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The Complete Jonathan Coulton Set Lists

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
July 19, 2012

Before he was a musician, singer-songwriter and Internet sensation, Jonathan Coulton wrote software — a career he quit to pursue his current professional full time in 2005. He’s the musical director for Little Gray Books created and hosted by friend John Hodgman, and is the Contributing Troubadour for Popular Science Magazine.

Shortly after retiring from his day job, Coulton launched the “Thing a Week” project, producing a new song each week for a year that was released as a free. He reports having been unable to ensnare any girls while playing the snare drum in his high school marching band. This sad state of affairs led him to switch to guitar, and pen a number of bittersweet ballads steeped heavily in teenage angst. He says this didn’t work, either.

Now, Coulton revels in his success as the resident musician of NPR’s Ask Me Another, where he wooed audiences with the following songs during the show’s inaugural season.

The Complete Jonathan Coulton Season One Set Lists

Episode 1:

“Furry Old Lobster”

“Brookline” — not available on

“Geek Jock Convergence”

Episode 2:

“She Works Hard For The Money” (Donna Summer cover)

“Mr. Fancy Pants”

Episode 3:

“Good Morning Tucson”

“Millionaire Girlfriend”

“Artificial Heart” — not available on

Episode 4: — music not available on

“Little Round Mirrors” (Harvey Danger cover)

“Tom Cruise Crazy”

“Double Rainbow Song” (Gregory Brothers cover)

Episode 5:

“Big Bad World One”

“Betty and Me”

“Skullcrusher Mountain”

Episode 7:

“I Dream of Jeannie Theme Song”

“Mandelbrot Set”

“Washy Ad Jeffy”

Episode 8:


“Art’s A Belieber” (Monkees parody) — not available on

“That Spells DNA”

Episode 9:

“The Presidents”

“Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance”


Episode 10:

“Je Suis Rick Springfield”

“Shop Vac”

Episode 11: — music not available on

“I Lost On Jeopardy” (Weird Al cover)

“I’m Your Moon”

“Re: Your Brains”

Episode 12: — not yet available on

“I Feel Fantastic”

“Baby Got Back” (Sir Mix-A-Lot cover)

“Code Monkey”

[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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