June 3, 2010
This week's Science Song of the Week is "Glucose, Glucose" as performed by Science Groove. It's a parody of "Sugar, Sugar" the 1969 bubble-gum hit by The Archies, with new lyrics about glucose metabolism.
Since "Glucose, Glucose" was recorded in 2004, the advent of YouTube and similar websites has made it almost shockingly easy to combine sounds and images and to share these mashups online. As a result, "Glucose, Glucose" has taken on a new life as the soundtrack of a couple of YouTube videos:
I prefer the graphics of the first one, but the latter has over 100,000 hits! Just think about that for a moment. A catchy science song was released "into the wild"; others enjoyed it, added pictures, and shared it with friends; and now 100,000 people have heard the song. Can there be any doubt that this is a good way to reach large audiences with scientific content?