In Honor of "Skyline" - The Top Ten "Out of This World" Alien and Space Songs
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:14:12
This Friday marks the release of Skyline—a film about Extraterrestrial visitors. As it starts, weird lights descend onto Los Angeles—and this time, it's not from the smog! Suddenly, Southern Californians are more worried about actual aliens than anything else. We here at ARTISTdirect.com love a good alien invasion, and can't wait to see how (and if) the human race get out of this pickle. In honor of Skyline [In theaters this Friday November 12, via Rogue Pictures], here are our favorite "Out of this World" space- and alien-themed songs.
"A Space Oddity" - David Bowie
This was Bowie's classic first hit—an atmospheric ballad from the late sixties. It's a very Beatles-esque track, and ironically sounds little like much of the Thin White Duke's later catalogue. But, it's trippy and spacey, and would be perfect for your iPod if you were about to blast off into the solar system.
"Rocket Man"- As performed by William Shatner
What can make a great song like "Rocket Man" even better? Do it as a spoken word track, from an overly-dramatic science fiction icon. Hearing Captain Kirk's Elton John monologue is hilarious and incredibly weird. Ahh, the Seventies. To the YouTube!
"Aliens Exist"- blink-182
We'd be remiss if we didn't have blink-182's pop-punk class clown take on aliens. This galloper is silly and tongue-in-cheek. It's especially funny to listen to when you think about Tom DeLonge's super-serious, grandiose, slightly over-the-top emo project, Angles & Airwaves, which followed Blink.
"Subterranean Homesick Alien"- Radiohead
This beautiful, ethereal track from one of the best bands ever (on one of the best albums ever, OK Computer) is fitting for cruising the Milky Way (either the galaxy or the candy bar will do). If an alien came to me and asked what great music is, I'd definitely use Radiohead as a prime example.
"Let The Guilt Go"- Korn
What does this song have to do with space? Not much. However, Korn's innovative music video for the song has quite a bit to do with it- it features the band playing in a giant crop circle near their home town in Bakersfield. Before it came out, several viral videos about supposed alien abduction popped up online. Thankfully, no one really got abducted! It was the first time a band played inside a crop circle- the first time the government has let us know about, anyway…
"Planet of Sound"- Pixies
This is an excellent track from Trompe le Monde, one of The Pixies' classic albums. Up-tempo and weird, Frank Black and his crew create a planet that we want to inhabit. Maybe when we run out of Earth’s resources, we can travel here!
"Space Man"- The Killers
Before taking their hiatus, The Killers were a bit hit-or-miss following their smashing debut album, Hot Fuss. This song, however, was pure bulls-eye. It recounts someone being abducted by aliens and having their blood type taken. Alien probing has never sounded so fun as it does on this cut.
"Your Gravest Words"- The Lawrence Arms
"I am a satellite/ never getting signals right/ you are a constellation- I can barely make you out tonight," The Lawrence Arms croon on this bittersweet rocker. These introspective and clever Midwestern punks prove that men are from Mars and women are indeed from Venus, and they put it over some minor chords. If aliens could cry, this would do the trick!
"Major Tom"- Peter Schilling
Finally, a space song from the eighties gets some representation! Like any choice intergalactic jam from the eighties, "Major Tom" is synthesized, cheery, and cheesy. Shiny Toy Guns recently did a cover of this that was featured in a current car commercial. See, I'm just full of random facts!
"I'm a Spacebound rocket ship and your heart's the moon/ and I'm aiming right at you," is the chorus on this rare acoustic guitar-driven track from Eminem. Moving out of his comfort zone, Mr. Mathers raps about the dangers of falling in love, and how in this instance that relationship eventually turns tragic- all the while using the apt metaphor of space travel to describe the scenario.
Do aliens exist? Will we ever find life outside of Earth? Will anyone ever figure out what the hell Lost was really about? These are the questions that have plagued mankind for years. Who knows- Skyline might be a precursor of things to come, and maybe alien life will pay us an inconspicuous visit at some point. As crazy as it sounds, when you consider how small earth is in the grand scheme of the universe, the odds of at least one planet in the universe being suitable to hold other life forms have to be pretty high. And when that day comes, I hope they like our playlist!
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