Watch these Seattle geeks rock out with ‘Smoke on the Water’

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Packet Droppings rock out in their first performance. From left to right: Raja Mukerji, James Moon, Bri Hatch (obstructed), Kurt Shubert, Chris Blessington and Bhushan Khanal. Not pictured Eric Thomas.

Well, it’s not quite the electrified performance from “The Revenge of the Nerds.” But last night, at Golden Gardens Park, a group of geeks from Seattle startup ExtraHop rocked the bathhouse for the company’s annual sales party.

With renditions of La Bamba and Daft Punk’s hit single Get Lucky, the band, which included co-founder Raja Mukerji on keys and senior director of marketing Chris Blessington on drums, let it rip. They called themselves Packet Droppings. (Anyone get the geek reference?)

andrewmasonalbumsmallAnd, as it happens, there were a few musicians in the bunch, including Bhushan Khanal, a founding member and lead guitarist for the famous Nepali rock band Crossroads. He now works at ExtraHop as director of engineering. Lead singer Kurt Shubert, director of customer support at ExtraHop, also is in a Seattle band.

We’ve seen a bevy of geek rockers emerge in recent months, including Groupon founder Andrew Mason (who just released an album titled Hardly Workin’) and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (who plans to release an album next month with Heart, Joe Walsh and others).

“The band was awesome and the crowd went wild. Even the IT guys rocked out,” noted ExtraHop’s communications manager Rachel Pepple.

What do you think? Should these dudes stick to their day jobs?