Archive | September, 2019

SciFi SongFest, Songs 203-208

Six robot songs:

203. Cliff Richard, “Wind Me Up, Let Me Go” (1965):

204. Peter, Paul, and Mary, “The Marvelous Toy” (1969):

Another version:

205. Bootsy Collins, “Bootzilla” (1978):

206. Styx, “Mr. Roboto” (1983):

207. They Might Be Giants, “Robot Parade” (2001):

208. Nigel Stanford, “Robots vs. Music” (2017):


Who Said This?

The state is a very complicated machine which one can neither assemble nor set in motion without knowing all the pieces. You cannot press nor loosen a single one without disturbing all the others. … All innovations should be gradual, born from need, inspired by a kind of public clamor, or at least in accord with general wishes. To create or destroy suddenly is to corrupt the good and make the evil worse.

See the comments section below for the answer.


Middelboe Chronicles, Part 73: The Boy Who Had No Story

And now we come, at last, to the final installment of the Middelboe Chronicles – appropriately enough, a story about stories: The Boy Who Had No Story (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2003, from Ireland) – and, incidentally, the third story in a row posted here to deal with (inter alia) Noah’s Ark.

Of the 75 Middelboeverse episodes I’ve been able to identify, I’ve now posted 73 here – omitting only Moby Dick and Twelfth Night, which seem to be unavailable online.

And while we’re on the subject of animated adaptations of Irish legends, I want to put in a plug for the remarkably beautiful movie The Secret of Kells (a French-Irish-Belgian production, not part of the variously Welsh-Russian-Spanish-Hungarian Middelboeverse, but clearly a worthy rival thereunto):

Our revels now are ended. (But be of good cheer, the SciFi SongFest continues through Hallowe’en.)


SciFi SongFest, Songs 198-202

Five visions of the future:

198. Ed McCurdy, “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” (1950):

The Simon & Garfunkel cover version (1964) is more familiar:

199. Ten Years After, “I’d Love to Change the World” (1971):

Nowadays this song is better known in Jetta’s cover version (2014), which has been used, e.g., in trailers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Star Trek: Discovery:

200. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Imagine” (1971):

And next, as a bonus, we revisit two songs from Leonard Cohen, in honour of his birthday which is today. (These are different recordings from the ones I posted for Leonard Cohen month.)

201. Leonard Cohen, “The Future” (1992):

202. Leonard Cohen, “Democracy” (1992):


Middelboe Chronicles, Part 72: Creation and the Flood

From Chaucer’s parody of Noah’s Ark (in the Miller’s Tale) to the original, here’s Creation and the Flood (“Testament: The Bible in Animation,” 1996), featuring the story of Noah’s Ark but with Genesis 1-3 shoehorned in too, as well as the fall of Lucifer (here identified with both Satan and the serpent of Eden, despite the flimsiness of any biblical basis for that traditional three-way identification):

Incidentally, I’ve seen many visual representations of the Noah’s Ark story, but I have yet to see any that acknowledges the fairly important deviation from popular conceptions that’s implied by Genesis 7:2-3.


SciFi SongFest, Songs 196-197

Somebody else is looking into your mind and taking your brain to another dimension:

196. Alan Parsons Project, “Some Other Time” (1977):

197. The Prodigy, “Out of Space” (1992):


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