My Science Fiction Tunes

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:

God Save the Queen

When I was in high school, I latched on to the punk scene.  I was about 15, had become a huge David Bowie fan, and was exploring different types of music.  My favorite punk band was definitely the Psychedelic Furs, but what got it started for me, and most punks, was The Sex Pistols.  The one song that got it going for me was God Save the Queen.  It was a scathing song about the fall of the British Monarchy, as symbolized by how Queen Elizabeth II was useless and had no future for England.  The chorus is one of the best choruses of any song, ever.   Loved singing it when I was 15.  That was the summer of 1977.

By the summer of 1978, the drug fueled energy that drove their music destroyed the band.  The Sex Pistols had no future.  Before the song lamenting Queen Elizabeth II even left the charts, the band was what they had sung she would be.

As I write this, nearly four decades after they wrote the song, Queen Elizabeth II is still the Queen of England and more popular now than she was even then.  The irony of The Sex Pistols is not lost on this one time Punk Rocker.

1999

Gotta have this one on the blog:

Prince had toyed with the charts, and was becoming pretty popular on MTV and the like due to his provocative stage personna. However, it was the album 1999 that put him on top of the pop world. And, it was this song that got him there. 1999 was mixed and sounded absolutely perfect in any disco or dance bar. I have no clue how many times I danced to this song.

Twenty years later, my very young boy, when I started introducing him to music, asked me to play this video for him every time. That’s when I started relaxing as a parent.

Free Bird

Greatest solo of all time? How about the greatest performance of the greatest solo of all time?


Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird (Live August 21st… by DarrylNoah

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft rounds out my Klaatu collection with another classic. Seriously, why doesn’t ANYONE make music like this any more? This is a boring video, but the “official” video is the chopped up radio edit which I don’t enjoy nearly as much.