Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is a mathematician/singer/pianist/songwriter/satirist/musical theater expert. He's known mainly for the humorous songs he wrote in the 50s. Here, I'll introduce you to a few of his creations, though I will recommend that you check them all out.

The Elements Song - This is by far the geekiest. Tom Lehrer sings the names of all the elements of the periodic table which were known at that time (practically all the named ones)

Interestingly, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is a big fan of Tom Lehrer and has performed this song in the Graham Norton Show. He does a pretty good job at it!

Tom Lehrer has loads of funny and satirical songs. I will link you to a few of them:

The Masochism Tango - A funny song about a couple that seems to be head-deep into BDSM. The lyrics is pretty cool. Check it out!

Here's another humorous take about an Irish lass that probably didn't like her family much:

The Irish Ballad Live Concert (Which has been disabled for embedding)

And, finally, a satire on research in academia:

The Lobachevsky Live Concert (Again which has been disabled for embedding)

Tom Lehrer also came up with a rhyming line ending in the word orange, which doesn't have rhyming words in English:

Eating an orange
While making love
Makes for bizarre enj-
oyment thereof

I would suggest you look up all of Tom Lehrer videos on Youtube. He is an awesome fella.
Tom Lehrer's channel on Youtube. (I think all his sings are on this)

Contibuted by Antariksh Bothale