Code Monkey (song)

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"Code Monkey"
Song by Jonathan Coulton
Released April 14, 2006 (2006-04-14)
Format MP3
Recorded April 2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:09
Writer Jonathan Coulton
"Code Monkey"
Song by Jonathan Coulton from the album Thing a Week Three
Released December 15, 2006 (2006-12-15)
Recorded April 2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:09
Writer Jonathan Coulton
Thing a Week Three track listing
  1. "Madelaine"
  2. "When You Go"
  3. "Code Monkey"
  4. "The Presidents"
  5. "Just as Long as Me"
  6. "Till the Money Comes"
  7. "Tom Cruise Crazy"
  8. "Famous Blue Raincoat"
  9. "Soft Rocked by Me"
  10. "Not About You"
  11. "Rock and Roll Boy"
  12. "Drinking with You"
  13. "Pizza Day"

"Code Monkey" is a song by Jonathan Coulton, first released on 14 April 2006[1] and part of his album Thing a Week Three released in December 2006. It is one of his most popular songs[2] and roughly a year after its release had been downloaded one million times.[3] It has been described as "a rocking anthem about dead-end programming jobs,"[4] "a song about a computer programmer in love with a receptionist,"[3] and "a semi-autobiographical song ... about a lovelorn computer programmer."[5]

Coulton credits the song's mention on the technology discussion site Slashdot with the earliest success of the "Thing a Week" project, remarking, "so here was this song about a sad tech geek, and it went directly - it was shot - an arrow shot directly to the heart of the tech geek community." [5] A music video for the song was created by Mike Spiff Booth using imagery from the World of Warcraft video game series and uploaded to YouTube on September 23, 2006.[6]

The song has appeared in television commercials, and is the theme song for the G4 television network show Code Monkeys.[7]

In 2008, the song was featured in an animated video presented at a free ASIFA event and was written by Tom Weiser and IdleAmbition.

In 2011 pianist Louis Durra recorded an instrumental version of the song for his album Mad World EP.


  1. ^ "Thing a Week 29 – Code Monkey"
  2. ^ "Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions". Slashdot, 5/31/2011.
  3. ^ a b (No author.) "Pop songs based on office life are missing from musical history," The Times (United Kingdom), Section: Features, What else happened, pg. 2 - Career, June 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Clive Thompson. "Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog". New York Times, 5/13/2011.
  5. ^ a b Alex Blumberg. "An Internet rock star tells all," All Things Considered, National Public Radio, May 13, 2011. Text retrieved from the Newspaper Source database.
  6. ^ Mike Spiff Booth. "Code Monkey Music Video"
  7. ^ Coulton, Jonathan (June 11, 2007). "Code Monkeys". Retrieved August 22, 2008. 

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