Archive | August, 2019

Middelboe Chronicles, Part 52: The Manairons

As with yesterday’s Bad Baby Amy, so with today’s The Manairons (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2004, from Catalunya), a family stands to lose their farm unless some magical intervention occurs.

SciFi SongFest, Songs 138-139:

Two songs about, well, I’ll let you figure out the common theme:

138. Rush, “Countdown” (1982):

139. Europe, “Final Countdown” (1986):

Middelboe Chronicles, Part 51: Bad Baby Amy

As in yesterday’s The Two Brothers, so in today’s Bad Baby Amy (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2002, from Australia), negligent babysitting for one’s sibling has magical consequences:

SciFi SongFest, Songs 135-137

Aliens visit Earth, conclude that everyone here is crazy, and decide not to make contact – or else aliens visit Earth and do make contact, and the contacted person is regarded as crazy. It’s always something.

135. Ella Fitzgerald, “Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer” (1951):

136. Tool, “Rosetta Stoned” (2006):

137. Sneaky Sound System, “UFO” (2007):

The video for this one is filled with visual callbacks to 2001: A Space Odyssey:

Same song, different video:

SciFi SongFest, Songs 133-134

Two anti-musical dystopias:

133. Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence” (1966):

134. Rush, “2112” (1976):

Rush’s adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem, with the protagonist’s rediscovery of the light bulb replaced with a rediscovery of the guitar.

This song has the very un-Randian problem that the bad guys sound cooler than the good guy ….

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