Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Feeling Fantastic, Thanks to JoCo.
Recently, I spoke with a friend of mine that is a DJ for a rock station in Champaign, IL. He mentioned that he was hooked on this artist he discovered not too long ago by the name of Jonathan Coulton, a former programmer turned musician. Most of his songs are on the geeky side, related to the internet, gaming, and technology in general. In any case, I thought his song “I Feel Fantastic” is rather amusing and quite germane to medical consumerism. Apparently the 2005 Popular Science article "Will Drugs Make Us Smarter and Happier?" inspired Coulton, also known as "JoCo," to write that song, which is kind of ironic. The narrator is depicted as being quite dependent on meds to get through his day. Click here to see one of the many music videos for this song. There is also this article in Popular Science from 2005, called “The Future of the Body: The Soundtrack," which talks about Coulton's other songs related to medical consumerism culture.