Science Fiction Song
This list is to commemerate modern
songs that have a Skiffy theme. (As opposed to all those ancient
Sci-Fi songs....) Updated 4/30/02.
The lyrics of the song must contain a clear Science Fiction
reference. Fantasy elements (such as Led Zepplin's many
references to the Lord of the Rings) are the subject of another
list (not here).
If the Sci-Fi element is only used as an obvious
metaphore, the song is only eligable for "Honorary Mention".
The saucers ()
represent the quality of the Sci-Fi, the stars () represent the quality of the music. Disagree?
Write me, making a thoughtful and well spoken case and I'll
consider changes. Flames should be sent directly to /dev/null.
Additions? This list is new, I'd love to hear them......
And the winners are:
(in only the roughest of order)
- Rush, 2112. A 20 minute operetta about a young man
struggling against the Iron Rule of the Solar Federation and the
social controls of the Preists of Syrinx.
- Billy Thorp, Children of the Sun. I do believe this one
was at least partially inspired by Arthur C. Clark's "Childhood's
- Billy Thorp, 21st Century Man. Part 2 of
the Children of the Sun trilogy (apparently #3 was never recorded, though). Contributed by
- Rush, Red Barchetta. This is a song about a car. A car
preserved against the wishes of the Powers that Be in a time
where cars are illegal. A young man expresses his need for
freedom by defying the authorities, in their "Brilliant Alloy
Aircars", by taking a Sunday spin now and agian.
- Styx, Come Sail Away. "I thought that they were angels, but
to my surprise, we climbed abord their starship, and headed for
the skys." - Nuf' said.
- Styx, Mr. Roboto. "My Heart is Human, my Blood is Boiling,
My Brain IBM"
- Steely Dan, True Companion From the Heavy Metal soundtrack, a group of space travelers
searching for a new Earth-like home Contributed by George Whitaker.
- Elton John, Rocketman. Zero hour, 5 A.M.
- David Bowie, Space Oddity. The classic tale of
Major Tom, a man lost in space - maybe because he wanted to be...
- Train, Drops of Jupiter. A girl returns to her boyfriend
after leaving to explore the galaxy. He wonders if the
wanderlust is out of her system.
- Blue Oyster Cult, Take Me Away. A bored man asks for an abduction. Let's hope they leave those
probes behind. Contributed by Seffan Grund.
- John Carpenter and Bill Taylor, Benson Arizona. This
was the theme song to John Carpenter's first film, "Darkstar".
It also has the distiction of being quite possibly the only
Country-Western song to have a Sci-Fi theme. A fitting subject
for C-W, too. A man heads out to bee-bop around the galaxy.
When he returns home, he finds his girlfriend is now some 70
years older than he is (due to relativity).
His dog was probably dead, too.
- Pink Floyd, Set the Controls for the
Heart of the Sun.
- Thomas Dolby, Blinded me with Science.
Not too much direct SF, but it has a good Mad Scientist feel....
- The Soundtrack to Rocky Horror Picture Show.
While most of the songs are about sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll,
(oh, and sex), the whole show is about aliens (kinda'), so
overall it gets
- Let's Do the Time Warp, Again.
- Science Fiction Double Feature.
- Better Wise Up, Janet Weiss.
- Yes, Starship Troopers.
One line ("Starship trooper, go sailing on by..."), and of course
titled after a RAH Classic.
- Yes, Homeworld. I know it
by name, it needs some research beforeI give it a rating.
- Edgar Wnter's Group,
Frankenstien. Shelly's work (Frankenstien) is considered
the first Sci-Fi novel, but since Ed's work is an instrumental, I
had to put it here. It was a tough call.
- David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders form Mars.
Not much in SF, really, but the name of the 'band' gets an H.M.
- Frank Sinatra, Fly Me to the
Moon. Well, it was just a metaphore for love, but for his
choice of such a noble destination, Frankie deserves an Honorable
- The band - Soylent Green. I
don't know much about their music, but they get an HM for naming
their band after my company (heh, heh).
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