The Biochemists' Songbook MP3 Files
page contains links to MP3 files with recorded versions of songs from
The Biochemists' Songbook, by Harold Baum. Dr. Baum was a
professor at Chelsea College of the University of London who composed a
biochemical song each year for his departmental Christmas party.
A collection of these songs was published in 1982 by Pergamon Press,
along with a cassette tape with professional recordings of the songs.
A second edition of the book,
containing several new songs, was published by Taylor and Francis in
the UK and CRC Press in the US in 1995 and is still available.
Dr. Baum was then at King's College, University of London.
The tape is no longer available, and Taylor and Francis informed me
that the copyright had reverted to Dr. Baum, who is now retired from
teaching but still involved in research at King's College. When I
asked for permission to convert the tape tracks to MP3 for use in my
lectures and for downloading by my students, he graciously
consented. When I then asked whether I might post the MP3 files
on a publicly available web site, he was delighted to give his
permission for that as well, so that I could do this "as a pro bono
gesture to students elsewhere."
I know that the lyrics to some of these songs have been posted on
various web sites, and you can probably find them by googling around,
but, in respect of copyright laws, especially since the book
is still available, I will not post them here.
Cohlberg, Professor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
of Chemistry and Biochemistry
State University, Long Beach
The performances on the tape
produced and arranged by Peter Shade, MPRS, MCPS, AGAC (I don't know
what these mean, but it all looks pretty impressive) and recorded by
Tidytones Limited. Gary Bond was the singer, with Brian Lemon on
piano, Peter Shade on
synthesisers, piano, vibes and flute, Michael Salmons on clarinet,
saxophone and violin, Alan Ganley on drums, and Brian Barnes on
backup vocals. Thanks
Walter Gajewski from Academic Computing Services at CSULB for doing the
Here are the MP3 files:
If you like these songs, you might
also enjoy the ones reached by the following links:
Wildly Popular Metabolic Melodies
Aimee Hartnell's Musical
Cohlberg's Biochemistry Songs
Note to professors: I can heartily recommend using these songs in
your lectures, and trying to get the students to sing along.
Whether or not the lyrics actually have specific
pedagogical value, playing and singing these songs always puts both me
and the students in a good
mood, and I think that this alone helps the teaching and learning