10 More of the Best Nerd Songs You've Probably Never Heard Of

By Chris Cummins in Daily Lists, Miscellaneous
Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:00 am
5) Disaster Area, "Only the End of the World Again"
As stated in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Disaster Area are a "plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones" who are known for shattering eardrums, intense stage shows and complicated tax returns. In reality, the group existed as session musicians -- including an electric guitar-playing Douglas Adams --that were hired to record this one-off song that originally appeared as a B-side to the"Journey of the Sorcerer" single that was released to promote the Hitchhiker's TV series. Sadly, there's no YouTube video to be found, but a quick Googling will allow you to hear it for yourself. (It sounds like a mash-up of T-Rex and Squeeze. In other words, as terrific as a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster hangover cure).

4) Neon Neon, "I Told Her on Alderaan"

The pop-tinged electronica of Neon Neon debuted in 2008 with Stainless Style, a loose concept album inspired by the life of John DeLorean (of time-traveling car fame). "I Told Her on Alderaan" ties to the Star Wars universe are tenuous at best, but who cares once that impossibly catchy chorus kicks in. It's not hard to imagine Leia dancing around her space bedroom to this. Then again, you were probably imagining her there already. Perverts.

3) Pop Will Eat Itself, "Can U Dig It?"
Pop Will Eat Itself made a name for themselves amongst the 120 Minutes crowd with industrial-flavored music that was packed with wit and political statements. Oh yeah, they were also huge comic and sci-fi nerds. Released in 1988 "Def.Con.One" was directly inspired by the group's love for Watchmen. They further paid tribute to the comic in their follow-up single, "Can U Dig It?" Taking its name from The Warriors, the song -- a celebration of the band's influences -- mentions The Twilight Zone and Transformers: The Movie and declares that "Alan Moore Knows the Score." Indeed! The accompanying video (watch it here) features panels from Watchmen and other British comics of the era. Moore must be okay with this because the members of Pop Will Eat Itself have yet to be turned into snakes.

2) B.O.S.E., "Robocop (Who R U)"

What happened to D.B. Cooper? Will the lost city of Atlantis ever be found? Why would a mysterious electro group named B.O.S.E. record a dance song consisting entirely of Robocop samples? Some mysteries are too compelling to be solved. The Internet yields surprisingly little info about B.O.S.E. other than that their name is an acronym for "Bass Overdrive System Experts" and they've also recorded similar songs paying tribute to Batman and Spider-Man. Ultimately it doesn't matter how or why this song exists, just that it does and we should all be thankful for it. As for Robocop himself, well, apparently another one of his prime directives is to pack the dance floor.

1) Joe Ski Love, "Pee-Wee's Dance"

Your eyes do not deceive you. The above fever dream is in fact an officially sanctioned Pee-Wee Herman rap song that comes complete with a cameo from Francis himself, Mark Holton. This was from the same era of hip-hop that gave us Nucleus' "Jam on It" and Bad Boys' "Inspector Gadget" rap, both of which are incredibly nerdy as well. So how did "Pee-Wee's Dance" come to life? Here's a Behind the Music-style documentary with the answer to that burning question and many others:

True Hip-Hop Stories: Joe Ski Love from D-Nice on Vimeo.


Goofy as it is, "Pee-Wee's Dance" is also a cultural relic from a more innocent time when rap artists weren't as image conscious. In its own way, the song helped set the course for Tone Loc, Young MC, Digital Underground, hell, even Parappa the Rapper by integrating hip-hop with humor. Or maybe it's nothing more than a novelty song looking to cash-in on Pee-Wee's success. Either way it's fantastic.

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