By Michael Banks
Outreach raps or songs about science are all the rage these days. Last year we had the Large Hadron Rap by Kate McAlpine and more recently she released a rare-isotope rap for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
Indeed, Steven Rush — aka Funky49 — recently released a rap about the Tevatron for Fermilab entitled Particle Business.
Not to be outdone, Australia’s national science agency — The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization — has teamed up with Sydney University’s Science Revue to release a song about seemingly every science topic.
Featuring “Chem”, “Bio”, “Psych”, “Phys” and “Maths”, they have done a take on the Backstreet Boys’ hit single: Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).
However, Instead of using “everybody” in the song, they have replaced it with climatology, oceanography, or indeed anything else that ends in -ography.
It is a well put together music video and they have upped the ante for science/geeky songs.
My favourite bit is when “Maths” appears wearing a chain around his neck with a rather large pi symbol attached to it singing the words “am I irrational”.
As they all seem to be students, I guess that “Maths” has had some help from “Chem” to make his rapper-like chain to appear to look like gold.