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Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby nate » Mon May 23, 2016 5:20 am

The Canadian 70s-80s progrock/New Wave band 'FM' (once famous for their guitar player 'Nash the Slash') had some songs in the 80s about space exploration. 'One O'Clock Tomorrow' (1977) and 'Rocket Roll' (1979) are my favourites.


One O'Clock Tomorrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfxmsKS90zQ
Rocket Roll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L0B9CqF9U4

Last year, like many bands of their generation, they released a reunion album, 'Transformation'. This week, the song 'Brave New Worlds' has installed itself as an earworm in my brain. Sci-fi escapism perhaps, but also a dash of hope and optimism in a decade that's feeling desperately unhopeful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTpolp4AE3k

Brave new worlds, endless sky
Show them to you
Brave new worlds, you and I
Go there with you

Welcome to the modern world
Getting harder every day
Spinning in an urban whirl
Trying just to make it pay
Living in the modern world
Think I know the way you feel
Wishing there were something more
Trying hard to make it real

But there are brave new worlds in the endless sky
I can show them to you
All the brave new worlds just for you and I
I can go there with you

Welcome to the perfect world
Getting better so they say
Dealer boy and working girl
Hoping for a better day
I don't buy the perfect world
I think you know the way I feel
I believe there's something more
I know we can make it real

Cause there are brave new worlds in the endless sky...

We don't need a perfect world
There's an answer in the sky
We can leave this modern world
Tomorrow we'll be flying high

To the brave new worlds in the endless sky...

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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby fruitbat » Fri May 27, 2016 9:43 am

May I offer one "Songs Of Distant Earth" by a Mr Michael Oldfield as a good example of a soundtrack for both inner and outer space exploration?
All of it. It's one of the very few albums I don't play or record tracks off, the whole thing is an epic journey.
IMHO, of course.
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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby nate » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:40 am

Another piece of music which has put itself in front of me. The 'Fly From Here' suite from the 2011 Yes album of the same name. Mostly originally written in 1980 for The Buggles and Trevor Horn's run on Yes, but unfinished until five years ago. Already full of nostalgia in 1980 but doubly so now.

Something about the current world moment, and looking back at the pioneers of WW2 radar makes this song vibrate for me. Perhaps especially so because there's an Air Force museum on a decommissioned airbase in my home town. I've walked among exhibits that feel a little ghost-haunted like this one.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAc4AqRDS4E

http://www.metrolyrics.com/fly-from-her ... s-yes.html

Along the edge of this airfield
The old propshaft airliners stand
Altimeters reading zero
Formless memories lingering

Nights are cold on this airfield
I sit alone and watch the radar
Locked on the wavelength
Caught in the beam
Falling slowly into the screen

Any day that you wait is one more that you've lost
When you wake up I see you there
On display
Lights the final point of no return
Taking us there from here

And we can fly from here
And we can fly from here
And we can fly from here
Into a sky that's clearing
Look back we'll dry the tears
For those once held so nearly
And love will never disappear

....

Only ghosts are in the empty corridors
They're all strangers who never cared
I know them from some other life
When things were different
And we both were in the air

Turn yourself around
Turn your life around
Turn your world around
Turn this ship around

So turn the wheel around
I watch the skies
All defenses down
I watch the skies
I watch the skies

...

Out on the shoreline
Someone is waiting
The wind that was falling is rising again
I hear the voices
I hear them calling
Every song was singing in the rain

Sailor, sailor beware
There are storm clouds
You must take care
Easy, bring her around
Or the night will
Run you aground

Morning
Here in the air
When you feel it
Know that you're there

Playing God
Behind the scenes
A madman at the screens

...

And we can fly from here
Into the sky that's clearing
Look back we'll dry the tears
For those once held so nearly

And we can fly from here


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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby Linda Brown » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:57 pm

Yes Nate.... we can fly from here.......... that post was a big help... thank you for putting it up..............

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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby Jack » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:30 pm

How about the Colnel Bogey March, from Bridge On The River Kwai, with big apolgy in advance to Fruitbat's German better half G/F, i submit the following Brit song, to the tune of Col. Bogey March: "Hitler has only got one ball"

"Hitler has only got one ball
Goering has two but very small
Himmler has something similar
And Goebbels has no balls at all"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM7pJGusyJg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM7pJGusyJg

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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby fruitbat » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:25 pm

Dont worry, she'll never know...
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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby nate » Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:43 am

A song from a New Zealand band which has just struck me in a different light, thinking about the Templars and Masons and how their mission may have been one of peace, deeply misunderstood.

