But first, a word from Daria on the subject of geek esteem, self and otherwise:
And now that we’re all chortling, to the mix tape!
Nothing to Prove by The Doubleclicks
This Doubleclicks epic directly combats the “fake geek girl” stereotype and how fucked up it is. It is the ultimate geek self-esteem song. WE HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE. High fives forever.
My favorite line: “So women aren’t geeks, so is that your conclusion? That this is some secret club based on exclusion? 12-year-old dorks would say you’re being selfish, and then they’d go write in their journals in Elvish.”
You Were Cool by The Mountain Goats
“People were mean to you, but I always thought you were cool.” Bullied high school geeks around the world take note! Someone out there thinks you are cool, even if you don’t know it yet. I promise.
Favorite line: “It’s good to be young but let’s not kid ourselves: it’s better to pass on through those years and come out the other side with our hearts still beating having stared down demons, come back breathing.”
You Are Not a Robot by Marina and the Diamonds
This song is speaking to the crowd of folks who feel like they have to act tough all the time to hide the fact that they are humans with feelings inside and that a lot of shit that happens sucks and it hurts. Drop the body armor. Don’t be a robot because being tough is cool. Fitting in is stupid if it’s not you. Not entirely geek-focused, but a pretty sweet message with a robot theme and a hell of a lot of body glitter.
Favorite line: “Better to be hated than loved for what you’re not.”
Buddy Holly by Weezer
1990s teen anthem that it is, hundreds of times that I’ve listened to it, and I never realized what a “rock on geeks” song this was until recently. Well fuck yeah Weezer, thanks for putting in a good word for the geeks with Buddy Holly glasses in love with Mary Tyler Moores.
Qualifying line: “I don’t care what they say about us anyway, I don’t care about that.”
White and Nerdy by Weird Al
This song is, as the title says, specifically for the white nerdy boys feeling down about how geeky they are and wanting to celebrate how well they play minecraft and how many places of pi they can recite. Because it is Weird Al, it is making fun of white nerdy dudes at the same time that it is celebrating them, but I would feel more comfortable with it if there were more songs about being black and nerdy or female and nerdy or you know, any of the non-majority nerd types out there. Still, for the pasty, gangly nerd dude looking to laugh at himself and feel a little bit better about his geekiness, this is probably the song to listen to.
Lyrical sample: “First in my class here at M.I.T., Got skills, I’m a Champion of D&D, MC Escher that’s my favorite MC, Keep your 40 I’ll just have an Earl Grey tea. My rims never spin to the contrary, You’ll find they’re quite stationary, All of my action figures are cherry, Steven Hawking’s in my library.”
She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
This weird electro song is about a guy falling in love with his science teacher because science is really sexy. True story.
Lyrical sample: “She blinded me with science and hit me with technology.”
Through Being Cool by Devo
This song gets honorable mention for weirdness meets geekiness meets vague references to bullying in a small town neighborhood.
Lyrical sample: “Time to show those evil spuds what’s what. If you live in a small town you might meet a dozen or two.”
Do you know any songs about geek self esteem? To the comments!