A big hat tip to Jef Poskanzer who’s posted the entire collection of Singing Science Records online. This six-LP series was published in the 1950s and early 1960s.
John Linnell of They Might Be Giants, in a recent interview with Nature (in print and on our podcast) cited the records as part of the cultural stew that has influenced their flamboyant style of geek pop over the decades.
The best evidence is their 1987 cover of “Why Does the Sun Shine?” from the first in that series of records.
That track, Linnell says “has followed us like a golden ray of sunshine through our whole career pretty much.”
Nevertheless, in their newest release, an album for kids called Here Comes Science, They Might Be Giants present their correction to the song.
Old lyrics “The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas”
New lyrics “The Sun is a miasma of incadenscent plasma”
Below the fold: previous songs about science