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TGTF Top 10: Songs with Science-y Titles

 
By on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 11:00 am
 

With the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and Physiology, Physics and Chemistry announced this week, us here at TGTF thought it would be fitting for some discussion of the best songs that have managed to sneak science into their titles. This year’s Literature and Peace Prize winners have also been announced, but let’s face it. There are way too many tunes that would be appropriate and it’s a lot easier to get peace and love into a song, and music is just another art like literature, innit? So without further adieu…

10. Freelance Whales – ‘Enzymes’ (chemistry)
I’m not sure what this song means. “Turn into the tide / spill out your enzymes”: is that a sexual reference? Or maybe a cleansing of your soul? Not sure. Either way, they start the list with a obviously geeky song title.

9. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – ‘Twins’ (medicine / physiology)
While it would have been cool to have a song that was literally about the making of twins, this song instead is talking about how people can be perceived as twins as being peas in a pod. Which is the closest you’re going to get outside of genetics. And sheer luck.

8. Everything Everything – ‘Tin (the Manhole)’ (chemistry)
A song with a chemistry title but really about mortality (so could fit in the medicine / physiology group too).

7. Muse – ‘The Resistance’ (physics)
While it’s a stretch with “love is our resistance”, the next line “they keep us apart and they won’t stop breaking us down” actually, rather hilariously, sounds like how in biology, a receptor grabs onto its substrate: made for each other.

6. Maximo Park – ‘Our Velocity’ (physics)
“Never, never try to gauge temperature / when you tend to travel / at such speed / it’s our velocity” – it’s like a physics nerd’s love poem!

5. Tom Williams and the Boat – ‘My Bones’ (medicine / physiology)
Tom Williams effectively harnesses the feelings deep down in one’s bones, the only kind that love lost can engender.

4. The Wombats – ‘Anti-D’ (medicine / physiology)
This is the true story of lead singer Murph’s experience with anti-depressants that didn’t work. It even names citalopram, an actual anti-depressant that physically makes it impossible to cry (“the only tears come from our heads when we concentrate”).

3. Noah and the Whale – ‘Two Atoms in a Molecule’ (chemistry)
Love compared to what happens when two atoms come together to make a molecule? Yes, Charlie Fink *did* go there.

2. Mystery Jets – ‘Serotonin’ (medicine / physiology)
Named after the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter, it’s used effectively here as a way to call out a girl’s name (“Sarah…serotonin…”) and describe the way you feel like when you’re in love. Perfect, really.

1. OMD – ‘Electricity’ (physics)
The song is literally about power, or rather the wasting of it by mankind. Who knew the current flowing through Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs had it going on? And it was the ’80s, so here is a catchy as hell synth melody.

Honourable mention: Thomas Dolby – ‘She Blinded Me with Science’
It’s set in a wacky (no pun intended) mental institution. And come on, there’s an actual scientist – Magnus Pyke – in the video and adding strange interjections into the song. It doesn’t fall into any category but we’d be remiss not mentioning it on this list.

 

10 for 2010: What the others say…

 
By on Friday, 11th December 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

So, yesterday we finished our 10 for 2010 countdown with Delphic being crowned the band you are most excited about in 2010.

Whilst we may be one of the first sites to reveal our list of bands we are excited about in 2010, MTV and the BBC have both released their longlists: MTV’s “10 for 10 list” (not stealing our name idea at all….!), and the BBC’s Sound of 2010. It’s interestingto see some artists appearing in all three lists (Delphic, Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds and The Drums), and nice to see that wehave covered 8 of the 15 in the BBC’s longlist ahead of them.

Review our top 10 below and the lists from MTV and BBC after the jump. Let us know what you think about the lists and who you think is going to do big things in 2010 in the comments below…

There Goes The Fear (yes, us)
Below is our top 10 bands to watch in 2010 – this is the order in which you voted for the artists. Personally, I would have included Stornoway and swapped over Ellie and Marina in the top 10, however such is

  1. Delphic (read here)
  2. Ellie Goulding (read here)
  3. The Northwestern (read here)
  4. Everything Everything (read here)
  5. Marina and the Diamonds (read here)
  6. Two Door Cinema Club (read here)
  7. Dutch Uncles (read here)
  8. Egyptian Hip Hop (read here)
  9. The Drums (read here)
  10. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool (read here)

After the jump, read the full long lists of the BBC and MTV.

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