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SONG OF THE WEEK: "The Man Who Sold The World" by David Bowie (1970)

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This week we've got a comparatively contentious entry: Is this or is this not a science fiction song? Some say yes, others - mostly dead-eyed Nirvana fans who didn't realize it was a cover - say no. For those who say yea, the song is thought to be an hommage to Robert Heinlein's story, "The Man Who Sold The Moon." For those who say nay, it's just a bunch of random eliptical lyrics that probably don't mean much of anything as The Thin White Duke was taking a lot of drugs in those days. And almost undoubtedly reading a lot of science fiction while taking the drugs.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Are the Stars?" by Bombay Monkey (2009)

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Today's video - which is much, much better than last week's song, by the way - is for a track by Bombay Monkey, a group (or more likely a producer) I know nothing about, despite having made a cursory look a while ago. This is a great cut, as it includes samples from The Day The Earth Stood Still, Wonder Woman, and of course Sean Connery. Check it out under the jump.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Drowning in the Sea of Love" by The Adventures (1988)

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The Adventures were an interesting band. They had fairly solid, occasionally brooding songs, a big voice, a relatively complex sound, slick production, and their first album (in 1984) seemed like the kind of thing that woulda' shoulda' been huge alongside the successes of acts like "A-ha" and "Til Tuesday," but for whatever reason it never happened. Their long-in-the-making second album (Which produced this song) was well reviewed, and got a surprisingly strong push in the 'states, given that no one except me remembered their first album by that point.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple (1973)

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Welcome to 2010, the year in which the future dies, the year in which our own pathetic space shuttle - occasionally described as 'a space truck' in the early days - goes out to pasture 19 years after it was *intended* to be retired. It seemed appropos to start off our new year with a song about Space Truckin', then. Ok, ok, ok, I know, I know, I know - our "Song" feature is highly inconsistent, and it's been consistently cruddy since it went from being a daily feature to being a weekly one. I'm sorry. All I can say is that I sort of lost the beat there for a bit. I promise to try harder, and to that end please allow me to introduce our first new song of 2010. Click below the jump to check it out!

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Knights of Cydonia" by Muse (2006)

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As we wrap up our first year of SF-themed music videos and songs here on the 'Bot, it's time to reflect on what we've learned: We've learned that (1) This feature is much more fun as a daily that no one really gives a damn about than it is as a weekly that I have to put some thought in to, (2) We've learned that there really is a hell of a hell of a hell of a lot of SF-themed music and videos out there, far more than I'd expected when I started this, and we've learned that (3) really expensive SF-music videos generally suck to a greater or lesser extent, whereas the cheap-crap ones are freq

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Scream" by Michael and Janet Jackson (1995)

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I mentioned last week that "Express Yourself" was the third most expensive music video of all time, which prompted a flury of people who wanted to know what the most expensive one ever was, and were too lazy to just look it up for themselves. And here it is:

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Express Yourself" by Madonna (1989)

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Ok, I hate like damn to have to do this, I really do, but I've gotten a lot of requests for this one, so I'm putting it up here. Released in 1989 off her final album before she transformed herself in to some kind of bizarror-world repulsive B&D drag-queen swinger type, "Express Yourself" is openly, wildly based on Fritz Lang's 1927 SF Tour de Force, "Metropolis"

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Intergalactic Planetary" by The Beastie Boys (2008)

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A happy Pearl Harbor Day to you all!

How could this one have slipped past our old "Song of the Day" feature? Spaceships, giant robots stomping Tokyo, it's a solid one. Funny, too. Check it out after the JUMP! JUMP! JUMP NOW!

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Mister Spock" by Nerf Herder (2002)

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Ok, the last two were rather lame, I admit, it's taken me a bit to get back in the swing of things, but this one is actually really good. This is by nerdcore geek band "Nerf Herder" off their 2002 album. "American Cheese." Jump through for more info!

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Theme from 2010" by Andy Summers (1984)

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I only saw this video one time, back in 1984, before the movie came out, I think it was on Cinemax or maybe the old Showtime Video Jukebox. A lot of nice glamor shots from the movie, but the tune is the worst kind of bastardization that occurs when you try to take German Romance music and shoehorn it in to a band format.

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