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Monday Music Video: 80s Hair Band Sings About Cellular Impedance

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Two weeks ago, I featured an amusing video with a boy band singing about automatic pipettors. From the same production group, CompareNetworks, today we see two videos made for Roche for their xCELLigence System to monitor cellular events.  These videos capitalize on the familiarity with the 80s “Hair Band” genre (think Van Halen, Poison, Skid Row, Warrant, Motley Crue, and Def Leppard). I’m much more of an Eagle’s fan, in the unlikely case you were wondering. :)

The ability of the video to capture the style of the videos of the 80′s (when MTV still played music!) metal power ballad is made possible by the Metal Glam Band, Steel Panthers, who are known for their humorous lyrics and over-the-top stage performances, which you will witness in the videos. The talent is real.

Even if you could care less how cellular impedance is measured, if you’ve ever watched a metal music video, you will get a giggle from these:

Metal Power Ballad

“Little cells, resting on your plates, tell me how you feel down there, inside

Little cells, I got something to tell you now, so I hope you’re listening this time, my loves….”

Metal Rock

And now I’m a fan.

Joanne Manaster About the Author: Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos at www.joannelovesscience.com, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience Follow on Twitter @sciencegoddess.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. BostonTributeBand 2:40 pm 03/29/2012

    Love the hair bands. But then, I love most stuff from the 70s and 80s. When you combine the two essential American classic rock artists Boston and Styx as one act you get BOSTYX, California’s incredibly unique Boston tribute band and Styx tribute band combined into a single act.

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