Thing a Week 29 – Code Monkey

April 14th, 2006

Yay, monkeys. This is not autobiographical, but I did indeed used to have a job writing software. VB! MS SQL! I affectionately referred to myself and my co-developers as code monkeys, especially when a client asked me a question that I didn’t want to answer (“What do I know? I’m just a code monkey.”).
Now this part is important: tomorrow morning I leave for a week long vacation in a sunny place, and I don’t know how easily I’ll be able to access the internets. I think it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get anything posted, so I’m giving you notice now: I’m taking the week off, I think. If I am in fact unable to post anything, I’ll refund a dollar to all you paying subscribers. The rest of you will just get nothing for nothing, which seems fair.

See you in a week…

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326 Responses to “Thing a Week 29 – Code Monkey”

  1. [...] This song is a very comical look into the world of coder across the world. It is a song from Jonathan Coulton Jonathan releases songs for free about once a week under Creative Commons which allowed the video to be made. Very funny and the song is cool (I’m not real fond of the video) if you ever code for a living… [...]

  2. Davito says:

    I just heard this for the first time today. Very nice, actually very touching. I’m a VB code monkey, too. Thanks a bunch of bananas.

    I’m going to purchase the code monkey coffee mug and t-shirt.

  3. IrishLadd says:

    Very nice song, just bought it.

    I’m going to get the T-Shirt soon as well.

  4. [...] Oh, one more thing: Codemonkey rocks! [...]

  5. [...] I found this really cool song this week, called “code monkey”, by Jonathan Coulton. You can download it here from his site http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2006/04/14/thing-a-week-29-code-monkey/. [...]

  6. [...] Last week on their show, Net@Nite, Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur introduced many of us to the song Code Monkey, which is pure brilliance. Later, it emerged there is a video for Code Monkey. Again, brilliance. [...]

  7. [...] Code Monkey Andrew was kind enough to pass along a link to the Code Monkey song which is pretty amusing and partly describes my early days a developer Explore posts in the same categories: code monkey, song, mp3, humor [...]

  8. [...] Jonathan Coulton РCode Monkey Runterladen oder kaufen k̦nnt ihr das Lied hier. [...]

  9. Jennie says:

    I’m jealous about the sunny place part of your article. And I feel completely unaffectionate with the term “code moneky” right now. I’m a code moneky behind bars today.. =P

  10. [...] Spotlight: Code Monkey 13 03 2007 Jonathan Coulton is an ex-programmer. He used to code in the very lovely VB. Then, once upon a midnight dreary, he decided to give it all up and become a rock super star. And, though he may not be a house-hold name, the geek gods have smiled upon him and pushed his song “Code Monkey” up to classic status. You can grab it here. [...]

  11. [...] Listen to it, love it, buy the guy’s stuff   Listening to: Jonathan Coulton – Code Monkey [...]

  12. [...] Dirty Epic – Underworld Gina’s Groove – Clayton Brothers Code Monkey – John Coulton (I fetured him on one of the podcasts, the song is released under Creative Commons, so it’s free to download) Life is too Short (energy mix) – Kai Tracid Message in the Bottle (both the orriginal, and the filterfunk/hi-tack remix) – The Police Not my top 5, but worth showing everyone. I thought it was funny, yet touching in an odd way… Flickr – John Coulton __________________ New PSP3D radio Every Tuesday!!! My mayor is a Teflon coated slime bag Hopefully he’ll learn not to try and push quite possibly unconstitutional bills though the state assembly and then waste tax money fighting it in court. Plus, he has failed the bar exam 4 times . Disclaimer: These are my opinions, and I am wholy responsible for them. [...]

  13. [...] What is that, a Gorillaz thing? Anyway, reminds me of the song Code Monkey… [...]

  14. [...] We also went for what I like to call “the Code Monkey Factor.” Code Monkey is Jonathan Coulton’s brilliant song about a downtrodden software developer who wistfully daydreams about the pretty receptionist at his office. Since there’s getting completely around how Information Technology is still largely male dominated, we wanted an actress who would not seem utterly unattainable. Instead, we wanted shot for an attractive woman that most guys would think they might have a chance at. (We asked her to remove the engagement ring for the filming.) [...]

  15. [...] We also went for what I like to call “the Code Monkey Factor.” Code Monkey is Jonathan Coulton’s brilliant song about a downtrodden software developer who wistfully daydreams about the pretty receptionist at his office. Since there’s getting completely around how Information Technology is still largely male dominated, we wanted an actress who would not seem utterly unattainable. Instead, we wanted shot for an attractive woman that most guys would think they might have a chance at. (We asked her to remove the engagement ring for the filming.) [...]

  16. [...] I also added better Meta tags, improved my Xhtml w3 validation, and became CSS validated YAY. For those of you who don’t know (or care) this means the site looks more the same in all browsers than before. Yet again glancing up at the clock, I see it is past midnight. Im very like code monkey in the song by jonathan coulton. Roll out of bed, code 12 hours, roll into bed. [...]

  17. [...] Jonathan Coulton’s Code Monkey. MP3 Torrent [...]

  18. FunkeyMonkey says:

    FunkeyMonkey like you A LOT.

  19. john says:

    awww its so :( cuz code monkey so good but code monkey so sad!

