[I originally posted this listomania back in 2008, when this blog and the world were young. Just so I don't come across as a total slacker, I've rewritten some of it, added a different song in one slot, and swapped out a couple of the videos. Hopefully you'll enjoy. -- S.S.]
BEST OR WORST POST-BEATLES SCI-FI THEMED POP/ROCK SONG!!!!
Sorry about the arbitrary post-Beatles thing, but otherwise we'd have to include Billy Lee Riley's "Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll," "Purple People Eater," "Telstar," et al, and this blog already skews way too old. And speaking of arbitrary, I was going to explicitly ban the nomination of either David Bowie's "Space Oddity" or Elton John's "Rocket Man," but I figure one of you SOBs will nominate them no matter what I say, so go ahead. I will, however, taunt you mercilessly for your bad taste when you do.
Okay, here's my totally top of my head Top Eight:
8. Flight of the Conchords -- Robots
As you can see, the world is very different since the robotic uprising of the '90s.
7. Bjork -- Pluto
Let's be honest -- this broad has been in space since day one.
6. Marilyn Manson -- Mechanical Animals
Apparently, this song is about mechanical animals. Kind of Philip K. Dick-ish, I guess.
5. The Byrds -- Mr. Spaceman
A way too obvious choice, I know, but I wanted an excuse to post this video, which I had never seen before today. And yes, that's Gram Parsons pretending to be David Crosby.
4. Roky Erikson -- Creature With the Atom Brain
Why is he acting so strange? A question that may never be answered, Roky.
3. They Might Be Giants -- Particle Man
Well, it's sorta sci-fi. He's a particle -- get it?
2. King Crimson -- 21st Century Schizoid Man
This is one of those prog songs that just strike me as hilariously funny, albeit unintentionally. Fripp really was a pretentious bastard even back in the day, wasn't he?
And the number one sci-fi song, gimme a break it's not even a fricking contest so don't bug me, is
1. The Rolling Stones -- 2000 Man
A song so good even Kiss covered it.
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?