5 Greatest Geek Rock Acts

A 'geek' rubber duck - side view
A ‘geek’ rubber duck – side view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t think of myself as a geek-but I do watch the science channel and history channel more than the others and if they ever come out with a Stephen Hawking action figure; I may be tempted to add it to my collection. The cold hard fact is that when I think of any scenario and how a geek would act compared to a regular well-adjusted  person…….aaahhhhhhh….I would take the geek way—Ergo I must be a geek. So here is music about my people for my people… Forgive me this is difficult….kind of like when Luke finds out Darth Vader is his Dad…aaaahhhh…I did it again.

Note: Most of this is written from outside the geek world as I have just “come out” and  have not be officially welcomed by other geeks as one of their own. I mean no disrespect to my new brethren. This is still new to me. Enjoy!

5. Gwar

For the militant geek..You know that guy…if someone takes his seat in math class -he will laugh about it and then not let it go. This guy is in serious need of an outlet. A show by this band is just what the doctor ordered to let him have a bit of fun-(while getting sprayed with all manner of fake bodily fluids) and get all that rage out. Shock Rock dressed like game characters that rail against the evil system sounds like militant geek to me…think of them as a more unlikeable Kiss…I know… did not think it was possible to be more unlikeable than Gene Simmons? It is!!..Rage on geeks…rage on.

4.Weird Al Yankovic

He has taken the art of parody and turned it into science. He is the no-one that becomes everyone. Awkward at first glance- brilliant under the surface. The frog that says to the princess that tries to kiss him…”Whatever sweetie…got look for someone else to smooch…I am weird Al and I will rain my fury upon the entire music industry” White and Nerdy is geek brilliance shining so bright, it is almost cool.

3. They might be Giants

I once found myself at the acclaimed bastion of geekness called R.P.I  in order to find the room that these guys were playing in. Two guys that make a lot of noise in order to elevate the words of wonder that spill out from them as they preach to the converted followers of quirkiness. I love a band that relentlessly follows their vision through the hits and misses. You don’t have to suffer from full blown nerdness to enjoy them, but you do require some part of that disease running through your veins.


These guys started the revolution. They gave all geeks, nerds and social rejects a place to rally to. You can like computers and learn more than a few opening moves of chess(you never know when a surprise chess smack-down can happen) and still be O.K. It is alright to come out of the closet and admit that making your brain do some work might be some benefit to you and the world around you. And these dudes with the red plastic hats are laying down some funky beats…we can dance geeks…we can dance! Oh the joy and celebration! You think the iPhone would have been invented without the surge that these guys gave to the geek community? No way!


The hard days of the geek revolution are in the past. Technology runs the world and those that control and maintain this technology are living on the good side of the good towns. Basically…the geeks are running the world. So here is the emerged butterfly band of geekness flapping its wings in the bright sunshine of this new age. Put some of this music on as you lean back in the soft recliner and kick off those expensive slippers and bask in the delight that you have created. Take a drink of whatever you guys drink and enjoy it. We all call you Sir Geeks now!

14 thoughts on “5 Greatest Geek Rock Acts

    1. It is sad that they did not make the Hall of Fame while Rush and Donna Summer did. I did consider them and would add them if I go to a top ten…maybe even higher if I get more comments. And thanks for stopping by.

  1. ” if they ever come out with a Stephen Hawking action figure”, now that is going to be a great thing. It suggests that SH is a person that young kids like for some reason. I hope the reason is his contributions to science.

    1. When all you have left is your mind and you turn it into creative energy that powers thought on the great questions of science without flinching…much respect to SH.He deserves at least a figure and maybe a statue!

  2. I would consider The Violent Femmes, The Black Keys, and David Byrne for this list… good list nonetheless, although I admit to not being familiar with TMBG.

    1. Wow…I must be a true geek, because those are three great choices no matter who you are! If I extend this to a top ten, you might see two of these on it. I have seen the Talking Heads with Sir David running around like a maniac…I have seen the Violet Femmes getting everyone going with American Music and one of my new favorites are the Black Keys. This list may be just a starting point because as I am finding: Geeks come in many different styles and have many different preferences…And as always …thanks for dropping by the cave!

  3. Excellent and well-chosen list. I’m with you wholeheartedly with #’s 1, 2 & 3. TMBG are underrated songwriting geniuses and have been since the first time I heard their debut album in ’87? ’88? They’ve never released anything that’s less than very good, and some of their albums are simply amazing. I feel the same way about Weezer & Devo, although if I had to pick a favorite out of that group it would be TMBG. As for Weird Al, I’ve always loved what I’ve heard on the radio & seen on MTV, but I can’t imagine putting on one of his records. A collection of his videos? That’s another story.

    1. Funny thing about Al is I just synced my IPod and there were a few songs that I had not heard that made me laugh out loud… the dude next to me at the YMCA yesterday probably thinks I’m nuts. On another note TMBG’s are worth the trouble if you get the chance..and as always, thanks for dropping by the Cave!

      1. You don’t need to sell me on TMBG. I’ve got everything they’ve ever done and I think they’re great. Even their children’s albums are really enjoyable, and I would put their first album on the list of greatest debuts of all time. The think with Weird Al is that eventually the joke wears thin and then is the music worth listening to? Perhaps it is, but I’d rather watch his incredible parody videos. That’s where he really shines (as well as the movie UHF).

      2. Rich.

        I just admitted that I suffer from geekness and am still coming to terms with that(my family was not shocked BTW)…I’m not gonna make it worse by firing up my light saber and defending weird Al…but once in a great while he can make you laugh. Like those vintage SNL skits…not an everyday thing but still brilliant.

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