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Music Saturday!

Oh, man. Words cannot properly express my pleasure at the fact that in a mere THREE DAYS, the world will be treated to a brand new New York Dolls album. What’s this got to do with skepticism, you ask? Plenty. And if you don’t like punk rock, I’m about to give you a reason why maybe you should try to get into it anyway.

First of all, the first single off the new album is a song about monkeys. But wait! Not just that, it’s also about evolution, and includes such classic lines as “Come on and shake your monkey hips, my pretty little creationist.” It’s called Dance Like a Monkey, and you can see the awesome video here.

Looking for some more awesome skeptical music? Well, I trust you already know all about Rodney Anonymous, formerly of Dead Milkmen? If not, check out his site RIGHT THE HELL NOW.

Also, perhaps you’ve heard of Dead Kennedys? Their new lead singer is Jeff Alulis, who kicks some serious ass and is a skeptic who you may get to see partially/mostly/all naked in an upcoming Skepdude calendar.

Overman is a band that plays a ton of great skeptical songs like Evolution Rocks. Check out their stuff and if you’re in the Chicago area, go support them, dammit!

And let’s not forget the delectable George Hrab. I don’t mean to objectify the man — he makes some great science-y music. But let’s be honest, he’s super hot. You can hear a bunch of samples on his web site and see a sample of his hotness in the previously mentioned Skepdude calendar.

Got any other suggestions for skeptical bands?

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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6 Comments

  1. Well, they might not be a skeptical band, but the Chromatics have a great album called AstroCappella that my Girlfriend and I ran across a few years ago.

    It's a bunch of songs about astronomy that may be aimed at a younger audience but are good, fun and accurate.

    If we had kids we'd play it for them so they'd learn more about astronomy in a fun way.

    http://www.thechromatics.com/

    I'd like to hear more about fun, accurate, science music out there… I find it easier to learn from songs (kind of like Potsie Webber learning about the circulatory system on happy days).

  2. I'm personally very skeptical of any incarnation of the Dead Kennedys that doesn't involve Jello Biafra. ;P But I hadn't really heard the New York Dolls, before, so maybe I'll check them out.

    As for skeptical music… This is moving away from the punky theme of your post, but does Tom Lehrer count?

  3. The Dead Kennedys? I thought they were long gone. I remember finding one of there buttons at the record store( yes I said record store!) that I worked at in college in the 80's. Never heard a single song that they did just liked the name of the band.I liked the video Rebbeca.

  4. Yeah, Lehr is great! He touched on a lot of controversial stuff in his day as a performer: nuclear testing and war, pollution and political correctness among them. Some of his songs ("The Old Dope Peddler" springs to mind) would probably be considered risque even today…

  5. I think Rebecca dived into shallow water and hit her head. Either that or she's just too focussed drooling over the New York Dolls album. In any event, she's going to have to change the main page which advertises this blog as "updated daily" to "updated on a semi-regular basis, not always by me, and sometimes not at all—especially during times of innovative musical releases or random interfering life events (which oddly occur with high frequency to this otherwise 'sweet and innocent' skepchick)". Quite a bit to fit in such limited space.

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