songs about architects


I can think of three...

"Thru these Architects Eyes" - David Bowie (Phillip Johnson)

"So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" - Simon and Garfunkel (FLLY)

"Fuller, Richard Buckminster" - Artichoke (Bunkminster Fuller)

Any others???

Jun 15, 05 2:29 pm
design geek-girl

"Once I Dreamt I Was An Architect" Decemberists

Jun 15, 05 2:32 pm  · 

I suppose the 'Brady Bunch' themesong

Jun 15, 05 2:40 pm  · 
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pavement's son "the hexx" has a line that says "architecture students are like virgins with an itch they can not scratch/never build a building until your'e 40 (i think) what kind of life is that?"

33.3 has a song called "an open letter to buckminster fuller" but there are no words to it.

that's all i got for now.

Jun 15, 05 2:45 pm  · 

Are you looking for songs about particular architects or just about architects and architecture in general.

"Army Corp of Architects" by Death Cab for Cutie

Also, not songs but on a related note, Angels in the Architecture and Architecture in Helsinki are both bands with great names.

Jun 15, 05 2:50 pm  · 

1 mile north has a song called evil architecture.

Jun 15, 05 2:53 pm  · 

i don't know if this counts but i always got a kick out of the song 'ideas for walls' by men w/o hats.

Jun 15, 05 3:01 pm  · 

black sabbath 'spiral architect'

alan parsons project had an album called 'Gaudí' with the song 'La Sagrada Familia'

btw, Bowie's 'Thru..' also mentions Richard Rogers... aka Sir Rogers

Jun 15, 05 3:05 pm  · 
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in another auld lang syne by dan fogelberg:

she said she'd married her an architect
who kept her warm and safe and dry
she would have liked to say she loved the man
but she didn't like to lie.

Jun 15, 05 3:32 pm  · 
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Pink Floyd's original memebers were Arch/Art students

Jun 15, 05 3:42 pm  · 

This is a bit of a stretch, but "Jesus, Etc." by Wilco. Now the song is hardly about architecture--okay, it's not about architecture at all, but it does have some very general references to architecture (or structure at least)... now I'm a student and an intern at a small office in Manchester, NH and the 60-year-old principal was singing specifically those lines from "Jesus, Etc." a few weeks back. I got a real kick out of it because of both his age and his selectivitiy in which lines he was singing...

also I read in the liner notes of my cd copy of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (tragically polluted with bonus tracks) that "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" is possibly about Simon's creative relationship with Garfunkel, a former architecture student, coming to an end...

finally, I've also heard that all the members of Pink Floyd except Syd Barrett were architecture students.. anyone know if this is true?

Jun 15, 05 3:45 pm  · 
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weird al was an architect

Jun 15, 05 3:47 pm  · 

And let's not forget that Weird Al got a Master's in architecture...

Jun 15, 05 3:48 pm  · 

DAMN YOU mdler!

Jun 15, 05 3:48 pm  · 
Doug Johnston
North of America

has a song about Eliel saarinen, and lots of architecturally relevant content in many of their songs.

I started to make a compliation cd once of songs about architecture, that had to have architecture in the lyrics or song title somewhere. The track list was huge, i found tons of songs. if i can find it, i'll post it here.

Jun 15, 05 3:50 pm  · 

since some of the talking heads came out of risd (not arch) and they have an album called 'songs about buildings and food', it's interesting to see byrne's tongue-in-cheek description of architecture in 'true stories' > basically a celebration of butler buildings: you can put any sign you want on 'em!

Jun 15, 05 3:52 pm  · 
Doug Johnston

i think one of the talking heads guys was studying architecture when they started the band, and a lot of their songs talk about buildings and cities... or even their movie True Stories.

Jun 15, 05 3:55 pm  · 
Doug Johnston


Jun 15, 05 3:57 pm  · 
c'mon feel the illinoise

from sufjan stevens new album is partly about the columbian exposition and name-checks FLLW.

Jun 15, 05 3:58 pm  · 
Oana S.

i'm not on the subject but i saw a movie about a divorced architect (what a surprise!). anyway, his ex-wife called him 'the architect of her unhappiness'.

Jun 15, 05 4:05 pm  · 

i <3 talking heads

Jun 15, 05 4:08 pm  · 

YES! north of america rules! good one, Doug Johnston....

the only thing i can come up w/ off the top of my head is 'alec eiffel' by the pixies...but i gues he was an engineer, not an architect...

Jun 15, 05 4:23 pm  · 

song from fraggle rock: we'll work together building shapes in the air

Jun 15, 05 4:29 pm  · 

cant believe I forgot...

Alec Eifel by the PIXIES...not an architect per se

Jun 15, 05 4:52 pm  · 
vado retro

death of an interior decorator also by dcfc

more songs about buildings and food-heads second disc
fixin a hole- the fab four

Jun 15, 05 6:51 pm  · 

not architecture but mecano [spanish group] has the salvador dali homage song, 'eungenio salvador dali'

Jun 15, 05 7:13 pm  · 
juan moment

"Architect's Eye" - The Mendoza Line

Jun 15, 05 8:17 pm  · 

this conversation has been done before i believe..

Megadeath: Architecture of Aggression

Jun 16, 05 12:08 am  · 

...and then there's Guru - 'respect the architect'. From jazzmatazz vol.2 i think.

