When it comes to rocking out, geek-style, there are no better bandmates than Scott K. Andrews and Magnus Anderson.
Scott has written for virtually every media, from the Kitschies-nominated Children's Crusade to audio plays for Big Finish to the best book on Dawson's Creek you'll ever read (Anne laughed for two days). For those that have ever met Mr Andrews, you'll know why he's an obvious pick for this week's Friday Five - he's a font of musical lore.
Magnus has also been published by Big Finish and has appeared numerous times on Resonance FM's Lollards of Pop. He's our go-to guru for all aspects of geek culture and is currently distilling some of his knowledge into a mysterious project being released in 2012.
Those who are about to rock - we salute you! [Wow. I've always wanted to type that. Who knew?!] You can sing along with the YouTube playlist.
"The Ballad of Barry Allen" - Jim's Big Ego. This track creates some kind of music/geek interface critical mass. Jim Infantino, singer and songwriter with the awesome Jim’s Big Ego, is nephew of Carmine Infantino, legendary comic book artist and co-creator of The Flash, whose original incarnation, Barry Allen is the subject of this song from his nephew’s album They’re Everywhere, for which he created the cover art. GEEKGASM! All this would merely be fodder for pub quiz questions if the song weren’t so damn brilliant, clever and unexpectedly poignant.
Bubbling under: JBE do the same thing for Peter Parker in "Being a Bug"
"Code Monkey" - Jonathan Coulton. Although his latest album signifies a confident maturation, Jonathan Coulton started his singing career as the world’s foremost purveyor of geek songs. He’s got songs about zombies, Benoît Mandelbrot (free download), giant squid (I imagine this is on permanent repeat on the Pornokitsch office iPod), robots, more robots, yet more robots (free download), evil geniuses (free download) and much more. In the end I plumped for his melancholy lament for frustrated computer programmers, "Code Monkey".
Bubbling under: Far too many to choose from.