Geeks OUT tends to tackle that area at the intersection of gay and geeky but I decided to delve into the geeky and musical intersection (with a touch of gay). I chose some of my favorite geeky musical songs that you can rock out to at Gaymer X, New York Comic Con, or at your next RPG gathering. Links to download the playlists are at the end.
1. Starting out the playlist with comic book and superhero related tracks is one of my favorites, DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake by Art Brut. This particularly delicious ode to comics from 2009 tells the tale of a late-20s comic fan who is in love with comics and a girl at his local comic book store. Warning: don't spill chocolate milkshake on valuable issues!
2. Another ode to comics, Comic Books, comes from Blondie lead singer and pop culture phenom Debbie Harry, who talks about being inspired as a child reading Archie, Josie and the Pussycats, and superhero comics.
3. Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You is probably something we've all thought after being overwhelmed by the excitement of geeky friends. This song is by [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ookla_the_Mok_(band)](Ookla the Mok), a comical band named after a Thundarr the Barbarian character.
4. Number four on the list is probably the first song that comes to mind for many people, regarding superheroes and pop music. Sunshine Superman by Donovan name drops Superman and Green Lantern but mostly as a metaphor about his powers of seduction. You may also recognize this song as it was sampled by Imani Coppola in 1997 for her song "Legend of a Cowgirl."
A character homage to Sunshine Superman even appeared in the comics!
5. through 9. I think it's pretty clear why I chose these, with songs like Iron Man, Magneto and Titanium Man, Wolverine Blues, Batman & Robin, and The Riddler they had to be on the list. Somewhat ironically the song "Iron Man" was featured in the Iron Man movie numerous times but wasn't written about Marvel comics or Tony Stark.
10. I had to include this dated Super Friends theme song because I think the hard pounding drums still sound badass and because of the fond memories I have singing it while running around the house with a towel/cape around my neck. I also wonder if Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL were inspired by this when crafting Is She With You? (Wonder Woman Theme) from Batman Vs. Superman.
11. The video games section of the playlist naturally needed to start out with Video Games by Lana Del Rey. Lana (or the song's main character) waxes poetically about playing video games being her "idea of fun" in this moody love song. I couldn't agree more than playing video games together is a great way to strengthen a romantic bond!
12. Mario Kart Love Song seems like the perfect follow up to Video Games because I imagine it's what the couple was playing in Lana Del Rey’s song. Video games and love songs seem to go hand in hand as Sam Hart serenades his “Princess” with Kart conventions; stars, turtle shells and the frustratingly hard Rainbow Road. Jimmy Fallon even covered the song with Selena Gomez!
13.While March of the Nucleotides doesn’t directly address video games it’s a great song and Bit Shifter creates his music on a Game Boy. You can clearly hear the 8-bit influence on his tracks and this one sounds like the victory lap of a really tough level.
14. I wanted RPG representation on the list and was going to choose D&D by Stephen Lynch but its satirical, slightly derogatory, lyrics made me choose In The Garage by Weezer instead. The nerd-punk rockers name drop a “twelve-sized die”, “Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler too” in this ode to their childhood sanctuary.
15. Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult is a salute to monster movies and tries to have a deeper message hidden among the badass bass lines. "History shows again and again, how nature points out the folly of men." Some deep shit there.
BONUS TRACK! While not geeky Gay Bar by Electric Six is gay-themed and therefore satisfies the Geeks OUT gay/geeky mandate. Gay Bar is not only hilarious it’s also quite listenable and the features nearly naked Abraham Lincolns pumping iron. Not to be missed.
Hope you enjoy this playlist! Let me know if you enjoyed it and what songs you would have included. Maybe I'll add them to volume 2!
Download the playlist here: