Are there any good Science Fiction songs written any more?
I’m not talking “let’s go to the moon” style songs, such as Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (“Ground Control to Major Tom”), or Elton John’s “Rocketman”, but I’m talking honest to goodness science fiction songs.
I personally think the pinnacle of Sci Fi songs was ’39, by Queen. It tells the story of a group of people who fly off into space for a year, but due to relativistic effects of flying close to the speed of light, when they come back over a hundred years had passed:
ELO certainly managed to haul out a few science fiction songs in their day, too. In particular, the entire album “Time” was about future life. Two great tracks on that album were “Yours Truly, 2095“, and “Here is the News“:
Let’s face it, “Yours Truly, 2095” has some awesomely surreal lines, such as:
I met someone who looks a lot like you
She does the things you do
But she is an I.B.M.
Possibly because I was reading it at the same time, but I have to say “Here is the News” always dredges up memories for me of M.K. Wren’s “The Phoenix Legacy”:
Of course, Queen’s “Machines (Back to Humans)” sounds like it should have been the anthem of the Borg:
There were a few mocking ones that came later, such as “Star Trekkin” by The Firm:
And who could forget the KLF’s “Doctorin the TARDIS” hit:
However, about the only “new” science fiction song that immediately springs to mind is the entirely spoof based “Robots (Humans are Dead)” from the Flight of the Conchords:
So, what other science fiction songs are out there? Is this a song form that’s mostly dead?