Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Jonathan Coulton

So, back to music I listen to when I work... I'm a big fan of Jonathan Coulton. He's a little hard to describe. He used to be a software designer. As a result, his witty lyrics often dwell on esoteric subjects like - well, writing code and Mandelbrot sets. He also did very, um, unusual covers of songs like "Baby Got Back" (turned into a ballad - it has to be heard to be believed) and "We are the Champions". If you like They Might Be Giants, you'll probably want to give him a listen. The above YouTube video is a fan tribute of "Code Monkey", one of his more popular singles. There are several tributes of this song floating around YouTube, but I'm insanely fond of this version - which is just of a college student in flannel pjs in her dorm room, but her interpretation of the lyrics is great. If you like this single, check out his website, where you can listen to many of his songs on-line. I recommend "Re Your Brains" and "Chiron Beta Prime". Also, if you are a parent, you need to listen to "Stroller Town."

Thanks for stopping by!

ps. If you'd like to see any other tribute versions of Code Monkey, here's a fun one based on an anime - seems peculiarly appropriate, given the subject matter of the song.

4 comments:

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Oh thanks for sharing! I like this guy! Never heard of him before! I wonder if he's on Itunes...

Code monkey like you....

Melissa said...

Hee hee! Well, I know a bunch of his songs are available for free download on his website, so you might want to check there first. His songs are so funny. I listened to his cover of that cheesy Rick Springfield song "Don't Talk to Strangers" last night and the classic "Baby Got Back" cover. Made me laugh.

Fancy Pants said...

You have got to love re: your brains. And my personal favorite Skullcrusher Mountain. Congrats on the contest. Rachel

Melissa said...

Thanks, Rachel! Yeah, I love Skullcrusher Mountain, too!