With just two weeks until our Sci-Fi weekender (“3 great films, 1 stellar weekend!”) we’ve riffled through the space junk of YouTube to bring our top ten future-shock pop videos.
Where better to start the countdown than with Europe’s Final Countdown from 1986? It’s a daft dollop of Eurotrash metal that’s been viewed a staggering 83,000,000+ times. To put it into perspective: that’s larger than the population of Germany, which means some of them must have watched it more than once.
Cue slo mo hair flicks and geetaaar noodling…
At number 9 we have Doctorin’ the Tardis by The Timelords (1988). If you squint long enough the makeshift Daleks chasing the cop car look like cardboard boxes. It’s uncanny.
Number 8 warps in from an altogether different musical universe. Jeff Wayne’s space opera, based on H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds, features two very catchy tunes: Eve of War and Forever Autumn. Here Jeff Wayne and Orchestra update the original recordings with a 2012 medley featuring the vocal talents of Liam Neeson and Gary Barlow. Talk about weird science.
No space music countdown would be complete without some Bowie, and we have the first of his three entries at number 7, with Starman from 1972. Bowie’s career-making performance on Top of the Pops in July that year caused a sensation. All hail Ziggy Stardust.
At number 6 we have the Gallic charms of Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygène IV (1976). Is it Sci-Fi? Heck yes- why not?
Look out for the mono-brow zoom shot…
Bowie crops up again at number 5 with Life on Mars from 1973 (personally, we like ours deep-fried).
Number 4 sees another entry from the 1970s, clearly the decade of choice for Sci-Fi inspired melody-making. Elton John released Rocket Man in 1972 and William Shatner brutally murdered it in 1978. Look on with Fear and Wonder:
We couldn’t let the top 10 pass without a shameless plug for our charity family matinee performance of Mike Hodges’s Flash Gordon (1980). Queen provided the film’s soundtrack including this memorable title track at number 3:
Here’s an oddity: Bowie’s Space Oddity to be precise, which features at number 2. We’ve scavenged two versions of the song: the superior 1969 rendition followed by the more familiar 1972 release.
There was only ever one contender for the top slot. A track that is utterly unique in the annals of popular music, for all the wrong reasons: Star Trekkin’ by The Firm from 1988. We love it!