The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 821: The history of nerd rock

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 821: The history of nerd rock
Fonzie was always calling Richie and Potsy nerds for being uncool dorks. A single-minded expert in a particular technical field. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. Shows like The Big Bang Theory and Silicon Valley are big hits. A foolish of contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. nerd: (nərd) n. The geeks have truly inherited the earth. By the end of the 70s, and coinciding with the rise of the culture around the personal computer, consumer technology, Star Wars and other sci-fi pursuits, the use of the word became even more widespread. Here, then is a short history of what we unreservedly, unashamedly and unironically called Nerd Rock. The, er, nerds at Google have a thing called The Ngram Viewer, which scans the texts of books going back to 1500–virtually the dawn of the printing press. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. According to these nerds, “nerd” shows up for the first time in a book called A True Discourse of the Assualt Committed Upon the Most Noble Prince, Prince William of Orange, County of Nassau, Marquesse de a Lever & C by John Jarequi Spaniarde [sic] with the True Copies of the Writings, Examinations, and Letters for Sundry Offenders in that Vile and Diuelifh [sic] Attempt. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. 2. This brings me to music. Song heard on this show:
Weezer, Pork and Beans
Leslie Fish, Banned from Argo
Devo, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Talking Heads, Life During Wartime
Thomas Dolby, She Blinded Me with Science
Pixies, Monkey Gone to Heaven
They Might Be Giants, Particle Man
Barenaked Ladies, If I Had $1,000,000
Nerf Herder, Van Halen
alt-J, 3WW
Here’s Eric Wilhite’s handy playlist. informal. Props, then, to Henry Winkler. And as you might guess, it falls squarely in the world of alt-rock. It lingered in the slang world for the rest of the 50s and into the 60s before it really took off in 1974 with the debut of the TV series, Happy Days. To him, a nerd was some kind of creature found in a zoo. I can’t tell what “nerd” refers to in that book because it’s written in Old Spanish and I couldn’t be bothered to find a translation. Then, the following year, Newsweek reported that nerd was being used in Detroit to describe an awkward sort of fellow who just wasn’t very cool. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. Example: a computer nerd. This is an old word, too. 1. Remember the Revenge of the Nerds movies from the 80s? The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. I do know that the word fell into disuse after about 1725, returning to the popular lexicon thanks to Dr. Nerdishness is now so widespread that nerds even have their own genre of music,. We now celebrate nerddom. Seuss in 1950. People asipire to be nerds like Bill Gates, Elon Mish and Mark Zuckerberg. Today in our technological society, being called a nerd is a compliment.