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This boy is going places!

If you haven't heard of Jonathan Coulton yet, just wait. As the hosts of Jawbone Radio, a podcast that frequently plays Mr. Coulton's music, we can say with all sincerity that had we any money to put down, we would place it squarely on him to be the next big internet breakout star. His infectious melodies, cerebral, often quirky and humorous lyrics are a testament to great songwriting. And after listening to Mr. Coulton's music, it's difficult to keep one of his catchy tunes out of your subconcious. Barring surgery, of course. Keep an eye on this boy's star, because he's on his way up!

Thing a Week I and II

Smoking Monkey is a good album. "Ikea" is witty and clever, as is "Millionaire Girlfriend." Nonetheless, some of his best songs are found on his albums Thing a Week I and Thing a Week II. Coulton's hilarious, yet crafty, remake of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back" borders on genious. "Flickr" begins as a cheesy, poignant song, subtly "devolving" into pure, wonderful strangeness, a la They Might Be Giants or perhaps even The Dead Milkmen. "I Will" from Thing a Week II is just a beautiful song. It's playful, yet shows a serious side to Coulton, which is an important quality for any real artist to possess. You have to go to his website to get these albums; I highly recommend it.

Great Stuff

I first heard of Jonathan Coulton on the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast and have been hooked ever since. Very unique folky/geeky lyrics and catchy tunes.


Born: December 1, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When They Might Be Giants were first starting out they experimented with an answering machine service named Dial-a-Song, by means of which listeners could call them in Brooklyn and listen to a random taped song. The service was popular enough that it broke down frequently, but not before it helped them get signed to an indie label, Bar/None. Jonathan Coulton, standing on the shoulders of the Giants both musically and spiritually, found fame by the 21st century equivalent of Dial-a-Song through "Thing...
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Smoking Monkey, Jonathan Coulton
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, New Age
  • Released: Nov 12, 2003

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