So you may have noticed us banging on (and on) about our launch party on 10th March. Ooops! It’s only because it’s going to be GREAT! Still, on your travels around the interweb, you may not have bumped into any of our launch gigging artists, so perhaps it’s time we enlightened you.
If you think you’ve heard of them but can’t quite figure out why, it’s probably because of this* – their ‘London Underground Song’ – which has had well over a million hits on You Tube.
Amateur Transplants are Adam Kay and Suman Biswas. They write funny songs about all sorts of things, but being doctors, they’ve written an awful lot of nerdy ones about medical exams, drugs, nasty diseases and so on… it’s much funnier than it sounds. Here, you should probably just watch this:
Ultimately better than the Bonnie Tyler original, we think you’ll agree.
Last year, for our May podcast, we caught up with Adam and Suman at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol, where they played us a couple of songs:
That was nice of them, wasn’t it?
Anyway, you should come to see Amateur Transplants if you like: laughing, parody songs, smut.
Oh, and here’s what some other people had to say about them:
“Superbly politically incorrect. Gloriously funny.” – The Scotsman
“Extremely funny. Never less than utterly clever” – The Telegraph
“This made me very, very happy” – Stephen Fry
*You probably shouldn’t watch this if you are easily offended by swearing. There’s quite a lot of it.
DR MARTIN AUSTWICK
How to describe Martin Austwick? He’s a man. A physicist. A soundman. And a one-man band. Who, incidentally, now has some other people in his band. We first met Martin at last year’s virtual festival, in his guise as The Sound of the Ladies. He’s since played in Einstein’s Garden at Green Man Festival and contributed a gorgeous acoustic version of his song “The Grand Tour” to our podcast. He’s also excellent at closing umbrellas when they get stuck.
Martin will be joined by Jim Footner and Will Elsdale to play songs about science from his forthcoming album Songs from the Scientific Cabaret, due for release on the day of the launch.
You should come to see Martin if you like: acousticness, clever lyrics, beards
“A genuine musical maverick” – Subba-Cultcha
“He should be more famous” – Josie Long
“Becoming somewhat of a superhero in the underground acoustic scene” – God is in the TV zine
Steve is our host for this year’s live launch. It doesn’t do him justice to say he does science stand-up, but he does do jokes that involve science, and they are funny. You might recognise him from Blue Peter (yes, THAT Blue Peter), where he’s the resident science expert. He also appears regularly at Festival of the Spoken Nerd and is one half of the comedy double act Mould & Arrowsmith (guess which half…), about which people have said:
“Beyond nerdy, yet playful and ingeniously funny… far more entertaining than they have any right to be.” – The List
“Riotously funny” - Fringe review
You should come to see Steve if you like: nerd jokes, fire (aha, bet you’re curious now huh?), Blue Peter
OTHER REASONS TO COME TO THE LAUNCH PARTY
1. It’s (probably) the only place you’ll be able to get your hands on a physical rather than digital copy of the forthcoming Geek Pop EP release – AND you’ll get it ahead of the official release date on 11th March
2. We hope to be able to set up a (small) fund for commissioning new science-inspired music from the profits.
3. Wilton’s. This place is one of London’s finest music venues.
4. Because all the cool square kids will be there.
5. If you combine the first halves of two of our acts, you get Steve Martin. (If you combine the second halves you get Martin Mould, which is potentially funnier).
ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, HOW DO I GET TICKETS THEN?
Go here. Tickets are a tenner.
This year’s launch gig is sponsored by the communications and education consultancy Graphic Science, who run innovative and engaging projects and events involving science.
The subject of robots explored through song! What could be geekier? We had so many suggestions for this podcast we couldn’t fit them all on, but here are our top tunes. As always, don’t forget to vote in the Geek Poll – this month we ask you to pick the coolest science fiction robot EVER (below).
We also preview the 2011 Geek Pop festival, with clippage from MJ Hibbett and a full length Lardpony track. (Ex-Lardpony member Vom Vorton will be taking to the Comical Flask stage in March). Get tickets for our launch party here.
The February Spotify playlist is here. We’re also putting together a Robot Song Spotify list including all the suggestions we couldn’t use. But if you want to download this month’s tracks in iTunes, click on the links below.
Robot Son – Lardpony (full play)
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