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Old 11-27-2004, 01:42 AM
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Songs for Mad Scientists?

That is, would anyone happen to have suggestions for songs that are about mad scientists, feature mad-sciency topics, or would just make good musical accompanyment for the practice of mad science?

So far, I've got...

—Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D (Naturally)
—Thomas Dolby's She Blinded Me With Science
Uranus the Magician from Holst's The Planets. For some reason, it always evokes images of alchemical dabbling going hopelessly out of control, in my mind.

Anyone else?
Old 11-27-2004, 01:55 AM
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Hawkwind's entire catalogue?

In particular, you might want to check out something like the album Love In Space. It's a concept album about alien abduction and suchlike goings-on.

You might also want to check out the Pressurehed album Explaining the Unexplained. It's an album about things like UFOs, Bigfoot, ESP, etc.

See also works by Farflung, Anna Oxygen, and Chrome.
Old 11-27-2004, 03:52 AM
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Gary Gilmore's Eyes, by The Adverts, a great second-generation English punk band: IRL, Gary was a serial killer in Utah in the 70's, sentenced to death by firing squad - he requested before his death that his eyes be donated for transplant. The song pretty much picks up from there, with someone awaking from surgery to discover that he has been given the titular eyes...
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Old 11-27-2004, 05:11 AM
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"Weird Science", Oingo Boingo

Everyone is crazy. It's just a matter
of finding the crazy you can tolerate.
Old 11-27-2004, 06:39 AM
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Old 11-27-2004, 06:44 AM
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Cloud Busting by Kate Bush - great Mad Scientist video
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Old 11-27-2004, 11:35 AM
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"Feed My Frankenstein."

BTW, check THIS out.
The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
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Old 11-27-2004, 06:18 PM
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Eight posts already and I still get to be the first to mention The Monster Mash! Woohoo!

(Just thinking about it brings up memories of round-the-clock lab experiments).
Old 11-27-2004, 07:21 PM
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"Automatic Man" - Michael "Maniac" Sembello

It's about a man who invents a dancing android who develops emotions.
Old 11-27-2004, 07:36 PM
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The Sun - They Might be Giants.

It's a third grade science lesson set to slightly manic bubble gum rock music.

Mad scientists did geek rock.
Old 11-27-2004, 09:53 PM
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"Intermezzo" from Tales of Mystery and Imagination by the Alan Parsons Project.
"Catacombae, sepulchrum romanum (Catacombs, roman tomb)" from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorsky.
"Con mortuis in lingua mortua (With the dead in a dead language)" from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorsky.
"Summer" from Sonic Seasonings by Wendy Carlos (the clip heard at is not representative of its sci-fi quality).
"Prelude. Andante moderato (Prelude To Act I)" from Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet.
Old 11-27-2004, 09:58 PM
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The Eggplant that Ate Chicago -- Dr. West's Jug Band and Medicine Show. Though the Eggplant did come from outer space, it's certainly mad scientisty.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer -- Beatles. Maxwell Edison (named after two scientists) is majoring in medicine and starts killing people with a hammer.

Several songs from Rocky Horror.

Poisoning the Pigeons in the Park -- Tom Lehrer ("We'll poison them all amist laughter and merriment/Except for the few we take home to experiment.")
"East is East and West is West and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does."
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Old 11-27-2004, 10:15 PM
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice from Disney's Fantasia

Any creepy Phantom of the Opera type organ music makes me think of Dr Frankenstein in his lab creating his monster.
Old 11-27-2004, 10:32 PM
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What's He Building In There? by Tom Waits. One of the creepiest songs I ever heard...

There's poison under the sink, of course / There's also enough formaldehyde to choke a horse / What's he building in there?
Old 11-27-2004, 11:22 PM
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Imagine your generic Mad Scientist working feverishly away to the strains of Elvis Costello's Accidents Will Happen.
Old 11-28-2004, 10:44 AM
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"when you're evil" by Voltaire, if one is inclined towards the nastier side.

Old 11-29-2004, 07:14 PM
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Spike Jones and the City Slickers' version of "My Old Flame". A must for any Peter Lorre fan.

Napoleon XIV "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"
Old 11-29-2004, 07:52 PM
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Building the Perfect Beast Don Henley. The song's about genetic engineering...
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:01 PM
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ELO - Yours Truly, 2095

About a guy who tries to fall in love with his robot, a la Chobits. (though the song long presceded the CLAMP manga/anime).
Old 11-29-2004, 08:18 PM
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The Cat with Two Heads, by the Aquabats.
Frankenska, by the Toasters.
Radiation Song, by the Aquabats.
The Song of the Seven-Inch Cowboy, by Pain.
Old 11-30-2004, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by mbh
Spike Jones and the City Slickers' version of "My Old Flame". A must for any Peter Lorre fan.

Hmmm, I suggest Frank Zappa's "Cheepnis," about a monster poodle that can't be stopped by bullets or rockets, anything by Kraftwerk because they're robots, most of the Devo oeuvre, and also anything by eX-Girl because they're from the planet Kero Kero and write songs about spaceship fuel for their frog king and prehistoric vegetable wars and such.
Old 11-30-2004, 07:17 AM
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Mad Professor by the Insane Clown Posse:

"I''m lonely/I need a homie/So I got some limbs/And made me a zombie..."

Old 11-30-2004, 07:35 AM
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Splitting the Genes by Uncle Bonsai (folk trio with brilliant, satiric lyrics; Tom Lehrer fans would probably like them)

Riding on the Rocket by Shonen Knife

Lots of stuff by Peter Schilling, but start with Lone Survivor, The Noah Plan and, of course, Major Tom (Coming Home)

And sometimes I think I'm the only person in the world who listens to all three of those.
Old 11-30-2004, 07:55 AM
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Einstein A Go Go by Landscape.

The entire Soft Bulletin album by the Flaming Lips. Including:
What Is The Light? (An untested hypothesis suggesting that the chemical [in our brains] by which we are able to experience the sensation of being in love is the same chemical that caused the "Big Bang" that was the birth of the accelerating universe)
Old 11-30-2004, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Robot Arm
Riding on the Rocket by Shonen Knife[/i]
Good call. "Space food is marshmallow, asparagus, ice cream". You can't beat a wacky SK lyric.

Flaming Lips "Race for the Prize" is a good counterpoint to all the mad scientist stuff (not meaning to break up the party, though).
"Two scientists were racing / For the good of all mankind"
"They're just humans / With wives and children"
Old 11-30-2004, 07:59 AM
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Gosh, my first simulpost. Thanks jjimm
Old 11-30-2004, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Hunter Hawk
Hawkwind's entire catalogue?


My personal favourites are "Damnation Alley" and PXR5.

May I also add "Dr Stein" by Helloween to the list.
Old 11-30-2004, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jinty
Gosh, my first simulpost. Thanks jjimm
Was it as good for you as it was for me? Here, have a cigarette.
Old 11-30-2004, 09:51 AM
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The very first, original recording of "Evita" has C.T. Wilkerson singing "The Lady's Got Potential,' including lyrics about Che's new insecticide. A great hard rocking tune that was cut, but later included with different lyrics in the movie.

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