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SciFi SongFest, Songs 211-212

Two songs I don’t quite know how to categorise:

211. Talking Heads, “And She Was” (1985):

212. Tom Waits, “Eyeball Kid” (1999):

SciFi SongFest, Songs 209-210

Two more post-apocalyptic songs of resistance:

209. Rush, “Red Barchetta” (1981):

210. Leslie Fish, “Serious Steel” (1996):

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):

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):

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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