Or your Zune, if you have a Zune, did anyone actually ever have a Zune?
Let’s face it, the mainstream music scene is a wasteland of terrible premanufactured pop bands meant to sell products more than perform music. As we go through this crazy think called life it is hard enough to find a decent soundtrack to it on the radio. Couple that with our unique tastes as nerd,s geeks, and freaks and sometimes you have to work harder than a cat trying to bury a turn on a marble floor to find something worth listening to. Where is our music? We are here to help.
Nerds rock, so do geeks and we’re going to prove it. The following ten acts cover the spread of Nerd Rock, Hip Hop and, music in general. Some you may know, some will be new to you. ALL should be enjoyed.
For Nerds About To Rock starts after the jump.
10: Lemon Demon
Featured Track: The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
At the risk of starting the list off on the wrong foot, here is Lemon Demon. Yes, if you checked out the site, it’s been quiet for a year or so, why does it make the list? Did you even listen to the damn song? It’s an epic battle of Godzilla, Batman, that dude from the movie Steel, Optimus freakin Prime and more! An all out no holds bared fight for who shall inherit the earth. That is my kind of music.
Weep for Indiana Jones.
9: The Phenomenauts
Featured Track: She’ll Launch
Ray guns, space ships, robots and Punk Rock Rockabilly, that’s what the Phenomenauts are all about. If that is not enough nerd cred for you, they just released a comic book this past Saturday, featuring stories is written by Rich Fogel (Pinky and the Brain and Batman Beyond) and art by the likes of Erica Henderson (Venture Bro’s), Mitch Clem (Nothing Nice to Say/My Stupid Life), Nicholas Kole (Disney/Dark Horse), Claire Hummel (X-Box), and Chris Wisnia (SLG Publishing). Other songs worth checking out include ‘Make a Circuit with Me‘ and ‘Mission‘
Science and Honor!
Featured Track: Them randomly singing Christmas Carols, hey… ’tis the season.
For more than a quarter century (and if you believe their liner notes, since the dawn of all time) GWAR have been raining heavy metal, mayhem and mysterious bodily fluids on to the masses. The mix of costumes, songs that break moral, political and basically all taboos have lead to the bands odd mainstream success. TV appearances on Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the band has gotten a lot of TV for space gods bent on the destruction and punishment of all human life. Other tracks of note? To many to list, just go to YouTube and experience them for yourself.
(Small note: the band recently lost guitarist Cory Smoot/Flattus Maximus. The band honored his memory on Monday by showering the crowd in blood while playing ‘Zombies, March!“. Kinda makes you tear up, doesn’t it. R.I.P. Flattus.)
7: Paul and Storm
Featured Track: The Captain’s Wife’s Lament (live in Toronto)
A musical comedy duo like no other, Paul and Storm‘s nerd colors run deep. They podcast, they have created meme’s, launched hash tags that spread like wild fire on twitter (#wookieeleaks anyone?), are responsible for ‘wootstock’. They are friends with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage. Yes, Wesley Crusher and a Mythbuster hangout with these guys on the regular. Do you need more?
About the above video. Yes, I know its long. The actual song is only a minute or so and it’s really just a bad pun repeated over and over again. The beauty is in the long dragged out lead up, nursed with pop culture reference after pop culture reference.
6: mc chris
Featured Track: Geek
The first of two MC’s to make the list, Chris Ward is truly a giant among nerds (trivia time, he’s actually short, but so am I so I can say that). Rapper, musician, voice actor and hoodie ninja, mc chris has nerd cred in spades. He used to work for Adult Swim (Hesh on SeaLab 2021 most notably). Musically he’s been a little quiet lately but by the looks of his website,he has been keeping busy. Notable tracks? Yes, Fett’s Vett and Han Solo, but dig deeper, the dudes got some great music about life as a geek.
5: Kirby Krackle
Featured Track: Ring Capacity (Green Lantern’s Song)
When you debut your new album at the San Diego Comic-Con, you know you rock as a nerd band. Kirby Krackle, self described as ‘a nerd rock duo comprised of two life-long pop-culture junkies, Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens, who create songs dedicated to the nerdiest aspects that self-same culture and have performed their unique style of pop rock around the world.’ If you can’t tell by the bands name (based on the unique way the immortal Jack Kirby drew cosmic energy) they are great comic book nerds. Our featured track of theirs, ‘Ring Capacity’ even picked up a little steam in the form of an internet movement to have the song featured in the recent Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie. See Hollywood? shoulda listened. The movie would have been better with that damn fine tune. Another great Kirby Krackle track is the Wolverine themed ‘On and on‘, a song that reminds that while he is the best at what he does, sometimes it isn’t easy.
