I love music, and I love geeky pop culture. I really love it when geeky pop culture gets referenced in music. A lot of rock stars seem to have a geeky side. Black Sabbath explored a lot of horror and sci-fi themes. Led Zeppelin wrote some songs about The Lord of the Rings. There are too many Superman references in song to count. Geek culture and rock music seem to go hand in hand. Here are some of my favorite geek references in music.
1. Rocket Science—The Darkest of Hillside Thickets
The Darkest of Hillside Thickets plays songs based on the Cthulu mythos. All of them would qualify for inclusion on this list. This one is my favorite, though. It doesn't name drop any of the Great Old Ones, or anything for that matter. It is basically just a guy who is locked in with something unspeakable reacting to his situation. He starts to scream as the thing approaches. Everyone I have played the song to thinks it is weird. There are no lyrics as such. It's very repetitive. It is also one of the most awesome things I have ever heard. It better imparts the feeling of Lovecraft's fiction than songs like Going Down To Dunwich and The Color Of My God. Those are great songs too, this is just my favorite.
2. Yoda—Weird Al Yankovic
This is one of my favorite Weird Al songs. A parody of the great Kinks song Lola, it is about the diminutive Jedi master and his training of Luke Skywalker. It also takes me back to that magical time when the original trilogy was still shiny and new. I also like to note the cynicism about the franchise retaining its greatness even before Return of the Jedi came out. Of course, the best parodies are based on good songs, and Lola is a good song in its own right. It's really funny, and if you haven't heard it, then you should give it a listen. I guess I should give a warning that it might not be considered PC these days.
3. One Week—Bare Naked Ladies
This song has a few different references. First it name drops Aquaman. Then it mentions the X-Files, the Harrison Ford movie Frantic, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, and anime Sailor Moon. This just might be the geekiest song in existence. It's also super catchy. This is one I am sure everyone will know, as it gained some popularity when it came out. Still, a fun song, and one I can relate to because if I made films, they would also have a samurai.
4. Spiderman—The Ramones
I love The Ramones. I love Spiderman. So when I heard them cover the theme song to the Spiderman cartoon from the 60's, it was combining awesome with awesome. I remember hearing the Aerosmith version in Sam Raimi's first Spiderman movie, and wondering why they didn't just use this already existing, far superior version. And let's be honest, no band is more suited for singing punked up versions of cartoon themes than the Ramones.
5. Magneto and Titanium Man—Wings
A song by former Beatle and pop music genius Paul McCartney. It turns out that besides changing the course of popular music, he was also a comic book fan. He liked Marvel Comics, and once gave Jack Kirby backstage passes to one of his shows. It is unique in being a song about villains. A lot of bands talk about Superman, but no one ever sings about Lex Luthor. It's cool that instead of singing about the X-Men, he is singing about Magneto. It's a fun little song. Enjoy.
So that's my five favorite geek songs, in no particular order. I could probably go on for a lot longer—I didn't even mention The Call of Ktulu by Metallica, or Pocket Full of Kryptonite by The Spin Doctors. Maybe you feel there is a particular song that should be mentioned? Tell us all about it in the comments!