Wired comes up with a list of 10 Retro Songs with Geek Cred

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A few weeks ago the Rock Band download content (dlc) included one of my favorite songs, Devo’s “Girl U Want.”  I played it through a few times with the kids, who are constantly subjected to my taste in music and have grown to appreciate a good, geeky tune when they hear and/or see it.  Devo on Rock Band led to another nostalgic session of surfing through my iTunes library, searching out songs that, like the Devo track,  had a bit of Geek cred to them.  The kids always get a kick out of this and the music videos fascinate them.

There are so many worthy choices, but here’s a quick play list I threw together.  Think of it as part one.  I know “Z” has a list or two kicking around, but these are all old school, pre-Grunge even, never mind Nerdcore…  Mostly 80s era, which means that we also have a handful of hilarious videos -in some case it was the video that got the song on the list in the first place; Russ noted a few examples of these earlier this year, including one of my early 80s Montreal favs, Men Without Hats.  I’m going to risk a pummeling from the music nerds by referring to this a “retro” list; I’ve done my time as a music critic and I’ll take the abuse over the arguable misuse of the term, but frankly it makes for a catchier title, so it stays.  So here you are.  Videos are SFW, and safe for kids.  A few “damn”s sprinkled around, here and there, but really nothing most of you would be worried about your kids seeing or hearing (this was the 80s after all).  Unless you’re concerned about them demanding a Flock of Seagulls hair cut -then again, kids are much more discriminating these days…

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