From Major Tom to Yoshimi: Sci-Fi as Music

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

Great science fiction isn't necessarily contained in a book. Many musicians over the years have written science fiction stories, sometimes in one song, sometimes over the course of an entire album. I couldn't possibly include all of them in one post, so I've limited myself to my favorites:

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David BowieSpace Oddity by David Bowie








The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Space Oddity Space Oddity by David Bowie

Bowie, man.  What else can I say?  These two are classics. 

The Sophtware Slump by GrandaddySumday by Grandaddy








The Sophtware Slump and Sumday by Grandaddy

The theme of many of Grandaddy's songs is the juxtaposition between nature/humanity and technology.  Also, the songs are really good.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips

An amazing album featuring two of my favorite Flaming Lips songs - the title track and Do You Realize?? 

OK Computer by Radiohead

So much has been written about OK Computer that I don't think I have much to add.  It's simply one of the best records ever.  

I'll leave you with an iconic interpretation of a classic sci-fi song:


Tagged: David Bowie, Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, Radiohead, science fiction, Music