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  • National Brotherhood Week is still one of his best songs. And it still applies today

  • TIL Tom Lehrer is still alive.

  • He was never a Harvard professor. He went to Harvard and taught at MIT, but he was a professor at UC Santa Cruz.

    And is awesome.

  • Ah, Tom Lehrer and poisoning pigeons in the park…

  • >If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while.

    This guy. This guy gets it.

  • My favourite quote:

    > It was [about] a lady named Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel, who had, in her lifetime, managed to acquire as lovers practically all of the top creative men in central Europe.

    > It’s people like that who make you realize how little you’ve accomplished. It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.

    > — Tom Lehrer, the guy who got Master’s degree in Mathematics at Harward when he was 19.

  • Lehrer invented the Jell-O shot too, a true American hero

  • Neat, a professor with the last name of Lehrer (“teacher/professor” in German). I wonder if it was just the historical family trade or if teaching was just his destiny.

  • Here’s the 2 Chainz Version:

    https://youtu.be/CRE6upYHztk

  • Here’s one of my favourite Lehrer songs for y’all: [The Irish Ballad.](https://youtu.be/P_jjRNMOopA)

  • True story, I had “Lobachevsky” by Tom Lehrer stuck in my head while I lost my virginity. Started laughing partway through, because there I was having sex for the first time and all I could think was “I have a friend in Minsk, who has a friend in Pinsk, whose friend in Omsk, has friend in Tomsk, with friend in akmolynsk…”

    https://youtu.be/wNel8RwSLyE

    So basically, that fucker really messed with my sex life…

  • this is what’s so great about sampling in rap music. a buncha young people get to hear tom lehrer when they never would have otherwise. i always love seeing artists who enjoy that their music gets sampled, like [how pleased timmy thomas was that “why can’t we live together” was in “hotline bling.”](https://youtu.be/iVGMmEJrUiQ?t=35s)

  • For those who don’t know, amongst his history of brilliant songs, he was also the writer / singer of “Silent E” and “L-Y” for The Electric Company back in the 70s

  • This isn’t exactly surprising, he was one of the greatest comedy song writers of the 1950s and 1960s.

    Here’s arguably his best song, about a Nazi the Americans hired to work on the Moon Landing rocket. https://youtu.be/TjDEsGZLbio

  • Tom is a true genius.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Lehrer

    He gave a popup performance at Eisenhower Park a few years ago, people went nuts. I’m kicking myself for missing it.

    Check this one out.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yrbv40ENU_o

  • [Dope Peddler](https://youtu.be/CRE6upYHz) is the song in question for the curious.

    ^^^2 ^^^^CHAINZ

  • Glad to see some Tom Lehrer love! Not too familiar with his teaching background (I think he was a math prof) but I was introduced to him through Regina Spektor. By then I already liked dark cabaret, and stuff like Gloomy Sunday so when I heard Lehrer’s song [“My Home Town”](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=85UqvuG2ojo) I was hooked. Tbh, I was more surprised he was allowed to sing that edgy stuff without major backlash.

  • Its Funny how a lot of Lehrer’s Song are still somewhat relevant to today political climate

  • This guy! A friend showed me a song ages ago called something like “We will all burn together when we burn”. Still frighteningly relevent.
    Edit: It is actually “We will all go together when we go”

  • This guy’s name is his occupation, if he wasn’t always referred to as lehrer lehrer there’s a missed opportunity

  • my grandparents caught me with a 2livecrew album in 1992, and proceeded to break out a Lehrer record. great times.

  • Of course he would, he knows we all go together when we go.

  • That’s the guy who wrote and performed the Elements song. I memorized it in middle school to be cool.

    THERE’S ANTIMONY ARSENIC ALUMINUM SELENIUM
    AND HYDROGEN AND OXYGEN AND NITROGEN AND RHENIUM
    AND NICKEL NEODYMIUM NEPTUNIUM GERMANIUM
    AND IRON AMERICIUM RUTHENIUM URANIUM
    EUROPIUM ZIRCONIUM LUTETIUM VANADIUM
    AND LANTHANUM AND OSMIUM AND ASTATINE AND RADIUM
    AND GOLD AND PROTACTINIUM AND INDIUM AND GALLIUM.

    *inhale*

    AND IODINE AND THORIUM AND THULIUM AND THALLIUM

    *piano*

    THERE’S YTTRIUM YTTERBIUM ACTINIUM RUBIDIUM
    AND BORON GADOLIIM NIOBIUM IRIDIUM
    AND STRONTIUM AND SILICON AND SILVER AND SAMARIUM
    AND BISMUTH BROMINE LITHIUM BERYLLIUM AND BARIUM

    *piano*

    THERE’S HOLMIUM AND HELIUM AND HAFNIUM AND ERBIUM
    AND PHOSPHORUS AND FRANCIUM AND FLUORINE AND TERBIUM
    AND MANGANESE AND MERCURY MOLYBDENUM MAGNESIUM
    DYSPROSIUM AND SCANDIUM AND CERIUM AND CAESIUM
    AND LEAD PRASEODYMIUM AND PLATINUM PLUTONIUM
    PALLADIUM PROMETHIUM POTASSIUM POLONIUM AND TANTALUM TECHNETIUM TITANIUM TELLURIUM

    *long inhale*

    AND CADMIUM AND CALCIUM AND CHROMIUM AND CURIUM

    *piano*

    THERE’S SULPHUR CALIFORNIUM AND FERMIUM BERKELIUM
    AND ALSO MANDELEVIUM EINSTEINIUM NOBELIUM
    AND ARGON KRYPTON NEON RADON XENON ZINC AND RHODIUM
    AND CHLORINE CARBON COBALT COPPER TUNGSTEN TIN AND SODIUM

    *piano*

    THESE ARE THE ONLY ONES OF WHICH THE NEWS HAS COME TO HAAARRVAARRRD,
    AND THERE MAY BE MANY OTHERS BUT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN DISCOOOVVEERRED

    dum dumdumdum dumm, dumm, dummm!!

    ok this took me about 10 min to recite, listening to Pink Floyd while doing this wasn’t helping.

  • Last name chains first name **2**

  • Wasnt he a Harvard alumnus but an MIT professor?

    Regardless, aside from loudly singing “Fight Fiercely Harvard” at the football games, I play his “Elements Song” for my chemistry class when we get to the periodic table chapter (they’re sophomores in high school and basically none of them know who Lehrer is).

  • Looks like I know what album I’ll be jamming out to today: https://i.imgur.com/ax5950h.jpg

  • That was the year that was is still one of the best political satire albums of all time. And is still surprisingly relevant. I think we could all learn from a listen to National Brotherhood Week

  • Total legend. Love his work.

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