On the anniversary of Climategate, RealClimate’s Ray Pierrehumbert sings the CO2 blues, Chicago style

I’ve previously highlighted the accordion talents of RealClimate co-founder Dr. Ray Pierrehumbert. Now he’s formed a band with two guys named Abbot and Archer, singing the CO2 blues in a music video.

How appropriate though, given the politics employed by Ray and The Team, that they say “We are climate scientists, Chicago style”.

Mike Mann apparently wasn’t invited to the jam as the only musical instrument he can play is the percussive hockey stick. Watch the video below:

And they say skeptics are the crazy ones.

h/t to Tom Nelson and Andy Revkin

UPDATE: It is worth recalling what Dr. Ray Pierrehumbert recently wrote of skeptics:

McIntyre, McKittrick, and Watts are the Andrew Breitbarts of climate. Occasionally they may out something that is technically true, but it is always of minor consequence compared to the noise, and always a distraction from the truly important questions facing society.  That’s why, big as the IPCC tent may be, I hope there will never be a place in it for any of these clowns.

Please, someone get this man a mirror.

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99 Responses to On the anniversary of Climategate, RealClimate’s Ray Pierrehumbert sings the CO2 blues, Chicago style

  1. Steph says:

    [Using multiple screen names violate site Policy. ~dbs, mod.]

  2. petermue says:

    My first thought on Abbot and Archer was Abbot and Costello.

    Still my favorite video is

  3. Kev-in-Uk says:

    not even musically interesting…and as for the lyrics, my dog can converse better…….

  4. henrychance says:

    The music is horrible. They better cling to their gubment jobs.

  5. Mike86 says:

    That was just sad. They should get with the Minnesotans for Global Warming group.

  6. Mike Davis says:

    A song for those whose research resembles that done by the person praised in this song:

  7. Vince Causey says:

    Thanks guys – Next!

  8. Ken Coffman says:

    I’d like to hear their version of The Hockey Stick Blues…

    http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_9363502

  9. PaulH says:

    There’s 3 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. These guys should stick to their day jobs. (What ever it is they do…)

  10. Ken Coffman says:

    Their musical skills are highly correlated with their climate science skills.

  11. OMG that’s out-and-out painful.

  12. Latitude says:

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference……………………..

  13. Steeptown says:

    It’s far worse than we thought. Send for the men in white coats.

  14. Bill Illis says:

    If they don’t care about how embarassingly bad their music is (including demonstrating that in spades to the whole world across the internet), what makes one think they care about how bad their climate science is.

  15. Olen says:

    They should apologize to Ray Charles, and The Grateful Dead. The Denier video on the other hand may have a future.

  16. johnboy11 says:

    get a grip…that was great..lighten up

  17. Sundance says:

    While I can easily forget the display of disasters in the background of this video I may never be able to erase the epic display of disaster that I just witnessed in the foreground. I should have been warned that this video had the potential to cause irreversible damage to people with an ear for music. If you want to disband OWS idiots or extract intel out of terrorists, this video played repeatedly at high decibel levels would get the job done. ;-)

  18. johnboy11 says:

    soo sorry…I was commenting on the “I’am a denier” video..

  19. Bruce Cobb says:

    Ouch. I’ve reported him to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Accordions).

  20. Terry says:

    They should also appologise to the great Muddy Waters for their dumb reference to him. A disgrace.

  21. Jim Barker says:

    They should have modeled it first!

  22. G. Karst says:

    These guys are terrible musicians, but they are better at music than they are as climate scientists.

    Therefore, contrary to everyone else, I recommend they quit their day jobs (as scientists) and become full time musicians. They can lie all they want as musicians and will do much less harm. GK

  23. Camburn says:

    Ok…..help me out here. When has the clmate been static and not changeing?

    What is so alarming to these poor fellows that the clmate changes? It is almost as if they are denying climate change by asserting this is something new?

    Looking at paleo data……..it seems the climate changed and quite a good thing that it has. Otherwise, there would still be a glacier covering most of North America.

    And they claim they need a Phd to understand this? Or lack of understanding concerning this?

