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Songs about science XXIV: Singing Science Records

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


Songs about science

Songs of science part II

Songs about science part III: geology

Songs about science part IV: GeekPop08

Songs about science part V: singing scientists

Songs about science part VI: ‘Don’t go messing with our telescope’

Songs about science VII: ‘It’s a long way from Amphioxus’

Songs about pseudo-science

Songs about science part VIII: the astrobiology rap

Songs about science IX: Rollin’ to the Future

Songs about science X: drilling’s killer songs

Songs about science XI: Charlie Darwin

Songs about science XII: Shubin’s song

Songs about science XIII: ‘This stuff is far!’

Songs about Science XIV – Nano vs Fire

Songs about Science XV: You can’t fool the children of evolution

Songs about science XVI: return of the giant isopod

Songs about science XVII: gene regulators mount up

Songs about science XVIII: ‘What up Einstein, you as smart as people think you are.’

Songs about science XIX: back to our roots

Songs about science XX: Isotopes, isotopes, baby

Songs about science XXI: imitation is flattery, right?

Songs about science XXII: Aldrin raps his Rocket Experience

Songs about science XXIII: The Fermilab rap

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