How can you not love Boing Boing Video for premiering this? They have a much larger version of it there, if you prefer a husky video.
TMBG never fails to deliver the goods and is MOST CERTAINLY one of the strongest influences on my nerdy-musical-comedy-duo Hard ‘n Phirm (Tom Lehrer being the other). As proof, here is the very first original song we ever recorded, “The Carbon Cycle” way back in 1996 on 4-track tape:
BUT, Gentle Nerd, if you want to go even further down the nerd hole, where light can’t escape, you can jump over to this page which holds what was undeniably the molecular influence on TMBG themselves: A series of late 50s/early 60s “Singing Science” records produced by “Unchained Melody” lyricist Hy Zaret and other-guy-whom-I-don’t-have-an-alternate-credit-for Lou Singer. Did you know that TMBG didn’t write “Why Does the Sun Shine?” I didn’t until I stumbled across this page, but you can hear the original along with countless other campy yet sincere songs about several different branches of science.
Many thanks to Jef Poskanzer, who diligently digitized all of the songs from albums he found in his parents’ basement.
There. This post should keep you occupied and inefficient for a while.