  24. Smokey says:

    Can you imagine a clown like Pierrehumbert applying for a real job in the private sector? He’d be permanently unemployed. All he needs to complete the look is a shopping cart.

  25. P Walker says:

    Olen ,
    No , they really need to apologize to ZZ Top .

  26. geography lady says:

    I would like to hear their song after 5 years from now.
    PS…terrible music played.

  27. MangoChutney says:

    three (un)tenor(bles)?

  28. wayne says:

    Now we know the hard-core climate scientist’s music
    stinks just as much as their hypotheses.

  29. john says:

    This one is dedicated to julia…

  30. David Ball says:

    It must be a nightmare for the engineer recording in an echo chamber, ……

  31. Stephen Richards says:

    Smokey says:

    November 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

    …………… Cardboard box, newspaper and begging bowl.

  32. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    Maybe these guys have figured out that the great AGW Con Job is rapidly coming to an end and are getting ready to earn a living as buskers . . . at least they are qualified to do that.

  33. R. Gates says:

    I think I recently saw Ray on a street corner with his accordion and tin cup. I tossed in a dime and pulled up my collar to keep out a cold north wind that had just a hint of snow in it…

  34. M.A.Vukcevic says:

    Would you take seriously his AGW teaching when he has 10 year growth of facial hair, all in readiness for forthcoming global cooling?
    As far as the musical number goes, it is an instant catalytic converter from a warmer to in ‘no doubt sceptic’.

  35. dcfl51 says:

    Why isn’t James Hansen in the band ? He could be on the fiddle.

  36. Gail Combs says:

    As an antidote try this http://stream.haverford.edu:8080/ramgen/~wsmith/dollars.rm
    Take Away Your Billion Dollars
    (published in Physics Today 1, (7) 1946)

    (Hope it is the correct link my computer has no audio or video)

    Lyrics written by Prof. Arthur Roberts (of the physics dept.) of the “State University of Iowa” and sung by faculty and students. More at: http://www.haverford.edu/physics/songs/roberts/roberts1947.htm

    My favorite is The Cyclotronist’s Nightmare (or Eighty Millicuries by Half-Past Nine):
    http://stream.haverford.edu:8080/ramgen/~wsmith/cyclo.rm

  37. lenbilen says:

    This was my feeble contribution to the musical climate-debate.
    http://everestlancaster.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/lies-damned-lies-statistics-and-climate-forecasting-a-song/
    Sorry, I do’t know to add the song directly to the comment.

  38. stevefitzpatrick says:

    Pierrehumbert reminds me of an old far-side cartoon with two panels: on the upper panel, a man arrives at the pearly gates and St. Peter says “Welcome to Heaven, here is your harp.” On the lower panel, a man arrives at the gates of Hades, and the Devil say “Welcome to Hades, here is your accordion.”

  39. DJA says:

    “Why isn’t James Hansen in the band ? He could be on the fiddle.”
    He’s busy blowing his own trumpet.

  40. Gail Combs says:

    You know the Warmists are getting very desperate if this is what they put up on the internet to counter Anthony…..

    It is the second time I have been happy I am mostly tone deaf. The first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtf2Q4yyuJ0

  41. Gail Combs says:

    In the last post I should have put in this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8kiMCeudLg

  42. DesertYote says:

    Jim Barker
    November 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

    They should have modeled it first!
    ###
    They did …

  43. DirkH says:

    Ray Pierrehumbert: “McIntyre, McKittrick, and Watts are the Andrew Breitbarts of climate. ”

    Not a bad analogy. The IPCC would be ACORN, then.

  44. Pete Olson says:

    As a musician I have to say that’s some of the most horrible playing I’ve ever heard in my life. My god…

  45. P. Solar says:

    The lyrics were clearly plagiarised from a book of Vogon poetry.
    The music is worse.

    These guys are pitiful.

    I’d like to laugh at them but I can’t , that is just sick.

  46. TheGoodLocust says:

    Okay, I’m calling it.

    We won.

  47. handjive says:

    For the ‘record’, it’s a parody of a ZZ Top tune :

    Jesus just left Chicago

    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV5ioewi4pk

  48. Richard deSousa says:

    Pierrehumbert should not quit his day job.