4: They Might Be Giants
Featured Track: Can’t Keep Johnny Down
Formed all the back in 1982, They Might Be Giants have long be a deep loved band of nerds, geeks, and others. Infectious melodies about chemistry, physics, geography, comic books and just about everything else. Plus they use an accordion! Long been the darlings of college radio DJ’s they have enjoyed success on the fringes and just being wonderfully weird. Quick note about the above video, it was the winner in a contest they had, it is totally fan made and I think it shows the inner feeling of the nerd struggle in the modern world with all those ‘normals’. Plus, he’s kinda chubby so its funny to watch him run in slow motion, and strangely hypnotic. Another version, featuring Rip Torn Fight Club is here.
3: Nerf Herder
Featured Track: Mr. Spock
If there is a Beatles for nerd music, then it is Nerf Herder. Fronted by Parry Gripp and known for simplistic yet infectious songs about nerdry and life, filled with humorous, juvenile and pop-culture-referencing lyrics. Nerd cred? Um, the name Nerf Herder for starters (if you don’t know what a nerf herder is, you are on the wrong site and we ask you to leave), and the fact that they did the theme tune for Buffy the Vampire Slayer to finish. In between, tonnes of other reasons that they land this high on the list. Songs like ‘Van Halen‘, ‘The Sportsman Bar‘ and ‘Welcome To My World‘ – ring out as the ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Help!’, and ‘Sgt. Peppers’ of… ok, I stretched that weak ass Beatles analogy to far, didn’t I? – Hey, let’s at least agree that ‘Girl at the Video Game Store‘ is the nerds ‘Hey Jude’.
These days Parry Gripp has his own little slice of the internet and shares his awesomeness there regularly.
Featured Track: Girl U Want/Gates of Steel (Live on ‘Fridays’ circa 1980)
If Nerf Herd is the Beatles of nerd music, then DEVO is the Rolling Stones. Oh sure, the time frames are all out of wack, and I can’t really back that statement up with anything… Hey, DEVO did record ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction‘, so there.
How do you describe DEVO? I don’t think you can, but they could quite possibly be the first true nerd band ever. Celebrating odd behavior and fringe thinking with this weird technocolour futurama sci-fi mentality. From their cult following due to the song ‘Whip It‘, writing ‘Somethings Never Change‘ for the never made Neromancer movie (it was used in the awesome video game however). They don’t make pop culture references, they ARE a pop culture reference (appearing on Futurama’s 100th episode for example).
WAIT! I know how they are the Rolling Stones. They are old now and still out there rocking it, here they are on stage at the 2010 Olympics.
1: MC Frontalot
Featured Track: Critical Hit
So, he’s the guy that coined the term ‘Nerdcore‘. No, that’s not why he ranks at the top. Sure his probably nerd musics biggest cheerleader, the face of the movement. It’s more so because his recent work is just getting damn awesome and it looks like he’s only getting better. From humble beginnings as mild mannered Damian Hess, MC Frontalot has started to wrack up a back catalog thats filed under ‘A’ for awesome. Deeply laced with the nerdiest of refrences, such as ‘Yellow Laser Beam‘ a tale of a Star Wars convention encounter gone wrong (or right, if that’s what you are into, I don’t judge) or ‘Goth Girls‘ and the wonderful trouble they bring, the man has his finger on the nerd pulse. Other tracks to check out, ‘Special Delivery‘ and ‘Zero Day‘.
One last note on why he tops the list, the video. He is playing mother fuckin D&D (ok, Grammys & Groupies, but you know what I mean) with mother fucking Brian Posehn, now that is nerdry done right.
So, that closes off the ten, however, before I get lynched – I do want to place out some honorable mentions. Weird Al and Team Unicorn got bumped, because they are more about parody acts, great as they may be. Yes I know, no MC Lars or Optimus Rhyme either, but you can check them out! Same for the Aquabats, Jonathan Coulton and… wait,
SPECIAL HIDDEN TRACK!
Nerdbastard Grandmaster Luke literally just got me hooked on Warp 11, the greatest Star Trek based nerd band ever. They are new to me, so I can’t say this is there best, but I really think ‘It’s Dead Jim’ has a good message. Check it out.