Tuesday Tune: ‘Chiron Beta Prime’ by Jonathan Coulton

Song: “Chiron Beta Prime”

Artist: Jonathan Coulton

Album: Thing a Week Two

Jonathan Coulton is arguably the most successful singer/songwriter of the internet age. Much has been written of his “Thing a Week” project, where he wrote, recorded, and released a new song every week during a 12 month span in 2005 and 2006. Many other artists have tried similar tricks, but Coulton’s success is due more to the undeniable quality of his songwriting rather than any gimmick.

Coulton’s songs combine a Beatle-esque level of songcraft with a They Might Be Giants’ sense of fun and humor. The sheer number of flat-out great songs that he produced during this period is truly remarkable. This week’s Tuesday Tune was written during this time.


“Chiron Beta Prime” may be the best comic/sci-fi/Christmas song ever written. It possesses a wonderfully catchy melody pinned to lyrics that read like an annual Christmas card written by a family enslaved by robots in deep space. Here’s a sample lyric:

Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime

Where we’re working in a mine for our robot overlords

Did I say overlords? I meant protectors.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Sci-Fi themed Christmas songs. I put together an iMix that includes this song, “I Want an Alien for Christmas”, and many other geeky, Sci-Fi themed Christmas songs by the likes of Weezer, Tori Amos, and others. If you want to check it out on iTunes, click here and have a Merry, Geeky Sci-Fi Christmas.

A Geeky Sci-Fi Christmas iMix

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