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From: [email protected] (Rich Kulawiec)
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Subject: SF-references-in-music List
Keywords: science fiction, sf, music, fantasy
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Date: 17 Sep 2001 09:55:16 GMT

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Copyright Rich Kulawiec 1997,2000.

[ January 2000 update: currently being rewritten based on accumulated
feedback. ]

This is the SF-in-music list.  It isn't comprehensive, but
it does try to cover rock, jazz, folk, classical and electronic music.
Most of the items listed here fall pretty well into these categories.
There is also a list of SF-based operas, which was assembled by
Evelyn C. Leeper and is reproduced here with permission.  I've attempted
to list everybody who helped in the large (and growing) montage at the end.

SF can stand for whatever you'd like it to; science fiction, science fantasy,
speculative fiction, you pick it.  My personal definition is rather broad,
which, coupled with the copious contributions of those of you on the
various networks, accounts for the length of this list.

One thing that I've changed since the last revision: I'm now listing
purely instrumental pieces along with everything else, rather than
bundling them at the end.  This is mostly due to the large number
of updates that folks have sent in which list instrumental pieces.
I guess we'll see how it goes.

I'm not really interested in adding filk or novelty records to this list;
not that I have anything against them, but they would probably be
more appropriate on another list.

In most cases, I've relied on the contributions that have been sent in;
in others, I've verified spellings and attributions.  Thus, the accuracy
of the information is uneven; so be it.  Corrections (VIA MAIL ONLY)
are quite welcome, as are additions.  I will be maintaining this list
and re-sending it periodically.

Rich Kulawiec


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10 CC:
Old Mister Time (from the album "Bloody Tourists") is
a story about an old man (living in a broken shack on the railway)
who is collecting junk to build a time-machine;
eventually he makes it work and disappears.

Has an EP "Machine".

Track "East of Asteroid".  (This track was originally named
"Mummy was an asteroid, daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil". 
The track originally appeared on the "Mainstream" album by Phil Manzanera's
earlier group Quiet Sun.) See also Eno, Brian.

"Who Made Who" from the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack.

Has a song called "Trip II the Moon (The Darkside)".

Adam Ant:
"Ants Invasion" (elsewhere reported as "Forbidden Zone")
from "Kings of the Wild Frontier" is about the invasion of the earth by ants.

Adolphson & Falk:
This Swedish band had a hit with "Control is Flashing Blue", a song
about how computers/sensors say everything is okay, but something
is crawling in the shadows. Most of their albums have a very dominant
SF theme. One example is 'Med Rymden I Blodet' (With Space In The Blood).
(In the same sense that one might say that a family with a seafaring
tradition "has the sea in their blood").

After the Fire:
"Suspended Animation" is either about weightlessness or genuine
suspended animation, and "Starflight" describes interstellar flight.

Alan Parsons Project:
Albums "I, Robot" (but not based on Asimov) and "Tales of Mystery and
Imagination (Poe).  The title track from "Ammonia Avenue" is about a
world destroyed by pollution.  "Eye in the Sky" has the title track "Sirius".  "Eye in the Sky" has the title track "Sirius".

Alarm, The:
"The Stand" -- about Stephen King's "The Stand".

Alice Cooper:
On "School's Out", the words "Klaatu barada nikto" occur in background
vocals near the end of "My Stars".  The album "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell"
is a fantasy.  "Clones (We're All)" appears on "Alice Cooper '80: Flush
the Fashion"; it's about a collection of clones who revel against their
situation. He also refers to "the twilight zone" in "The Quiet Room"
from "From the Inside" and in "Wish You Were Here" from "...Goes to Hell".
Also, check out "BB on Mars" from "Pretties for You".
Finally, "No Baloney Homo Sapiens" from "Zipper Catches Skin" is about
a human challenege to potential marauding aliens.

Early '80's post-disco group whose album "Sons of the Universe" has SF
themes running all through it.

Alexander, Heather:
Album "Wanderlust".

The album "Afternoons in Utopia" include tracks such as "Afternoons
in Utopia", "20th Century" and "Lady Bright" (which contains an old
rhyming couplet about generally relativity).  See also "For a Million"
of "Breathtaking Blue", with its reference to dancing under an alien sun.

"Nice, Nice, Very Nice" is from the 53rd Calypso of Bokonon from
Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut.  Also "Time Waits for no One"; both
are on "Ambrosia", which also contains a reading of Jabberwocky.
Ambrosia is probably known to most readers for their mid-70's
hit "Holdin' On to Yesterday".

"Sandman" refers to Nolan's "Logan's Run."

Bhatia, Amin:

Shawn Bird sent along this great writeup on Amin Bhatia:

	Amin now composes film and television scores in Toronto, Canada.
	Interstellar Suite is a soundtrack without a film, but it is easy
	to follow the gist of the story from the song titles.  Since 1987
	when the album first came out (1987) it has been used in star shows
	at several planetariums, including the Calgary (Alberta) Planetarium
	and the MacMillan Planetarium in Vancouver, BC.  Amin's work tends
	to feature lush, orchestral sounds, all created by synthesizer, and
	he masters all of the 'instruments' himself. He did not use any
	digital samplings of any instruments in Int. Suite. You can hear
	more of Amin's work in movies such as Iron Eagle 2, Cafe Romeo,
	and John Woo's Once a Thief; as well as television shows like
	Ray Bradbury Theatre, Free Willy and Tales of the Cryptkeeper.
	Thankfully, after a decade wait, another album is in production;
	hopefully it won't be more than a couple of years away.

Amon Duul II:
Some sf-oriented material; German band from the mid-seventies.
Two of their albums are "Made in Germany" and "Vive La Trance".

Amos, Tori:
"Tear in Your Hand" contains the line "If you need me,
me and Neil are hanging out with the Dream King."  Neil Gaiman is the
creator of "Sandman", and is apparently a good friend of Tori's.
(Side note: The "Sandman" issue "Brief Lives" includes
some of the lyrics from that song.  Tori also wrote the introduction
to the "Death: High Cost of Living" trade paperback.)  And the song
"Happy Phantom" is about traipsing around the world after one is dead.
Also see "Space Dog".

Anderson, Ian:
Vocalist from Jethro Tull.  His 1983 LP, "Walk Into Light" contains a
notable SF-related track, "User Friendly".

Anderson, Jon:
Vocalist from Yes.  Solo album, "Olias of Sunhillow", from 1976.
"Olympia" from "Animation" seems to discuss a futuristic world;
"Boundaries" from the same album may be about the aftermath of a future war.

Anderson, Laurie:
Surrealism & sf-type music.  Try "O Superman" and "Language is a
Virus From Outer Space", which I seem to recall is derived from
Burroughs (William S., that is).   Anderson has released several
works in collaboration/cooperation with Burroughs:

	"You're The Guy I Want To Share My Money With" 
	(This one is not very easy to find) (Laurie, William, and one other
	artist all contribute sections of this, but there is no tie between
	the sections; more like an anthology than a collaboration in effect.)

	"Home Of The Brave" (soundtrack from her movie "Home Of The Brave",
	which included Burroughs in person);

	"Sharkey's Night" (the album companion to "Home Of The Brave" movie;
	the movie's -artistic- companion, rather than its soundtrack)
	(Burroughs speaks once or twice)

Her '94 album "Bright Red" featured "Same Time Tomorrow", about machines
and recorded experience, and the VR sendup "The Puppet Motel".

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe:
(With bassist Chris Squire, these are the five core musicians of Yes.)
The eponymous album includes "Fist of Fire", a song about some sort
of acension after death, and "Birthright", about British atomic testing
carried out at Maralinga during the 50's and early 60's, which has
left many Aboriginal sacred sites and traditional lands uninhabitable.

Android Sisters, The:
"Songs of Electronic Despair".

Androids of MU:
A punk band that never got anywhere; their album "Blood Robots"
includes a track called "Lost in Space".

(French progressive group) "Au-dela du delire" is a time-travel story.

Angel Witch:
New wave of British heavy metal band.  Their first LP "AngelWitch" contains the
song "Atlantis" (about... you guessed it...) - There are also other songs
like "White Witch", "Sorcerers" and "Gorgon".

Ant, Adam:
"Apollo 9" is about a trip to the moon.

The album "Among the Living" contains "I Am the Law" (about Judge Dredd,
the 2000 AD hero) and "Among the Living" (about the antihero of Stephen
King's "The Stand").

"Mothra", about the monster from the "Godzilla" movies.

Aphrodite's Child:
The album "666" is the veritable armageddon waltz; it is a musical
retelling of the Apocalypse (Book of Revelations).  Vangelis was
in this band back then.

"West World" is presumably about the film.

April Wine:
A heavy metal band who indulge in fantasy imagery; note "The Whole
World's Goin' Crazy" and its references to Lewis Caroll.  Along
with Nektar and Pavlov's Dog, cult heroes in the St. Louis area
thanks to twenty years of airplay on KSHE-FM.

Archer, Tasmin:
Her first hit, "Sleeping Satellite" (from her album "Great
Expectations") is a lament for the end of the Apollo programme.
[ Damn...I thought it was about the end of a love affair! ---Rsk ]

Art of Noise:
"Paranoimia" features Max Headroom.

"After the War", from "Astra" refers to post-WW III era.
"Wildest Dreams", from the first album, might also be about a war that
is yet to happen.  "Sole Survivor", also from the first album, seems
to be in a similar vein.

An Australian instrumental band from the early 1960s, had popular singles
entitled "Moon Man" and "War of the Worlds."  The latter is 
amazing for its evocative sound effects.

Atomic Rooster:
(one of the early heavy metal bands) "Lost in Space".  Organ player Vincent Crane
also was with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Automatic Man:
Two albums of SF-ish mystic stuff; notable track "I.T.D."
(Interstellar Tracking Device).

Savatage (already in this list) released a 7" EP under the name Avatar before
they became Savatage.  Two of the three tracks were "City beneath the surface"
and "Sirens".

"Planet Claire", and "53 Miles West of Venus" from "Wild Planet".
The title track from "Cosmic Thing" has aliens shaking their, uh, cosmic thing.
The song "Topaz" is a depiction of a future Utopian earth.
Also see the soundtrack to "Earth Girls Are Easy".

"Little Tex in Trouble" and "Little Tex's Prelude" from "Trouble Doll"
are about a cowboy who sees his cattle being taken by aliens.

The Bags:
"September", from the album "Night of the Corn People", is about
a love affair between astronauts.  "L. Frank Baum" is a tribute to the
Wizard of Oz books.

Ball, Edward:
Releases under many names, including Teenage Film Stars, The Times and
The Missing Scientists.  Has done several songs with references to "The
Prisoner" including "I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape".

Banks, Tony:
See "Man of Spells" from "Fugitive".

Their album "The Art of Dance" consists only of songs about
Barbarella and containing samples from the film Barbarella.

Barenaked Ladies:
Another Canadian Band, with a song called "This is me in Grade 9", with the lines:
     "Some of my friends are crazy and the others are depressed,
      None of them can help me study for my math test.
      I got into the classroom and my knowledge was gone;
      I guess I should have studied 'stead of watching Wrath of Khan."

Batt, Mike:
His album "Zero Zero" (released 1982, also a music video) features an
Orwell-like state where a man accidentally falls in love despite the
fact that emotions are wiped out in that society.  Some brain surgery
takes care of the problem.  The story concludes with a female neuro
surgeon being 'infected' with the emotion of love as well.  The album
"The Hunting of the Snark" (1987) features Batt's interpretation of
Lewis Carroll's work. 

Did a cover of "Ziggy Stardust", and the song "Bela Lugosi's Dead",
which opens the film "The Hunger" (they perform in it, too).  Their lyrics
are obscure enough so that most of their songs can be taken for SF - or
anything else, for that matter.  They broke up in '83. 3 members became
Love and Rockets, the other, Peter Murphy, got a solo career.
The song "Silent Hedges", which appears on the LP "The Sky's Gone Out"
doesn't seem to make a lot of sense at first -- until you realize that
the lyrics are a pastiche of phrases from Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World",
at which point it becomes much clearer.

Be Bop Deluxe:
Tracks include "Jet Silver And The Dolls Of Venus" (vague reminiscences
about '50s British SF-comics, also thought to be poking a little fun
at Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) and "Life In The Air Age" (a time
traveller stranded in a Gernsbackian future).  Also see
"The Dangerous Stranger from the Highway to the End of Time" on "Modern Music".

The "Yellow Submarine" movie and accompanying soundtrack probably deserve
a mention as an example of an interesting animated fantasy experiment.
It's also been pointed out that there are a few science fiction
allusions in the film: during the "When I'm Sixty-Four" sequence,
they seemed to be getting involved in time-space continuum warps,
and they talk about "holes", especially the one Ringo kept in his pocket.

Bedford, David:
Albums include "Star's End"; could this be a reference to Asimov's
Foundation series ("Star's End", "Tazenda")?
He also wrote a sort of Rock Opera, "Rigel 9", to text by
Ursula le Guin. And "The Dark Nebula" to words by Arthur C Clark.
Another album: "The Odyssey".

The Bee Gees:
"Edge of the Universe" is a space travel/love song
which first appeared as a track on the "Main Course" LP in 1975.
Two years latter was included as part of the "Here at Last .. Live"
album.  The live version was released as a single and was the last
Top 40 hit for the Bee Gees before their "Saturday Night Fever"
releases and disco fame.

Beggars Opera:
"Time Machine" (from the album "Waters Of Change", 1971).   A song about
escaping from nowadays life in a time machine and finding a better place/time.

Belew, Adrian:
"Phone Call from the Moon", as well as "Looking For a UFO" from "Young
Lions" - a message of hope that aliens will come and save us
from destroying ourselves. The song "The Momur" from "Lone Rhinoceros"
tells the story of a man who's wife turns into a "momur" (a critic);
probably not really science fiction.

The Beloved:
British conglomeration group, dreamy synth music. Released album "Conscience":
"Sweet Harmony", optimistically Utopian; "Outerspace Girl", love separated by
space (well done, albeit using tired sf metaphors); "Dream On", another of the
many songs about, well, dreams.

Benatar, Pat:
"My Clone Sleeps Alone".

The Bevis Frond:
Lots of SF and fantasy imagery, eg. "The Miskatonic Variations" from
"The Auntie Winnie Album".

Big Country:
Some songs have a magical theme, but the most outstanding is "The
Seer" from the album by the same name, about a woman who foretells the Roman
invasion of Scotland.

Former singer for the Sugarcubes.  Her '95 album "Post" includes "The
Modern Things", which suggests that all of today's modern inventions have
simply been waiting for us, inside a mountain...

Black, Frank:
Frank Black is Black Francis from the Pixies.   Two solo albums, "Frank
Black" and "Teenager of the Year" with lots of SF references.  On the
first, "Parry the Wind High, Low" which is about a UFO/Trekkies
convention and alien implants; "Places Named After Numbers" references
black holes; "Old Black Dawning" talks about space colonization..  On the
second, "Whatever Happened to Pong?" is about the classic video game and talks
about delivering it to H.G. Wells; "Space is Gonna do me Good" is about
colonization; "Pie in the Sky" is about travelling to the sun.
"Two Spaces" and "Place Named After Numbers" are about spacewalking
and teleporting.  Also, "Ole Mullholand" may contain Bradbury references,
and "Calistan" may be about a post-apocalyptic LA (talks about LA becoming
a tar pit again).

Black Sabbath:
Sort of.  Tends to black magic et. al.  See "Paranoid" for
"Iron Man" (mechanical golem?), "Plant Caravan" and "Electric Funeral"
(nuclear war?);"Black Sabbath" (1st LP) for demented ravings like
"Behind the Wall of Sleep" (Lovecraft).  "Heaven and Hell" is all fantasy.
Some speculation that "Iron Man" refers to the comic book hero (paraplegic
w/special iron alloy suit and powers far beyond...) The song "Computer God",
from "Dehumanizer" concerns a sinister cyberpunk-like virtual reality.
"Tyr" (released 1990) features a lot of Norse mythology.

Blake, Tim:
Electronic New Age.  Albums "Crystal Machine", "Blake's New Jerusalem",
both SF.  Was in Hawkwind 1979-80, and Gong 1972-1975.

Blenner, Serge:
Lotsa instrumental stuff, e.g.  "Musique Esthetique", "Equateur",
"Cosmos", "Liberation".  (Maybe he should be listed with the other
instrumental artists, though for example the titles of the album
"Cosmos" include for example "Espace", "Dans l'universe", "Les
Centaures", "La voie celeste"... )

Blind Guardian:
A German heavy metal band with at least one album containing lots of SF&F
stuff: "Tales of the Twilight World", released 1990.  Tracks include:
"Traveller in Time" (about Dune), "Lord of the Rings",
"Tommyknockers", "Altair 4", etc.

The song "Blitzkrieg" talks about aliens arriving and some sort of war.
Song was covered by Metallica.

SF themes in some songs: e.g. the "Man from Mars" in "Rapture";
also "Dragonfly" from "The Hunter", which is a half-spoken half-sung
description of a race between spaceships that uses a collage of
sf buzzwords.  See also "The Attack of the Giant Ants".
Debbie Harry (lead singer) and Chris Stein (lead guitar) sing in the
animated SF/fantasy movie _Rock and Rule_ (along with Lou Reed and Iggy Pop).

