The ethical paleontologist has a list up of her top-five dinosaur songs and, given my recent penchant for posting rock videos…how can I resist a list of my own?
First, place crests down, is the haunting song of Parasaurolophus as reconstructed by Dr. Carl Diegert of Sandia National Lab and Dr. Thomas E. Williamson of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (seen above). I won’t even go into how they did it although these pics give clues, click ’em for more info.
It sort of reminds me of Close Encounters…maybe Parasaurolophus is trying to communicate to us across the depths of time. What’s that girl? A well?
What? Oh, never mind I guess you want drums and guitars and stuff? The rest in all their wetubey goodness are below the…
Next up is this cult classic by Charmer. Charmer? Google apparently preserves no trace of this band aside from this song (correct me if I’m wrong). Get a load of the bassist …shouldn’t he be in the horns section?
The song comes from the 1987 video Dinosaurs! I watched this movie approximately 700,000 times as a child. The film messed me up in a lot of ways. First, it convinced me that I’m much, much smarter than Fred Savage which is probably not true. Second, it led me to the conclusion that learning a lot about dinosaurs would win me the respect of my peers and probably a girlfriend. This also turned out not to be true, at least not until I went to college.
At the moment, you can find a link to the entire video at the Mesozoic Mind website. Yes, there’s a whole website devoted to this animated music video. Apparently I’m not the only one with the entire lyrics to this song etched into my brain like initials on a school desk. Every couple of years I find myself absent-mindedly singing to myself “you can keep your Cenozoic, but I’ll take my Mesozoic my-hy-hind.” This is troubling.
The movie as a whole is a bit hokier than the music video, and calling Kentrosaurus ugly seems totally uncalled for, but it’s worth watching if only for the young Fred Savage whining “Wait a minute, there’s nothing but rocks here. Rocks are just…rocks!”
Wait so what are we doing?
Oh yeah, so this is the first song I actually thought of although calling it a “dinosaur song” is quite a stretch:
Julia was giving demerits for scientific inaccuracy so the lone dinosaur mention in this song “that brontasaurus(sic) must have stood a thousand miles high” isn’t going to be winning any awards from her. Anyway though, it’s a good song and one of their ‘hits.’
Hey, here’s a fresh one:
I will admit that I thought the name “Scout Niblett” was a joke the first time I heard of her. But I suppose I thought the same thing about “Cat Power.” It’s an okay song, but again only barely dino-themed, in spite of the title. I like some of her other stuff rather better.
These kids are having fun, and the song is about dinosaurs, maybe, the lyrics are inaudible:
If we really loosen up the standards and start accepting entries from bands with paleo-themed names/albums the pickings get rather richer…
There’s Dinosaur Jr. of course:
“Tarpit” is about the closest thing to an actual “dinosaur song” by Dinosaur Jr. They were originally called Dinosaur, but changed their name due to a conflict with a san francisco psychedelic ‘supergroup.’ Now the actual Dinosaurs have been long forgotten, but the juniors changed the sound of American music and paved the way for Nirvana (among many others)….
And we can’t not mention Marc Bolan of T. Rex/”Bang a Gong”/”20th Century Boy” fame. T. Rex started out as Tyrannosaurus Rex with drummer Steve Peregrin Took and their sound was very different from Bolan’s later electric swagger:
I don’t think any of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s songs have anything to do with dinosaurs but it’s kind of hard to tell what the hell any of their songs are about, if anything. Here’s the lyrics to Stacey Grove
Stacey Grove he’s a roaming prophet of mine,
Hat full of wine.
Stacey Grove he’s a roving catcher of skies,
Forecaster of eyes, so no lies.
Dungaree dome is decked like a pagan temple to Zeus
He drinks acorn juice.
Roasting his feet by the furnace of peat,
He roars at the boars who massively sleep at his feet.
Antelope head his beard skylark red
Is tucked ‘neath the good of his summer sun hood.
And now that the gate of his evening is late
He sits on a log picking ticks off the back of his dog.
Oh he’s a nice cat
Got that? Moving right along.
I’ve always wanted to get into Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, many of their song and album names are geo/paleo-in-jokes like Iridium Controversy, “Carbon 14”, Dancing on A’a, “Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous” etc. I’ve never been successful, try for yourself (although I don’t recommend watching this video at 2:30 AM after your washing machine mysteriously disappeared):
Finally, I know that pterosaurs aren’t dinosaurs, but Pterodactyl deserves a nod, especially since they went to Oberlin:
You folks all know that Greg Graffin of Bad Religion has a doctorate in evolutionary biology right? But he thinks Edaphosaurus is a hadrosaur! I know, I know he meant Edmontosaurus It’s an honest mistake…
Okay, I’ll bet this looks like shite, and I’ve gotta check all the embeds, but if you’ll pardon me, the moon is passing into the Earth’s effing shadow right now! This was a good way to keep myself up.
POSTSCRIPT: I’m not a superstitious person, but first the washing machine, then every single one of the embeds failed, then I while trying to fix them I accidentally deleted my Silver Jews/S. J. Gould mashup!
I think all the videos are working now, also the artist/song names link to youtube. I may try to resurrect the previous post, although like dave says “you can live again, but you’ll have to die twice in the end.”
I’m going on vacation…seeya suckas!