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New TMBG Video: Meet the Elements

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.

Comments

  1. Vicki says:

    I love this song! I am back in school to be a chemistry teacher and this song gets me pumped up about it! :)

  2. Eric says:

    Just listened to all three Tom Lehrer albums on a long drive. I can’t believe how well those songs hold up, 40-50 years later. The man’s a genius.

  3. learning how to be a nerd has never been easier

  4. Deltus says:

    Starting with the Schoolhouse Rock series, singing with educational matter has been pretty good. It’s how I learned to love learning.

    TMBG = big win!

  5. Randbot says:

    Here Comes Science is not _quite_ as good as their last kid’s album, Here Comes the 123s, but that still makes it plenty, plenty awesome. We’re taking our son to a TMBG kids’ show in a few weeks – REALLY looking forward to it.

    Maybe the next album will be Here Comes History so they can dust off my personal favorite song, “James K. Polk”…

  6. just pure awesomeness.

  7. dr.marm says:

    When I have the wherewithal for a Mr. Wizard/Muppets crossover program, would you be my singing Don Herbert?

  8. Julia says:

    Thank you, i love you :)

  9. Sam Swanson says:

    I’m going to see TMBG perform their Flood album in its entirety next month. I can’t wait!