suppose

When I throw up my hands it means I’m bored
When I throw up my arms it means we scored
We scored!
No one is bored when I throw up

When I throw up
It makes me wanna cry
I wonder ‘why oh why’
I want water I call my mom or my dad
But throw up doesn’t always have to be so sad

When I throw up my hands it means I’m bored
When I throw up my arms it means we scored
We scored!
No one is bored when I throw up

When I throw up to be a man
Track Name: Dishwasher Safe
They told me it was dishwasher safe, but is it?
Said that it was dishwasher safe,
how can it be?
Is anybody dishwasher safe
Really truly, in this world
Dishwasher safe
Really truly, in this world
Dishwasher safe
Dishwasher safe
Track Name: Monsters
Monsters follow you around everywhere
They’ve got mean green eyes, they have garbage hair
Monsters reach for you with creepy paws
They’ve got stinky breath, they’ve got viscous jaws

They will come for you
The monsters will get you

Monsters live under your bed at night
With their evil plans and their creepy eyes
In your closet, that’s the place they live
They eat everything
They do not forgive

They will come for you
The monsters will get you
Here come the monsters!
Track Name: Shout the ABCs!
A B C
D E F
G H I
J K L
M N O
P Q R
S T U
V W
X Y Z

Now backwards

Z Y X
W V
U T S
R Q P
O N M
L K J
I H G
F E D
C B A
Track Name: So Small
Once, I was so small
You could breathe me in like a speck of dust
And once, I was so small
I could fit into your sock, I could sit inside your pocket
And once, I was so small
I could float in the palm of your hand

Now I am big, even though I was once a kid
You'll be big too, bigger than 4 foot 2
We all grow grow grow from our head down to our toes
You're growing now I don't know how
Makes my head spin now let's all sing wow

Wow, wow, wow, woooooooow

Once, you were so small
I could drink you down like a grain of sand
And once, you were so small
You could swim in a single drop of rain
And once, you were so small
You could float in the palm of my hand

Now you are big, even though you are still a kid
You'll grow even more, bigger than 4 foot 4
We all grow grow grow from our feet up to our nose
You're growing now I don't know how
Makes my head spin now let's all sing wow

Wow, wow, wow, woooooooow
Track Name: Eric Saw Peter Buck's Girlfriend and then he saw Peter Buck
Eric saw Peter Buck's girlfriend
And then he saw Peter Buck.
Track Name: Binary
There's only two number in binary
Just like red and white wine at a winery
An example is here, to make it all clear:

A three looks like an 11 and 111 is seven
There's no other numbers, 'cept for zeroes and ones
Zeroes and ones, zeroes and ones

If you don't understand binary
Then you can't work at an oil refinery
I'm only kidding that's just a joke
But if you work there you better not smoke

Computers use it to talk to each other
Just don't use it to talk to your mother
She won't understand, neither will I
You don't need binary to make a pie

But you can still make pi in binary
We looked it up on the internet
Some say it’s morally inappropriate
It goes: 11.0010010000111111 etc.
It goes on like that for really long
We’ll have to tell you more about it in another song

A three looks like an 11 and a two looks like a ten.
There's no other numbers 'cept for zeroes and ones
Zeroes and ones, zeroes and ones
Zeroes and ones, zeroes and ones
Zeroes and ones, zeroes and ones
Zeroes and ones, zeroes and ones
Zeroes and ones, zeroes and ones
Track Name: Ichthyosaurus
Fish

I'm an Ichthyosaurus baby, I'm a fish in the sea.
You're gonna have to swim a long long time
before you ever catch a glimpse of me
'Cause I'm an Ichthyosaurus
I'm an Ichthyosaurus
I'm an Ichthyosaurus
I'm an Ichthyosaurus

I don't wear a hat in the laundromat
'Cause I'm an Ichthyosaurus.

Teeth

I'm an Ichthyosaurus baby, I've got great big teeth
Most of them are up above,
but some of them are underneath
'Cause I'm an Ichthyosaurus
I'm an Ichthyosaurus
I'm an Ichthyosaurus
I - C - H - T - H - Y osaurus

I don't wear a hat in the laundromat
'Cause I'm an Ichthyosaurus.

Ichthyosaurus says this song is gonna end in 12 bars
Ichthyosaurus says this song is gonna end in 8 bars
Ichthyosaurus says this song is gonna end in 4 bars
Ichthyosaurus says this song is gonna end
right
now
Track Name: Terrible Terrible Morning
Open your eyes it's the terrible terrible morning.
Track Name: Now I'm Gonna Be In Your Band
Forgive forget for friends we are forever far away from feeling lonely anymore

Sharing is hard, sharing is fine
You got instruments, I got time
It is good to understand:
Art and life don't go as planned

Now I'm gonna be in your band
Now I'm gonna be in your band
We could go to school there's a whole new playground
Everyone make room in the sand, for our band

Sometimes Paul says rude things
Leo grabs, Simon swings
We all fall, we all sing
Stick together that's the thing

Now I'm gonna be in your band
Now I'm gonna be in your band
We could go to school there's a whole new playground
Everyone make room in the sand, for our band

Forgive forget for friends we are forever far away from feeling lonely anymore
Track Name: Scale the ABCs
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Track Name: Monkey on my Shirt
There's a monkey on my shirt and he's playing guitar
a monkey on my shirt he's playing guitar
I've got a monkey on my shirt he's playing guitar
There's a monkey on my shirt and he's playing guitar
If you've never seen a monkey playing guitar
Then you've never seen my shirt

Let's all play the guitar, play the guitar
Let's all play the guitar, play the guitar

There's a robot on my shoe and he's beating the drums
I've got a robot on my shoe and he's beating a drum
a robot on my shoe he's beating the drums
There's a robot on my shoe and he's beating the drums
If you've never seen a robot playing the drums
Well look down at my shoe

Let's all beat on the drums, beat on the drum
Let's all beat on the drums, beat on the drum

There's a t-rex on my lunch box playing kazoo
There's a t-rex on my lunch box he's playing kazoo
I've got a t-rex on my lunch box playing kazoo
There's a t-rex on my lunch box playing kazoo
If you've been listening to this song
then you should know what to do

Let's all play the kazoo, play the kazoo
Let's all play the kazoo, play the kazoo

There's a monkey on my shirt and he's playing guitar
There's a robot on my shoe and he's beating the drums
T-rex on my lunch box playing kazoo
Now looks we've go instruments
we should make a band
Yeah we've got our instruments
let's make a band
Let's all play in the band

Let's all play in the band, play in the band
Let's all play in the band, play in the band
Let's all play in the band, play in the band
Let's all play in the band, play in the band
Track Name: Closing Theme
W X Y Z
Here's goodbye from Mr. E
Ooh Toodleoo to you too, Mr. Hoo
Bye from The Alphabeticians
And now you're Alphabeticians too
And we know you like the alphabet

Say you and Jay are on the swings
Or hanging from the Oval rings
You can take the alphabet and sing it backwards

For ABC, we are your men
From NME to LFN
Anemone to Zebra
Oh the things we’ll say
When we play with the alphabet all day
The Alphabeticians