Jonathan Coulton

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1, 1970
New York City, CT
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1, 1970 (age 50)
New York City, CT


Known for his Billboard-ranked album Artificial Heart and for such "geek"-themed singles as "Re: Your Brains" and "Code Monkey," this singer, songwriter, and video game music composer also released folk rock-influenced albums with such original titles as Smoking Monkey and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms.

Before Fame

While a student at Yale University during the early 1990s, he performed with the a cappella group the Yale Whiffenpoofs. After graduating, he worked as a computer programmer for the New York-based Cluen company.


His cover of the popular song "Baby Got Back," which gave the classic track a new tune, was featured in 2013 on the television series Glee. Because the producers of Glee had not asked his permission to use the unique cover nor credited him as its creator, a legal dispute ensued.

Family Life

He was raised in Colchester, Connecticut, where he played both the guitar and the drums during his high school years.

Associated With

Podcast host Adam Curry frequently included Coulton's music on his popular Daily Source Code program.