Jun 16, 05 11:19 am  · 

"I go to work" by Kool Moe Dee:

"I don't write I build a rhyme
I draw plans draft the diagrams
An architect in effect
And it slams
And if it's weak when I'm done
Renovate and build another one"


Jun 16, 05 11:37 am  · 

shipping news - the architect in hell

Jun 16, 05 1:27 pm  · 

"Respect the Architect" by Guru and Bahamadia

Jun 16, 05 1:46 pm  · 

new radiant storm king has a song called "the opposing engineer sleeps alone" with the lyric...

i am an architect
with only one regret

Jun 16, 05 1:56 pm  · 

the three back to back posts where people think
of the same thing at the same time in this thread
is kind of creepy...

'our the middle of our street'

the talking heads ref made me think of 'this is
not my beautiful house.."

i guess it's a bit off topic though since it's really only
architecture and not architects...i just was amazed by
the similar thinking folk.

Jun 16, 05 2:10 pm  · 

- whole disc about scientists (including Buck Fuller). They should do one about architects

Jun 16, 05 2:37 pm  · 

"us and them" by pink floyd...
ok so i made this up - but it fits...

Jun 16, 05 4:11 pm  · 
Carl Douglas (agfa8x)

air - modulor mix

Jun 16, 05 4:23 pm  · 

King Crimson - 'The ConstruKction of Light'

also by Fripp's subjects, fractured and reunited under different names, the great box The ProjeKcts (that sounds archi too), has a couple of reworkings on that song (rehabilitation or alternative projects) called 'Heavy ConstruKction' (concrete and stone maybe..) and 'Light ConstruKction' (wood and metal?.. either musically and architecturally)

that box is amazing..

Jun 16, 05 5:16 pm  · 

Architecture in Helsinki, actually this is just the name of the band

Jun 17, 05 10:21 am  · 
general acres

a member from sha na na was or is an architect. they played at woodstock........not sure why i know this

Jun 17, 05 4:59 pm  · 

the Scissor Sisters has a song (number nine or 10 on their new CD, not sure what it's called) that uses a few architecture metaphors, that's the best I got...

"...skyscrapers rise between us, keeping me from finding you...if the concrete architecture disappeared there'd be so few..."

sorry, it was on when I got to work this morning...

Jun 17, 05 5:45 pm  · 

Alice Cooper's 'Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)' has this line about the UNO skyscraper by Corbu, Niemeyer, Howard Robertson et altri, and the whole fascination for New York's grandeur:

"We're so young and pretty, we're so young and clean
So many things that we have never seen
Let's move from Ohio, sell this dam' old store
Big Apple dreamin' on a wooden floor

Skyscrapers and subways and stations
Staring up at the United Nations

New York is waiting for you and me, baby
Waiting to swallow us down
New York, we're coming to see what you're made of
Are you as great as you sound

Heard about them massages, and all those dirty shows
I read somewhere some places never close
While we waste time on yokels, comin' through the door
Big Apple dreamin' on a wooden floor

Skyscrapers and subways and stations
Staring up at the United Nations

New York is waiting for you and me, baby
Waiting to swallow us down
New York, we're coming to see what you're made of
Are you as great as you sound"

Jun 17, 05 6:13 pm  · 

someone once told me that the dude that committed suicide in Mars Volta (the one that deloused in the comatorium was written about) was an architecture student.

now defunct 'Pavement' singer Stephen Malkmus was an architecture student and dropped out to become a god in the indie world.

Jun 17, 05 7:24 pm  · 
Mason White

how could we forget einsturzende neubauten's "strategies against archietcture"

oh, and
juana molina has a song about her mother visiting her in LA from Colombia i think .. and how they planned to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright, Neutra and Schindler houses together - but her mom just wants to hit the 99¢ stores.

Jun 17, 05 8:42 pm  · 

there is a 'playlist' in the new Log with
a) songs about architecture
b) songs by bands with former architects
c) songs influencing/influenced by architecture

Jun 17, 05 10:19 pm  · 

About Pink Floyd, Yes they did attend
the Regent Street Polytechnic School in London. And they (Rick, Roger, and
Nick) were architecture students. Says Nick Mason in his new book, Inside
Out, "I had strolled into studying architecture with no great ambition....In
later years we would become heavily involved in everything from the
construction of lighting towers to stage design. Our training allowed us the
luxury of making relatively informed comments whenever we brought the real
experts in." Also, one of the first names of the group was The
Architectural Abdabs. Later The Screaming Abdabs, T-Set or Tea Set,
Meggadeaths, and finally The Pink Floyd. I could ramble on in this vein for
hours, but I will spare you.

Jun 18, 05 12:21 am  · 

"I am a Building" (without doors...) - The Wallflowers


SO not to code, but it's okay because Jakob Dylan is a hottie...

Jun 18, 05 4:29 pm  · 
R.A. Rudolph

There's a Pulp song on A Different Class, I think. Goes something like this 'He's an architect and such a lovely guy, and he'll stay with you until the day you die..." but you don't want him because he's not good in bed... (that's the gist of it anyway) architect portrayed as cuckold, nice.

Jun 18, 05 5:00 pm  · 

the ex-drummer of Devo is an electrician

Jun 18, 05 7:11 pm  · 

btw...when is Brad Pitt putting out an album???

Jun 18, 05 7:12 pm  · 

Apparently Seal studied architecture...

Jun 20, 05 8:40 am  · 

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