Blue Oyster Cult:
Many tracks on many albums with SF themes; "Veteran of the Psychic
Wars" (which also was on the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack; the narrator
is Corum, of Moorcock's "Chronicles of Corum") from "Fire of
Unknown Origin", "E.T.I.", "The Subhuman", "Flaming Telepaths" and most
of the rest of the LP's "Tyranny and Mutation" and "Secret Treaties".
Later work includes "Godzilla" (from "Spectres" and "Some Enchanted
Evening"), which about our favorite Tokyo-bashing reptile; "Monsters"
(from "Cultosaurus Erectus"), which is about a small group of people
who escape a ravaged Earth but wind up battling each other over one of
the women; "Black Blade" (from "Cultosaurus Erectus" and "E.T. Live",
a song done with Michael Moorcock; the nararator is Elric, from
his Elric saga) "Nosferatu" (from "Spectres"), which is a
retelling of the Dracula story; "Vengeance (The Pact)" (from "Fire
of Unknown Origin), which retells the "Taarna" segment from the movie
"Heavy Metal"; and "Sole Survivor" (also from "Fire..."), tells the
story of the last man alive on earth, who runs away when aliens come to
rescue him.  The LP "Imaginos" tells the story of a sorcerer attempting
to release the demonic other-worldly beings called "Les Invisibles".
"The Great Sun Jester" from "Mirrors" is based on the novel
"The Fireclown" by Michael Moorcock (also released as "The Winds
of Limbo"). "Joan Crawford" from "Fire..." might be SF depending
on how you feel about wire hangers.  Incidentally, a couple of
Karl Edward Wagner's "Kane" series contain direct references to
the BOC song "Astronomy" (from "Secret Treaties"); in particular,
there's a chapter entitled "On the Origin of Storms".  "Take Me Away"
(from "The Revolution by Night") is about a guy who wants to go visit aliens.

Boiled in Lead:
Minneapolis-based folk-rock-world outfit.  They record some
folk/fantasy-sounding numbers.  Their latest album, Antler Dance,
includes some songs co-written by SF author Steven Brust (or is it Stephen?).
There's also a "soundtrack" that they've released which is for
the Steven Brust/Megan Lindholm novel "The Gypsy".

Boney M.:
"Night Flight to Venus" (title track of LP), and "Steppenwolf",
a werewolf story, on the same LP.

Bone, Richard:
Early 80's synth-pop musician, has an LP called "Brave Tales" which 
contains songs like "Prelude to Mothra", "Alien Girl" and "Mutant Wisdom".

Bonzo Dog DooDah Band:
"Urban Spaceman" from "Tadpoles" and "There's a Monster Coming" from "Gorilla".

Boom Crash Opera:
Australian band whose song "The Best Thing" from "Look! Listen!"
describes an astronaut's experiences in flight.

Bored Games:
Song "Joe 90".  Classic Kiwi underground pop.
This schoolboy band was one of the early proponents of the "Dunedin Sound"
associated with the Flying Nun label, and band members went on to play
in virtually every important Dunedin band, including the Chills,
the Verlaines, the Clean, Straightjacket Fits etc.

The LP "Third Stage" has a track emulating a spaceship take-off.
(All three of their album covers tell the story of the Guitar Spaceship
and its quest for a new home.)

Bow Wow Wow:
Punk.  "I want my baby on Mars", "Giant sized baby thing!".

Bowie, David:
"Space Oddity" (most emphatically NOT "Major Tom") discusses eerie
experiences in orbit.  Also has a film, "The Man who Fell to Earth".
See also "Diamond Dogs" (mutated life on earth after the bomb)
and "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", about a rock band on
an earth with five years left; this LP also contains "Five Years"
and "Starman".  From "Hunky Dory", see "Life on Mars", and from "Station
to Station", see "TVC15".  See also "Ashes to Ashes", "Memory of a
Free Festival", and "1984".  Also, "Cat People (Putting out the Fire)"
from "Let's Dance", the title song to the movie.  His collaboration
with the Sales Brothers (Tin Machine), released an album with some
SF-oriented tracks, such as "Tin Machine", "Video Crime", and "I Can't Read".

--- Some commentary on Bowie...

Bowie, David:
A lot of his albums contain at least a few sf songs.  The major ones are:
"Space Oddity", the title track (often mistakenly referred to as "Major Tom")
was apparently played on the BBC broadcast of Neil Armstrong's moon walk;
"The Man Who Sold the World"; "Hunky Dory" which contains 'Life on Mars';
"The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", the first
side has sf songs, the second is about a rock band whose lead singer self-
destructs (presumably the band which sang the first side); "AladdinSane";
"Diamond Dogs", a sort of Orwellian '1984' album which contains the song
'1984' and other songs about big brother; "Heroes", "Scary Monsters (and
super creeps)" which contains the title track and 'Ashes to Ashes', a
followup to 'Space Oddity'. Also, 'Cat People (Putting out the Fire)'
(tenuosly sf) from "Let's Dance", the title song to the movie of the same
name.  "Tonight" contains a song, 'Loving the Alien" and his latest
album, "Never Let Me Down", has another.  (But "Loving the Alien" is
apparently addressed to the Christians and Moslems meeting each other
at the time of the Crusades, and is a plea for understanding.)
"Station to Station" was originally written, but not used, as the soundtrack to one
of his films, "The Man who Fell to Earth", a classic about an alien stranded on earth.
Bowie has done a couple of other sf films, "The Hunger", about vampires, and
"Labyrinth", where he plays the goblin king who has kidnapped a young girl's baby
brother after she brattishly announces, "I wish the goblins would take him away!"

	-- Scott Butler

Note that "Diamond Dogs" started as a "1984" project, but the Orwell Estate
denied permission, so the project mutated into "...Dogs".

Bragg, Billy:
His song "New England" (covered by Kirsty MacCol) talks about wishing
on falling stars...except they're satellites.

"Metal Man" about a guy living at 2000 degrees.

Brickell, Edie and the New Bohemians:
The title track from "Ghost of a Dog" is, uh, well, about the ghost of a dog.

Brightman, Sarah
"I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper", "Love In A U.F.O.", and
"The Love Crusader" (not quite sf, but has many snips of supposed
intergalactic radio conversations, etc.) and "Lost in Space"
are all from a 1979 album.

Broderna Brothers:
Swedish band, with an song "Karlek i rymden" ("Love in Space") about
the boyfriend of a female astronaut.

Brown, Arthur:
In the late sixties, "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" had a big hit
with "Fire".  In the early 70's (1970-72), Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come
released three albums, all on Voiceprint: "Galactic Zoo Dossier",
"Kingdom Come", and "Journey".  There's also a double LP entitled "The Lost Ears"
which is a "best of" compilation.  The track "Time Captives" is from
"Journey" (a shorter version appears on "The Lost Ears"); it's
about a group of people who have crashed their timeship.
In 1993, he recorded a live CD "Order From Chaos (Live 1993)" where the
medley "Time Captains" contains parts of tracks for all three of these albums.
Another album "Strangelands" (CD on Reckless Records) contains sessions that
fill the 1969-1970 gap in A. B.'s recorded career. It does contain a few SF refs.

Brown, Julie:
"Earth Girls are Easy". :-)

Brownsville Station:
"The Martian Boogie" was a 1977 single about an alien who learns to
rock n' roll.  The song was sort of a minor cult classic for this 
band in the midwest as they tried to follow-up on their "Smokin' in
the Boy's Room" success.  The single was issued on the Private Stock label.
(Your editor would like to mention that he saw Brownsville Station and
Styx on a double bill in a converted skating rink outside St. Louis around
1975 or was an interesting pairing, to say the least. ---Rsk )

"One of a Kind" includes "Fainting in Coils", with words taken
from "Alice in Wonderland".

Buckner and Garcia:
"Hyperspace", "Defender".  (These *are* the guys that did
that awful Pacman song.)

Buffett, Jimmy:
Yes, parrotheads, he occasionally references SF: "Could you beam me
somewhere Mr. Scott" from "Boat Drinks", "Phasers on stun" from "When
Salome Plays the Drums", "Stanley Kubrick, and his buddy HAL,
now don't look that abstract" and "Captain's log, stardate, 2000 and somethin"
from "Fruitcakes".

Buggles, The:
The LP "Age of Plastic" contains many SF themes;for instance, the title
song has the lines "They send the Heart Police to put you under
cardiac arrest" (1984 meets Harlan Ellison's Ticktockman?) Also "I Love
You, Miss Robot".  See also "Johnny on the Monorail".  See also
"Adventures in Modern Recording", with SF tracks such as "Vermillion Sands",
"Inner City", "Rainbow Warrior", and maybe "On TV".
For trivia fans: "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video shown
on MTV.

"PKD", for Phillip K. Dick.

Burnett, T-Bone:
"We Are Humans From Earth" from the soundtrack of "Until the End of
the World".

William S. Burroughs:
In addition to the spoken-word album "Dead City Radio", he collaborated
with the Disposable Heroes Of Hip-Hoprisy on "Spare Ass Annie" and wrote
the libretto to Robert Wilson & Tom Waits' opera "The Black Rider".  The
"Black Rider" CD consists of songs based on the opera; Burroughs sings on
"'Tain't No Sin".  Did a version of "Words Of Advice" with Material on
their "Hallucination Engine" CD.  See also Laurie Anderson.

Bush, Kate:
"Breathing", about breathing the fallout following a nuclear blast, (supposed
to be sung by an unborn child) is from "Never For Ever", and "Experiment IV"
from "The Whole Story" about designing a sound that can kill.
"Cloudbusting" is about a boy (played by Kate in the video) whose father
builds a rain-making machine and is kidnapped by the government.

	(This song was inspired by Peter Reich's "The Book of Dreams".
	The lines "I hid my Yo-yo/In the garden/
		what made it special/made it dangerous"
	is a reference to the fact that the rainmaking energy was inhibited
	by radiation, so Peter's father made him throw away his yo-yo.
	Peter buried it in the garden instead.  -- Theo O'Neal)

	(Peter Reich's father, Wilhelm Reich, was actually a 'scientist'
	(regard the quotes) who did research in 'orgone energy'. Don't ask
	me seriously what 'orgone energy' should be, but one of it's
	abilities should have been to make it rain. The story
	behind that is not sci-fi at all, it is true life (more or less).
	Wilhelm Reich was actually arrested by the government and died in
	prison, something the nine (or so) year old Peter couldn't comprehend
	as a child. Peter later wrote 'a book of dreams' to cope with that
	experience. -- Ulrich Grepel )

See also "Hammer Horror" from "Lionheart", a throwback to the
horror films of the 60's.  "Deeper Understanding" from "The Sensual
World" is about computer addiction. "Hello Earth" from "Hounds of Love"
refers to an astronaut viewing the earth from his spaceship.
KB also covered Elton John's "Rocket Man".

Byrds, The:
"Hey Mr. Spaceman" from "The Fifth Dimension". "Space Odyssey"
from "Notorious Byrd Brothers" is a retelling of Clarke's "The Sentinel".

	A comment on "Space Odyssey" from Norm Woodward:

	According to their introduction to the song at a concert I
	attended, the reason the song was about "the Sentinel", ie, a
	pyramid, was that there was a rumor that Stan Kuprick was still
	searching for material for the soundtrack for his long awaited
	epic, and they thought they had a chance to be in it.  Since
	the only thing known about the project was that it was based on
	the short story, the Byrds tried to stretch the lyrics to fit
	the gig.  Obviously, they were not in the final mix.

Byrne, David:
"In the Future", from the "Civil Wars" soundtrack is an
often-contradictory list how we will be in the future.

Lots of fantasy stuff on various albums, notably "Mirage", which
contains the song "White Rider" (about Gandalf). "Moonmadness" contains
the instrumental "Lunar Sea". See also "Echoes" from "Breathless".

Campbell, Ian:
Wrote "The Sun is Burning," about nuclear war.  Recorded by Californian
singer/songwriter Kate Wolf (1942-1986) in 1984 and included on "Out of
the Darkness" (various artists) and her "Gold in California" 2-CD

Camper Van Beethoven:
"The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon" from "Telephone Free Landslide
Victory", 1985; cover of Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" from self-titled
album, 1986.  Other songs include some "fantastic" imagery.  The title of
their album "II & III" is an oblique reference to R.A. Wilson's
"Illuminatus!" books (they also did the theme for a TV show Wilson did,
apparently; it appears on their album "Key Lime Pie").

First album "Monster Movie", 1969; occasional spacey themes in songs
("Cascade Waltz" on "Flow Motion" mentions a spaceship and an astronaut).

A Swedish heavy metal band - pretty much slow heavy doom metal
with fantasy themes.  LP's include "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus", "Nightfall",
"Ancient Dreams" and "Tales of Creation".  This last often suggests
Michael Moorcock characters, particularly Corum.

Canto, Bel:
"Picnic on the Moon" from the album "Birds of Passage".
It's about a girl (the singer) who finds an old diary and reads an old story 
she dreamed up about taking a Baron's old balloon (hot-air, I assume), 
flying to the moon, and, upon arrival, well, having a picnic...

Captain Beefheart:
"Big Eyed Beans from Venus" and "The Floppy Boot Stomp".  The latter is
that tale of a farmer who accidentally summons the devil while squaredancing.

Captain Beyond:
"Astral Lady", "Voyagers From Distant Planets", etc.

"Cthulhu" from "Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night".

Carlos, Wendy (Walter):
The soundtrack recordings to "A Clockwork Orange" and "Tron".

See "Klaatu".

Jim Carrol Band:
The song "Nothing is True" is as Robert Anton Wilson as you can get.

Cassandra Complex:
Their album "Satan, Bugs Bunny and Me..." contains "E*O*D", a track
which discusses Cthulhu.  The album "Cyberpunx" contains some tracks
with cyberpunkish dark visions of the future, e.g. "Nightfall (over the EC)".

Caswell and Carnahan:
Do a song called "Borderlands" which is about a man who
goes back in time to meet a woman but must return to his own time.
[There is a novel called The House On The Borderland by William Hodgeson(?)
Among its (sub)plots there is a man who goes back (or maybe sideways) in
time to meet a woman but must return to his own time.]

"Tongue Tied", from the British TV-Series "Red Dwarf".  (If you don't
understand why this is listed under "Cat", then (a) watch any one
episode of the series and (b) try to comprehend the size of Cat's ego. :-) )

Cheap Trick:
"Dream Police" (title track).

Last side of Chicago III is a suite named "Elegy" about ecodeath and final war.

----Some commentary on this from Ed Eastridge:

The side as a whole is named Elegy. Elegy's principal writer was trombonist
James Pankow. It is about humans killing themselves off in the name of
progress. Another song off of this album which is in a similar vein is
"Mother" describing the Raping of the Earth by Highways and other man-made
occurences. Anyway, If I can rememeber correctly Elegy consists of five
movements, the names As I can recall are:

"When All the Laughter Dies in Sorrow" (a small poem)
"Canon" (Brass quartet type of feel,interesting harmonies.)
"Once Upon a Time"(Soft Jazz ballad featuring Flute and Trombone.)
"Progress?" (Dissonant and forboding. Uses taped sounds of jackhammers,
             traffic, etc. Most interesting is the use of the toilet...:))
"The Approaching Storm" (Normal Jazz type number like mid-60's "cool" sound)
"Man vs Man = The End"  (Contemporary almost 12-tonal in sound, definitely not
                         like "normal" Chicago)

All in all, this is a good piece. The songs are cohesive, transitions are
smooth and subtle. (If you couldn't tell by now, yes, I am a Chicago freak).
	--- Ed Eastridge

The Church:
Their last three albums ("Priest = Aura", "Gold Afternoon Fix", and
"Starfish") contain a good deal of SF material, such as:
"Pharaoh", "City", "Terra Nova Cain", "Priest = Aura", and "Dome".

New-age Celtic-folk stuff; numerous songs about druids, Stonehenge,
that sort of thing.  Also did much of the music for the British
"Robin Hood" TV show, as well as the film "Last of the Mohicans".
Borderline for inclusion here, since they tend more toward New Age
stuff rather than sf&f.

Clark, Dave:
"Time", a musical with a lot of notable musicians and singers (e.g.
Freddy Mercury, Leo Sayer, Dionne Warwick, John Christie...) about the
people of the Earth put on trial --- are they worthy to continue their

Clarke, Stanley:
Jazz bassist, who spent considerable time with Chick Corea and Al Dimeola
in "Return to Forever".  His self-titled solo release (mostly instrumental)
has a vocal track called "Vulcan Princess", about a woman he has loved
"through eternity".  This track also appears on a recently released CD
of his live performances, "Stanley Clarke Live 1975-1976".  "Modern Man"
is about an invasion or Mars, some similar space-opera theme.

Clash, the:
A band pretty much centered in the (then) Now, but had a couple songs
taking place in the future.  "Groovy Times" (from "Black Market Clash")
is roughly about a fascist state, apparently sparked by the sight of
chain-link fences around a soccer stadium.  "London Calling" (from the
LP of the same name) is about the apocalypse, a possibility which is
treated rather ambivalently.  "Atom Tan" (from "Combat Rock") is about
the apocalypse again, from sort of a Beat-Marxist angle.

Clark, Anne:
On her "Changing Places" album, "Sleeper in Metropolis" deals
with loss of all human contact in a future (or present) world;
"Poem for a Nuclear Romance" is about what will happen to two
lovers in a nuclear war.

Clarke, Allan:
Formerly of the Hollies. The song "The Survivor" is specifically 
about reincarnation. "Driving the Doomsday Cars" on this album is also 
sf-oriented, while the title track refers to comic-book heroes, and "The 
Only Ones" refers to flying away from Earth to start a new life.

Clinton, George (and Parliament/Funkadelic):
Parliament released a series of albums during the seventies with overt
SF themes: "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein", "Mothership Connection",
and others. Clinton had a solo hit with "Atomic Dog" in the mid-80's.
All this music ranges from slow-burn funk to beat-heavy disco.
(Their influence is still felt in a number of places -- e.g. one
of the sequences in the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" film.)

