This week's science lesson is on Physics. Take notes in your books; there will be a test.
10. Landscape - Einstein A-Go Go
Let's start with the father of modern physics... and some classic oddball synthpop from 1981.
See also Einstein On The Beach by Counting Crows which you probably won't like as much as Landscape... though I do.
9. Jim White - Objects In Motion
Jim White finds a suitcase full of old love letters floating in a river... and starts getting metaphysical.
From the album Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See... which shows Jim also has an interest in geology, I guess.
8. The Verve - Space & Time
We have existence and that's all we share...More metaphysics from Tricky Dicky Ashcroft. Or Mr. Smiley as I like to call him.
This whole album is very evocative for me of '97 / '98, when the world still seemed full of endless possibility... and aching loneliness. I could probably write more about that, but it has very little to do with physics, so I'll save it for another post.
7. They Might Be Giants - Particle Man
Forget Einstein. This is what genius sounds like.
6. Pixies - Distances Equals Rate Times Time
And this is how you create a great pop song in under one minute twenty seconds.
Missing from my Maths Top Tens because I thought it to do with Physics.
5. Nick Cave - Higgs Boson Blues
In which Nick Cave drives his car down to Geneva to teach you some particle physics.
If I'd had a Physics teacher like Nick Cave, I'd have got higher than a D.
4. Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2
I like a bit of a cavort.For years, I thought the dialogue sampled in this song were Michael Caine.
It's actually James Fox from Nic Roeg's Performance.
But you knew that.
3. Ooberman - Physics Disco
The only song I own which actually features Physics in the title.
Ooberman are one of My Top Ten Unsung Legends of Pop. They should have been bigger than Oasis.
2. Billy Bragg - Qualifications
OK, so the top two songs are only tenuously connected to Physics, but both brag about a qualification in that particular field of science... and both of them make me smile a lot whenever I listen to them.
So what's the point in university?1. The Undertones - My Perfect Cousin
For three years I read philosophy
Now I read barcodes all day long
Beep-beep-beep sings that check-out song
With my qualifications
Talking bout my qualifications
Would you like to see my Ph.D.?
My BSE? My GCSE?
I gotta First in Physics so I ought to know
If your fries are for here or to go
He's got a degree in EconomicsNo wonder he's his mother's little golden boy...
Maths, Physics and Bionics
Not the obvious Number One, but indisputably the best song on here.
Which one makes you want to get physics-al?