By Cameron M.
As the tag line for the movie Alien goes, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” I’ve always wanted to go to space. Maybe even attend a concert on the moon someday, and call it “Moonstock.” That would be super dope. Except, the absence of an atmosphere prevents sound from travelling across the surface of the moon…. bummer. Maybe the music being performed could be broadcast via radio wave and played through the boss sound system I would have hooked up in my spacesuit. If this theoretically impossible concert were ever to be organized, here are five songs that are all available for free download right now on Freegal that I would request to be played at Moonstock.
When booking this stellar festival, the band Spiritualized would have to bat leadoff. As The Earth rose above The Moon’s horizon and behind the main stage, their song, “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space,” would serve to set the tone for the entire show perfectly. The lyrics from Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” are sung in canon behind the main verse, creating a beautifully dissonant, albeit understated, backdrop.
The Alan Parsons Project – Sirius/Eye in the Sky
The year was 1996. Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Seattle Supersonics, winners of the NBA’s Western Conference, found themselves squaring off against Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. While the two teams were very evenly matched on the court and on paper, the Bulls would ultimately prevail, due to the competitive advantage gained by using The Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius” as their introduction song. In all Sirius-ness, next time you want to get pumped up, skip “Eye of the Tiger” and give this song a spin (also, “Sirius” transitions directly into “Eye in the Sky” so both are suggested listening).
David Bowie – Life on Mars
Ok, it’s truth time. I had a really hard time choosing which David Bowie song to include here. “Space Oddity” was the early heavy favorite, as Ground Control attempts to get in contact with Major Tom, while he is sitting in his tin can. Also receiving substantial consideration were the songs “Ziggy Stardust,” “Moonage Daydream,” and “Starman” all from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, however I don’t think Ziggy and the Spiders would reunite, even with the opportunity to play live on the moon. That’s why “Life on Mars” gets the nod here, despite the fact that it’s not really about space. All of the aforementioned songs are available for free download on Freegal.
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop
I can think of no band more fitting to headline Moonstock than Funkadelic. When the P-Funk Mothership arrived onstage led by Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton, this merry mob of musical misfits would be sure to get every booty bouncing. This song “Cosmic Slop,” has a much deeper and more down-to-earth message than its title lets on. Told from the perspective of a prostitute’s child, who hears their mother’s call to the Lord asking for forgiveness for the things she does in order to provide for the family as the Devil sings, “Would you like to dance with me? We’re doing the Cosmic Slop.”