Stellar Playlists! And the winner is...
Thanks to all of you who entered the Space Song Playlist Contest and took up the challenge of selecting 5 songs with a space theme of your own device.
One thing is clear: the Only Ones “Another Girl, Another Planet” is a Zubland favorite. A playlist of that song repeating 5 times would have be the head-and-shoulders winner of any Zub community poll. Oh, that sounds FUN. BRB!
First things relatively first: What was the sub theme of A’s Playlist?
A MUSICAL ORRERY: OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Orreries are the coolest things! Models of the solar system turning on differing gears to emulate the varied orbits. LOVE. Surely a model could be built of lyrical references, a musical orrery. So songs were selected because of lyrical content that mentioned the major objects in orbit in the solar system that we live in. Don’t @ us about Pluto being a dog in the Sparks song and Neptune’s daughter being the mention in the Pixies song. A gal’s got obfuscate the theme a little for a bit of a challenge! So here are the songs with the titular or lyrical connection that provide a roadmap from the Sun to the edges of our system.
Sun: Solar Sister/Posies
Mercury: Riding on A Rocket/Shonen Knife (ithe lyrics also give a nice overview of the Solar System)
Venus: Hey, Venus/That Petrol Emotion
Earth: Planet Earth/Devo
And orbiting Earth…
Earth orbiting satellites: Another Satellite/XTC
Moon/Van Allen Belt: There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called the Moon)/B-52’s
Mars: Life on Mars/Bowie
Jupiter: Symphony 41 (Jupiter Symphony)/Mozart
Saturn: Saturn Boy/Helium Kidz
Neptune: Mr. Grieves/Pixies
Pluto: Angst in My Pants/Sparks (well, before 2006, officially)
Deep space objects: Out of Limits/Marketts &/or Ventures
But you came here for an announcement of another kind.
The winner of the Space Song Playlist Contest is:
- CHUCK MIMS
We love Chuck’s acknowledgement of the king of space music, Sun Ra, with a witty choice of NRBQ’s cover. And who can take a trip to space without a ride on the Mothership? Funkadelic is inspired. Lou, Stones give a nice, classic tone. And the Only Ones will provide the planetary anthem for Earthlings in their future interplanetary travels.
Please display your 3 Zub stickers with pride!
Sonic Space Force Silver Star for Distinguished Service to Ears
- Tie: FITZ HAMRICK AND RANDALL COX
We love Fitz’s decade and genre spanning tight set, and the bonus is a nice touch. It reflects the varied nature of the universe itself, so well played. Randall’s playlist is MOOD supreme, and puts us in mind of the melancholy space movies of the 70’s, like THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and SILENT RUNNING and the strong inner-demon, inner-space lyrical themes show the space between our ears is really the ultimate terra incognita.
How could we pick one over the other? We didn’t. 2 stickers each for meritorious and distinguished space playlisting.
Special Distinctions (1 sticker each)
The J.D. PowerPop Star Cluster For Distinguished Service to PowerPop
For excellence in theme blogging
- The PowerPopulist Blog (link)
It is especially important in these days when we spend so much time indoors in the Northern Hemisphere, that you supplement your PowerPop diet to maintain your USDA recommended levels of personal Pop. Frequent visits to the PowerPopulist will keep your PowerPop levels HIGH and humming.
The Baker’s Half Dozen Gold Star for Extra Effort and Stellar Documentation
For showing there’s no limit on space, but there are citations
- Indigo Skye
The Intergalactic Intergenerational Quartet Commendation
For group effort by relatives that still yielded only 4 songs
- Marsha and Jessica Meddock
The Sportsmanship Athletic Cup
For loving the game but seeking no prize
- Jackson Bly
The Distinguished Jan Terri Content Cross
For maximizing content featuring Jan Terri
- Rebekah Radisch
The Kent Brockman “Welcome Our Alien Overlords” Medal
For a sensitive and multilingual acknowledgement of our companions in space.
- Zack Bly
So send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know where to send those cool stickers! Send a pic of where you stick ‘em! Please--where the sun shines.
(1) Praying to the Aliens - Gary Numan / Tubeway Army
(2) Calling Occupants - Klaatu
(3) Flying Saucer Attack - The Rezillos
(4) Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead
(5) El U.F.O. Man - Jonathan Richman
Jan Terri—Beam Me Up Scotty
Jan Terri—Journey To Mars
Peter Schilling—Major Tom
Space Oddity - Bowie
Space Junk - Devo
Starship - Jefferson Starship
Supersonic Rocket Ship - Kinks
Walking on the Moon - The Police
SPACE COWBOY-Kacey Musgraves
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE-Spiritualized
OUTER SPACE-Danny Brown
🐢 ALL THE WAY DOWN-Sturgill Simpson
THE SPACE RACE IS OVER-Billy Bragg
Florence and the machine - Cosmic Love
The Shins - A Comet Appears
Lemon Jelly - Space Walk
The World of Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Volume 2: Songs from the Radio Ballads, released in 1971 on Argo Records.
Space Girl’s Song
Eliza Charly Space Girl
The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet
Hum - Stars
Aimee Mann - Lost in Space
B52's - There's a Moon In the Sky (called the moon)
They Might Be Giants - The Ballad of Davy Crocket (In Outer Space)
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
Bonus Track (zub!) - Radiohead - Subterranean Homesick Alien
Stones - 2,000 Light Years From Home
Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love
Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop
NRBQ - Rocket # 9 ( Sun Ra Cover )
Marsha Meddock & Jess Windance Meddock
"Space Cowboy" by Steve Miller band
"Space Oddity" by David Bowie
"The Second Man to Walk on the Moon" by Plastic Operator.
Moonage Daydream Bowie
And NOW, for our listening pleasure: A Crowd-Sourced Space Songs Playlist, so we are all winners (dodges thrown veggies and fruits).
(iNSERT sPOTIFY PLAYLIST)