#LeedsPlaylist – CultFix 02 – A Celebration of Geek Culture

 

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CultFix 02 – Otaku

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Picture from tinterweb!
OTAKU – A Japanese term that refers to people with obsessive interests.
I decided that I wanted to put together a playlist that celebrated Geeks and the Culture that’s evolved around it.
I was a bit nervous to begin with. Not sure if I was ‘allowed’ as I barely consider myself to be a geek at all – maybe on the peripherals – so I started to research to make sure that I didn’t leave out anything vital.
After deciding that there were at least 8 categories*** to start from, across at least 5**** distinct genera’s; I set to work. Some hours later – while debating the inclusion or lack thereof of a particular topic***** – I had an epiphany.
It probably doesn’t matter that I’m not a *proper *Geek – and who decides that anyway?
It probably doesn’t matter if I don’t cover *every single aspect* of a fandom that’s larger than life and then some.
There are many others who will have *better *knowledge about everything than I.
But I’m the one making this playlist! After swotting up for a 10 track playlist for at least half a day – I’ve probably assured my own suitability!
Song List – Geeky Songs – My Personal Favourites!
01 – Bare Naked Ladies – The History of Everything – SCIENCE; EVOLUTION
02 – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check it out – STAR TREK
03 – Mouldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You – GAMER
04 – Thomas Dolby – She blinded me with science – SCIENCE
05 – Devo – Through being Cool – SF; ANTI-COOL
06 – Marian Call – I’ll Still Be A Geek After Nobody Thinks It’s Chic – GEEK; ANTI-COOL
07 – Tenacious D – Wonderboy – COMICS; SUPERS
08 – Random – Grow Up – GEEK
09 – Chemical Brothers & John Williams – Galvanize the Empire – STAR WARS
10 – Felicia Day & the Guild – I’m the one that Cool – GAMER
(I have a feeling that I’ll be returning to this theme in the very soon for a second CD. With stuff like Pinball Wizard, Nerd Girl, Roll a D6, Ramble on… I might just do a separate Superman based one.) 
 
*   Categories    – Comics; Games; Tv; Films; Books; Science; Computers; Attitude.
** Sub-Genera’s – Anthems; Mainstream; Metal; Nerdcore Rap & Hip Hop; Gamer.
***Steam punk?

Song List – Geeky Songs – My Personal Favourites!
01 – Bare Naked Ladies – The History of Everything – SCIENCE; EVOLUTION
Brilliant song and regular podcast listeners will know that there is a protocol to singing along!
02 – Beastie Boys – Ch-Check it out – STAR TREK
Coz it rocks.
03 – Mouldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You – GAMER
One of my favourite songs – disovered while watching Juno – one of my favourtie films.
04 – Thomas Dolby – She blinded me with science – SCIENCE
Coz how could you make a list without it?!
05 – Devo – Through being Cool – SF; ANTI-COOL
The perfect antidote.
06 – Marian Call – I’ll Still Be A Geek After Nobody Thinks It’s Chic – GEEK; ANTI-COOL
THIS! I want this song as a blankie for when I’m asked why I like SF again!
07 – Tenacious D – Wonderboy – COMICS; SUPERS
I so rarely get the opportunity to include Tenacious D in playlists – a shame because I do love em!
08 – Random – Grow Up – GEEK
NEVER!
09 – Chemical Brothers & John Williams – Galvanize the Empire – STAR WARS
Please find on YouTube HERE. I couldn’t find this on spotify. Such a good track
10 – Felicia Day & the Guild – I’m the one that Cool – GAMER
The BEST SONG EVER! And the video is AWESOME! (Find on YouTube HERE) If you don’t know who Felicia Day is – remedy this immediately by subscribing to Geek and Sundry HERE !)
Whether I’m a Geek or not is the sort of thing that bothers me at 3am after a bottle of wine.
WHY I R GEEK –
·        I am a passionate fan of the WHEDON – a superior being and writer.
·        Love me some BOOKS. Blog about them, pod about them, book club about them.
·        Love me some TV/FIL-UMS too.  Blog (ish) about them, pod about them, watch em constantly!
·        PRIORITIES – I would rather buy books, comics or DVD’s than food or clothes. Even in a one or t’other situation.
·        Addicted to social media and t’INTERWEB. I don’t know if this necessarily translates as geeky – but it’s how I find the YouTube videos and links that mildly amuse my mother and convincing her that I’m bang up on trend. (HA!)
·        I CON. Yup, pay money to meet people who star in my favourite shows. Not because they are famous (heaven forfend!) but because they are part of the worlds I spend so much time visitng!
·        I’ve quite happily spent hours looking up potential songs for this PLAYLIST– surely a qualifier in and off itself?
WHY SO NOT A GEEK –
·        I don’t wear glasses of any sort – let alone BLACK RIMMED ONES (get the offensive stereotype out of the way first eh?).
·        Ever tried to discuss geeky things when you CAN’T REMEMBER NAMES – I have noun issues. It’s a trial. Pain in the neck IRL, but absolute torture when with fellow passionistas.
·        I don’t GAME(though I’d love to give it a go!) as I have no co-ordination skills whatsoever. Play lots on my phone though. Does it count? That’s a genuine question by the way – does it count?
·        I love COMICS, but can only afford to purchase pre-existing-multi-fandom titles (though am on a first name basis with my local – counts for something right?).
·        I’ve only built one COMPUTER out of random parts and I had help. Lots of it.

Though I used to love maths and NUMBERS; years of admin work has me totally calculator dependent (Sailors Often Have Curly Auburn Hair Till Old Age – though apparently I can still remember some trigonometry shortcuts) even for the easy stuff.



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About Drneevil

Blogger, podcaster, reader, knitter. Founder of Leeds Book Club; host of Culturally Fixated; co-host of Conversations with Geek People; tech support for Leeds Browncoats.

Posted on November 12, 2012, in Cult Fix Blog, LeedsPlaylist, Music, Soundtrack and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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