Tom Lehrer Got It From Agnes

From 1980, a television appearance by the brilliant Tom Lehrer, where he performs a song that never made it onto any of his records back in the day. (I hear it’s on the CD re-issue, though.)

Via David Nessle.


  1. #1 The Science Pundit
    June 3, 2009

    I’d never heard that one before. Brilliant!

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    June 3, 2009

    It’s on “The Remains of Tom Lehrer”, so I have heard it before.

    There’s a video of some stuff that didn’t get into the CD, this is one of the songs.

  3. #3 Martin R
    June 3, 2009

    Haha, the “Sociology” song captures a trend in 60s and 70s archaeology as well. I wonder what Lehrer would have made of the reaction against that, the “post-processualism” of the later 80s and 90s.

    Lehrer, born in ’28, is still around, BTW.

  4. Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  5. #5 PsyberDave
    June 5, 2009

    I remember this song from The Doctor Demento Show (a syndicated comedy radio show here in the U.S.; popular in the 1970’s and ’80’s, for those of you not familiar).

    The big surprise here was Martin’s reference to Tom Lehrer still being alive. I had assumed he was long gone. I am glad to see he’s still around.

  6. #6 Monado
    June 9, 2009

    Tom Lehrer was, last I heard,

    Enjoying his retirement from teaching math at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

    He’s 81 or 82 now.

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