The album starts and ends with different versions of the title track. Packed in the middle are eight tracks that are not only enjoyable, but entirely too educational. Imagine a beat poet inspired by the offbeat instrumentation of They Might Be Giants with the informativeness of a School House Rock! song and you'll start to imagine what Alan Cohen has in store for you. The album is aptly titled as you'll hear about such figures as Nelson Mandela (offered below), Che Guevara (hear the iconic Che's song below), Fidel Castro, and Ned Ludd (in a reinterpretation of a historic folk ballad which was also once covered by Chumbawamba), and historical events such as the French, Industrial, and Digital Revolutions. More historical information hasn't been brought together since Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire.
Although at times some of the lines feel a little forced, one can't expect Alan to rewrite history just for a jingle. You can buy a physical copy of the album through CD Baby or you can download the entire album for free at his website. Listen, learn, enjoy.
They Might Be Giants - (She Was A) Hotel Detective [Single Mix] : Miscellaneous T: B Side / Remix Compilation
Moby - Verb: That's What's Happening : School House Rock! Rocks
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire : 12 Gardens Live