There’s a lot of nerdily-themed music out there. Whether it’s songs about steampunk, sci-fi rapping, or a hymn to the joys of board games, if you’ve got a hobby you can bet someone’s made a tune about it.

And sure, a lot of it isn’t great. But have you listened to the radio recently? I’ll take something amateurish but interesting rather than over-produced pop six days out of seven (on that seventh day I’ll be leaping around the house to Take That and Taylor Swift, because even over-produced pop has some great talents).

Neither am I saying that nerdy music is all amateurish. Any genre in any medium has a lot of amateurs and a few skilled or lucky pros. Here, for your weekend listening, are some of my favourites.

The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth by I Fight Dragons – geek rock with computer game bleeps, wonderfully exuberant:


Drawings With Words by Wordburglar – the joys of comic collecting as expressed by a Canadian rapper with a talent for unexpected rhymes (contains swears and obscure superhero references):


Fire Fire by Steam Powered Giraffe – steampunk robots sing about a space disaster:


We Do Not Sow by Adam WarRock – the latest in a string of Game of Thrones raps from an incredibly prolific artist (again, it’s hip-hop, do not play this language around young children):


  1. Sue Archer says:

    Thanks for sharing something different, Andrew. I hadn’t heard of Wordburglar, but I have been to the store he references near the end of the song – the Silver Snail in Toronto. It’s a truly awesome game and comics store. (This would have been an awesome song, too, if it could have avoided the sexist overtones. I live for the day when women are recognized more positively in both rap and geek culture.)

    • Totally agree about the sexism. It’s a shame that a rapper who’s clearly capable of avoiding some of hip-hops unpleasant cliches slips so casually into sexism. But then I’m endlessly disappointed at how a musical genre that started out radical on issues of race and authority has become an enforcer of regressive attitudes on gender and other social issues.

      • Sue Archer says:

        It’s sad, isn’t it? I’ve heard some brilliant rap, but a lot of it continues to reinforce negative approaches. They could do so much better!

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