Tom Lehrer sings “The Elements”

One of the touchstones of sanity and comedy in my life has been Tom Lehrer, a college professor who rose from complete obscurity to moderate obscurity in the 1960s. He sold many records of his songs: catchy, brilliant, insightful, hilarious songs about then-current events and issues, as well as light-hearted views into things academic. The Onion A.V. Club interviewed Mr. Lehrer in 2000, which is a good read. For something a bit more fun, see Mike Stanfill’s flash animation of Lehrer’s “The Elements,” one of his most popular songs. It’s merely a list of the chemical elements set to “a vaguely recognizable tune.”

If you like what you hear, I suggest you follow the links on Mike Stanfill’s site to the various books and CDs of Tom Lehrer’s work. Listen to some of the samples of his songs on Amazon–you may discover a new joy!

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