The Alphabeticians

The Alphabeticians

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandRockChildren's Music

They combine humor, clever songs, interactive elements and an all around great stage show to entertain people of all ages. They play mostly original, upbeat, family appropriate songs, including songs about numbers, size, dads, metaphors, extinct fish and multiple alphabet songs.

Biography

The Alphabeticians, Mister Hoo and Mister E, have been best friends since their salad days in the mid 80s. They combine humor, clever (mostly original) songs, interactive elements and an all around great stage show to entertain people of all ages. Adults have as much fun as kids at a typical show, where you're likely to hear songs about numbers, size, dads, metaphors, bags, monsters, extinct fish and multiple alphabet songs. They have been performing as The Alphabeticians since 2009, but they have an estimated 47 years of combined experience playing and performing music, and have performed more than 1,000 shows.

Mister E (Eric Levine) is just shy of 47 years old, but his love of the alphabet can be traced back to his early kindergarten finger-paintings, formerly displayed in the Frigidaire wing of the Levine Museum. A high school English teacher by day and husband and father of 2 at all hours, Mister E's rock and roll legacy includes Portland 90's sensation: The Willies, as well as Fuzzball, Danny and the Originals, and the apocryphal Dry Water (Sand).

Mister Hoo (Jeff Inlay) is 47 and, though familiar with the alphabet since childhood, has only grown to love it in recent years. A father of 2 and resident of Oregon City, he has been in more bands than he can count (although he claims he can only count to 3), but is most well known for playing in Portland 90's sensation Hummingfish, and is least well known for his time in Southern California punk band the Mendicant Sauciers. He's also confident he was not in Led Zeppelin. Mr. E and Mr. Hoo were also featured in The Fundada Five, Lump of Food and The _ Experience.

Lyrics

Up With Daddy

Written By: The Alphabeticians

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

Monkey on my Shirt

Written By: The Alphabeticians

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

Metaphor

Written By: The Alphabeticians

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

Elephant

Written By: The Alphabeticians

Look around on the ground
Big round holes in sets of four by haystacks
It's clear they've been here
What's their business they are not indigenous.

Everywhere in this town you see elephants
Not just in the zoo, behind every fence.
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant.
Infinity in a hose, for a nose
that was heaven sent.
Leathery and tan like my old man
he's no sycophant.
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant.

Try to dance like one now
Swing your trunk back and forth
Now you're a trunkophant.
Hear them making the sound.

Everywhere in this town you see elephants.
Brown round mound on the ground,
that's their excrement.
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant
Infinity in a hose, for a nose
that was heaven sent
T - M - B - E
Yeah you know me
They might be elephants
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant

Wotchado

Written By: The Alphabeticians

Well, I've got a dad he's a really good dad but sometimes he gets mad.
I've got a sis, she screamed while I was swinging and she made me miss.
I've got a bro he says I'm short and I'll never grow

Well all of these people, they're my family.
I'm stuck with them and they're stuck with me
But it's just like my daddy told me back when I was two:
I may not always like what you do but I'll always love you.

Well, I've got a mother sometimes she confuses me with my brother.
I love my gramps but I worked really hard and he paid me with stamps.
I've got a grammie one time she looked at me and she called my Tammy

Well all of these people, they're my family.
I'm stuck with them and they're stuck with me
But it's just like my daddy told me back in ought-two:
I may not always like what you do but I'll always love you.

I know I'm not perfect, I make mistakes too
I tracked mud in the house, I wrote on the wall, knocked over my mom's stew.

I've got a dad, he's a really good dad, but sometimes I make him mad.
I've got a sis, one time I got mad and hit her with my fist.
I've got a bro I remember that time I stepped hard on his toe.

Well all of these people, they're my family.
I'm love them and they love me
But it's just like my daddy told me back in '72:
I may not always like what you do but I'll always love you.

Discography

(2010) Pebble
Limited Edition Pre-Release EP for "Rock"
(2010) Rock
(2012) Junior

Set List

Theme Song
Hoo's Afraid of the ABCs
Scale the ABCs
I Want A Bag
Ichthyosaurus
Terrible Terrible Morning
Up With Daddy
Shout the ABCs
I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
Monsters
Dishwasher Safe
When I Throw Up
Hoo's Afraid of the ABCs
Binary
Wotchado
Metaphor
All the Letters
So Small
Elephant
Monkey on my Shirt
Waiting for Mom to Come Home
Toast
I'm Flying
Alpha Bravo Charlie
Closing Theme Song