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Geologic Music Videos

By November 15, 2012

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I'm always on the lookout for eruptions of geology in popular culture, whether it's geo-thrillers like "The Core" or an artist of any sort reaching into the geologist's world for a metaphor or idea. A new music video from the incomparable singer Björk illustrates her tectonic love song "Mutual Core"; see it here. It brought to mind two previous examples. One was made for the song "Volcano" by the short-lived Seattle trio Presidents of the USA (see it here), and the other was the B-52s' classic dance tune "Hot Lava" (see that one here). I was going to call these rock videos, but two things stopped me: the labels we use for pop music don't work any more, and the pun is too low.

There must be dozens more; help me out here.

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November 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(1) Howard says:

Jimmy Buffett: “Volcano” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSNxu_405Mk)

November 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm
(2) Gillian B says:

And the South Park “Chef Aid” album had the other glorious song “Hot Lava” by DVDA.

Any song that properly describes the formation of pillow lava is up there, in my books.

November 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm
(3) Geology Guide says:

Erik Klemetti, of the Eruptions blog, has just posted this list at his personal site.

November 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(4) Howard says:

NaCl by Kate and Anna McGarrigle (chemistry more than geology, but close enough!)

November 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(5) mining engineer says:

The Presidents of the United States of America are still around and they play Seattle occasionally.

F-Mac “Landslide”

November 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(6) Geology Guide says:

Good to hear that PUSA raves on . . .

Scientific American blogger David Bressan provides a wide-ranging list, too.

November 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(7) Rick says:

Steely Dan’s “My Old School” has a tongue-in-cheek line: “California tumbles into the sea, That’ll be the day I go Back to Annandale”

November 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm
(8) Joe P says:

I like this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVkn_ApZHY4

Rock Cycle Rap by Ms. Harvey

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