Australian pop music quartet.  Have a song "Fox's Wedding" inspired by
a Japanese fairy tale.  Their debut album "Penny Century" is named after
the character in Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez' comic book "Love and Rockets".

A track from their "Colourbox" LP entitled "Just Give "em Whiskey." has
quotes from "Prisoner", "2001" and "West World" on it.

Comsat Angels:
Named after a J.G. Ballard short of the same name.

Concrete Blonde:
The entire album "Bloodletting" is about vampires, a la Anne Rice's
vampire novels.

Cooder, Ry:
"UFO has Landed in the Ghetto" from "The Slide Area".  Cooder is
extremely well-regarded among other professional guitar players,
and is known responsible (with Steve Vai) for the music in the
film "Crossroads".

Rap group, used a sample from They Live!. It's part of the speech that
someone (the President?) is holding on TV. Part of it is "We have faith in our

Cope, Julian:
Lots of fantasy-new age stuff, but specifically on his album
"Jehovakill" is a Philip K. Dick quote in the liner.  "Upwards at 45
Degrees" talks about alien abduction/harvesting humans?, two SF-ish
instrumentals: "Necropolis" and "The Subtle Energies Commission" as
well as "The Tower" about a boy/man who awakens in a land of hostile
warrior women.  His album "My Nation Underground" has a liner quote
from the comic book "Watchmen" as well as a song about armageddon "5
O'Clock World."  His album "Autogeddon" is mostly about how cars are
bad for the Earth, and includes the SF joyride "Starcar."

Costello, Elvis:
"Tokyo Storm Warning" from "Blood and Chocolate"; mentions the cheap
sets found in some Japanese horror/sf movies.  (In the sleeve notes to
"Girls Girls Girls" (a retrospective collection of Elvis Costello + The
Attractions songs) Costello says that Tokyo Storm Warning is influenced
by "brutal SF stories", and mentions Philip K Dick as one of the
influences.)  "Waiting for the End of the World" from "My Aim Is True",
(self explanatory) and "Night Rally" (fascist rally/totalitarian government)
"Hurry Down Doomsday (the Bugs Are Taking Over)" from "Mighty Like a
Rose". "Satellite" from the album _Spike_ is based on concepts from
"Radio Free Albemuth" by Philip K. Dick.  "My Science-Fiction Twin" from
"Brutal Youth" mentions a lot of SF cliches, including "The Attack
of the Fifty-Foot Woman".

Crack the Sky:
"Robots for Ronnie" off "Crack the Sky" (not about Ronnie Reagan, but
could easily be adapted!).  "Invaders from Mars" off "Animal Notes"
(the martians are coming for our hero, but he doesn't care, 'cause
it's probably better over there!).  "Nuclear Apathy" off "Safety in
Numbers" discusses how the situation looks to those on the Moon.

Led by David Lowery, formerly of Camper Van Beethoven.
"Nostalgia" (from "Kerosene Hat", 1993) is about a stranded cosmonaut,
also mentioned on the single "Low", from the same album.

Contributed a song to the soundtrack of "Return of the Living Dead",
called "Surfin' Dead" (about zombies and the like, not
to mention numerous uses of 50's-60's era hot-rod lingo.)

Crash Test Dummies:
A Canadian group. "Superman Song" from their first album, "The Ghosts that 
Haunt Me", is about the man of steel himself, comparing his lifestyle to that 
of Tarzan.

The Cravats:
A number of albums contain SF references. For example the album "The
Bushes Scream While My Daddy Prunes" uses recordings from TV's "The
Twilight Zone" and "The Prisoner" plus the film "Them!". The title
track ends with the narrator's father being eaten by his roses. The
Cravats later turned into The Very Things and released the album
"Motortown!", which contains the track "The Land of the Giants" about
the TV series.

(Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce.)
"Tales of Brave Ulysses" from "Disraeli Gears" is *not* about the
well-known mythological character; it's about Eric Clapton's holiday
in Greece. "Those Were the Days" from "Wheels of Fire" is about Atlantis.

The Creatures:
"Pluto Drive" from "Boomerang".

Creedence Clearwater Revival:
"It Come Out of the Sky".

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
"Wooden Ships" is a resigned tale of survival in a post-nuclear world.
(Written by Crosby, Stills, and Kantner; see "Jefferson Airplane".)
"Teach Your Children" is part of the soundtrack to "Silent Running".

The Cure:
On the "Faith" LP there is a track called "The Drowning Man" based on
chapter 75 in 'Gormenghast' by Mervyn Peake describing the death of Fuschia.

Dalek I Love You (aka Dalek I):
Who are these folks?

(As always, somebody has the answer!)  Chris Oxford writes:

	I also have a litle information on the "Dalek I (Love You)" Band,
	all of which comes from the December 1983 edition of the 
	now defunct magazine "Electronic Soundmaker and Computer Music".

	The band was formed in Liverpool, England in 1979.  Their first
	album, "Compass Kum'Pas", was released in 1980, and their second,
	"Ambition", in 1983.  The single "Holiday in Disneyland" was also 
	released in 1983.

	Members of the band have included: 
	founder Alan Gill on guitars, vocals and rhythm programming; 
	Gordon Hon, keyboard & vocals; 
	Kenny Peers, keyboards & vocals.

	The name of the band is apparently a compromise between two
	suggested names: "Dalek" and "Darling I Love You".  I am not
	familiar with their music, but seems that the title may be the
	only SF element; unless somebody else knows otherwise.

	Incidentally, Alan Gill joined "The Teardrop Explodes" for a while, 
	during which time he wrote their hit single "Reward".

The Damned:
"I Just Can't Be Happy Today" (single + live on "The Black Album")
deals with a future military state in the UK.

Dandelion Lion:
Canadian band with a number of recordings, including "Cheap Hooch", which
has some mythical/fantasy tunes on it including "Windego".

Danse Society:
On their "Heaven is Waiting" LP is cover of "2000 Light Years from home".

DeBurgh, Chris:
"The Vision", "The Leader", and "What About Me?", a three-song
series from "Into the Light" discusses the Revelation, which may or
may not be a fantasy, depending on your viewpoint.  See "A Spaceman Came
Travelling" and "The Tower" from "Spanish Train", "The Girl With April
in Her Eyes" from "Crusader", "Sight and Touch" from "Man on the Line"
(post-WW3), and "Don't Pay the Ferryman" from "The Getaway".
Also note "The Devil's Eye" from "Crusader", about the devil taking over the
world through TV screens, and "Sin City" from "Far Beyond These Castle Walls",
about the devil tempting people on Earth.   Also from the same LP,
"Windy Night" is about an angel coming to earth to help a soldier die.
"Where Will We Be Going" from "Power of Ten" mentions "Childhood's End"
and the Bowman child from 2001, both A.C. Clarke references.
"Carry On" from "Crusader" has a verse that apparently makes no sense;
but if read backwards, it says: " Set a course for the stars/destination
unknown/The universe is calling the world/Towards her last and
final resting place".

Dead Kennedys:
Their album "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" has
at least one song which is set in a fascist state-future thing.
Also their song "Message From Our Sponsor" for the soundtrack of Terminal
City Ricochet is similar.

Dead Milkmen:
Have done a number of SF songs, including "Right Wing Pigeons" from
"Big Lizard in my Backyard", and "The Thing That Only Eats Hippies".
See also "Rocketship" and "Blood Orgy of the Atomic Fern"
on "Buckey Fellini".  Also "Stuart" from "Beezelbubba" is the ranting
of a trailer park lunatic who is convinced that "the large 
underground homosexual population" of Des Moines is building landing 
strips for gay Martians!

Deep Fix:
Michael Moorcock's band of the late seventies-produced one album, "The
New Worlds Fair".  A sort of cross between rock and slow square dance.

Deep Purple:
Occasional forays into SF.  "Space Truckin'", from "Machine Head".
"The Mule", from "Fireball" (Asimov's 'Foundation'?).  Also "Demon's Eye",
from "Fireball", "King of Dreams" and "Fortuneteller" from "Slaves and Masters",
and possibly "Child in Time" from "In Rock".

Def Leppard:
Heavy Metal.  First album ("On Through The Night" has a futuristic track,
"When the Walls Came Tumblin' Down", and a fantasy "Overture".
The videos for "Foolin'" and "Rock of Ages" from "Pyromania" contain
fantasy/SF elements, although the lyrics of the songs aren't explicitly
SF-ish. The LP "Hysteria" includes "Gods of War", "Run Riot",
"Armageddon it" and "Rocket" which have s-f themes (It sounds so, at least).
The video for "Women" (also from "Hysteria")is about a s-f comic story
(called "Def Leppard and the Women of Doom").

Desolation Angels:
New wave of British heavy metal, their self titled LP contains the
tracks "Spirit of the deep" and "Valhalla".

"Q: Are we not men? A: We are DEVO" and "Duty Now for the Future" are
full of SF themes; examples are "Space Junk" and "Jocko Homo". "Freedom
of Choice" and "New Traditionalists" also have some SF material.
Also "Shout" has a couple of SF tracks on it: "Are You Experienced?"
(the Hendrix song) and "4th Dimension".  "Mr DNA" from "Duty Now for the
Future" is apparently about genetic engineering.

Diamond, Neil:
"Heartlight" is based on "E.T."

Diamond Head:
New wave of British heavy metal, the LP "Canturbury" is a bit fantasy oriented
with songs like "The Kingmaker", "Knight of the swords" and "Ishmael".

Die Prinzen (The Princes):
"Wir sind ueberall" (We are everywhere) "Die Prinzen" are a well-known
German band who sing mainly acapella. This song is about aliens
who are among us, take care for us and cherish us.

Most Dio albums are fantasy in tone, i.e. covers & liners.  "The Last
in Line" is about a quest to find a witch.  Other songs and videos
have similar themes.

Australian grunge band, did a track called "Science Fiction" on
their "Desperate" album. It's more about your average sf fan
"I thought love was science that love is my addiction,
I've thrown all my books away."

(the OE being O umlaut, DOEF stands for Deutsch-Oestereichische-Freunschaft,
German-Austrian-Friendship) once wrote a song called 'Codo'.  It's about
a peace and love bringing alien.

Boston funk band with songs "Mr. Toad's WIld Ride", "Scarab of Ra",
"The Two-Headed Baby Song" and "Giant Squid" as examples from "There's
Always Something Wrong"/"Allizgod".  Fun.

Dolby, Thomas:
"Golden Age of Wireless" is mostly (if not all) songs about
science/technology and man. "The Flat Earth" also contains these themes
to a lesser extent.  The album "Aliens Ate My Buick" (an SF title if ever
I heard one) includes the track "May The Cube Be With You" (first line -
"Late one night a happy Martian with nothing to do").  See also the
album "Astronauts and Heretics".  And "Blinded By Science" deserves
a mention, if only for its quaint British institutional imagery in
the video, and for the catchphrase "SCIENCE!".

Donovan (w/Paul McCartney):
"Atlantis" (Georg Danzer translated and sang a German version.)
See also "The Intergalactive Laxative" and the title track
from "Cosmic Wheels".  "Sunshine Superman" probably deserves
a mention as well.

Dorough, Bob:
"Little Twelvetoes" is about an alien with 12 toes.

Geoffrey Downes New Dance Orchestra:
"Plastic Age" on one of their albums (which one, anybody?).

Dr. John:
"Gris-Gris" and "Gumbo" are heavily into New Orleans voodoo party mysticism.

roids : "Star Peace"
Released 1979.  Droids is/was a French group I know nothing about.
Alludes to "Star Wars". Instrumental (electronic) music.

Dschinghis Khan:
A German band with a song called "Kaept'n Nemo" about Jules Vernes'
undersea captain.

Duran Duran:
(Note: The group's name comes from a character in the Jane Fonda/Roger Vadim
film "Barbarella".)

Some comments from Gabrielle de Lioncourt on Duran Duran:

	Their first album has "Planet Earth" and "Sound of Thunder" (the
	latter about waiting for the bomb to drop).  A B-side, "Faster than
	Light", was also SF.  Duran Duran have a very interesting video
	history for SF lovers.  The majority of their videos were directed
	by Russel Mulchaey, director of Highlander.  Some video plots:

	"Night Boat" - zombie horror video
	"Hungry Like The Wolf" - man chases woman who turns into panther.
	"New Moon On Monday" - near future story of peaceful revolt against
			totalitarian regime.
	"Union of the Snake" - man from Earth travels into the world
			beneath ours.
	"View to a Kill" - James Bond fantasy.

	"Wild Boys" wasn't a tribute to Barbarella.  It was taken from
	their film "Arena", a _very_ surreal story that takes place half
	in the arena where Duran Duran are holding their concert and half
	in the strange underworld below the arena (where Wild Boys takes
	place).  The videos by Arcadia, a splinter portion of the band,
	are also surreal and SF-ish.

Dylan, Bob:
"Talkin' World War III Blues".  He quotes some Star Trek dialogue (from
"Mayor of Castlebridge"  on "Tight Connection to my Heart".

Earth and Fire:
A Dutch group from the late 70's to now (I think) with a lot of SF&F
themes.  Albums worth listening to: "Atlantis", "Andromeda Girl", "Gate
to Infinity" (one side of the latter deals with reincarnation), "Reality
Fills Fantasy". 

Earth, Wind & Fire:
"Jupiter" from "All 'n All"; the singer is visited by an alien
who wants to bring love and peace to the world by means of a
flower from his plant. "Electric Nation" from the "Electric Universe" album
tells how it won't be so bad to become a country of robots, as long as
we can still dance. ;-)

Album 'Radar".

Eat Static:
Practically everything by Eat Static is ufo-based. First album 
"Abduction", second album "Implant".  The track list for the latter
is: Survivors, Abnormal Interference, Implant, Dzopha Dream, Panspermia,
Area 51 (Nucleonic mix), Cydonia, Uforic Undulance.  Lots of speech
samples referring to UFO's, aliens, conspiracy theories, etc.

An Austrian band who've recorded a parody of the Star Trek theme entitled
"Raumschiff Edelweiss" ("Spaceship Edelweiss"); they also have a
corresponding video.

Electric Light Orchestra:
"Mission (A World Record)" on "A New World Record".  The entire album
"Time" involves a man from 1981 winding up in the 21st century (or perhaps
the other way around). The "10538 Overture" is a dystopia set in that year.
(Although closer examination of the lyrics indicates that "10538" might
be a person, not a year.)

Elektric Music:
The Kraftwerk offshoot band's first album "Esperanto" has a song about
making love to a machine ("Kissing The Machine").  Co-written by and
features the vocals of OMD's Andy McCluskey.

Elephant's Memory:
The track "Old Man Willow" is apparently a reference to the sentient
trees described by Tolkien.

(German/Swiss electronic progressive rock) See "Ocean", the atlantis
myth; "Planets","Time to Turn",  a two album story of fantasy with a
twist.  (It's about "the rise and fall of the most beautiful planet in
the universe, Salta".) Also, "Giant" from "Colours" and "Night Riders"
and "Metromania" from "Metromania", about the high tech near future.  The
LP "Power and the Passion" is based on a story involving a student who
ingests some of his father's experimental timedrug. He travels back 600
years and falls in love, gets involved in her father's fight with the
peasants and eventually finds a wizard to send him back to the future.
(The name of the band was based on the Eloi race from H. G. Wells'
"The Time Machine".)

Emerald Web:
(small obscure west coast duo [flute & synthesizer]) New age material,
but one album is "Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales", a fantasy story set
to music.

Emerson, Lake, & Palmer:
Space battle in "Karn Evil 9" from "Brain Salad Surgery".  (Artwork
by H R Giger, of "Alien" fame.)  See also "Tarkus", whose tracks
seem to loosely correlate with the cover artwork, but which I've
never been quite able to figure out.

(yes, the 'project' who had a hit with gregorian choirs): "Out From The Deep".
A song about an ancient race who returns to make a new beginning and to
teach mankind of their knowledge.

Eno, Brian:
Albums: "Apollo" and "On Land"; see also "The Fat Lady of Limbourg"
from "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy", a bizarre story of
SF and espionage.  See also "Nerve Net".

----Some commentary on Eno from Tim Day:

Re "Apollo": This is purely instrumental.  It was apparently written as
sountrack for a video documentary of the Apollo missions (bits were
also used in the film "Static"), but I don't think this qualifies
it for the main section of the list any more than 

"On Land" is also instrumental.  #1 of a series entitled "Ambient" (sort of
intelligent background muzak). It is intended to suggest large open spaces
(and succeeds very well).  But SF ?  No way.

Eno's philosophy towards song lyrics seems to be summarized by the first
track ("Skysaw") on "Another Green World":
"All the clouds turn to words;
All the words float in sequence
And no-one knows what they mean
Everyone just ignores them"
Eno's songs generally aim to invoke an atmosphere, mood or emotion.
Like the music, lyrics are just another tool to serve this purpose; this can
often be done using particular words or phrases.  However, the song they form
in combination is essentially meaningless (which is why it's so difficult
to classify any of his stuff as SF !).  "The Fat Lady of Limbourg" is
probably the closest he's come.  (Though it really seems to be just about
bumbling espionage agencies.)

	--- Tim Day

"Aldebaran" is dedicated to Ridley Scott; the liner notes about it read:

	"The Red giant star, Aldeberan, found in the constellation of Taurus,
	is the Eye of the bull. From the Arabic, Al Dabaran, it means
	'the follower' as it 'follows' the Pleiades. This piece portrays
	future Celts passing Aldebaran on their journey to new territories,
	continuing the migratory pattern which was so predominant in their
	early history."

