Code Monkey (song)
|Song by Jonathan Coulton|
|from the album Thing a Week Three|
|Released||December 15, 2006|
|Thing a Week Three track listing|
"Code Monkey" is a song by Jonathan Coulton, released on 14 April 2006 and part of his album Thing a Week Three released in December 2006. It is one of his most popular songs and has since been downloaded over one million times. It has been variously described as:
- "a rocking anthem about dead-end programming jobs,"
- "a song about a computer programmer in love with a receptionist,"
- and "a semi-autobiographical song ... about a lovelorn computer programmer."
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." 
In 2008, the song was featured in an animated video presented at a free ASIFA event, written by Tom Weiser and IdleAmbition.
In 2012, Chicago-based performance troupe VStheUNIVERSE released a short film based on Coulton's work entitled "Code Monkey."
- "Thing a Week 29 – Code Monkey"
- "Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions". Slashdot, 5/31/2011.
- (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.
- Clive Thompson. "Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog". New York Times, 5/13/2011.
- Alex Blumberg. "An Internet rock star tells all," All Things Considered, National Public Radio, May 13, 2011. Text retrieved from the Newspaper Source database.
- Mike Spiff Booth. "Code Monkey Music Video"
- Coulton, Jonathan (June 11, 2007). "Code Monkeys". JonathanCoulton.com. Retrieved August 22, 2008.