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Star Wars at 35/ Playlist: Listen, my sci-fi friends! ~ May 2012

May 10, 2012

In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people – and this month, as part of the blog’s Star Wars anniversary celebration, there’s a strong (and wilfully playful) sci-fi theme.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy – after you’ve jumped to hyperspace, of course…

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CLICK on the track titles to hear them

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John Williams ~ Main Theme from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

The Tornados ~ Telstar

The Byrds ~ Mr. Spaceman

Ron Grainer ~ Theme from Doctor Who (1967-80)

Leonard Nimoy ~ The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins¹

Hawkwind ~ Master Of The Universe

Klaatu ~ Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)²

William Shatner ~ Rocket Man³

Queen ~ Flash’s Theme4 

Marty McFly ~ Johnny B Goode5

The Firm ~ Star Trekkin’6

Jenna Russell ~ It’s Cold Outside (Closing Theme from Red Dwarf)

Meco ~ Star Wars/ Cantina Band7

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¹ Inspired by J R R Tolkein’s The Hobbit (1937), of course, and featured here on a July ’67 edition of the variety show Malibu U; this über-camp ditty was included on Star Trek (1966-69) star Nimoy’s 1968 album Two Sides Of Leonard Nimoy

² This, the original version of the tune later and famously released by The Carpenters, wasn’t written for an actual designated ‘World Contact Day’, but given its awesomeness arguably should have been

³ A rather extraordinary performance of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s hit from 1972 delivered at the 1978 Science Fiction Awards in Hollywood, which was hosted by The Shat himself

The unforgettable opening theme from the 1980 sci-fi cult classic flick Flash Gordon, featuring the voices of actors Max Von Sydow, Peter Wyngarde, Melody Anderson and Topol

5 From the 1985 multi-million-dollar-spinner movie Back To The Future; performed not by Michael J Fox (as the film itself would certainly suggest), but actually by Mark Campbell (vocals) and Tim May (guitar)

The love-it-or-hate-it, Star Trek-parodying novelty song that topped the UK Charts for two weeks in June 1987, thanks in large part to this terrific claymation video

7 Record producer and musician Meco’s (real name: Domenico Monardo) legendary – and timeless? – Disco-ified take on John Williams’ all-time classic score and, of course, the music played by the alien band in the background of Star Wars’ Mos Eisley Cantina scene; both this 1977 single and the album on which it featured (Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk) went platinum in the United States

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