Jonathan Coulton | JoCo Looks Back

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JoCo Looks Back

by Jonathan Coulton

Well-crafted geek pop - twenty of his most beloved songs, selected carefully for maximum excellence.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Code Monkey
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2. Ikea
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3:04 album only
3. I Feel Fantastic
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3:05 album only
4. Mandelbrot Set
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4:22 album only
5. Tom Cruise Crazy
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3:41 album only
6. Shop Vac
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3:31 album only
7. Chiron Beta Prime
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2:51 album only
8. I'm Your Moon
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9. My Monkey
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10. Skullcrusher Mountain
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4:19 album only
11. I Crush Everything
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12. When You Go
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13. A Talk With George
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14. You Ruined Everything
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15. Creepy Doll
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16. Mr. Fancy Pants
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17. Baby Got Back
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18. First of May
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19. Re: Your Brains
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20. The Future Soon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
An independent musician with the heart of a geek, Jonathan Coulton is a Yale graduate who left his day-job as a computer programmer to stay home and write songs. Between 2005 and 2006 he wrote, recorded, and published a new song every week as a free podcast project called “Thing a Week.” This year-long experiment produced 52 consistently well-written and solidly produced songs, and he soon became an internet sensation. Jonathan’s songs cover unusual topics not often heard in music and tend to make even the most jaded listeners excited about music again.

Coulton's is the voice of every elementary school kid who could never quite keep his shirt tucked in or shoes tied; every lovelorn mason and mad scientist; every vengeful nerd; every one of us who has ever sat despairingly on the floor, surrounded by parts of an Ikea endtable, weeping over an allen wrench.
A number of Jonathan’s songs have become full-fledged internet hits: his folk-rock cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back” the unrequited love of a mad scientist in “Skullcrusher Mountain,” and "Code Monkey," the anthem of software designers everywhere. The office zombie song "Re: Your Brains" made the Dr. Demento Funny 25 countdown for 2006. But beneath the geeky comedy there is real heart. ” I’ve always been a math (sorry, I mean “maths”) and science guy, so I think about robots and fractals all the time. But on a deeper level, there’s a thread running through my songs about how it feels to be a nerd – this kind of alienation, a sense of not belonging, not being accepted. And it’s not just limited to actual nerds – I think we’re all familiar with that feeling, no matter how popular we were in school,” says Coulton.

Jonathan Coulton won the 2007 Game Audio Network Guild “Song of the Year” award for his composition “Still Alive,” which was featured in the critically acclaimed game Portal, the Game Developers Choice Awards “Game of the Year” for 2007. All of the songs from the Thing a Week project are now available on CD, either individually or in a packaged box set and his song “Code Monkey” is heard each week on the G4 Television program of the same name.

Coulton releases all his music under a Creative Commons license that allows for legal file sharing and copying, as well as non-commercial derivative works. His worldwide community of fans has rallied around him to generate airplay on hundreds of podcasts, create a library of music videos, and arrange gigs around the United States.

When not traveling the globe or using his powers for good, Jonathan Coulton resides in New York City with his wife and children.


Reviews


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Craig Israel

Almost the perfect album
I'm a big fan of JoCo and this album *almost* delivers everything I wanted. I found myself missing "DNA," "The Presidents" and, more than anything, "Famous Blue Raincoat." But these are minor quibbles, because the album as a whole is still very, very good. Plus, I already downloaded the other songs right from JoCo's site. The perfect gift for the nerd in your life!

Marcy Tanter

Love me some JoCo!
Got my CD really quickly, thank you! Who doesn't love Jonathan????? :)

Bill Elsbernd

Great Album
I became a fan of JoCo after hearing a three song offering from PC Gamer. I was hooked. After viewing spiffworlds utube music videos, I was totally hooked. His music addresses fresh areas and has great peculiar ways of looking at things. I really enjoyed this CD and you will too.

Bill Elsbernd

Great Album
I became a fan of JoCo after hearing a three song offering from PC Gamer. I was hooked. After viewing spiffworlds utube music videos, I was totally hooked. His music addresses fresh areas and has great peculiar ways of looking at things. I really enjoyed this CD and you will too.

Tim Agne

Coulton saves Christmas
After serenading some friends with "Skullcrusher Mountain" on Rock Band 2, my wife and I bought them this album as a Christmas/law school graduation gift. After that, the couple drove from Detroit to San Diego with all their stuff, a large dog and a ball python packed into a Honda Accord. "JoCo Looks Back" never left their CD player.

Along the way, they visited us at our new apartment in Phoenix, where we were amazed to hear them debating the message behind "Shop Vac." Needless to say, the gift was a roaring success.

Amy Niggel


This was a gift for my husband for Christmas. He initially heard "Skullcrusher Mountain" on Rockband 2. He is now the envy of all of our friends because he owns an entire album of similar music. Great fun!

Ella Oliver


I had been looking for the perfect way to introduce my brother to JoCo, and along comes an album with all my favorites in one place -- as well as a bunch that are new to me as well. Great Christmas present!

Brendan Tucker

JoCo Looks Back
Had the CD for about a month now, and haven't listened to anything else since. Definitely the very best of an already great portfolio of music.