Another track, Tolkien-derived, is "Lothlorien".
The album "Shepherd Moons" is a sort of reference to moons found in
the rings of Saturn, which, due to their gravitational influence,
hold some of the rings in place. (See also Clannad: Enya is the sister of
the former lead singer, and was part of their early line-up.)

Their album "Void dweller" include several tracks with samples from SF
and horror movies.  For example, "Spice" and "Fear: The Mindkiller"
have samples from Dune (saw that coming, didn't you?), "Electromagnetic
Waves" has samples from "Prince of Darkness" and so on.

Their song "Sweet Sweet Baby" includes samples from the films "Dark Star"
and "Barbarella".

Erickson, Roky:
Landmark Texas psychedelic. Used to tour with the backing bands 
Bleib Alien (where Bleib is an anagram for Bible) and then The 
Aliens.  "The Evil One" has a track entitled "Creature with the Atom Brain"
Also see "I Walked with a Zombie" (now you know all the lyrics :-) ).

Etheridge, Melissa:
Her 1992 release "Never Enough" includes "2001", a rocker with
semi-cyberpunk lyrics about the near future.

A Swedish pop-slanted hard rock band, which did the song
"The Final Countdown", about being exiled from Earth.

Did the soundtrack to the recent version of "1984".

The album "Black Noise" is entirely SF, and deal with topics such
as suspended animation; "RocketRoll" from "Surveillance" is about SF Rock.
Also see "Phasers on Stun".

Fagen, Donald:
"True Companion", about a lonely starship pilot, appears on the
soundtrack for "Heavy Metal".  (Incidentally, some folks have
interpreted I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year) to be futuristic;
but it refers to the optimistic vision held *during* the IGY, 1957.)
"Tomorrow's Girls" from "Kamakiriad", and, in fact, the entire "Kamakiriad"
album -- it's an SF-oriented concept album. The action takes place 
at the turn of the century, and the central character drives his brand-new
steam-driven satellite-navigated vegetable-garden-equipped dream car
through a futuristic landscape. One of the central character's stops on
his journey includes an amusement park attraction that lets you relive your
memories in vivid detail. 

Fairport Convention:
A few fantasy-related songs -- most notably "Tam Lin", the classic
celtic tale of an encounter with the Queen of Faerie.  F.C.'s music
is mostly based around traditional English folktales.  (See also
Steeleye Span.)

Faith No More:
The last-minute addition of new singer and lyricist 
Mike Patton before they came out with "The Real Thing" necessitated 
that he write all the songs in about eight days, so he went on sort 
of a scavenger hunt for topics. Among the usual assortment of love 
songs, and some other truely weird topics, "Surprise! You're Dead!" 
is about getting turned into a Vampire. "The Morning After" is about 
a ghost, and is an adaptation of the film Siesta.

The Fall:
They have a song called "Lay of the Land" which starts with the
chanting of some "Planet people" from the British TV series
"Quatermass".  "Spectre vs. Rector" on "Dragnet" is a story about
exorcism/possession- the demon is called Yog Sothoth (from H.P.
Lovecraft's horror books). "Jaw Bone and the Air-Rifle" on "Hex
Induction Hour" is about a curse.  See also "Elves", "Bug Day".

Falling Joys:
Australian band; the title trakck from the album "Psychohum" is the
story of the galaxy being saved by the crew of a spaceship...until
the lyrics abruptly change direction and start describing a genie.

Farmer, Mylene:
This French singer has a song "Tristana" which tells the story of that
beautiful girl ("Schneewitchen" in German) with the seven dwarfs.

"Nights on Earth", from the soundtrack to "Hearts of Fire",
features the chorus line "Remember all the nights we spent on earth, long
before the colonies were planted in the sky".

"Star Trekkin'".  This is not the same "Firm" who did "Radioactive",
i.e. it's not Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page.

Fink Brothers:
"Mutants in Mega City One", from 2000AD comic (origin of Judge Dredd).
America portrayed as three cities under police control.

Off their self titled album, "V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F." stands for 
"Voyage to the Land of the Freeze-Dried Godzilla Farts" and is 
about a government attempt to convince everything that Hiroshima was 
actually caused by Godzilla farting. I kid you not.
"Party at Ground Zero" from the eponymous album.

Fischer Z (the Z is pronounced the Britisch way, sead with a soft s):
The title track from their album "Red Skies Over Paradise" is
about nuclear war in Britain.

The Five Blobs:
"The Blob".

Five Man Electrical Band:
(most known for the 60's anthem "Signs") recorded a song (title?) about a werewolf.

The Fixx:
Much of their first two albums are built around the theme of
nuclear war.  Most notable are "The Strain," "I Live," and "Red Skies" on
Shuttered Room, and "The Sign of Fire" on Reach the Beach.
Also, "Driven Out", about environmental disaster, from "Calm Animals".
(Known for early-80's hit "One Thing Leads to Another".)

Flaming Youth:
The album "Ark II" is a concept LP about the trials and tribulations of
a generation ship leaving earth.  (Phil Collins was the drummer.)

Flash & the Pan:
"First and Last" is based on a combination of Olaf Stapledon's
"Last and First Men" and Arthur C. Clarke's "The Sentinel" or "2001,"
whichever you prefer. The song "California" is based on the novel
"Fail-Safe".  See also "Atlantis Calling".

Flash Fearless and the Zorg Women, parts 5&6:
Another weird IGTB type collaboration album from the
late 70's with some well-known rockers on it.
Includes "I'm Flash" by Alice Cooper.

Fleck, Bela and the Flecktones:
Self-titled album includes the two part "Mars Needs Women (Space is a
Lonely Place/They're here)".  "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo" includes "Flying
Saucer Dudes" and a track with the same name as the album.  "UFO TOFU"
has "UFO TOFU", a song with lots of palindromic figures.  "Three Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest" includes "Vix 9" (the video for this
apparently features a computer-animated spaceship called the Vix 9),
and "Interlude (Return of the Ancient Ones)" which is a solo number by
Futureman.  Speaking of which, one of the Flecktones is called
"Future Man" and plays a futuristic SynthAxe Drumitar; he's allegedly
travelled back in time from the year 2050 to play with the Flecktones.

Fleetwood Mac:
"Green Manalishi".  (Judas Priest did an eminently forgettable version.)
"Rhiannon" is about a Welsh witch.

Flock, The:
"Dinosaur Swamps" is an early LP.  Notable for quality of musicians,
including Jerry Goodman who later joined the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Flock of Seagulls:
British band (circa 1982) very much associated with science fiction.
Songs with titles like "Man Made", "DNA", "Modern Love is Automatic",
and "Space Age Love Song".  Some suggestions have been made that "I Ran",
one of their more popular singles, is about a UFO abduction.

Flying Pickets:
Have an a cappela cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity".

Flying Saucer Attack:
(named after a Revillos song).

Forbidden Dimension:
Canadian B-movie garage rock.  Have put out two albums, "Sin Gallery" and
"Somebody Down There Likes Me", as well as numerous singles, full of songs
about monsters and psychos and what-have-you.  Sample titles: "Graveyard
Line", "Mars Is Heaven", "Tall Dark and Gruesome", "Crawling Eye '95".

"Starrider" is a track from their self-titled debut album in which
the singer is taken to the stars and "sails the celestial ways."
Reference is made to higher beings with the power to travel between the
stars and the singer seeks to gain their knowledge to become a Starrider.
A 3rd generation band, Foreigner followed in the footsteps of Bad Company,
who in turn followed in the footsteps of Free.

Foxx, John:
Former lead singer for Ultravox -- slightly harsh electro-pop.  Futuristic
tracks include "20th Century" on the B-Side of the "Burning Car" single.
Surreal tracks include "He's a Liquid".  First solo album "Metamatic"
is futuristic and minimalistic synth music, including "No-one's Driving"
and "Underpass"

Frank Chickens:
"Mothra", based on the movie monster.

Franke, Christopher:
Former member of Tangerine Dream who wrote the Soundtrack of "Universal
Solder" (1992) and is now involved with the soundtrack of "Babylon 5". 

Frankie Goes To Hollywood:
Their 1984 "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" album has two tracks with SF'isch 
connotations.  The title track is about the Coleridge poem ("In Xanada
did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure dome decree", if memory serves ---Rsk),
and 'Two Tribes' is about nuclear war.

The Front's:
"Violent World" from their self-titled album (as far as I know,
the only one they ever recorded) - another nuclear holocaust tale.

Front 242:
Cyberpunk music.  On "Official Version", you'll find "W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G.
(invasion from flying saucers?) "Television Station" (corporate politics
with a vicious attitude), "Red Team", and "Quite Unusual" (waking up
to a nuclear war).  On "Front by Front", see "Circling Overland"
(stealth fighters?) "Headhunter v3.0" (headhunter, hired to kidnap
someone), and "Work 01".  Also use a sample from the movie Videodrome
in one of their songs.

Front Line Assembly:
An industrial band, their latest album is titled "Tactical Neural Implant"
and they have a single from that album called "Mindphazer". The video for
this single has footage from a japanese live-action sci-fi film
called "GUNHED".

Mentioned here mostly because these folks are sincerely weird.  Its
members all claim to be from another planet and to have been frozen in
Antartica for countless years.  Their music is heavy metal, and they
(aided with lots of latex) really look unearthly.  Currently they are
on their 'World Maggot Tour' where they hope to awaken the sleeping
world maggot from its nest underneath the Pentagon and ride it back
into outer space.

Gabriel Bondage:
"Another Trip to Earth" (LP), religious/fantasy mixture.

Gabriel, Peter:
"Here Comes the Flood", with Robert Fripp, and "Solsbury Hill" are typical
of his work. "On the Air" from his second album is about running a pirate
radio transmitter under a totalitarian regime. Many of his other songs deal
with aspects of science and technology and progress, and their effects
on people, but many of them are metaphorical and interpretations vary.
See also Genesis.

Game Theory:
"One More for Saint Michael" on the album "Lolita Nation" includes
references to Captain Jim, the Prime Directive, T'Pau, etc.  "Nine Lives
to Rigel 5" from "Distortion" and "Regenisraen" from "Big Shot Chronicle"
also have SF themes.  Finally, "Room for One More Honey" from "Two
Steps From the Middle Ages" is based on an old episode of "The Twilight Zone":
A woman has a dream in which she meets this man at the entrance to a
morgue. He smiles and says to her, "room for one more, honey!" Next
day, she's about to board a plane when the guy boarding people says to
her, in the same voice, "room for one more, honey." Needless to say,
she freaks--doesn't get on the plane, which (of course) crashes,
killing everyone on board.

Gamma Ray:
This German heavy metal group was formed by Kai Hansen from Helloween. 
The album "Heading for Tomorrow", released 1989/90, has some slight SF
influences, e.g.  in the songs "Spaceeater" and "Heading for Tomorrow". 

An Austrian (I think) band with several SF type songs, e.g. "Saturn"
and "Hyperspace". 

Gayle, Crystal:
When she appeared on "The Muppet Show", she sang "We Must Believe
in Magic", about a voyage to Alpha Centauri.  This was also released
by EMI-Manhattan Records on CD.

J. Geils Band:
"No Anchovies, Please" frommm "Love Stinks" is about diabolical
scientists who kidnap a woman and transform her into...
Also, Peter Wolf (lead singer) did a great "Mars Needs Women".

Geldof, Bob:
"Thinking Voyager 2 Type Things" (album "The Vegetarians Of Love", 1990)
One verse of the song is about this interstellar satellite.

General Base:
"Bidi bidi, do you wanna dance?" and "Mein Gott, es ist voller Sterne!"
(My god, it's full of stars!) A german techno group. The first song has
quotes from the 70's SF-movie "Buck Rogers" (you know the little robot
who says "Bidi bidi bidi"?), the second quotes the movie
"2010 - the year we make contact".

"Watcher of the Skies" (from "Foxtrot") could be either a "last man
on Earth" story or a "alien comes upon a deserted Earth" story;
some indication that it's from Keats' sonnet "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer".
"One for the Vine" from "Wind and Wuthering" concerns time travel;
perhaps "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (Hello Triffids,
from "Nursery Cryme"), "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (the entire album) is
a surreal concept album about opening of a gateway into an
alternative universe replete with mutants and monsters: The Colony of
SlipperMen, the Carpet Crawlers, the Lamia [more Keats] and the efforts of the
anti-hero Rael to rescue his brother and return to his homeworld.
Also, try the entire "A Trick of the Tail" album (fantasy).
Oh, and "Get 'em Out by Friday" (from "Foxtrot") which sounds like something
the BBC should have turned into a Doctor Who plot -- tenants are being kicked
out of their apartments by their new landlords, who just happen to be the
directors of Genetic Control, who just happen to have just announced a new
'four-foot restriction on humanoid height', thus enabling them to fit twice
as many people to a's a downbeat retelling of Howard Fast's
"The Vision of Milty Boil" from "The General Zapped an Angel", which is
part fantasy, part vicious satire on marketing.   See also "Keep it Dark"
in which visiting aliens persuade the person they contact to remain silent
about the visit.  More stuff: "Am I Very Wrong", "Solitude", "The Knife"
(--maybe, from "Trespass"), "The Musical Box" (horror, from "Nursery Cryme").
According to the story told in 1970s concerts (and apparently on the liners
of the original release, but on present in the current American release): A
boy (Henry) is killed when his playmate (Cynthia) takes his head off with a
croquet mallet (one concert telling of the tale begins, in fact, with the
line, "Croquet is a particularly vicious British sport"). Upon reaching The
Great Hereafter, he is rejected and sent back to Earth, only to manifest
himself again when Cynthia comes upon his musical box. Upon her opening the
box, Henry pops out (and the song begins). Over the course of the song,
Henry's body ages rapidly, until, by the final strains, he is an old man,
who finally collapses and dies (assumedly for good this time).
"The Fountain of Salmacis" (fantasy, from "Nursery Cryme"),
is a retelling of the myth of Hermaphroditus and Salmacis.
Hermaphroditus, son of Hermes and Aphrodite, comes upon a pool wherein
dwells the naiad Salmacis. Salmacis, smitten with love, asks the gods to
make the two of them one being. The result -- a single being of both
genders; hence, the term 'hermaphrodite'. "Supper's Ready"
(the ultimate battle of good and evil, from "Foxtrot", possibly based on
an experience Peter Gabriel had one night when his wife began speaking
with another voice ), "Firth of Fifth", and Dancing with the Moonlit Knight"
(both containing heavy fantasy elements, both from "Selling England by
the Pound").  (It's also possible that "Dancing..." is political allegory
instead -- which I tend to agree with, given the album title and a re-reading.
"Cinema Show", from the same album, mentions the mythical figure of Tyresias,
a being who has been both male and female (but not at the same time).
See also "Squonk" from  "A Trick of the Tail", and "The Lady Lies" from
"...And Then There Were Three...", a fantasy about a traveller captured
by a demon in the form of a young woman.  See also "Little Nemo" and
"Snowbound" from the same album, which also have fantasy elements.
 "Domino" from "Invisible Touch" is about nuclear war,
death, damnation, and other cheery topics.  BTW, Peter Gabriel used to
tell stories before some of the songs in concert, although those stories
seem to have nothing to do with the songs (occasionally).
And (whew!), "Home by the Sea" from "Genesis" may be  a description
of the Giants  in Stephen R. Donaldson's "Second Chronicles of
Thomas Covenant".  Whether it is or not, it's certainly a chilling tale, about
a visitor (thief?) who enters a large, old house by the sea...and once inside,
he is trapped along with the other ghosts who erred similarly and are doomed
to tell their stories over and over again.

Gentle Giant:
Much material, tending towards fantasy including "The Advent of Panurge",
and "Alucard" (spell it backwards).

Gerry and the Holograms:
The single "Gerry and the Holograms" is about a man who is split into
several copies of himself. If I remember rightly the man behind this
group was the singer from Albertos Y Los Paranoias.

New Age before anyone had coined the label "new age".  Three albums about
the Planet Gong, Zero the Hero & the Pot-Head Pixies!: "Radio Gnome",
"Angel's Egg", "You". Earlier albums had vaguely SF ideas, e.g.,
"Fohat Digs Holes in Space" from "Camembert Electrique".

The title song from "Future Shock" and, from "Glory Road", "On the Rocks"
describes a 1984-like world.

Ian Gillan Band:
"Clear Air Turbulence" is an album with some sf-related songs, such as
the title track (5000 'astral explorers' swarm out and return holplessly)
and "Five Moons" (describes the situation of people stranded somewhere
in space).

All girl British heavy metal band, their LP "Nightmare at Maple Cross" is
pretty much a horror/fantasy type story.

Gowan, Larry:
See "Oceania" from "Gowan" (first LP) might refer to Oceana.
See also "Strange Animal", his second LP.

Graham, Mark:
The album "Natural Selections" contains several humorous songs on
various scientific topics, including "Big Bang Theory" (the story of
the universe in six minutes), "Working on the Food Chain", "I Can
See Your Aura and It's Ugly" and "Their Brains Were Small and They Died".
Great harmonica playing, too.

Grand Funk Railroad:
See "Time Machine" and "Into the Sun" from "On Time", and
"Life in Outer Space" from "What's Funk?"

Grateful Dead:
"Standing on the Moon" is a reflection by a singer who is standing on
the moon watching petty wars on earth; possibly SF-ish although it
seems to be more of a love song.  In the post-apocalyptic vision/love song
"Morning Dew", two lovers decide to walk out in the morning dew
(despite the fallout) because "I guess it doesn't matter anyway".

Greenslade, David:
"The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony", a double album of electronic music.
A derelict alien spaceship enters our solar system.  Their language is
decoded (details in the accompanying illustrated book); the music is
the story of their race.  Also "Music from the Diskworld" based on and
using quotes from Terry Pratchett's Diskworld series.  Most of the
album is "theme" tracks for one or another of the books several having
quotes from the text. And there are a couple of vocal pieces
"The Shades of old Ankh- Morpork" and "A Wizards Staff has a Knob on the End"
which relate to the series.