"Between the Lines" by Evermore (2008)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3EXIObYHtE

I caught a glimpse of past and future
But I did not understand
Darkness and light, blindness and sight
Not everything is so black and white

Separate the truth from lies
With the stories written between the lines
Only you can tell the wrong from right
The more you look the more you find
Close your eyes and drift away
Where the lights are taking you no one can say
In the depths of the your mind
Looking for a sign written in between the lines

With canyons stretched below us
The stars will be our guide
We'll tear the mountains from the sea
And fall into the sky
We'll drift into the airwaves
Between the earth and moon
Where satellites are sending visions
Down into your room

Separate the truth from lies
With the stories written between the lines
Only you can tell the wrong from right
The more you look the more you find
Close your eyes and drift away
Where the lights are taking you no one can say
In the depths of the your mind
Looking for a sign written in between the lines

"The world is very different now,
for man holds in his mortal hands,
the power to abolish,
all forms of human poverty,
and all forms of human life."
(John F Kennedy)
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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby nate » Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:05 am

Discovering Bradford Shank's poems called 'Fragments' reminded me of this. From Pete Townshend's 2006-era 'Endless Wire' cycle (part of his rock opera 'The Boy Who Heard Music', itself a sequel to his previous rock operas 'Lifehouse' and 'Psychoderelict'): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_Who_Heard_Music . The song 'Fragments' forms the heart of the story: a hit song for a modern band which is mystically inspired by an older musician)

The Who, Fragments (Endless Wire, 2006)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOQofgZJzOQ

Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we leaving life
Or moving in
Exploding out
Imploding in
Ingrained in good
Or stained in sin

Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we leaving life
Or moving in
Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we breathing in

We are a billion fragments
Exploding outward
Like broken glass, we damage
Even in defeat
We are tiny pieces
Falling now and settling
Like snowflake crystal
Building on the city street

Snowflakes falling
Snowflakes falling
Snowflakes falling
Snowflakes falling

Are we the parts
Are we the whole
Are we the thoughts
Are we the soul
The parts of me
And this is true
The parts of me
Belong to you

Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we leaving life
Or moving in
Exploding out
Imploding in
Ingrained in good
Or stained in sin

Are we the parts
Are we the whole
Are we the thoughts
Are we the soul
The parts of me
And this is true
The parts of me
The parts of you
Belong to you
And you
And you
And you...


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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby nate » Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:28 am

Klaatu, a Canadian band who were once confused with the Beatles, had a deep vein of science, science-fiction and saucer mythology in their lyrics. The name of course comes from the 1951 UFO film 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'. Their first album ('3:47 EST', 1976) introduced 'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft', more famously covered by Karen Carpenter in 1977 - and was itself inspired by Albert 'Men in Black' Bender's 1953 'World Contact Day' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_K._Bender). Their second album, 'Hope' (1977) is a concept album about a previous civilisation on Venus which destroys itself through war after gaining space flight, causing our asteroid belt. Their final album, 'Magentalane' (1981), has this little song apparently inspired by tales of breakaway civilisations - most likely, I think, the 1977 science-fiction mockumentary 'Alternative 3', which aired in Canada, and was indeed about moving to Mars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_3

Klaatu, "Maybe I'll Move To Mars" (1981)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDH3bsXoLWs

[Me]
Talked to a friend one lonely day
Told me that he was going away
He's got to live some other place

[Him]
I can't stay here another day
And to you I say
Tomorrow I leave for outer space
Maybe I'll move to Mars
Maybe I'll move to Mars

[Me]
Naturally I was quite surprised
When I looked into his eyes
To see he was quite sincere

[Him]
All that I have to say
Mars is not so far away
How we will get there is quite clear
Maybe I'll move to Mars
Maybe I'll move to Mars
One step closer to the stars
Maybe I'll move to Mars

[Me]
How will we get there?
How will we get there?
I can't believe that what you say is true
And I can't leave
I've got too much to do

[Him]
Oh we can get there, we have found a way
We're all prepared and we can leave today
Me and my friends have worked for years
And we have planned well, have no fears

[Me]
How will we get there?
[Him]
We have found a way
[Me]
How will we get there?
[Him]
We can leave today
Me and my friends have planned most properly
We have built a ship that floats on gravity

[Me]
And then he turned and walked away
Can't tell you how I regret that day
I've not seen him for years

[Him]
I sent a card today to my friend so far away
Having a nice time wish that you were here
Maybe I'll move to Mars
Maybe I'll move to Mars
One step closer to the stars
Maybe I'll move to Mars


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Re: Miscellaneous Soundtracks

Postby fruitbat » Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:58 am

I've been a bit slow to get aroudn to listening to it, but that FM album is great!
Thanks for showing me that, Nate.
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