  49. Jesse says:

    They’ll never make it as a ZZ Top tribute band.

  50. davidmhoffer says:

    That’s why, big as the IPCC tent may be, I hope there will never be a place in it for any of these clowns.>>>

    I couldn’t agree more. When the tent finally collapses, I wouldn’t want any of the good guys getting smothered.

  51. handjive says:

    @ Jesse says:
    November 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm:
    “They’ll never make it as a ZZ Top tribute band.”

    Now, if they wore lederhosen, they could get a gig at Oktoberfest as a tribute band.
    The more you drink, the better they sound!

  52. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Well, one thing for sure is true: he’s better at the accordion than at climate science.

  53. Werner Brozek says:

    I realize they were talking about something completely different, but look at the following phrase:

    “but it is always of minor consequence compared to the noise”

    They could have been describing CO2 as per the earlier quote on a different post:

    “According to a preliminary report released by the IPCC, there will be no detectable influence of mankind’s influence on the Earth’s weather systems for at least thirty years, and possibly not until the end of this century.”

  54. Definition of a gentleman: someone who can play the accordion – but doesn’t.

  55. Can we have a REAL anniversary celebration of Climategate please?

    ….please!

  56. MikeN says:

    I think RayPierre is the one at RealClimate who let slip the obvious, that climate models are tuned to reach a desired sensitivity.

    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/11/keystone-xl-game-over/

  57. Political Junkie says:

    Relevant music jkes:

    PERFECT PITCH: When a thrown banjo hits an accordion.

    PROVEN FACT: Bagpipes make great kindling for an accordion fire!

  58. DirkH says:

    A quiz: Does the building from which Woody Allen dangles in this clip remind you of anything climate related? Start at 2:20…

  59. Mac the Knife says:

    “Send in the clowns….
    Don’t bother, They’re here!”

    Barbara Streisand

  60. DJ says:

    OMG.
    That was HORRIBLE.
    They shouldn’t even be allowed to keep their day jobs, it was THAT bad.

  61. Dave Springer says:

    I bet teh girls really love that beard.

    Seriously, is that a beard or a did a cloud of sulfate aerosols attach itself to his face?

    “Please, someone get this man a mirror”

    Wouldn’t do any good. Undoubtebly it would shatter before it could bounce any photons from that cometary halo face back to its source.

  62. Jason Calley says:

    I have to admit, my ears perked up at the line “You might not see it in person, but climate’s changing just the same!”

    About a year ago, I had a conversation with a friend, a very convinced CAGW believer — and when I say “c”, I really mean “catastrophic.” He is convinced that it is too late already to save the word. I asked him, “If we are really, really already in a state of catastrophe, don’t you think there would be at least ONE thing that we could go outside and SEE that would be evidence of this massive life destroying change? I mean, if someone told me that the oceans were in the process of drowning whole nations, shouldn’t I be able to go to the beach and at least notice some difference there?” It was odd, at least to me. He stuck to his beliefs. He was certain that the world was already in the process of being made uninhabitable, and yet he admitted that he could name nothing that he or I could point to as visible evidence of global destruction.

    This CAGW belief is as unverifiable — and as irrational, in my opinion — as any religious cult’s certainty of imminent doomsday.

  63. john says:

    Al Gore Blues (Hendrix style)

  64. RayG says:

    Reminds me of a bumper sticker that I have seen from time to time:

    “Use an accordian, go to jail.
    Its the law.”

  65. Dave Springer says:

    Against my better judgement, after having read all the comments first, I began listening to it.

    OMFG THAT’S AWFUL

    I shut it off after maybe 20 seconds. I love blues. That sound you hear now is Austin’s own Stevie Ray Vaughn spinning in his grave.

  66. JJ says:

    Wow. I thought Judith Curry and Richard Muller were proof positive that the RC PR machine was going weird. “You can call me Ray” Pierrehumbert shows some serious desperation.

