Jonathan Coulton – “Still Alive”

My son just played me a song he can’t get out of his head, “Still Alive”. It’s the closing-credits music of the 2007 computer game Portal, sung by a heavily vocoded Ellen McLain. As it turns out, the song was written by science fiction pop songster Jonathan Coulton, whose excellent love songs about robots and zombies I have heard on the Escape Pod podcast. And here’s Coulton himself performing “Still Alive”.


  1. #1 Dean
    September 20, 2008

    Sweet. I just showed my son – he’s beaten Portal too.
    I have to admit, the game is fun, and the concept is interesting. We’re waiting for the next version.

  2. #2 Felicia Gilljam
    September 20, 2008

    Portal is seriously one of the best games of all time, possibly even THE best. You have to try it out! And Still Alive rocks.

    Look at me still talking when there’s science to do…

  3. #3 megan
    September 21, 2008

    Coulton is my hero. Does his Ikea song offend you or fill you with pride?

  4. #4 Martin R
    September 21, 2008

    Haha, I hadn’t heard that before, fun song!

  5. #5 scicurious
    September 22, 2008

    I love that song! Now I finally know where it was from!
    “I’m doing SCIENCE and I’m still alive!”

  6. #6 Ubi Dubium
    September 26, 2008

    Now look what you’ve done. I played that video, and now it’s stuck in my head. My kids watched it and now it’s stuck in their heads too. My oldest played it on a streaming loop for about an hour the other day, and printed out the lyrics. This is the worst earworm I’ve had in awhile. Good thing it’s a great song.

  7. #7 Walt Ribeiro
    November 25, 2009

    Portal is awesome. And Coulton’s music is fun to play and remix. Great post!

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