Cernettes began when a patient CERN secretary was made
to wait and wait and wait for the return of her permanently-on-shift
physicist boyfriend. In an attempt to garner his attention,
she asked physicist Silvano de Gennaro to write a song
about her life, and got a few girlfriends to back her
up. Then she stepped onstage in 1992 during CERN's annual
music festival, and sang "You only love your collider"
to the whole CERN population.
song is now, according to the
, "the national anthem of the high energy
the Cernettes' real claim to fame is being the first band
on the Web. In 1992, Tim Berners-Lee asked Silvano for
photos of "the CERN girls" to publish on a new
information network he'd invented. The image you see below
is the first photo ever featured in a Web browser.
abounds at CERN. There is an active
for rock, jazz, and classical musicians. Every summer,
the CERN MusiClub holds the Hardronic festival, where
CERN musicians perform for the students in the Summer
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