10 Songs That Are Delightfully Geeky
When it comes to songs with a nerdy slant, we can’t help but imagine those small-time bands whose musical oeuvre consists primarily of poorly written odes to Star Wars. However, there do exist more substantial tunes from top tier groups and artists, all of them inspired by the many wonderful facets of geek culture. So now, for your consideration, we bring you The MindHut's top 10 delightfully geeky songs!
1) “Spaceman,” The Killers
Only The Killers and the exceptional voice of lead vocalist Brandon Flowers could belt out a tune that adds upbeat whimsy to an alien abduction. Seriously, really listen to the lyrics in the first verse, Flowers describes being pulled from his bed, poked, prodded, and then dissected by extraterrestrials—obviously alive since he’s here to recount his horrific experience through song.
2) “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” Blue Öyster Cult
The universe, both our own and the realms of fiction, are governed by the life-ending constant otherwise known as Death. And on the topic of fictitious works, the Grim Reaper has played a significant role in many video games, movies, and books, either as an enemy or strange ally. To that end, Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is the be all and end all of songs saluting the scythe-happy soul taker.
3) “1999,” Prince and The Revolution
“1999” made its chart-topping debut all the way back in 1982, prophesying the humanity-destroying event of the year 2000: Y2K. It turned to be a sensationalized bust, granted, but how was Prince and The Revolution supposed to know that 18 years prior? Whatever the case, if you’re staring down imminent destruction in its ugly face, you do what the songs says and party your life away!
4) “Thriller,” Michael Jackson
The music video pays homage to B movie horror classics and the zombie genre and features a hammy voice-over by the legendary Vincent Price. How is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in any way not the geekiest song in the history of everything?
5) “Flash (Flash’s Theme),” Queen
1980’s Flash Gordon film (a modest success in the U.S. and a runaway hit in the U.K.) has collected a devoted cult following that has grown over the years. It's no wonder, since the flick features music from the one and only Queen! Among their contributions to the soundtrack, “Flash (Flash’s Theme)” is a sterling example of the band’s penchant for the vocally grandiose and the glam rock genre as a whole. Makes us wish Freddie Mercury were still around to sing about Batman.
6) “Mr. Roboto,” Styx
If this were the dystopian world from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep? there’s no second guessing that Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” would be banned. After all, it essentially tells the story of a replicant seeking sanctuary whilst keeping its true identity a secret. Robot contraband, indeed!
7) “Dracula’s Wedding,” OutKast
OutKast’s “Dracula’s Wedding” is a goth-meets-hip-hop masterpiece. Man, Bram Stoker would so breakdance to this!
8) “She Blinded Me with Science,” Thomas Dolby
Considered one-hit wonder in the U.S., and the de facto anthem of nerds everywhere, we actually take umbrage at Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me with Science”: Aside from being an earworm, the song’s title is a misnomer. Science opens one’s eyes, it doesn’t blind them. Hello, that’s what the sun is for!
9) “Weird Science,” Oingo Boingo
If you disregard for a minute the fact it was meant to tie-in with the 1985 film of the same name, Oingo Boingo’s “Weird Science” is a pretty spot-on summary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, touching upon the titular doctor’s angst and consuming desire to create. All of this, set to 1980s synthesizers!
10) “Technologic,” Daft Punk
Download, listen, move it, groove it, sing it, appreciate it. Rewind, jam it, crank it, bust it, hum it, thank us later. Technologic. Technologic. Technologic. Technologic.
What’s your favorite geeky song?