Palaeo Pop!

A while back, I wrote about the palaeontology of pop, suggesting an increasing appreciation of fossils in the world of popular music.

A year on, and things have taken a fascinating new turn. A project called Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is trying to create a palaeontologist pop star! Her name is Catherine Bennett, and on Thursday I'm off down to London to meet her.

In advance of that and the inevitable subsequent rise of #PalaeoPop, here's a short playlist of the most fossiliferous tunes I can think of:

1. "I Am A Paleontologist" by They Might Be Giants (though I am a palaeontologist):

2. "Rock Lobster" by the B-52s: (which, as a shrimp-harassing ichnologist, is my favourite):

3. "Walk The Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was) (also ichnological, but with some dubious geochronology):

4. "Dinosaur Sex" by Emmy The Great (did it really lead to nothing? The birds say not):

5. "Velociraptor!" by Kasabian:

6. "Holocene" by Bon Iver:

7. "Children of the Revolution" (or, perhaps, "Children Who Love Evolution" would be better) by T Rex (which should really be T. rex, but anyway):

8. "Just Like Heaven" by Dinosaur Jr (yes it's a cover, but from an album called 'Fossils'):

9. "What's Golden" by Jurassic 5 (I'm afraid I'm not cool enough to know any of their tracks, so this is just a track selected randomly from YouTube):

And last but not least, a little taster of music from Catherine Bennett herself:

10. "Apathy" by Catherine Bennett:

When the Palaeo Pop behemoth has yielded some monsters of rock, you can say you heard it here first!