This week on the music beat

By Tom Sinclair
Updated February 04, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

GIANT STEPS Your hot new sitcom needs quirky music. Who ya gonna call? Not Ray Parker Jr., but wacky-pop duo They Might Be Giants. Linwood Boomer, creator-exec producer of Fox’s hit Malcolm in the Middle, tagged TMBG’s John Flansburgh and John Linnell (who also did the theme for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) to provide original music. “We need a lot, especially since there’s no laugh track,” says Boomer. “These guys do amazing songs on a moment’s notice. I don’t know how, but I’m happy they’re doing it.” TMBG are equally happy, despite the workload. “Some episodes are almost wall-to-wall music,” says Flansburgh. “We record a half hour of music each week; we’re used to recording a half hour of music every two years.” Will there be a spin-off album? Says Flansburgh: “That’d be really satisfying. Maybe a box set.”

KORN FED So this is what music education in our schools has come to: On Jan. 11, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis played a very exclusive private concert for a class of preschoolers, ages 2-5, at the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse in L.A. (which his son, Nathan, 3, attends), as part of the school’s career day. Davis refrained from performing any Korn material — probably a wise decision — instead serenading the tots with bagpipes. “They were mesmerized,” says the school’s principal, Debra Pease Wehbe. No doubt operating under the premise that it’s never too early to begin recruiting fans, Davis “gave out Korn photos, signed autographs, and talked to the kids,” according to a Korn spokesperson. One student present (whose mom requested anonymity for the youngster) offered this succinct review: “It was loud.”