Wednesday, December 07, 2005
With Chemistry not only being the greatest album ever to be released by by man, beast, or girl band, but also containing the not-quite-the-mega-hit-it-should-have-been single Biology, it's clear that Science is where it's at in the world of pop. But Girls Aloud aren't the first band to turn to half remembered school lessons for inspiration; the world of bunsen burners and frog disections has been an influence on bands for many, many years, and lets not forget the many bands who've found that certain branches of chemistry can help along the old song writing process. To prove our point, here are ten entirely true and in no way made up facts about Science:-
- Olivia Newton-John's Let's Get Physical was comissioned by the Physics Marketing Board in an attempt to get more students interested in the subject. It failed, though interest in leotards soared by 1000%.
- Many scientists are interested as to what might happen if you dip Jamie Cullum repeatedly into a vat of acid. Despite the potential benefits to society, human rights lawyers have refused to allow permission as it is considered to be a cruel and unusual punishment. No judgement has yet been passed as to whether his music can also be considered as such.
- Despite what they may lead you to believe, medical exams aren't actually that hard, providing you can remember the lyrics to Dem Bones, Dem Bones.
- The blame for the declining number of students taking science classes falls squarely upon the shoulders of Coldplay's The Scientist single, for making the job sound compeletely dull and pointless.
- While many scientists, normally of the 'mad' variety, have been searching for a way to bring the dead back to life, most record companies are well ahead of them, happily disinterring the corpses of dead artists for the lucrative Christmas Best Of market.
- Diana Ross' Chain Reaction was inspired by her time working as a supervisor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
- We Are Scientists aren't.
- Busted, as recounted in their autobiographical song Year 3000 are the only people to have ever successfully built a time machine. Unfortunately their invention has yet to be used for public good as it's currently locked in the middle of a hotly fought copyright case between the band, Universal Studios and Michael J Fox.
- The Chemical Brothers got their name thanks to their enthusiasm for a My First Chemistry Set kit they got for Christmas one year. Unfortunately it had to be confiscated from them thanks to their habit of swallowing the iron filings.
- John Otway's Bunsen Burner is really rather fab.