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"'''Octopus'''" is a song on [[Jonathan Coulton]]'s collection of unreleased tracks, [[The Aftermath]].
== History ==
"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: [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/12905] [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/12904].  [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13767] [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13769] [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14021] [http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14020]). (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:
<blockquote>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").</blockquote>
== Live performance ==
"Octopus" was first played live on [[Alexandria, VA: 2007-08-31|August 31st, 2008 in Alexandria, VA]].  It has subsequently been played only once, on [[Ann Arbor, MI: 2009-03-06|March 6th, 2009 in Ann Arbor, MI]].
== Trivia ==
*[[Len]] drew and painted a piece of art while the song was being recorded live via Ustream.  A finished  [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE84HH8wNwY 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 [http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/invertebrates-animals/octopus-and-squid/octopus_giant_kills_shark.html National Geographic Web site].
== Availability ==
=== Downloads ===
"Octopus" is currently only available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an [[joco:songdetails/Octopus|individual track]].
Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the [[joco:store/flac/|Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store]].
=== CD ===
''The Aftermath'' is not yet available on CD.
== Themes ==
*[[Marine life]]

Revision as of 00:16, 10 December 2011

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