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Geekmusic Track 20: The Grates – Science Is Golden

Science is golden, isn’t it? Okay, so this is a bit of a cheap one, being that science appears in the title and the chorus but otherwise has nothing to do with the song. Or the song has nothing otherwise to do with science– whichever. But still, it’s a sentiment that we geeks can all share. If we can’t, then I dont know if you’re the kind of person I want to be friends with, and I want your Special Friends’ Signal Ring back, Dr. Beta.

The Grates are a three piece outfit from Australia (and, yes, I do listen to bands from places than Australia), founded in 2002 with three studio albums to date, although the drummer girl has been replaced by a drummer boy, and that dulls the warm feelings in my heart, for some reason. I guess I just feel the world needs more drummer girls. This particular video, again, not terribly science-oriented, despite the title, is downright weird. You’ve got dogs singing,  strange hedge maze backdrops, hornets, all paper cutouts. The song has a catchy tune and an upbeat vibe to it, simple lyrics, and a great sense of fun. (Further, I recommend checking out their video for Burn Bridges for further fun weirdness including potato-facing, prego-bomb man balloon angel and pillowthulu!)

Dr. Beta, I was just kidding. You can keep the Special Friends’ Signal Ring.

The Grates’ official homepage

PS. It turns out the drummer has gone on to study to become a chef. I just thought you might be interested to know that.

GeekMusic: Children Collide – Farewell Rocketship

Ask any geek and he’ll tell you what is best in life. It may differ somewhat from Conan’s predilection for ladies lamenting, mind you.

“Antikas! What is best in life?”

“To escape your enemies, flee the Earth in a rocketship, and make love to your woman in zero gravity!”

Truly, what could be better? While many of you are nowhere near close to such a goal, we can at least escape in fiction and now in music, with Australia’s Children Collide. Farewell Rocketship was released in 2008. Watch and listen now!

Geek aesthetic, geek content, and arguably a geek’s dream girl. I do like the Flash Gordon-style, eponymous space vessel. I’m not sure entirely what the rockabilly giant is all about, but the faceless guys in suits are pretty self-explanatory. Clearly, body-snatching aliens.


GeekMusic: Track 14 & 15 – The Weakerthans

It’s time (once again) for last Friday’s Friday Two-fer!

I guess this past week(and a half)’s theme was Canadian bands because today we say goodbye to Small Sins in Toronto and hello to Winnipeg‘s The Weakerthans. (You may also be saying something to the effect of “What the frig am I doing in Winnipeg?”) We’ll start off with another non-video (Thanks, Youtube!)

What could be more geeky than cats, right? The internet rules geek lives and cats rule the internet as the crown princes and princesses. I’m sure doctoral theses in behavioural sciences are being written at this very moment describing the phenomenon, but on an instinctive level, any internet-addicted geek can tell who their rightful rulers are.

And if there’s anything else the internet loves as much as cats, it’s… uh, choreography… affirmations of goodwill towards others… uh, expeditious conviction and execution of criminals? We don’t even have capital punishment in Canada, so that last one’s out. Anyway, there’s no denying the camp value and geek factor of the video for The Reasons. It’s especially fun to try and pick out the Canadian actors and try to figure out where you’ve seen them before (Canadian TV and Cinema Bingo!). And if you do, you’re an even bigger geek than I am.




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