  67. Steve C says:

    Yeugh. Quel dirge. Rather poignantly, this reminds me an album promo’d on the back of the sleeve of another LP in my collection, and called:
    “Accordion Bellicosity”.
    I make no bones about having wanted a copy ever since I saw the title, just to have a disc called that. (Who’d need to listen to it? – Sadly, never seen, never heard.) :o)

  68. TomT says:

    “McIntyre, McKittrick, and Watts are the Andrew Breitbarts of climate. ” I think that Andrew Breitbart is fantastic. You should wear this as a badge of honor.

  69. Gary Mount says:

    I have recently been advised to step outside, to take a chance, but I don’t think I am ready for a warmist video just quite yet. ;-)

  70. Jay Davis says:

    These guys have a long way to go to even get close to Elmer and the gang at Minnesotans for Global Warming. “Hide the Decline” was the greatest spoof song I ever heard.

  71. Jer0me says:

    Sad. Very sad.

    I like the blues. I am offended that this can be even vaguely interpreted as blues. On the plus side, they are seriously showing their desperation now!

  72. Bigred (Victoria, Australia) says:

    The IPCC tent, Anthony? Long may you stay outside pissing in.

  73. dcfl51 says:

    Do they have a name ? How about “The Faulty Al Gore Rhythms”.

  74. DirkH says:

    They found the only good use for CAGW computer animations – they make fantastic colorful music video backgrounds. (At 2:25 e.g.)

  75. H.R. says:

    I’ll wait for the book to come out.

  76. nut says:

    “Please, someone get this man a mirror.”

    Have we set any boundaries in the denigration of other people? … or is their boundary also ours?

  77. chuck nolan says:

    PaulH says:
    November 19, 2011 at 10:47 am
    There’s 3 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. These guys should stick to their day jobs. (What ever it is they do…)
    ———–
    That’s the problem Paul, they are no good at their day jobs either.
    They’re climate scientists.

  78. HankHenry says:

    Archer, Abbot, Pierrehumbert; what are you doing?

  79. Jimmy Haigh says:

    Oh dear. That was absolutely toe-curlingly excruciatingly bad. What is it with these warmists? Scott Mandia as Superman and now Pierre wotsisname as… well, as what exactly?

  80. Jessie says:

    DesertYote says: November 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    Jim BarkerNovember 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

    They should have modeled it first!
    ###
    They did …

    Took a bit of hunting, but silent ( in voice) is always an improvement on PierreHumbert’s lyrics & lack of razor.
    And at the very least the instructions of how the below was achieved are provided, step by step.
    Can always be replicated. :)
    NOTE 0.58-1.119

    BLACK BOTTOM DANCE

  81. Jessie says:

    Groovier version….

  82. Streetcred says:

    Steph says:
    November 19, 2011 at 10:35 am
    Dr. Richard Alley is a little odd too.
    =============================
    “Ring Of Fire” ? Day after consequences of fiery hot ‘mother-in-law’ curry.

  83. CRS, Dr.P.H. says:

    Great….now you all see why the rest of us in Chicago consider the faculty of University of Chicago to be a bunch of nut-cases!

    What a mixed-message they send….if they are so bloody worried about CAGW, why do they poke fun about it? Plus, they butchered my favorite ZZ Top song!!

  84. RayG says:

    @ Steve 3:42 “Yeugh. Quel dirge. Rather poignantly, this reminds me an album promo’d on the back of the sleeve of another LP in my collection, and called:
    “Accordion Bellicosity”.
    I make no bones about having wanted a copy ever since I saw the title, just to have a disc called that. (Who’d need to listen to it? – Sadly, never seen, never heard.) :o)”

    Steve, go to Amazon, Charles Magnante’s not one but two disc vinyl recordings:

    Rumor has it that it is best played using your Bose noise cancelling headset without plugging the headset in.

  85. George E. Smith; says:

    Well Peter Humbug used to look somewhat refined even with his beard; but those Dean Edell dark glasses just don’t add a thing.
    And you know what they say about accordians.
    Beards on scientists just don’t sell, like they once used to; can’t comment about their effectiveness on non-scientists.

  86. Steve C says:

    @ Ray 11:50pm … Er, I’m not sure whether I should say “thanks for that link” or “aaargh, I thought I’d escaped” … though something tells me your playing advice is about right. :o)

    (Afternote: Mercifully, Amazon is showing “Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock” right now. I may yet escape!)

