Time for some comedy.
Tom Lehrer is a singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist and mathematician from the USA. He was born in Manhattan and studied mathematics at Harvard University and, while still studying, he started singing his humourous songs in local nightclubs. As the live performances were becoming quite popular, Lehrer decided to buy some studio time and record an album of his songs which he published himself. He sold the record himself, and a few local record shops also sold copies. After a short time he started to receive mail orders for the album from all over the country, as people who had bought the album were playing it to their friends and the friends then wanted their own copies. His 2nd album was recorded in 2 different versions, a 'live' version and a studio version, this proved to be just as popular. During the 1960s he was the resident songwriter for the US edition of the satirical TV series That Was The Week That Was, with the songs being sung by a female vocalist and they were often censored by the TV Network. Lehrer later recorded the songs in the way that they had been intended and this became his 3rd, and final, album. He also recorded 10 children's songs for the PBS series The Electric Company. In the 1970s Lehrer gave up performing to concentrate on teaching mathematics and musical theatre, ending his career in 2001 at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Pollution was originally appeared on the American version of That Was The Week That Was and was included on the 1965 album That Was The Year That Was. It is a satirical view of the environmental pollution in the USA at the time, and is still applicable today. This video was made in 1966 and reworked in 1967 for the US Communicable Disease Center and features a short animation followed by film clips of pollution in the USA. The audio of this clip is the recorded version from the That Was The Year That Was album.
You can buy Pollution on iTunes.
You can follow Tom Lehrer on his fan site, and on the YouTube channel dedicated to him. You can buy his music on iTunes.