Guided By Voices:
Some of their songs have fairly suggestive titles such as "Hardcore
UFO's", "Alien Lanes" and "Saturn X Radio Report", but their lyrics
at their most understandable are fairly cryptic, and often just darn obscure.

H.P. Lovecraft:
Couple of contains "At the Mountains of Madness".  Estimates
place them in the late 60's.  Another track is "The White Ship",
directly referencing an H.P. Lovecraft story.

Some commentary on H.P. Lovecraft from Hal Broome:

	H.P. Lovecraft lasted three albums.  They were based in Chicago
	and named the group because one of the members had a dog
	named "Cthulhu", which meant that someone was always running
	around yelling "here Chthulhu, here Chthulhu!"

	The first album was creaky but the second was brilliant.  The first,
	HP I, had "The White Ship" and the second, HP II, had "At the
	Mountains of Madness".  The third came out years later in the
	early 70s and only had the drummer as an original member.  One
	good song, but not very SFish except for the title ("Shadow of
	the Moon"?).

Hackett, Steve:
"Narnia" on "Please Don't Touch" (one of his solo albums;he was with Genesis).
His album "Voyage of the Acolyte" isbased on the Tarot, and includes
"Star of Sirius", "The Hands of the Princess", "A Tower Struck Down",
"The Lovers", "The Hermit", "The Shadow of the Hierophant", and "Ace of Wands".
"Guitar Noir" includes "Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite".  See also Genesis.

Hagar, Sammy:
"There's a Crack in the Earth".

Hagen, Nina:
"Zero Zero U.F.O." (sung in German, album "freud euch", 1995) A song about her
encounter with an UFO.

Hamm, Stuart:
"Radio Free Albemuth" is based on the novels of Phillip K. Dick, and
includes the title track and "Flow My Tears".
"Kings of Sleep" includes "Black Ice", "Terminal Beach", the title
track, and "Count Zero", based on William Gibson's material.
Hamm has also worked with Joe Satriani.

Hammill, Peter:
Has done an operatic treatment of "The Fall of the House of Usher".

Happy the Man:
"Time Considered as a Helix of Precious Laughs" is based on Samuel R.
Delany's story "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones".
Great story, lousy song...from the album "Happy the Man".

Hardcastle, Paul:
The "No Winner" album is filled with songs about nuclear attacks and SDI.

Harper, Roy:
"McGoohan's Blues" from "Folkjokeopus" is influenced by The Prisoner.
"Nineteen-Forty Eightish" from "Whatever Happened To Jugula".
Album "Descendants Of Smith" (also released under title Garden Of Uranium)
is dedicated to Philip K. Dick.

Hatfield and the North
"Son of There's No Place Like Homerton" from their eponymous album.
It's a lengthy song which has sparse lyrics and seems to be
about an orchestra from Mars.

Hackett, Steve:
"Narnia" on "Please Don't Touch" (one of his solo albums;he was with Genesis).
His album "Voyage of the Acolyte" isbased on the Tarot, and includes
"Star of Sirius", "The Hands of the Princess", "A Tower Struck Down",
"The Lovers", "The Hermit", "The Shadow of the Hierophant", and "Ace of Wands".
See also Genesis.

Hagar, Sammy:
"There's a Crack in the Earth".

Hamm, Stuart:
"Radio Free Albemuth" is based on the novels of Phillip K. Dick.
"Count Zero" is based on William Gibson's material.
Instrumental music includes the song "Ice-9", a reference to Kurt Vonnegut's
"Cat's Cradle".  Hamm has also worked with Joe Satriani.

Hammill, Peter:
Has done an operatic treatment of "The Fall of the House of Usher".

Happy the Man:
"Time Considered as a Helix of Precious Laughs" is based on Samuel R.
Delany's story "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones".
Great story, lousy song...from the album "Happy the Man".

Hardcastle, Paul:
The "No Winner" album is filled with songs about nuclear attacks and SDI.

Hatfield and the North
"Son of There's No Place Like Homerton" from their eponymous album.
It's a lengthy song which has sparse lyrics and seems to be
about an orchestra from Mars.

The all-time consensus champion for sf-oriented rock.  *Some* of their
albums are: "Hall of the Mountain Grill", "In Search of Space",
"Quark, Strangeness, and Charm", "Space Ritual--Alive in Liverpool &
London", "Warrior on the Edge of Time", "In Search of Space", "Doremi
Fasol Latido", "Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music","25 Years On",
"Levitation", "Sonic Attack", "Church of the Hackwind", and "Choose
Your Masks".  Michael Moorcock, long associated with the group, has
in fact written much fantasy-sf, including co-authoring "Time of the Hawklords",
a fantasy about the band saving the world.  He co-wrote "Veteran of the
Psychic Wars", from the soundtrack of "Heavy Metal".  He also released a
solo album late in the 70's (See "Deep Fix").  Many of their tracks are
explicitly linked to SF books,e.g. "Lord of Light", "Jack of Shadows",
"Damnation Alley" (Zelazny), "Steppenwolf" (Hesse), "High Rise" (Ballard).
The lyrics of "Warriors" are taken from Moorcock's "The Eternal Champion";
the lyrics to another spoken track on "Space Ritual" from his book
"The Black Corridor" The lyrics of "The Awakening", "Spirit of the Age"
and "The 10 Seconds of Forever", are SF poems from Robert Calvert's
collection of poems, "Centigrade 232".  Robert Calvert was lead singer
of Hawkwind from 1976-1978 (or thereabouts) and produced a solo album,
"Lucky Leif in the Longships" in the late 70's, and two more in the mid-80's.
"Lucky Leif" is based on the premise "What if the Vikings had
succeeded and colonizing America?", and features several Hawkwind
regulars as guest musicians.  The 1985 Hawkwind LP "The Chronicle of
the Black Sword" is based loosely on Moorcock's Elric character.
Debut album was called "Hawkwind".  Another album is PXR5.

Some commentary on "Live Chronicles" from Stephen Swann:
	"Live Chronicles" is the double-album concert rendition of their
	"Chronicle of the Black Sword" album, and features several events from
	the Elric books (especially "Stormbringer"), loosely intertwined into
	an 80-minute music-story performance.  The tour also featured Michael
	Moorcock himself on stage with the band, doing narration between
	musical numbers.  Moorcock's spoken parts didn't make it onto the
	final cut of the album, because of legal problems between himself and
	the band, but he -is- on the _Chronicle of the Black Sword_ video
	(which is a live performance from the same tour, even though it
	sports the name of the studio album).

			--- Stephen Swann

For further info on Hawkwind, please see the rather massive entry
at the end of the list.

Hazard, Robert:
A Philadelphia-area performer who released the album "Wings of Fire"
in the mid-80's.  It included a track entitled "Interplanetary Private Eye",
which was essentially the Bladerunner story -- and there was even
an attribution to it in the liner notes.

Heaven 17:
This band took their name from a band mentioned in "Clockwork Orange".
"Let"s All make a Bomb" from their "Penthouse and Pavement" LP is about The
Bomb and nuclear war, but is apparently not too SF-ish.  See also
"Five Minutes to Midnight", on the same theme.

Hedges, Michael:
Semi-new age guitarist/composer/singer.  His album "Taproot" is
described as "an autobiographical myth told in music," and appears to
have a semi-fantasy theme.

French band that took it's name from Norman Spinrad's "The Iron
Dream" and takes some song titles from the novel as well.  A later LP called
"Interface" has a beautiful female alien face on the cover and the titles
seem suggestive of leading up to sex with green women.

Two loosely-related albums, "Keeper of the Seven Keys" Parts 1 & 2.  The
first has songs about a future world, including "Twilight of the Gods"
which is about a planet that makes their own computerized gods, and the
new and old fight, and the whole planet gets trashed.  In the credits, it
says thanks to Herman Frank for INSANIA 2016, which is mentioned in the
song, that's possibly what it's based on. Also, on "Pt. 1" there is a
song called "Halloween" (with an 'a' not an 'e') that is like a part one
to the song "Keeper of the 7 Keys" which is on "Pt. 2".  The second LP
also contains "Dr. Stein", a comic Frankenstein, and the song of the
title, which is some sort of fantasy adventure.

Hendrix, Jimi:
Delta blues, except that the delta is on Mars.  See "1983...A Merman
I Should Turn to Be","Hey Baby", and "Third Stone from the Sun",
"UFO", and lots of other stuff.  "Third Stone from the Sun" has a half-speed
sound clip of  a scout ship reporting to the mother ship on the.... 3rd planet
(3rd stone from the sun).  He ends by saying that there shall be no more surf music.

Hillage, Steve:
His album "Green" includes an instrumental called "UFO over Paris".
Many albums have SF tinge, e.g. "Earthrise" from album "OPEN".  See
also Gong and Khan.

Hitchcock, Robyn:
See "The Fly", "Man with the Light Bulb Head".

Holdsworth, Allan:
Fusion guitar, for the most part. "Atavachron" is the instrumental title
track about the Atavachron, a time machine from a "Star Trek" episode
which an entire race used to escape from their sun which was about to
go supernova. "The UnMerry Go-Round" from "Metal Fatigue" is a conceptual
"soundtrack" to a story about a space traveler who must leave for a
distant star, never to see his beloved ones again because his ten-year
voyage, by Einstein's laws, will last several hundred earth years.
The succeeding track, "In the Mystery" is about some sort of quest.

Holy Modal Rounders:
"Mister Spaceman", complete with yodeling.

Hoodoo Gurus:
Have a song called "Another World" which is about an alien.  Also
see the song "Mars Needs Guitars".

The Horse Flies:
"Human Fly" from album of the same name--a cover of the Cramps' song.

Their 1970's album "The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony" (IMHO one
of the most underrated albums ever produced --Dave Weingart) is one long
suite of magick and faerie.  Good solid Irish rock 'n' roll, with nary
a bad cut.  (Horslips has produced some other similar works; would anyone
like to add to the list? ---Rsk )

Huey Lewis & the News:
"Back in Time" from the "Back to the Future" soundtrack.

Human League:
"I Am the Law", also from Judge Dredd (futuristic cop) comic.  Process
of apprehension, trial, conviction, and sentencing telescoped into a
very short time period.  (This reminds me of the short story, "10:01 AM"
by Alexandar Malec; it appears in a hard-to-find collection called
"Extrapolasis" ---Rsk.)  Also "Black Hit of Space" from the "Travelogue"
album.  Top 40 hit songs arrives from space and takes over the charts.
"Circus of Death" from "Reproduction" (and misc EPs) mentions that the
last verse is spoken by "the last man on earth" is actually a drug song.
(And, to top it of, it mentions Steve McGarret from Hawaii 5-0.)
Also "Seconds" from "Dare!", possibly about a scientist blinding the dictator
of an African country with a laser. (The lyrics don't make direct reference
to it, but the tour slide show does...on the other hand, some folks report
that the tour slide show contained stills from the Zapruder film of the JFK
assassination.  Much dispute and confusion on this point.) See also
"Tom Baker", on the CD of "Reproduction", which might be about Dr. Who.

Husker Du:
Song "Books about Ufoes" on their "New Day Rising" release.

Hypnotic Clambake:
"Chef Mobie's Gumbo Gator" is more nonsense than SF, but one verse
talks about "a huge aligator on the planet neptune drinking wine".

"Icehouse" contains "Icehouse" which seems to be a gothic tale of some
sort and "Sister" which is about an  android.  The band was originally
"Flowers".  The "Icehouse" referenced was the band members' flat
in Australia (probably Sydney).

Icicle Works:
English group best known for "Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)"
(titled the other way around in Europe).  The group's name comes from
the short story "The Day the Icicle Works Closed", which I believe
was by Alfred Bester.

A band from the "Neue Deutsche Welle" (New German Wave) in the early
80ies.  The song "Der Herrscher" ("The Emperor") from the Album "Der
Ernst des Lebens" ("The Earnestness of Life") describes a person who
escapes from hir dull life into a SF world. 

Idol, Billy:
His 1993 album, "Cyberpunk", features a number of SF themes,
notably the works of William Gibson (one of the tracks is "Neuromancer").

Stands for Inter-Galactic Touring Band; Mish-mash album put out in 1977
with all sorts of people on it, purporting to be a group on galactic tour.

"The Story of Immortal", a single released in 1978.  It tells the story
of a very powerful being that commits a crime (leading to the destruction
of a whole inhabited planet) and is punished with immortality.  Now he
tries to redeem himself by doing good deeds, "but sometimes in my lonely
nights the screams of million of dying people hurt me from the next
world - and then I understand why I've been given immortality..."

Intergalactic Orchestra:
Their album "Super Nova" (early 80's), contains several SF themes. 
"Star Probe Navigator" is about an interstellar ship that gets lost
underway. Other track are for example: "Star Flying", Demon God", 
"Heroes Return", "Time Slip", etc.

The video for "Listen Like Thieves" looks like a slice of a "Mad Max" film.

Several possibilities here; "Last Human Gateway" from "Tales From a Lush
Attic"; "Outer Limits" from "The Wake"; "Human Nature" (about evolution)
and "Screaming is About Dying" from "Nomazmo"; "Falling Apart at the
Seams" from "Are You Sitting Comfortably?".

Incredible String Band:
"I Was a Young Man (back in the 1960's)", a future retrospective.  See
also "Swift as the Wind", wherein a child's fantasy-hero turns out to be
more substantial.  The double-LP "U (A Surreal Parable in Song and
Dance)" includes "Robot Blues".

Information Society:
Their albums are peppered with audio excerpts from Star Trek;
SF (or at lest computer) themes are common.  "Mirrorshades" from "Hack"
is pure cyber-bandwagonism (at least they beat most of the "mainstream"
to it by a couple of years).  See also "Where Would I Be Without IBM".
Their latest album, "Peace & Love, Inc." has samples from Star Trek and The
Outer Limits.

Inner City Unit:
Punk band led by Nik Turner of Hawkwind.  Their first album, "Pass Out",
includes the tracks "Fall Out" (nuclear war), "Polly Ethelene",
"Cybernetic Love". Their second album, "Maximum Effect", starts with
a track suggesting that Elvis has been given Everlasting Life Via
Induced Suspendedanimation.

Iron Maiden:
The track "To Tame a Land" from "Piece of Mind" is about Dune.  (Frank
Herbert wouldn't let them call it "Dune", supposedly, 'cause he doesn't
like heavy metal.)  "Flight of Icarus" and "Quest for Fire" also appear
on "Piece of Mind".  "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" is a concept album
about a mystical clairvoyant.  The title track from "Powerslave" is about
the death of an Egyptian god; "Flash of the Blade" from the same LP is
about a young boy who is trained as a warrior and who avenges the death
of his master/teacher.  "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", from the same LP,
is based on the Coleridge poem.  They've also done two songs based on the
TV show, "The Prisoner": "The Prisoner" from "The Number of the Beast"
and "Back in the Village" from "Powerslave".  The title track from
"Number of the Beast" deals with the discovery of a Satanic ritual -- it
might be based on "The Omen".  Also from that album, "Children of the
Damned" (more horror than SF).  The album "Somewhere in Time" contains
"Caught Somewhere in Time", which is about time travel, the devil, and
other assorted fun stuff.  "Stranger in a Strange Land" from the same LP
is SF, but is apparently not related to the Heinlein book of the same
name.  It's based on a newspaper story about a body found in the ice
near the North Pole.  (The cover of that album really deserves note -- it's
a sci-fi scene, lots of details. Ditto for the 2 singles from that album,
"Wasted Years" and "Stranger in a Strange Land", which have sci-fi covers.)

Piano-based punk.  First CD "Dyin' To Be Jesus" includes "Energy Vampire"
and "Open Letter To Dr. Strange"; 94's "Pull The Wool" includes
"Frankenmouse" (and a rant about genetic manipulation in the liner notes).

Jackson, Dee Dee:
(real name: Deirdre Cozier) Album "Cosmic Curves" (released 1978/79).
Features songs like "Automatic Lover", "Meteor Man", "Galaxy Police", etc. 

Jackson, Joe:
"In the T.V. Age" from "Night And Day" (aliens as TV sets).
The album "Blaze of Glory" is a concept album with two album-side
long song sequences about (among other things) human interaction
with technology, and living with myths of the future.
"Tommorrow's World" especially deals with images of science and the 
future seen by those growing up in the sixties.

Jackson, Michael:
"Thriller", with narration by Vincent Price.  Also, "Another Part of Me"
written for a 3D SF short called "Captain Eo"; the lyrics are a message
from aliens.

Jad Fair and Kramer:
"Nosferatu" (vampire) and "King Kong" from "Roll Out the Barrel".

Jade Warrior:
LP "Horizon" contains "Images of Dune: a) Prescient Dawn, b) The Fremen, c)
Journey on a Dream".  Other albums contain fantasy and SF themes; like
Mannheim Steamroller, another prototype "New Age" group.  Most work done
1974-1978; other LP's include "Kites", "Waves", "Released", and "Way of
the Sun".  Frequent references to Oriental and Egyptian mythology.

Jam and Spoon:
Have a techno-industrial song entitled "Stellar" with apparent spaceship
homing sounds.

Jazz Butcher:
Has a song called "Harlan" on the album "Condition Blue",
which is about Harlan Ellison's short stories and contains references to
his story "Jeffty", amongst others possibly (not sure).

