By now you’ve heard about the awesome exploits of astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson; whether it be why he thinks the original USS Enterprise is the greatest starship of all-time, or how he pokes holes in the plots of recent sci-fi films, or on his tireless efforts to expand the budget for NASA in order to continue space exploration. The man is one of the best in his field and is quickly becoming a pop cultural touchstone. Now The Phenomenauts, an Oakland, California based new wave punk rock band, have immortalized the great Neil deGrasse Tyson in song with their song “I’m With Neil!”
The Phenomenauts wrote a catchy 3-minute pop tune about the world-renowned astrophysicist with a contagious sound and a joyful march. The song is mostly made up of great moments in Neil deGrasse Tyson history spanning from his speeches about space exploration to the questioning of the existence of god.
The Phenomenauts wrote their song after deGrasse Tyson’s TV appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, guitarist/vocalist Commander Angel Nova says…
When he was on The Daily Show talking about how we needed to double NASA’s budget, we decided to — rather than just jumping out of our seats and cheering — that we should make a song to encourage our fans to love him too.
In an era when we revere intellect over athletics, it’s really easy to see why Neil deGrasse Tyson has become a pop culture icon. His enthusiasm for geek culture and science is infectious.