Octopus

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Octopus
ReleaseThe Aftermath
Length2:56
Release date06-07-2007
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"Octopus" is a song on Jonathan Coulton's collection of unreleased tracks, The Aftermath.


History[edit]

"Octopus" was released on June 7th, 2007, the first song for which Jonathan streamed his recording sessions live over the Internet to inaugurate the JoCo in a Bubble project (archive: [1] [2]. [3] [4] [5] [6]). (He has since repeated this process with other songs from The Aftermath; see My Beige Bear and Lady Aberlin's Muumuu.)

According to Jonathan, this song was inspired by a YouTube video his daughter liked to watch, showing an octopus attacking and devouring a shark:

If you are a sea creature that an octopus wants to eat, God help you, because it's definitely going to eat you, and it's going to hurt a lot. So for a while I went around singing "Octopus, some kind of octopus," in my head and thinking about an octopus just tearing things to pieces, mostly crabs. Naturally, this became a nice metaphor for a breakup song (as long as I avoided using the word "sucker").

Live performance[edit]

"Octopus" was first played live on August 31st, 2008 in Alexandria, VA. It has subsequently been played only once, on March 6th, 2009 in Ann Arbor, MI.

Trivia[edit]

  • Len drew and painted a piece of art while the song was being recorded live via Ustream. A finished music video of the song, depicting the art being drawn in time-lapse, was released an hour after the song hit the net. This is the first time that a fan video and piece of art has appeared so soon after the song was released.
  • Jonathan noted that the YouTube version of the video is a "a blatant violation of copyright," but there is an official version from the National Geographic Web site.

Availability[edit]

Downloads[edit]

"Octopus" is currently only available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store.

CD[edit]

The Aftermath is not yet available on CD.

Themes[edit]

The Aftermath
1. Octopus - 2. Re: Vos Cerveaux - 3. My Beige Bear - 4. Lady Aberlin's Muumuu - 5. Washy Ad Jeffy - 6. Monkey Shines - 7. Big Dick Farts a Polka - 8. Space Doggity - 9. Always the Moon - 10. Blue Sunny Day