Thursday, November 09, 2006
When we think about science fiction and fantasy, we think about books, films, and gaming. But what about music? I'm not talking about the magnificent scores of such people as John Williams or Maurice Jarre. I'm talking about popular music. Allow me to offer three tunes that are solidly rooted in the genre. "Werewolf" by Five Man Electrical Band. It's a song about a rural American family tormented by lycanthropy. The oldest son has been running around the countryside, howling at the moon and mutilating sheep. The father is forced to set off into the night with a silver bullet. "2525" Zager and Evans. Science fiction prediction and some of the worst lyrics you've ever heard. Hey, it was 1969. "In the year 2525, if man is still alive, he may fawn." He may what? Fawn? "He'll pick his sons, pick his daughters too, from the bottom of a long glass tube..whoa whoa whoa." See what I mean? "Wooden Ships" Crosby Stills and Nash. Late 60's nuclear holocaust paranoia. After Armegeddon two soldiers from opposite sides come together and are forced to cooperate to survive. The lyrics don't get in the way here. They flow with a late sixties buzz. Want a brownie? So, what about you? What songs can you list that are steeped in genre? And only one Iron Maiden allowed.