Nov 20 2008 9:07am

Nine Out of Ten Crazy Cyborgs Agree: You Should Give Jonathan Coulton Your Money

We love Mr. Jonathan Coulton here at There’s really no way to overstate this: if we could elect an official bard, I'm pretty sure he'd win in a landslide (even though he's already Contributing Troubadour at Popular Science). More than a few of our posts have been composed while rocking out Coulton-style, not to mention the fact that Cory Doctorow used lyrics from “The Future Soon” as the title for one of the very first original stories. If you're not already obsessed with his geek anthems (especially those about zombies, monkeys, mad scientists, crazy cyborgs, robot roommates, NPR and, well, fancy pants) then you need to check him out immediately; fans of nerd culture, hilarity, and incredibly clever songwriting will thank me.

Coulton licenses all of his work through Creative Commons, so there are a ton of great videos available online (a word to the wise, though: the machinima video for “First of May” is totally, totally NSFW. Unless you work at Which brings us to the good news: as part of the 2008 Creative Commons fundraising campaign, Coulton is offering his fans a chance to get the super deluxe bonus edition of his new greatest hits album and support an excellent cause. Here’s the deal, according to his site:

Between now and the end of the year a $50 donation gets you a 1 Gb USB thumb drive with all 20 songs and the artwork, plus all the source tracks for all the songs. All the source tracks? Yes. It took me about a million hours, thank you very much. So if you’ve ever wanted to do some kind of kooky remix or mashup, or if you’ve ever just wanted to take these songs apart and see how they work, this would be just the thing for you.

It’s a fantastic selection of über-catchy songs, all of which will be stuck in your head until the end of time—and you will like it, and beg for more...beg, I say! So go check it out.

Dan McGovern
1. dpmcg89
Jonathan Coulton is pretty much the coolest man alive. It's awesome to see artists finding creative ways to deal with file sharing. I could have guessed that Johhny C would hand out free technology and art with his chill-sauce tunes. Clever girl...

As for the kooky remixes, I'm ready for a sweet JoCo vs. Daft Punk track. It'll be interesting to see what fans do with the sources.

Thanks for the heads up. I should get back to my secret space lab in space.
2. jere7my
N.B. to Boston readers: as of yesterday night there were still tickets available for his show at the Paradise this Friday (11/21). See you there?
Megan Messinger
3. thumbelinablues
the machinima video for “First of May” is totally, totally NSFW. Unless you work at
I still hate you guys. But yay for source tracks! That could be fun... ::cackle::
Bridget McGovern
4. BMcGovern
@ Thumbelinablues

That was *not* my fault, I promise you!!! I blame Pablo :) Plus, I had a terrifying mash-up of "First of May" and "Purple Rain" playing on repeat in my head All Weekend Long. I have suffered enough for my sins...
Angela Brett
5. Angelastic
I sure hope those nine crazy cyborgs destroyed the tenth one with their claws, infrared eyes, etc.

Incidentally, the title of this post is just one of many occurrences of the word 'monkey' that get funnier when misread as 'monkey'.
Bridget McGovern
6. BMcGovern
@ Angeltastic

You have monkeys on the brain, my friend...and I like it.

Don't worry about the tenth cyborg. It's all under control...for now :)
Pablo Defendini
7. pablodefendini
@ BMcGovern #6

That's what you think. I hear nothing but the sound of the servos from where I'm standing... and it sounds of DOOM.
Angela Brett
8. Angelastic
Oh man, I typed 'monkey' the first time, too, didn't I?

I meant 'monk... aarrghh! Did it again. I meant money. And now I have no acceptable way to close the quotes.

Never mind, I notice you made the classic mistake of adding a t to my pseudonym (see definition 1), so we can just call them both reflexes.

I'd like to point out that you can indeed give Jonathan Coulton your monkey, or at least a monkey, and some money at the same time.
Bridget McGovern
9. BMcGovern
@ Angelastic #8

Touché, and well-played :) And thank you for the link!

Yes, people, go give Jonathan Coulton lots and lots of monkeys. And robots. And robot monkeys.
Liza .
10. aedifica
He has one about NPR? Cool! What song is it?

(I only know him from "Skullcrusher Mountain" and "First of May.")
Bridget McGovern
11. BMcGovern
@ aedifica

Dude! It's my current favorite, "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" I can't even explain how much win this song, win, win. And more win.

"Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance"
Liza .
12. aedifica
Bridget, thanks for the link--that is a great song!

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