Just for chucks and giggles, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite science fiction songs that I’ve redone. As usual, there’s no vocals. You have to sing them yourself. See how many you can actually remember ( or ever even knew ) the words to:
Ziggy Stardust – Alien “Invasion”
The Man Who Sold the World – Afterlife
Starman – Aliens
Space Oddity – Space Travel
Science Fiction, Double Feature – A song about sci-fi. Duh.
Saviour Machine – Artificial Intelligence
Rocket Man – Space Travel
Oh! You Pretty Things – Making movies about science fiction
Moonage Daydream – Possibly android sexual gratification
Memory of a Free Festival – Alien contact
Me, I disconnect from you – Androids
Little Neutrino – Physics
Life on Mars! – A song about a movie about going to Mars.
Down in the Park – Future visions
Cat People – Eternal Life
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafy – Alien Contact
Ashes to Ashes – Space Travel
Are Friends Electric? – Androids
Also Spach Zarathustra – AKA, theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Joy – Used extensively during the Apollo missions
Enjoy. And don’t forget, I only do these for fun.
Get the much better, sometimes much different, originals here:
This post is mainly testing to see how my new post to Twitter plugin works. It’s OK I suppose. But, this gives me reason to post probably my favorite memory of Bowie.
The first time I saw Bowie that I remember, was probably on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert around 1975. 1975 was a period of transition in music. You had the aging and fading hippies, the onset of disco, and probably the peak of glam. Most of the tv broadcasts focused on the aging stars. This show was noted as the last public performance of the Byrds. Boring. Boring. Boring. Then, stuck in the middle of a bunch of tie-dyed hippies was this:
Most people consider the RCA/Mick Rock video of a shock-red-haired androgynous Bowie as the original Space Oddity video. A lot of sources will cite it as such. However, about three years before that, while he was still David Jones, he actually prepared a demo for Space Oddity that is a hoot to me to this day. This is a very young Bowie showing some of the almost child-like imagination that seemed prevalent through his early years. I actually like it more than the glitzier RCA version of 1972. If anyone has better information on this video, I’d love to have it here. Here it goes:
In 2003 Bowie did his “Live by Satellite” tour. It was a novel concept in that he performed live at one location, and simulcast it to several others. To pull this off, state of the art technology was utilized that Arthur C. Clarke hardly dreamt of. The set list featured many songs from his newly released Reality album. Two songs he performed were not his own, Song 2 by Blur, released a few years before, and “Rumble” by Link Wray, released 44 years before:
Now, there is a reason Bowie chose that 44 year old song that most people have forgotten. As much of a pioneer as Bowie has been, so was Link Wray. You see, this is the guy that created the power chord. That’s right all you heavy metal, grunge, hard rock, punk, and guitar loving music freaks, it all started with Link Wray. As much as the grunge and heavy metal crowd likes to think they are shocking everyone today, how many have had this reaction:
The menacing sound of “Rumble” (and its title) led to a ban on several radio stations, a rare feat for a song with no lyrics on the grounds that it glorified ‘juvenile delinquency’.
Most of the guitar legends of the 60’s and 70’s cite Rumble as one of their inspirations, including Bowie. Link Wray passed away on November 5, 2005.