Jefferson Airplane/Starship:
"Blows Against the Empire" (album) done by JA+Crosy, Nash, Freiberg.
etc.  "Have you seen the Saucers?" from"Thirty Seconds Over Winterland".
Also did Crosby, Stills, & Kantner's "Wooden Ships" (post-nuclear holocaust)
and "Crown of Creation" from Wyndham's "Re-Birth".  Finally, "War
Story" from "Bark" tells of rebellion in the US, mind control.
"Hyperdrive" from "Dragonfly", "Modern Times" and "Alien" from "Modern
Times", "Lightning Rose", "Awakening", "Freedom at Point Zero" from
"Freedom at Point Zero", "Back from the Jaws of the Dragon" from "Winds
of Change", "Connection", "Rose goes to Yale", "Champion" from "Nuclear
Furniture".  See also Paul Kantner's "The Planet Earth Rock and Roll
Orchestra", a followup to "Blows...".  The 1971 LP "Bark" has a
track called "War Movie" in which Kantner rants about a revolt against
the government in 1975.  Incidentally, "Re-Birth" was later revised
and edited, and published under the title "Chrysalids".

Jesus Jones:
Besides *sounding* like science fiction, Jesus Jones' third album
"Perverse" begins with the song "Zeros and Ones", about computer technology.

Jethro Tull:
"Passion Play" is about the afterlife (from the vantage point of
the first person singular).  There's some speculation that "War Child"
is similarly constructed. "Dun Ringill" on "Stormwatch" is about some kind of
druidic rites ("We wait in stone circles/'til the force comes through.")
Folk tale "Jack in the Green" from "Songs From the Wood", and the songs
"The Clasp", "BroadSword", "Beastie" from "Broadsword and the Beast".
B & tB is probably their most fantasy-oriented album; nice cover art.
"Orion" and "Flying Dutchman" off "Stormwatch", "Fylingdale Flyer"
(Flyingdale is an ICBM early warning station in the UK, and this seems to
be about the possibility of false alarms leading to a nuclear exchange),
"Protect and Survive" (nuclear war), "Batteries Not Included" (android
child), "And Further On" from the album "A".  "Astronomy" on the CD
version of "Under Wraps", and "Apogee" (either version).  Also see
"March, the Mad Scientist" from a 4-song EP (untitled, also contained
"Ring Out, Solstice Bells" and two other songs).

Jobson Eddie/Zinc:
"The Green Album" has some interesting SF-style tracks; for instance,
"Listen to Reason" and "Through the Glass".

Joel, Billy:
"Miami 2017" from "Turnstiles"; a backwards reflection on our own future.
(Incidentally, "We Didn't Start the Fire" mentions "Stranger in a
Strange Land".)

John, Elton:
"Rocket Man"...perhaps from Bradbury's "Illustrated Man"?  Anyway,
another road song.  Also "I've Seen the Saucers"...from "Caribou".
"I am Your Robot" from "Jump Up".

Jones, Grace:
"Slave to the Rhythm" is about man as a slave to machines; "Demolition Man"
is a remake of Manfred Mann's song.  (See also the Police's remake.)

Jones, Howard:
"Automaton" on "Dream Into Action" is about a man
from the future who turns out to be a robot.

Jonzun Crew:
Album "Lost in Space" includes "Space Cowboy"--apparently not the same
as the Steve Miller Band song.

"Look in into the Future", from the album of the same name,
"Spaceman" from "Next" and "Wheel in the Sky" from "Infinity".

Joy Division:
One of many bands in the industrial and gothic genres influenced by
J.G. Ballard's work.   For instance, their song "Atrocity Exhibition"
referred to in New Order's "the Him"  (a minor  character in  "The Atrocity
Exhibition"); Ian  Curtis's unused lyric "Driftwood" is based on Ballard's
first novel  "the Drowned World", and many of his lyrics have a generally
Ballardian feel.

Judas Priest:
"The Green Manalishi with the Two-Pronged Crown".  See also "Electric
Eye" from "Screaming for Vengeance", an Orwellian song about covert
surveillance drones in the sky. Some commentary on the latest Judas Priest LP:

	The band's last album, "Painkiller" (1990) is basically a science
	fiction concept album, a story set in a time/place frame similar
	to the future of "The Terminator", in which human beings are hunted
	down and killed after a third world war, but it seems less by outside
	forces (though one song is about a monster that hunts people down,
	the "Nightcrawler") than by internal strife. "Between the Hammer and
	the Anvil" is a song about priests who hunt down heretics in the
	collapse of civilization, and the title song is concerned with the
	post-apocalyptic world's hero, only known as The Painkiller.
				--- Brian Landwehr

Also of interest: "Jawbreaker" from "Defenders of the Faith", perhaps about
some kind of monster snake.  "The Sentinel" is about some kind of killing machine.
"Beyond the Realms of Death" on "Stained Class" is about a post-death experience.

A British rap group, formerly known as both the JAMS (Justified Ancients of Mu
Mu) and the Timelords (Dr. Who reference, of course).  Both the JAMS and
the KLF are Discordian groups mentioned in Robert Shea and Robert
Anton Wilson's "Illuminatus!" trilogy.  Jimmy Cauty from the KLF did an
album called "Space" under the name Space - perhaps not really SF but it
is very spacey (hence the name).

The song "The Sky Children", an epic fairytale.

Lots of stuff.  See "Kansas", "Song For America", "Masque" and
"Leftoverture" for details...note, though, that Kerry Livgren is
heavily into Chrisianity, lending an alternative interpretation to many
of the lyrics.  But "Icarus: Borne on Wings of Steel" (from "Masque" is
pretty clearly mythological, and "Portrait (He Knew)" from "Point of
Know Return" is about Einstein.  "Point of Know Return" also has
sf-related stuff, such as "Nobody's Home".  Livgren says that he didn't
consciously think of himself as writing Christian-influenced songs
until "Monolith", the LP after "Point...", so interpretation of his
earlier work in an SF context is probably not reaching too much.  Note
also the influence of Native American mythos on several albums such as
"Monolith".  Finally, "Taking in the View" and "Tomb 19" from "Power"
have a historical fantasy tinge.

Nearly all of their work is fantasy/sf-related.  The tracks
"Journey Through Time", "Daphne (Laurel Tree)", "Phantom of the Night"
are interesting examples from the LP "Phantom of the Night".  The first
is an interesting time-travel song and the last two deal mostly with
Greek-mythology and its associated fantasy story-lines.  The album
"Periscope Life" contains "Astral Aliens".  The "Starlight Dancer" LP
contains the title track, an interesting piece.  The song "Relics
from a Distant Age" from "The Last Encore" is an SF piece.  Another is
"Trust in the Machine" from their first LP, Kayak.

80's US-Metal band.  Their 1986 LP "The Final Frontier" is dedicated to the
crew of the Challenger Space Shuttle.  It contains the track
"The final frontier" about space exploration.

Early Steve Hillage group.  Had album "Space Shanty".

The quentissential mid-80's Wisconsen grundge-hardcore band
has a song off "Twelve Point Buck" named after that ancient British TV 
series "Space: 1999", but it's pretty much about "babes."
The band's name is also the title of a terrible movie about a
possessed Caterpillar D-8 bulldozer, which in turn quite probably
comes from an old Theodore Sturgeon novelet of the same name, first
published in "Astounding" in the late 40's.

King Crimson:
"Epitaph" and "21st Century Schizoid Man" from "In The Court of the
Crimson King".  Also "Dig Me", from "Three of a Perfect Pair",
is about an automobile found in the wild which begs the listener
to "Dig me, but don't...bury me".  The LP "Lizard"'s second side
is about a terrible war in a fantasy world.  (Lyrics by Pete Sinfield.)
"Earthbound" from album of same name (not released in U.S.).

King Missile:
Took their name from a Japanese comic-book [and
'Detachable Penis' could be seen as a farce on cybernetics].
[Or not. :-) ---Rsk ]

"I wish I could Fly (Like Superman)", and "A Gallon of Gas" from "Low Budget",
about a not-too-distant time when you can't buy a gallon of gas.

"(Music from) The Elder", a soundtrack for a never-made film.

The group took their name from "Klaatu", the alien ambassador in "The
Day The Earth Stood Still". Their albums include "3:47 EST", "Hope",
"Endangered Species", "Sir Army Suit" and "Magenta Lane".  (The first
album was original released eponymously, but picked up the title
later.)  They're probably best known for "Calling Occupants of
Interplanetary Craft", and "Little Neutrino".  The former was
apparently conceived as prayer to be recited all over the globe to
induce aliens to visit; it was also covered by the Carpenters.  The
album "Hope" is a concept LP telling of the demise of a very earth-like
society on the planet Venus which eventually destroyed itself with

Sf-themes occasionally.  Certainly sounds sf-ish.
Albums include "Autobahn", "Radioactivity", "ManMachine",
"Computerworld", and "Trans-Europe Express"; tracks of note
include "The Robots", "Spacelab" and "Metropolis".  Also,
see the track "Kometenmelodia (1&2)".  (Alex Lasky claims
that Florian looks exactly like Dr. Zachary Smith from "Lost in Space".
I don't necessarily consider this an SF tie-in, but I agree with
him and think there's a great joke buried in this somewhere.)

Kooper, Al:
"Childhood's End" based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel.
A wild cover of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" appears on
the Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills "Super Session" album.

"T-Raumreise" (Traumreise = dream-voyage, Raumreise = space-voyage)
A song about the journey through space and time in our minds and 
thoughts. It also refers to the Voyager probes.

On "From The Tea-Rooms of The Hell Holes of Uranus", see
"Einstein A-Go-Go"; nuclear terrorism ("You better watch out,
you'd better beware; Albert said that E equals M C squared") a classic.
Also "European Man", a life of leisure in an automated world.
and still from that same LP, "Live... from the Tea-Rooms of Mars";
synthesized tea-room dance music with some gently crooned SF lyrics,
(e.g "Do you know what it's like to live where there's no trees and no sky ?
Night and day are just controls.")  See also "My Name is Norman Bates",
which isn't exactly SF, but horror.

Lavin, Christine:
In her song `Bald Headed Men' (performed with the Bitchin' Babes)
she says  ``That guy from Star Trek: The Next Generation (love him).'' :-)

Le Orme:
Apparently a French art-rock band, did an album called "Beyond Leng",
which is apparently Lovecraftian from the title.

Lear, Amanda:
In her Album "Never Trust a Pretty Face" (1979 ??) you'll find the songs
"Black Holes", "The Sphinx" and "Intellectually", the latter a song
about a romance between a woman and a computer.

"Gypsies and Thieves" from their first album is Melnibonean
(that is, it concerns "Elric of Melnibone", one of Michael Moorcock's
characters who jointly are "The Eternal Champion".  See the entry
on Hawkwind.) and some of their other material is fantasy-ish.

Led Zeppelin:
A number of possible J.R.R. Tolkien references -- nobody really knows.
"No Quarter" from  "Houses of the Holy" is rather eerie, but no one is
quite sure what it's about.  There's some speculation that it might
be about Aragorn and company's trek through "The Paths of the Dead",
described in "The Return ofthe King". "The Battle of Evermore", from Led Zep IV
mentions Ringwraiths.  Also see "Ramble On" on Led Zep II for mention of
Mordor and Gollum.  See also "Misty Mountain Hop" on Led Zep IV.  Some
speculation that "Stairway to Heaven" is about Saruman's journey to the
west, but nobody seems to be sure.  It's probably as good an interpretation
as any. :-)  Also "Kashmir" from "Physical Grafitti".

Level 42:
Song, "Star Child" -- is this about the Star Child from 2001?
(Level 42's name was based on the Answer to the Ultimate Question from
the Hitchhiker's Guide.)  "Foundation and Empire" from "A Physical
Presence", and "Micro-Kid" from "Standing in the Light", about computer

Liebrand, Ben:
"Eve of the War".  Liebrand is a remixer and disco-musician. He made a disco 
version of this theme with quotes from the original recording 
(including Richard Burton's introduction speech).

Limor, Gilead:
You Are The Stars. This album is an instrumental epic
describing a fantasy travel through solar systems and universes.
The album (on CD and Cassette) was released by Nesak International
Inc., New Jersey, and is part of a so-called "You Are..." series of
instrumental titles.  (I believe Gilead is the first person to submit
one of his or her own works for inclusion in the list; congratulations
are in order for making it through the daunting process of cranking
out a release!  Contact address: [email protected] ---Rsk )

Lister, Anne:
English singer/songwriter with a lot of fantasy-based material; one of
her songs is dedicated to Ursula LeGuin.

Little River Band:
"Orbit Zero" from "Time Exposure" is the sad story of an alien race with
hopes of settling on Earth, only to find it already crowded by us humans.

Love and Rockets:
Rumored to have done songs relating to Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez'
comic book for which they're named.  See "Holiday on the Moon", a
B-side to a single, and their cover of Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam".

Lovich, Lene:
"Telepathy" from "Stateless", about a maddening psychic gift.
On the album "Flex" there are the songs "Angles" and "You Can't Kill Me"
with SF aspects.  "Rocky Road" from her Album "No Man's Land" describes
the stony path to an utopian land.

Lyon, Steve:
"Deimos and Phobos" is about a guy who is homesick for Mars.

"The Official Secrets Act" (an innocent gets caught up in government
plots and secret police, a la 1984)

On "Kick Out the Jams", "Rocket Reducer" and "Starship".

MacDonald & Giles:
Two alumni of the early King Crimson, who released an LP who
second side is a long suite called "Birdman" about a scientist
who invents wings that work.

Machover, Ted:
"VALIS", an electronic space opera version of Philip K. Dick's novel.

"Inedits", "Udu Wudu"...sort of cross between German language research
and H.P. Lovecraft.  Curious reference to "Ork" on Udu Wudu.
Here's a bit of background on the band...

  About Magma & its founder Christian Vander...what he invented was rather a
  cult than a subculture. Most Magma material deals with a mythology that
  Vander claims to have been given knowledge of during a revelation. This is
  when he also was given the umlaut-seasoned language "Kobaian" that pervades
  the lyrics on the Magma albums. In short, according to the mythology, there
  is a "highest being" in the Universe by the name of "Kreuhn Ko:hrmann". (I
  use ":" after a letter to denote umlaut, two dots over it.) Vander sees
  himself as some sort of prophet, and the people of the Earth have to listen
  and convert their lives to be more in accordance with the Right Way or a
  global disaster, a sort of divine punishment, will be the result. Also
  appearing are "orks" which "are to machines what machines are to men". All
  this sounds like bad heavy metal fantasies but Vander has persisted for many
  years so maybe he really believes in it, who knows? A good example of the
  Vander/Magma type of stuff is the album "Mekhanik Destruktiw Kommando:h"
  that is a sort of mass with lots of mystical chanting. The second side of
  "U:du Wu:du:", "De Futura", is about travelling in time which according to
  the liner notes on the sleeve enables us to see the orks.  --Bjorn Lisper

Many songs with generic SF&F themes such as "On A Storyteller's Night",
"Firebird" and possibly "Don't Wake the Lion".  (There's some speculation
that the latter might really be about WW I.)

Manhattan Transfer:
Recorded a (snappy) version of the theme to the TV show "Twilight Zone".

Man or Astro-Man?:
[the question mark is part of the band's name] A current
instrumental band who make science fiction part of their identity.  
The band has constructed an elaborate mythology about its members being 
visitors sent from space by The Unmentionable One.  Their live shows 
feature half a dozen TVs on stage showing sci-fi images ranging from 
1950s B movies to recent Ultraman episodes.  Their 1993 debut album "Is 
it ... Man or Astro-Man?" (Estrus Records) features cover art by Richard 
Powers, who I'm told is famous for sci-fi novel covers.  Song titles 
include "Invasion of the Dragonmen," "Illudium Q-36," "Escape Through the 
Air Vent," "Alien Visitors."  Many tracks begin with dialogue clips of 
corresponding sci-fi content.  They have lots more music, similarly 
themed, in the pipeline for late 1993 and 1994 release.  For more info write
them at Man or Astro-Man? HQ, 429 Moores Mill Rd. #4, Auburn, AL 36830.

Mannfred Mann's Earth Band:
"Solar Fire" (interpretation of Holst's "The Planets"), "Time is Right".

They generally sing about heroic deeds, from days of old, when
men were bold. They like to dress like Conan, and their music
brings to mind images of Viking feasts and adventures.
"Defender", from "Fighting the World" is an example wherein the
hero goes off on some mighty quest.

An industrial band from Boston.  "Pain Amplifier" on
"Voice of World Control" takes its title from the device in _Dune_.

"Grendel", i.e. Beowulf & friends is the B side of "Market Square Heroes",
a 12-inch EP.  This track is now also available on an import CD called
"B'Sides  Themselves".  (The band took its name from "Silmarillion".)
"Season's End" from the LP of the same name, talks about global warming.

Martha and the Muffins:
"Echo Beach" seems to be about a desire to travel back in time to
a beach at pre-war Hiroshima.  Update: nope, doesn't look like it.
It's apparently about a beach in northern Ontario (Canada), near Barrie.

Mary's Danish:
Their album "Circa" includes the song "Venus loves Leonard", which is
sort of a '50s SF movie soundalike.

The entire CD "Seven Souls", with liner notes from William S. Burroughs.
Appears to be about the effect of nuclear explosions on electromagnetically-
constituted souls.

Matthews, David:

May, Brian and Friends:
"Star Fleet" from "The Star Fleet Project" is a rock version of the theme
to a (children's?) science fiction TV show in the UK.  The lyrics are
full of sci-fi references.  Eddie Van Halen and Alan Grazier (REO Speedwagon)
played with Brian on this EP. See also Queen.

