“Theme from Star Trek” by Nichelle Nichols, Recorded in The Early 90s

What makes this track interesting is the production value. It firmly locks the sound into the early 1990s. Clearly the backing track was created on budget synthesizers. You can hear the influence of 1980s new wave, but now it’s a midi sequence. It has a general-midi video game music vibe.

What is your favorite song by Nichols? Do you have a favorite song that mentions Star Trek? Let us know in the comments!

-Wacky Alex

NOTE: The image above is a screen shot for Star Trek The Original Series.

“Highly Illogical” by Leonard Nimoy

Vaguely channeling his Star Trek character, Mr Spok, Leonard Nimoy gave us a sarcastic critique on western capitalism and hostile marriages. Was he angry about something? The background music is deceptively whimsical with harp, saxophone, and flute.

I can barely interpret human body language as it is. For Vulcans, I am at a loss. So tell me, Does he look irate? Is he holding back a laugh? Is he hella surprised? Let me know in the comments.

-Wacky Alex

NOTE: The image above is a screen shot for Star Trek The Original Series.

“Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft” by The Carpenters ~ Cover of a Canadian Weirdos Klaatu

Today is National Space Day! We celebrate it on the first Friday in May. Ponder the mysteries of the universe with us for the rest of the day on our live stream.

A Canadian Progressive Rock band called Klaatu first recorded this rather bizarre soft-art-rock number back in 1976. The band got it’s name from the alien visitor character in the classic science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still.

The Day The Earth Stood Still, still frame

“The idea for this track was suggested by an actual event that is described in The Flying Saucer Reader, a book by Jay David published in 1967. In March 1953 an organization known as the “International Flying Saucer Bureau” sent a bulletin to all its members urging them to participate in an experiment termed ‘World Contact Day‘ whereby, at a predetermined date and time, they would attempt to collectively send out a telepathic message to visitors from outer space. The message began with the words…’Calling occupants of interplanetary craft!'” (John Woloschuk, member of Klaatu)

E.S.P. by Klaatu

Klaatu’s version was released as a 7 inch single and then included in their album E.S.P. This radio station would love to get first pressings of these. It’s on the “grail list”.

The version by The Carpenters was recorded in 1977. The session crew consisted of 160 musicians. The track charted in both the US & Canada. The full length version clocks in at over 7:00 minutes. That’s amazingly long for a charting single.

“Seagulls! (Stop It Now)” by Bad Lip Reading

Attention über-dorks! It’s finally here! Every May 4th, we celebrate Star Wars Day. May The FORTH be with you!

The day has been observed unofficially since the 80s, but in 2011, a group of fans in Toronto held the first organized event. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, fan- films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes. In 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and now the holiday is celebrated at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Bad Lip Reading is an anonymous music and video producer who intentionally lip-reads video clips poorly for laughs. They then go on to produce music to go with the nonsensical lip-reads.

There are endless musical production that touch on Star Wars. Maybe I should do a top 10 list. As it stands this would be the number one track on that list.

Remember, There is no “try”. Do or do not.

-Wacky Alex

PS: The image used at the top of this page is a still from Rogue One.