As longtime fans of both Macklemore and metabolism pathways (weird combo, we know, but whatever), we’re pretty damn excited about this “Thrift Shop” parody by Wilson Lam. You should be, too, especially if you’re studying bioenergetics.
“One of the awesome things about the [intermediary metabolism] course at [The University of Ottawa] is that a song contest is held where the students are challenged to write a song about the TCA (Kreb’s) Cycle,” writes Lam, a biochemistry undergrad at uOttawa. “I decided to also add a little glycolysis in here as well, just because I figured that it worked well.”
Anyone who’s grappled with memorizing the various enzymes, intermediates and transformations of the citric acid cycle will appreciate how useful songs like this can be, especially when they’re set to tunes as wickedly infectious as “Thrift Shop.” Bravo, Wilson — I wish I’d had this video at my disposal when I was an undergrad.
Here are the lyrics.