  20. [...] You guys know who you are – hint – if any of this makes sense then you are or were one… Code Monkey The song is the creation of Jonathan Coulton who has blogged about it here. [...]

  21. Taed says:

    I love this song! I’ve been listening to it on infinite repeat for 3 days now!

  22. Jexia says:

    Ditto that. Feeling the code monkey love.

  23. Jimbo says:

    Your not him bitch

  24. Jonathan says:

    wtf man i am him

  25. Doug says:

    Great song man. You need to do more software developer songs. :) Not many songs out there that capture the day in and day out of us programmers.

  26. [...] I think this is the originator of this fun song (which is a year old, but I just heard it for the first time, so…): Thing a Week 29, Code Monkey. [...]

  27. TheMadAdmin says:

    Freaking great song. Also the video on Youtube was great as well.

    Thanks.

  28. [...] Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” is a must-listen if you’re a programmer. [...]

  29. [...] Jonathan Coulton is probably one of the most loved musicians and artists in the blogosphere, because of the way he interacts with his fans and the way he takes his audience’s advice to heart, and sometimes just plainly asks for advice from them. And that is commendable, in my opinion. Coulton puts out songs once a week (give or take), and browsing some older ones (Probably about 1 month old), I found one of the best ones, in my opinion. His latest “Thing a Week”, number 29, introduces to the world a song that touches the heart of anyone who worked a desk job, or programmed anything ever, and it is aptly named Code Monkey. Here’s Jonathan’s words on the inspiration for the song: This is not autobiographical, but I did indeed used to have a job writing software. VB! MS SQL! I affectionately referred to myself and my co-developers as code monkeys, especially when a client asked me a question that I didn’t want to answer (”What do I know? I’m just a code monkey.”). [...]

  30. ex-code monkey says:

    The article in the NYT magazine led me to look up your blog and this song. IT ROCKS!!!! I’ve quitted my job as a code monkey 10 days ago and have been feeling liberated and at the same time very lost not having Rob hovering over me. Your song makes me want to finally get on with my life. Your one-song-a-week goal is very inspiring as well. THANKS!!

  31. A fan says:

    So, I just heard this song. And the chorus kinda sounds like Guster’s Amsterdam. Do you listen to much Guster? Anyone else notice the similarity?

    Kudos. I like the song. :)

  32. [...] La livraison 29 de cette marche forcée de la créativité a eu plus de succès que les autres. Code Monkey est une chansons sur le job de développeur, dans la société de l’information. Ils sont nombreux ceux dont le boulot est d’interagir avec des machines, des managers incompétents et des collègues pas toujours compatissants. [...]

  33. tyler says:

    i want the url code for code monkey

  34. [...] a new show on the G4 network called Code Monkeys (tv.com entry), which of course uses the Jonathan Coulton song as its intro [...]

  35. jeebus says:

    I just started watching the show on G4 and had to find out where this song came from. I’m a code monkey and this song is so frickin’ cool.

  36. that one guy says:

    does anyone know the tab for this song? it sounds like a fun song to do for a talent show, kareoke, ect

  37. noonoo says:

    this is a great song i just found it out (frend told me i live in au) ill be loocking for other songs but id like to let u know THIS SONG KICKS BUT, yeah thats all realy, good luck. U ROCK!

  38. RockFX says:

    Hi!
    me a code monkey too
    thx for song
    how you know about big warm fuzzy secret heart?!
    me tell no one

  39. Tab Monkey says:

    Tab for this song? Play it by ear guitar monkey :P

    Ah, ok. I like this song (me code monkey too), so I dusted off and tuned my guitar and tabbed it out for you ‘that one guy’

    Goes a little something like this:

    code monkey get up…
    -7(muted)
    —–

    rob say…
    -9——-
    -7–9–7-
    —-7–5-

    -9———6\4–
    -7–9–7—4\2–
    —-7–5——–

    maybe manager.. saying….crazy…
    ——-6-9—–|—————–
    -7–9–4-7-9—|-7———9—–
    -5–7——7—|-5———7—–

    ..fritos..simple
    ———-2-2h4–4–4h6–
    -9-9–6-4-2——4——-
    -7-6–4-2-0————–
    ————————-

    etc..

    Should be enough to get you started.

    copy and past into a your favourite editor for monospaced font for correct alignment oc numbers.

    Mr C.

  40. Tab Monkey says:

    hmmm, replace the long dashes — with two single dashes -

  41. Cjv says:

    Watch Code Monkey on g4, this song is the theme song, and the theme song rocks!

  42. As a code-monkey who just got his first job…this has automatically become my anthem. I was refered here by a friend to get the song, and I’ve already played it way too gawddamn much.

    I would like to get Code Monkey the shirt, Code Monkey the Spitoon, Code Monkey the Breakfast Meat, and Code Monkey the Flamethrower.

  43. jolly says:

    booby this music is for people that work in jobs like tech and all so if u dont like it dont post stuff in here

  44. [...] Extra special bonus: Code Monkey from Jonathan Coulton [...]

  45. Drew says:

    we have a winner.

    while(1) {
    you.monkey.code();
    }
    return; //never happens

  46. Triston says:

    guys, the song is about a code monkey, its hard not to like it

    and btw the show on g4 is called “Code Monkeys”, and yes it is awesome

  47. Triston Davis The Nerd says:

    oh, btw hi mom!!!!!!!