The Geekiest Tunes on Spotify
After a long wait, online music streaming service Spotify has finally opened its digital doors to U.S. music fans. Hooray! As a way to celebrate the launch here in the U.S., GeekTech bloggers set to work on creating a playlist full of geeky songs. Here's what we came up with.
Songs For Geeks
Our GeekTech playlist includes a growing selection of any song that has a geeky vibe, be it a reference to the periodical table, expressing love for your computer, what happens when you get a blue screen of death, or even just singing out about surfing the internet. At time of writing the 'Songs For Geeks' playlist has around 30 tracks, here is a selection of just a few of them:
I Love My Computer - Bad Religion
This fun three-minute-long song details the love between a user and their computer, explaining how a computer is always there for you, serving up predictable errors within a safe domain. It's fairly geeky, we'd say.
Rocket Man - Elton John
This space-rock song describes the outerspace feelings of an astronaut whose had to leave his family behind as he heads to Mars. The popular song was performed by Elton John at the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998.
You can listen to Rocket Man on Spotify, and a YouTube video of a live performance is available as well.
The Geeks Get The Girls - American Hi-Fi
The song, which was used during the first two seasons of TV show Beauty and the Geek, is about one boy who is labelled a geek, a freak and a loser--but who still manages to get the girl.
Chemical Calisthenics - Blackalicious
Taken from Blackalicious' second full-length album Blazing Arrow, Chemical Calisthenics was one of the geeky tracks suggested for the playlist by PCWorld associate editor Patrick Miller.
Patrick's selection is the twelth track on the hip-hop album and is over three minutes of elemental rapping--literally. The song is all about the periodic table and features such lines as, "the theory is that all matter is composed of at least three fundamental particles", and "by now you've guessed electrons are probably negatively charged". Geeky indeed.
Technologic - Daft Punk
Daft Punk's Technolgic is taken from the French duo's 2005 album Human After All. This track was suggested for the geeky playlist by yours truly, and you can see why by looking at its name alone.
The four minute song relays many modern-day technology activities, including playing a file, burning files, dragging and dropping, and zipping and unzipping. The song went on to feature in an iPod TV ad, and later it appeared in Tap Tap Revenge for the iPhone and console game DJ Hero.
Other Geek Selections...
The above is just a selection of what's included in our GeekTech 'Songs For Geeks' playlist. Other tracks on offer include Fat Boy Slim's Slash Dot Dash, Blue Screen Of Death by Tom Smith, Code Monkey from Jonathan Coulton, iGeneration by MC Lars and even the Cantina Band music from Star Wars.
If you are yet to get a Spotify account, why not find out how you can get in on the action?
You can subscribe to the entire playlist from within Spotify. If you have suggestions for tracks that we should add to the list then be sure to share them with us in the comments.
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