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SciFi SongFest, Songs 262-264

Two songs that share a title, plus a third song whose title is not unakin. Whether either of the first two songs is inspired by the comic book character of the same name is unclear.

262. Kinks, “Plastic Man” (1969):

263. Katrina and the Waves, “Plastic Man” (1984):

264. Kate Bush, “Rubberband Girl” (1993):

Another version:

SciFi SongFest, Songs 260-261

One song definitely, and another song arguably, based on the science fiction works of Frank Herbert (Dune and “Gambling Device,” respectively):

260. Iron Maiden, “To Tame a Land” (1983):

(Also: back in 1977, a David Matthews released a Dune-themed concept album, which I picked up at the time, having just read the novel shortly before my 13th birthday; it has no lyrics, so it doesn’t really fit into this SongFest, but you can listen to it here. It’s not my conception of what Dune-themed music should sound like; but then, neither is Iron Maiden – or Toto.)

261. Eagles, “Hotel California” (1976):

SciFi SongFest, Songs 257-259

Two songs about invading alien viruses, plus one about invading aliens destined to be defeated by terrestrial viruses (or bacteria, whatever – yeah, I know they’re not the same thing):

257. Laurie Anderson, “Language Is a Virus (From Outer Space)” (1986):

Inspired by a line from William Burroughs:

258. Rick Springfield, “Alien Virus” (2004):

“Monkeys are talking to a black monolith” is an obvious reference to Barry Lyndon:

259. Jeff Wayne and Richard Burton, “Eve of the War” (“War of the Worlds,” 1978):

SciFi SongFest, Songs 248-256

Nine songs about comic-book heroes:

248. Neal Hefti and Nelson Riddle, “Batman” (1966):

During the very brief time that we had a tv during my toddlerhood, I learned this song:

Updated version, from the 2017 Lego Batman Movie:

Which in turn reminds me of these (admittedly non-musical, but hey, My Blog My Rules No Proviso LOL Minions) sequences from the HISHE Superhero Café:

249. Marvel Superheroes, “Captain America” (1966):

Plus this snarkommentary fron the HISHE Superhero Café:

Speaking whichly …

250. Billy Van Singers and Laurie Bower Singers, “Spider-Man” (1967):

Michael Bublé’s 2001 cover:

And a different interpretation of the lyrics:

Is he strong? Listen, bud –
he’s got radioactive blood!

Wealth and fame he’s ignored –
action is his reward!

Speaking whichly …

251. Bob Crewe Generation, “Barbarella” (1968):

Warning: images NSFW.

The lyrics start out calling her “Wonder Woman” ….

Speaking whichly …

252. Charles Fox Singers, “Wonder Woman” (1976):

Same songwriter (Charles Fox) as “Barbarella”! (I bet you did not know that.) This time the “Wonder Woman” reference in the lyrics is more apposite:

253. Queen, “Flash Gordon” (1980):

Plus this classic reference:

254. Anthrax, “I Am the Law” (1987):

255. Spin Doctors, “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” (1991):

Speaking whichly …

256. 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (2000):

SciFi SongFest, Songs 245-247

Pop stars from the stars:

245. Prism, “Spaceship Superstar” (1977):

246. Battlestar Galactica, “It’s Love, Love, Love” (1978):

Heard briefly on the original show …

… and at greater length on the soundtrack album:

247. Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic” (1998):

Who Said This?

Guess the mystery author:

We shall remain poor and naked for ever and shall always be hungry and thirsty; no matter how hard we try, we’ll never have anything better to eat. Our bread supply is very meagre: little in the morning and less at night, for by the work of our hands we’ll never have more to live on than fourpence in the pound; and with this we cannot buy sufficient food and clothing. For though our labour is worth twenty shillings a week, we have barely enough to live on. And you can be sure that there’s not one of us whose work doesn’t bring in twenty shillings or more, and that’s enough too make a duke wealthy! Yet here we are in poverty, while he for whom we labour grows rich from our work. We stay awake much of the night and all day to earn his profit ….

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