McCartney, Paul:
"Bogey Music" on "McCartney II" is inspired by Raymond Briggs' 
"Fungus the Bogeyman" (1977) which deals with a race living within the 
Earth. "Pretty Little Head" on "Press To Play" is about an ancient worker 
race on a distant planet.  See also Wings.

McGear, Mike:
Paul McCartney's brother, who goes by Mike McGear, put out an album in
1975 which I think was called "McGear".  It was produced by Paul, and most
songs were either written or co-written by Paul, with the Wings crew
playing backup.  Included was a song called "The Man Who Found God on the
Moon", co-written by McCartney/McGear, whose title is pretty descriptive,
and which features sound clips of Buzz Aldrin, broadcast live from the Moon.
The song was more adventurous musically than McCartney's own solo work.

Harpist; "The Visit" has an Arthurian track, "The Lady or Shalott"
(lyrics are from Alfred Lord Tennysons poem of the same name).

Schlock disco camp versions of things like the main title from "Star Wars".
Possibly the only band to record a disco track worse than "A Fifth
of Beethoven".  Mired in a 70's timewarp somewhere.  Thankfully.

Has several songs with sf or sf-related themes.  Of note:
"Set the World Afire," from the album _So Far, So Good...So What!_
is a cautionary nuclear holocaust song.  "Psychotron," from
_Countdown to Extinction_, is about a half-bionic, half-organic being
something like the Terminator. Several of the songs from _Rust in Peace_,
notably "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due," "Hangar 18," "Dawn Patrol,"
and "Rust in Peace...Polaris." Several songs from _Killing Is My
Business...And Business Is Good!" and _Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?_
[ Anybody know if "Hanger 18" is related to the B-movie UFO story? ---Rsk ]

Who are these folks?

Men at Work:
"Helpless Automaton" from "Business as Usual" is about a robot falling
in love with a human.  "Doctor Heckyl and Mister Jive" refers to
the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.  "Underground", also from "Business..."
is about a crisis; and "It's a Mistake" from "Cargo" may be about
accidental nuclear war.

Men Without Hats:
"The Great Ones Remember" from "The Rhythm of Youth"; "Folk of the 80's"
from "Folk of the 80's (Part III)"; "Moonbeam" from "Pop Goes the World".
"In the 21st Century", "Hey Men", and "Here Come the 90's"
from "The Adventures of Men and Women Without Hate in the 21st Century".

"Thunderdome (USA mix)" samples Mad Max 3 ("You know him, you love him").
"Temple of Dreams" samples The Running Man ("It's time to start
running" et al.).

"The Call of Ktulu" on "Ride the Lightning" (Lovecraft reference; the
name was changed from "Cthulhu" to avoid legal entanglements)
and "The Thing That Should Not Be" from "Master of Puppets" (also
Lovecraft-ian, about a critter named Nyogtha -- it's unclear whether
Lovecraft mentioned this particular beastie or not).  However,
the lyrics of the song are very similar to HPL's phrasing in a quote from
the Necronomicon in "Call of Cthulhu", leading to the inference that "The
Thing..." is in fact about Cthulhu. Also see "The Four Horsemen"
from "Kill 'Em All". "Of Wolf and Man," from their self-titled album,
is a werewolf story. "Blackened," from "...And Justice for All",
is not really sf-related, but is an environmental-consciousness song
somewhat futuristic in nature.  "Through the Never" seems to be about
the entire universe.

Midnight Oil:
Albums "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" and "Red Sails in the Sunset"
both have nuclear cautionary themes running thru them.  "Red Sails"
depicts Sydney, Australia after a nuclear strike.

Midnight Star:
"Freak-A-Zoid" is about the perfect robot lover.

Mike and the Mechanics:
"Silent Running" is about a man who travels to another planet and gains foreknowledge
of a major war; he is trying to contact his family on Earth and warn them of
the crisis.   The song was used as the theme for the movie "On Dangerous Ground";
it's unrelated to the SF film starring Bruce Dern (the one dealing with an
orbital greenhouse, etc.).

"M is for Millions" has "West" where the narrator 
accidentally visits a recently-departed lover in the land of the dead 
and is distressingly sent away.  The album "Raquel" has "Drain the 
Pool and Drown" about being in league with witches.

"Thieves" seems to have references to a future facist government.
"Faith Collapsing" from "The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste"
consists largely of samples from one or another of the _1984_ films.

Misery Index:
"The Power of 3" includes the single "Sixth Finger", which about the
Outer Limits of the same name.

An Australian-based band (really from New Zealand) released a
minor hit single "Computer Games", from the album " Space Race".
The rest of the album is also SF.

A German band which produced the single "Mensch aus Glas" (Man of Glass)
about an Orwell-State where everything about everyone is registered etc. 
(released 1984 - fitting)

See "Door Into Summer" on their album "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn
& Jones Ltd.". The song's writer, Bill Martin says "The title came from
the Robert Heinlein book _The_Door_Into_Summer_, which was about time travel.
The song is about the search for happiness, and is basically an anti-war song."

Monks of Doom:
Side-project-turned-spinoff from Camper Van Beethoven.
"Off On A Comet" (instr.) and "Virtual Lover" (ick! how could they?) both
from "Forgery", 1992; "The Insect God" (from an EP), based on a book by
Edward Gorey, author and illustrator of countless strange, scary little books
(he did the opening sequence to PBS' "Mystery!").

The Tony Monn Concept:
"Who Built The Pyramides", a song about an alien spaceship
who landed on earth, helped the people to build the pyramids
but couldn't take off anymore.

Moody Blues:
"To Our Children's Children's Children", which seems to be a musical
score for Olaf Stapledon's novel, "The Star Maker"; also "On the
Threshold of a Dream" begins with a man questioning his existence and
turns into computer rantings.  Spooky psychedelia...
Also, the cover of "Long Distance Voyager" shows an 18th century
scene with something in the sky that looks like a Voyager space probe.
1971's "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" has some relevant material; here
are some comments by Wm. L. Nothstine:

	The first track, Procession, does a quick tour of human
	evolution and, through music and sounds, strongly hints that
	ETs were at the origin of it [no lyrics, except three words:
	"desolation, creation, communication"].  It's credited as cowritten by
	all members of the Moodies. [Procession mixes straight into The Story
	In Your Eyes, the best-known cut, which has no real sci-fi take to it,
	but sets some of the fear-of-the-future tone that the rest of the album
	floats back to from time to time.]

	The sixth track [on CD; track 1 side 2 of tapes and albums],
	One More Time To Live, recapitulates some themes from
	Procession and puts them into a more apocalyptic framework--humans
	evolving, civilization turning to chaos, technology out of control and
	turning back on the its makers and the earth--but managing to suggest
	hope at the end.  It's by John Lodge.

	The last track of the album, My Song, briefly picks up the
	theme again in the bridge of an otherwise seemingly unrelated
	song, suggesting hope might come from ETs [perhaps those who attended
	the origins of the species on Earth?]:  "where did I find all these
	words/something inside of me's burning/there's life in other
	worlds/maybe they'll come to earth/helping man to find a way."  It's by
	Pinder [who also wrote the somewhat like-minded Thinking is the Best
	Way to Travel on In Search of the Lost Chord.]

Moorcock, Michael:
(Some commentary on M.M. from Jeff Berry; see also the entries
for Blue Oyster Cult, Candlemass, Deep Fix, Hawkwind, and Leatherwolf.)

	Michael Moorcock is a very prolific science fiction fantasy writer,
	most widely known for the "Elric of Melnibone" series, a fantasy
	staple.  That series is, however, part of a more sweeping
	"supra-series" concerning the Eternal Champion, a warrior who returns
	again and again to live out various lives in a grand and ultimately
	doomed cycle of birth and re-birth.  (As an aside note, this concept
	is satirized in Craig Shaw Garnder's "Ballad of Wuntvor" as
	the Eternal Apprentice).

	Moorcock has published at least 30 or 40 books, in many different
	series, as well as a number of stand alone novels, both in science
	fiction and in fantasy.  Musically he has collaborated with Hawkwind
	and Blue Oyster Cult, writing songs and occasionally performing.
	Futhermore, Elric cover art by Michael Whelan has appeared as album
	cover art in at least a few places (for example, Cirith Ungol
	uses one of his covers for one of their albums).

	The Chaosium Game Company has acquired rights to most of Moorcock's
	work for gaming purposes, and has released games based on both Elric
	and on Hawkmoon (yet another incarnation of the Eternal Champion).
	Moorcock books should be available at almost any reputable book dealer.
	More info available at request.
		--- Jeff Barry, [email protected]

Moorcock, Michael and the Deep Fix:
A companion single to "The New Worlds Fair" was also released called
"Star Cruiser/Dodgem Dude" (on Flicknife records).

Moore, Gary:
"Nuclear Attack" from "Dirty Fingers" is about World War III; the
title track from "After the War" seems to focus on the same topic.

Moraz, Patrick:
The entire theme of the album "i" is SF; also see another LP,
"Transplanetary Flight".

Moroder, Giorgio:
(with Philip Oakey [Human League]): "Electric Dreams".
The title song for the movie with the same name. It's about a 
computer, who developes emotiones and love for his programmer.
Actually Moroder did a great part of the soundtrack (and has done
a lot of soundtrack work in the past).

Mortifee, Ann:
Has done a few albums with fantastic themes on them.  Her album
"Journey To Kairos", includes the song "Centaur", about the mythological
beast, "Shankarananda", about the afterlife as described by Eastern
religions, "Streets of Banaras", which seems to be about a rather
surreal search.. On her album "Born To Live", she does a song called
"Merlin" about the mythical wizard, and a pair of songs at the end
called "The Companion/Phoenix" about a strange creature called
The Companion that attends an old man, or something like that.
(There's also some speculation that it comes from the ST:TOS episode
about Zephraim Cochrane.)

Motley Crue:
"Shout At The Devil" [from the album of the same name]
includes a spooky voice-over about a future earth being run by a totalitarian
government [demons?  One-World antiChrist government?] and imploring the
listeners to 'Rise up/and Shout at The Devil'.  Other interpretations, though,
consider this as an exhortation to rise up against evil.

Move, The:
"Yellow Rainbow".  See also Electric Light Orchestra.

Murder the Disturbed:
The EP "Genetic Disruption" contains "Walking Corpses" which is about
robots and "Ultimate System" which is about time travel.

Murphy, Peter:
The song "Shy" has a segment called "The Sister of Sleep" which
is based on the comic "Sandman".  He also is the physical basis for the
character Klaus in the comic book Night's Children.  (See also Bauhaus.)

"Rocket 9".

National Health:
"Tenemos Roads", from their eponymous debut album, is about a war on Mercury.

"Remember the Future", "Recycle" and "Journey to the Centre of the Eye"
are all LP's with SF-ish themes.   "Remember the Future" is highly
recommended on vinyl; the CD mix, at least the pressing I've heard,
overemphasizes the keyboards at the expense of some terrific guitar work.

Nelson, Bill/Red Noise:
"Sound on Sound" has a number of songs with SF themes, including
"Atom Man Loves Radium Girl".  He's also done a lot of (mainly instrumental)
tracks with SF/magic themes.

"99 Luftballons" (WW3 & aftermath); the English version is
"99 Red Balloons".

The Neon Judgement:
"Billy Tcherno and Pretty Petrouchka" from "Horny as Hell" is about
Russian mutants after a nuclear accident.

New England:

New Model Army:
"White Coats" talks about genetic engineering and its problems.

New Musik:
"On Islands" asks the question whether there might be other beings
in the universe, and "Living by Numbers" rehashes the old numbers
instead of names theme; both are found on the "Straight Lines" EP,
and on the "From A To B" LP.

Nilsson, Harry:
See "Spaceman" from "Son of Schmilsson"; and "Son of Dracula",
the soundtrack for a very silly movie he made with Ringo Starr.

Nine Inch Nails:
"The Becoming", with vague references to unwilling/uncontrolled cybernetic
transformation ["The me that you know/is now made up of wires/
the blood has stopped pumping he's left to decay..."]

Covered Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" on the "Unplugged in New York" CD.

Normaali, Eppu:
"Science Fiction", which is mostly derogatory things about people reading SF.

The Normals:
"Warm Leatherette" was based on the J.G. Ballard novel "Crash".

A Dutch synth band, with the track "Aurora", which might refer to
the novel by Isaac Asimov.

Nugent, Ted:
"Hibernation" is an instrumental about being frozen inside a space ship?

Numan, Gary:
"Cars", of course, and an LP done with a band called "Tubeway Army",
"Are Friends Electric", containing the title track and "Praying to
the Aliens"; it's apparently about alien androids taking over the earth.
See also "Down in the Park", "We Are Engineers", and "I Dream of Wires"
(also covered by Robert Palmer on "Addictions II").

O'Brien, Richard:
"Science Fiction Double Feature", from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Oh, and the entire rest of the music and lyrics too, by the way.

O'Connor, Hazel:
"Animal Farm (We will be happy?)" (album "Cover Plus", 1981)
Very abridged but still meaningful version of Orwell's novel "Animal Farm".
"Eighth Day" track. This is about how, as man advances, the world we know is
destroyed - part of lyrics - "Nobody laughs, nobody cries".  Very similar
to Zager & Evan's "2525".

O'Connor, Sinead:
This well-known operatic diva :-) has recorded a track entitled
"The Emperor's New Clothes", but it would appear that the title
is the only reference to the fairy tale.

The Object:
"Theme from Terminator 2", a techno version of the T2-theme, originally
by Brad Fiedel. It also contains several quotes from the movie.

Oingo Boingo:
"Perfect System" and "Controller" (both from the LP "Only a Lad") discuss
Orwellian/Huxleyian societies.  "No Spill Blood" from "Good for Your Soul"
is based on "The Island of Dr. Moreau" by H.G. Wells.  See also the
soundtrack for "Weird Science", and "Dead Man's Party" for various
songs on spooks and life after the bomb.  They also did the soundtrack
for a 1980 fantasy film, "Forbidden Zone" -- calling themselves The Mystic
Knights of Oingo-Boingo.

Oldfield, Mike:
A track from "Discovery" called "Saved By the Bell" describes a trip
through the universe.  See also "Sentinel", "Dark Star" "Sunjammer",
"Weightless", and "Altered State" from "Tubular Bells II".
See also the album "Amarok", as well as the entire album "The Songs
of Distant Earth" which is a soundtrack to A.C. Clarke's novel (with
liner notes by Clarke).

Oldfield, Sally:
(yes, this is Mike's Sister) The album "The Water Bearer" is
based primarily on the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Tolken.

(Hungarian) has a record called "Idorablo" (add some dots and
accentes here), meaning "Time Robber". The title suite contains
one part called "Napot hoztam csillagot", "Sun and Stars I brought".

The Only Ones:
A New Zealand band with a song "Another Girl, Another Planet", which
is about futuristic space travel....well, maybe.  Some folks are inclined
not to agree with this interpretation.

Ono, Yoko:
On the "Starpeace" album, "Sky People" refers to living in outer space, 
while the title track contains a phone conversation with aliens.

Optic Eye:
Contributed a track entitled "Blue Dreamers" to the compilation album
"Feed Your Head", containing samples from the (bad) movie "Saturn 3".

The Orb:
Their album "U.F.Orb" includes songs such as "Close Encounters", "O.O.B.E.",
"Blue Room" (supposedly the nickname of the room in the US where UFO's
are kept), "Majestic", and the title track.  Their first album, "The Orb's
Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld" featured songs identified by orbits
and probes instead of numbers, viz.:

	Earth Orbit One - Little Fluffy Clouds
	Earth Orbit Two - Earth (Gaia)
	Earth Orbit Three - Super Nova at the End of the Universe
	Earth Orbit Four - Perpetual Dawn
	Earth Orbit Five - Into the Fourth Dimension
	Ultraworld Probe Six - Outlands
	Ultraworld Probe Seven - Star 6 & 7 8 9
	Ultraworld Probe Eight - A huge ever growing pulsating brain that
		rules from the centre of the ultraworld: live mix mk 10.

They also have all sorts of SF related singles.
A double-album version of "Ultraworld" exists which has extra "Lunar Orbit"
tracks.  According to Keyboard magazine, "Towers of Dub" on "U.F.Orb" uses
samples from the movie "Sleeper": in particular, the police car siren
and the robot dog ("Woof woof woof.  Hello, my name is Rags!").  They
also took their name from the, uh, device used in that film.  Other
samples include the introductory dialogue from the "Flash Gordon" movie.

Their first and second albums (both untitled, but known as 'the 
green orbital album' and 'the brown orbital album') sample from the Star 
Trek TNG episode "Time Squared".  They sample Worf saying: "There is the 
theory of the Moebius - a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes 
a loop and from which there is no escape." This is used on 'The Moebius' 
on the first album and 'Time Becomes' on the second.  The track on the
first album also samples a follow-on from Geordi: "When we reach
that point, whaever happened _will_ happened again"
Another SF reference on the first album is a sample from the second
Planet of the Apes film (Beneath...?).  It's spoken by a weirdo human
mutant who worships a nuclear bomb... "Let everyone go to his private
shelter... may the blessing of the bomb almighty and the  of the holy
fallout descend on us all, this day, and forever more". This track _may_
be called "Desert Storm".  There's a track on the brown (2nd) album called
"Planet of the Shapes" (sic) too. And a track on their third album,
which _does_ have a title -- "Snivilisation" -- called "Science Friction" (sic).

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD):
A lot of their songs have a futuristic feel to them. Tracks called "Genetic
Engineering" and "Pretending to see the future" are examples.  See also
"Enola Gay", about the bombing of Hiroshima, and "Apollo XI" from
their LP "Sugar Tax", which is an instrumental with quotes from
the Apollo XI mission (ground control, astronauts, etc.).

"Star Trek", a techno mix.

