Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Geek Songs

John has a link to a video that is just odd. I saw it yesterday, and thought that this girl has some issues.

It did solidify some thoughts I'd been having recently on geek music of which I have several favorites.

Now while Weird Al Yankovic is a major contributor, not all of his music falls into this category. "It's All About the Pentiums" and "White and Nerdy" are perfect examples, but so is "The Saga Begins".

Other great songs "The Star Wars Cantina" by Mark Jonathon Davis and "Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)" by The Klein Four Group.

Of course there are lots of filk songs, of which the above Cantina song falls into, but even the big name bands had their fiction, science fiction, and fantasy inspirations. The Alan Parsons Project's first album Tales of Mystery and Imagination has songs that are all based on stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe. I've never gotten into the band, but apparently Iron Maiden was a huge fan of Frank Herbert, and wrote several songs about the Dune saga. Even Elton John's "Rocket Man" could be placed in the genre. William Shatner's version is close to abomination.

Of course, there are some songs that the less said about, the better.

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