  87. Me says:

    That’s about 53 seconds of time I wished I had back, at least Weird Al is entertaining with his POLKA, and I don’t mean Weird Al Gore.

  88. Stephen Richards says:

    Dave Springer says:

    November 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I bet teh girls really love that beard.

    Seriously, is that a beard or a did a cloud of sulfate aerosols attach itself to his face?

    Neither, Dave, He eating a cat :)

  89. Stephen Richards says:

    R. Gates says:

    November 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    I think I recently saw Ray on a street corner with his accordion and tin cup. I tossed in a dime and pulled up my collar to keep out a cold north wind that had just a hint of snow in it…

    Mon dieu, Gatsie, humour, and from you and not bad humour. Well done. Tu voit que tu peut avec d’effort.

  90. Bill H says:

    where do i go to get 20 min back?

    how can we as a people be so gullible to believe these knuckle heads?

  91. bob paglee says:

    The AGW baloney is perpetuating Obama’s — and GE’s, and Mann’s, and Jones’, and CRU’s, and Hansen’s, and GISS’ and (– ad infinitum)– war on carbon because they are profiting handsomely from the biggest phony-science hoax in history. By contrast, it makes Ponzi’s seem honest.

    The U.S. should do a better job than did Cervantes’ Sancho Panza in attacking its windmills. — At least Panza’s windmills weren’t built at enormous taxpayer expense. U.S. taxpayer-subsidized windmills are being installed where the wind blows sometimes, but there are few local users and inadequate connections to the electric grid.

    Maybe that’s why billions of dollars of taxpayer money have been wasted, yet only 1.1% of world electric power is supplied by the wind (only when it blows — but not too weakly and not too strongly)..

  92. edbarbar says:

    This guy is a believer.

  93. crosspatch says:

    3809.txt is Johnathan Overpeck thanking Gabi Hegerl and Briffa for “coordination efforts” because he thinks “it is critical that we don’t give a vague or poorly coordinated view on that period [MWP].”

    An exercise in getting the story straight, I suppose. We can’t have individual scientists out there saying what they really think or give the impression that they aren’t all in lockstep. I think it interesting that they think it so important to present a coordinated view. I not aware of too many topics where a group of people have “coordinated views” on things. I guess this is how “consensus” is maintained.

  94. crosspatch says:

    Oh, this had to hurt. 2553.txt a rejection letter from Nature with reviewer comments:

    This article presents some new results based on a reprocessed MSU record and some comparisons with a model result. The article is full of hyperbole and rhetoric, and greatly overstates the greatness of the results and how well they agree with models. It overlooks a number of problems and the discussion is not well balanced. This is not to say that the work is not a useful step in the ongoing saga of the development of a climate record out of the MSU series of instruments, but it is really just one step and far from the final one. Even if written in a more balanced way, it would be unlikely to be suitable for Nature.

    It just gets worse from there. Paper was Nature manuscript 2004-09-24002B

    Review of “Observed and model-simulated temperature trends at the surface and in the troposphere” by K. Y. Vinnikov, N. C. Grody, A. Robock, R. J. Stouffer, P. D. Jones and M. D. Goldberg.

  95. crosspatch says:

    4899.txt is very interesting to me. It references Climate Audit but there is something in Jones’ tone here:

    … I think you’ll likely to become more aware these people as AR5 advances. I was in Boulder last week and I spoke to Susan. We agreed that the only way IPCC can work is the collegiate way it did with AR4. These people know they are losing (or have lost) on the science. They are now going for the process. All you need to do is to make sure all in AR5 are aware of the process and that they adhere to it. We all did with AR4, but these people read much more into the IPCC procedures.

    Make sure all on AR5 are aware of “the process” and that they adhere to it. Wonder how related “the process” is to “the cause”. There’s more interesting stuff in that one, too.

  96. Brian H says:

    crosspatch says:
    November 24, 2011 at 12:05 am

    These people [skeptics, one presumes?] know they are losing (or have lost) on the science. They are now going for the process.

    Lardy luva; what planet does Jones live on? Does he actually believe that?

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