A collaboration between Al Jourgensen of Ministry and Cabaret Voltaire.
The name stands for Programming The Psychodrill, which is a phrase from a
J.G. Ballard collage.

The album "The Sentinel" contains "Rise and Fall" and "Atlantis", which
are both about Atlantis; also on this album is "Ark of Infinity", which
is about a deep space hibernation ship.

Pamela, Lucia:
Legendary space diva.  Arf Arf Records (see Space Negros) has re-released
her "Into Outer Space With Lucia Pamela", an album apparently recorded on
the moon.  Pretty much indescribable.

Parker, Graham:
"Waiting for the UFOs" on "Squeezing Out Sparks".

Pearls Before Swine:
"Ring Thing" -- Three rings for the elven kings...good rendition.

Peek, Kevin:
"Starship Suite" from "Awakening", actually managed to work the word
"cryogenic" into a song.

Penal Colony:
This band named themselves after a Kafka story. Virtually all of their songs
contain references to sci-fi; many of their references are to Robert Anton   
Wilson and William Gibson. They also use sample from sci-fi movies, like the
sample at the beginning of "Blue 9" which is from "Tetsuo the Iron Man." Blue
9, incidentally, is the name of a substance used in Gibson's _Neuromancer_.

Pere Ubu:
"Worlds in Collision" SF-ish title has "I Hear They Smoke 
the Barbecue" about Martian refugees adapting to life on earth, 
"Goodnight Irene" mentions the "King of Mars, fell to earth and ended 
up behind bars" maybe related to the former, along with the title track.

"Da Capo" -- a disco/techno version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra".
Also the video refers to "2001".

Pet Shop Boys:
"The Sound Of The Atom Splitting" is the B-side of the single
"Left To My Own Devices".

Christian rock band with numerous SF allusions in their cover art and
music; see "Computer Brains" on "Beat the System".

Phillip Boa and the Voodoo Club:
"Get Terminated" on the album "Boaphenia" (released 1992) is a song
about a near-future dystopia. 

Phillips, Anton:
"1984", inspired by Orwell's book (but completely instrumental except
for a chorus of "1984" on the last track).

Pickett, Bobby "Boris":
Famous for "Monster Mash", he also recorded a song titled "King Kong"
(chorus:  "King Kong, King Kong, the white man done you wrong.") and a Star
Trek parody called "Star Drek" (with Peter Ferrara).

Pinhas, Richard:
Has done an LP about Dune ("Chronolyse") and also has Norman Spinrad
doing vocals on a piece on "East/West" that is about some air disaster.
(Chronolyse is entirely instrumental, by the way.)
Pinhas did and electronics and played guitar in Heldon (see above).

Pierre Etoile ("Stone Star"):
Song "In The Sun" on Rough Trade records.
Can be found also on Indie Top 20 Vol.13.

Pink Floyd:
Of course.  "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" & "Astronomy
Domine", (on "Ummagumma") are fairly representative.  Much of their
instrumental music has an sf/fantasy feel to it.  See also "Piper at
the Gates of Dawn", "Saucerful of Secrets", Some speculation that "Set
the Controls..." influenced Douglas Adam's writing about the group
Disaster Area, and containing "Interstellar Overdrive".  Pink Floyd's
"Piper at the Gates of Dawn" borrows its title from a chapter in the
children's classic, "The Wind in the Willows," in which some animals
innocently encounter the god Pan.  (It might also be a Lovecraft
reference; anybody know?)  "Obscured by Clouds" includes "Childhood's
End", which might be an A.C. Clarke reference.  "Wish You Were Here"
has "Welcome to the Machine"; "The Final Cut" has "Two Suns in the
Sunset" about a nuclear holocaust.  The video of "The Wall" show's Pink's
out-of-control fantasies about becoming a facsist dictator ruling his
audience through music.  The album "Momentary Lapse of Reason",
contains tracks called "A New Machine" parts 1 & 2, which seem to be
spoken by a computer; it also has "Signs of Life", "Terminal Frost",
and "Sorrow", which is about a future earth with a shattered ecology.

"Wave of Mutilation" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven" from "Doolittle",
"Allison" and "The Happening" from "Bossanova". "Trompe Le Monde" has,
in addition to the title track, "Palace of the Brine" and
"Olympus Mons" (the large extinct volcano on Mars).  Much of the whole
album may be about an alien looking for the "Planet of Sound" (Earth)...
or not.  For example, "Head On" is a cover of a Jesus and Mary Chain song.
In regards to "Trompe Le Monde": "Motorway To Roswell" is in fact inspired
by the Roswell "incident" - it's about a lost alien who "ended up in army
crates/and photographs in files".

Some comments from Scott Sutton on the Pixies:

	On the album "Surfer Rosa and Come on Pilgrim" (originally an EP and 
	album separately) is "Tony's Theme" about a boy who fantasizes
	about being a superhero.  The album "Doolittle" has "Monkey
	Gone To Heaven" with lines such as "Creature in the sky got sucked
	through a hole, now there's a hole in the sky" about an alien and the
	Ozone hole?  The B-side for "Here Comes Your Man" includes "Into the
	White" with "Go and you'll go real far, just past the blue quasar."
	The album "Bossanova" is mostly sf.  "Allison" has "From this here bar
	to this here star ... when the planet hit the sun I saw the face of
	Allison." "All Over the World" is about an alien sky-surfing in a
	planet's upper atmosphere and wipes out, includes the lyric "when one
	side is hot, the other side of the moon is not" also used in a much
	earlier Pixies song, which I can't recall.  "The Happening" is about a
	UFO landing in Las Vegas and mentions the suspected government UFO
	facility Area 51.  The sound uses the classic sf sound-maker, the
	theremin.  "Blown Away" is also sf-themed.  The album "Trompe Le Monde"
	again is chock full of sf.  "Trompe le Monde" mentions a song played
	"for outer space and those who paid."  "Planet of Sound" is about an
	alien searching for Earth, source of rock n' roll radio signals with
	stops on Mars and the Moon.  "The Sad Punk" is about evolution and
	extinction.  "Palace of the Brine" is about the cloning of Sea
	Monkees.  "Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" is about the martian
	volcano.  "Space (I believe in) includes a ride on a magic carpet.
	"subbacultcha" includes the line "what you call it when you look at the
	sky in a poetic kind of way, you know, when you grope for luna."
	"Lovely Day" is about sending money to a "martian honey" so she can buy
	a ticket on a rocket to earth to be with her love.  "Motorway to
	Roswell" is about the famous 1946 ufo crash near Roswell, New Mexico
	with the alien's fate "he ended up in army crates and photographs in
	files."  Finally, "The Navajo Know" is about the navajo knowing how to
	skywalk "quite high above the ground, fearless of looking down."

Planet P:
Albums: "Planet P" and "Pink World".  Now known as Planet P Project.
"Planet P" is the name that Tony Carey ("A Fine Day for a Reunion")
uses when writing SF-oriented music.

Platinum Blonde:
The album Alien Shores is only half sci-fi...the B side is
supposedly dedicated to the idea of UFO sightings.  Unfortunately, the A
side is Better.  Earlier, on their first album, they did two great songs,
-Standing in the Dark- and -It Doesn't Really Matter-, both of which had
mild SF themes, and incredible sci-fi/post-holocaust videos, which are
really what put the band on the map.

The Pogues:
On their album "If I Should Fall from Grace with God," there's a song called
"Turkish Song of the Damned," which is about a sailor who is haunted by
the ghost of a crewman who he had let drown. Another song from that album,
"Sit Down by the Fire," is a bedtime story about demons.

The Polecats:
"Juvenile Delinquents from a Planet Near Mars"

"Synchronicity II" (Loch Ness monster references, but not really an
SF tune) from "Synchronicity".  Also "Synchronicity" (a different
song on the same LP) is about action-at-a-distance; it seems to be
part mystical, part quantum mechanics.  (There's a short short SF story
called "Synchronicity", by Thomas M. Disch.)
The album cover has contains a definition of Synchronicity that goes
with the theme of the first song. Apparently it has to do with an idea
of Carl Jung's that we're all part of one conscience, etc.
Also see "Wrapped Around Your Finger", which some claim is about a spirit
trapped inside a sorcerer's ring; I tend to go with a more mundane
interpretation.  "Demolition Man" (also done by Manfred Mann) from
"Ghost in the Machine"; borrowed for the soundtrack of the film.
One could also find SF in "Walking on the Moon", "Omega Man" (possibly
about the film) and "When the World is Running Down (last man of earth?),
but these song also have more down-to-earth interpretations.  [I can't
help but think that somewhere Sting is reading this and chuckling
to himself over our attempts to find meanings that aren't there. ---Rsk]

Pop Will Eat Itself:
This band often samples the movie "Blade Runner"; the song "Wake Up!
Time to Die..." is built around that quote from the film.  "Def Con One"
from the album "This is th Day...This is the Hour...This is This"
describes a nuclear attack.  "X Y & Zee" from "Cure for Sanity"
is a description of a future world.

Porno for Pyros:
"pets" on "Porno for Pyros" is about Martians coming
to Earth and cleaning it up, making pets out of the human race.
("We'll make great pets.")

Powell, Roger:
Former keyboard player with Todd Rundgren's Utopia; has a solo
album ("Cosmic Furnace"?) with tracks like "Sandworm of Arrakis".

Praying Mantis:
British metal, the LP "Time Tells no lies" has an amazing fantasy cover and contains
the song "Beads of ebony"

"1999" (album version), released in late 1982, starts off with
God saying, "Don't worry, I won't hurt you.  I only want you to have
some fun." And then Prince sings about how he's going to party and have
fun like it's 1999 -- the year before the end of the world; thus, "2000
zero zero, party over, oops, out of time!"  The song ends with a child
asking, "Mommy, why does everybody have a bomb?"  And then an explosion.
In 1989, Prince was inspired to write the soundtrack for the first
Batman movie.  In fact, the Batman theme song was one of the very first
songs Prince learned to play on the piano.  The enclosed lyrics to
Prince's soundtrack album show the listener which character(s) are
singing which songs (Bruce Wayne, Vikki Vayle, Batman, Joker, and Gemini -- half
Batman & half Joker).  "Batdance" includes clips from the movie.
Prince's 1992 album, _O(+>_ (the symbol) a.k.a. _The Opera_ includes
a song called "The Morning Papers."  At the beginning of the song is a
clip from one of Prince's favorite movies, _Barbarella_.  It's the part
in the movie where Barbarella destroys the pleasure making machine, and
the scientist says he will punish her and show her pain like she has
never known -- "You will learn the whistle of the lash!" And then
Prince's song begins.  Also of note: one of the members of Prince's band,
The New Power Generation, is named Tommy Barbarella (keyboardist).

"Take Me to the Kaptain" was a minor hit for this Canadian band on
AOR stations in 1977-78.  The singer falls asleep and wakes up on
a starship -- thus his plea to see the "Kaptain"!!  The record was
released in the U.S. under the Ariola Records - America label.

On the album "A Secret Wish", the song "p: machinery" is about people
commanded/directed by machines.

Punishment of Luxury:
"The Laughing Academy" is the name of the album containing a track
about receiving signals from an alien civilization.  The track itself is
called "Message Received" (I think...). See also "Radar Bug/Metropolis"
from the same album.  The track "Brainbomb" (B side of the single
"Secrets") is about telepathy.

Album called "Cozmic Jam" contains songs "Djoum 1000", "The Wave of the
Future", "Cozm'" and "Ovo", along with the title track.

Quantum Jump:
(group lead by Rupert Hine) "No American Starship".

"Thirty-Nine", from "A Night at the Opera", discusses the problems of
relativistic travel.  Also "Machines (back to humans)" from "The Works";
other albums include the Flash Gordon soundtrack and "Fun in Space", a solo
album by drummer Roger Taylor. "Ogre Battle" (seems to be about the fantasy
game Ogre) "March of the Black Queen" and "Seven Seas of Rhye" from "Queen II".
The album "A Kind of Magic" contains fantasy tunes from the film "Highlander".
And the video from "Radio Ga-Ga" includes clips from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis".
The song "Don't stop me now" from the album "Jazz" also contains some
SF imagery.  "The Invisible Man" shows up on "The Miracle".

--- A note on Queen from Elisabeth Anne Riba

    Both Brian May & Roger Taylor were big SF fans.  Brian's first group
    was called 1984.  Before Queen, Brian, Roger &Tim Staffell were a group
    called "Smile."  They had only one single released, called "Earth,"
    about a lonely spaceman.  The chorus goes "I have seen many worlds, for
    what it's worth.  But I'll never see again, the planet Earth, my Earth."
    The song closes with "the green hills of Earth," a Heinlein reference.

    In addition, the cover for Queen's News of the World album comes from
    the October 1953 issue of Astounding SF. Likewise, Roger Taylor's Fun
    In Space features Roger reading Creepy #119 on its cover.  The title
    track begins "Strangers In A Strange Land" and talks about "Little
    Green Stories." (I love that term) 

Also see  "Dave Clark's Time", a musical about a rock star and fans who get
transported to Andromeda to face trial for the human race.  Freddy Mercury
did "Time" plus several other big-name stars (e.g. Julian Lennon).

Their first and second albums, "The Warning" and "Rage for Order" both
contain songs about sentient machinery, e.g. "Screaming in Digital",
"NM 156"  and "I Only Dream in Infra-Red".  Most of their self-titled
EP is also fantasy.  The album "Operation: Mindcrime" is a rock opera
about mind control; it tell the story of a man who is programmed by
revolutionaries to kill political and religious leaders (and his
girlfriend).  The track "Silent Lucidity" on "Empire" is about lucid
dreaming - not quite SF, but maybe close enough.

The Rah Band:
Had a mid-80's hit single, "Clouds Across the Moon" which is about a
woman taking a phonecall from her husband working on Mars,
the phonecall is cut off by interference by the clouds of the title,
before she can say how much she loves him.

Red Hot Chili Peppers:
"Subway to Venus" from "Mother's Milk".

"Jekyll and Hyde" from "Azure D'Or", and "Kalynda (A Magical Isle)".
"Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden)" from the eminently
forgettable "Camera Camera" album.  And, of course "Scheherezade",
an entire LP side's worth of it.  Highly recommended if for
no other reason than Annie Haslam, an operatically-trained singer
with incredible range and power.

"Androgynous" off "Let it Be" discusses "unisex evolution" and how
"Dick and Janes" who wear pants and skirts will be future outcasts.

Return to Forever:
Fusion jazz with Chick Corea, Al DiMeola & Stanley Clarke.
"Romantic Warrior" is a medieval/fantasy concept album.  Tracks include
"The Sorceress" and "The Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant".
Return to Forever's "Where Have I Known You Before" is Scientology
(a weird religion invented by the late SF writer L. Ron Hubbard) set 
to kick-ass jazz-rock fusion music. It's all instrumental, but the
pieces are linked with titles taken from a poem about some kind of
quest through space.  Fusion fans should also check out  "Hymn of
the Seventh Galaxy".

Revolting Cocks
"We Shall Cleanse the World" from the album "Big Sexyland" is based
on, and contains samples from the movie "The Omega Man." "Attack 
Ships on Fire" is on the same album, but the only SF connection seems
to be the title (Rutger Hauer quote from "Blade Runner.")

See "2000 AD", and "Flying Saucer Attack" from "Can't Stand the Rezzilos".

Single "Superman", which is actually a cover of a super-obscure 60s
psychedelic tune by The Clique. For extra SF value, the beginning of
the track is the sound produced by a talking Godzilla doll.  "7 Chinese
Bros" on "Reckoning" is based on an old children's book called 5 Chinese
Brothers about 5 brothers with magical powers.  Also, in general, the
"Fables of the Reconstruction" album has a strong dose of Southern-fried
fantasy, especially in songs like "Wendell Gee".

This Italian pop/disco group released an album entitled "2nd Album",
which contains ongs like "Aliens" (inspired by the movie), "Yeti"
and "Vampire".

Heavy Metal.  Some fantasy tracks, e.g. "Temple of the King",
"16th century greensleeves", "Kill the King", "Stargazer".
See the album "Rainbow Rising".  See also Deep Purple.

"Space Hymns", including great fold-out cover, studiowork by
Godley & Creme; apparently expounds religious visions of infinite
regress of microscopic universes.

"In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns" contains
"Downrange Party".  Band featured April Lawton, the female Jimi Hendrix.

Rapp, Tom:
The lead singer of Pearls before Swine broke out with two solo
albums which included these songs:  "The Rocket Man", based on the
Bradbury short story of the same name;  "Stardancer", based on the
Bradbury story, Kaleidoscope;  and "For the Dead in Space" an
original (and equally depressing) song.

More new wave of British Heavy Metal - Architect of fear's title track is sort
of a horror thing.  The LP "Wiped Out" contains "Faster than the speed of light"
and "Star war".  One track (faster than...?) has an voice over into, a voice
through all kinds of effects saying "Listen here mission control, Einstein was wrong".

Reed, Lou:
"Red Joystick" and "Down at the Arcade".  Also "Satellite of Love".

"The Mole Trilogy", a conflict between two alien cultures.  Other
SF-ish songs and albums, included "God in Three Persons", which is
about a pair of Siamese twins with healing powers.

The Rheostatics:
A Canadian band; on their album "Melville", the song "Aliens(Christmas 1988)"
is about a woman getting kidnapped by UFO-style aliens, one of whom falls in
love with her.

Rhodes, Happy:
Has a song called "Wrong Century", about a woman who somehow leaves the
past for the present, but can't cope with this century and would like
to return to her own time. On "Equipoise", there is a song called
'Save our Souls' questioning the reasoning behind humans trying to
contact aliens, when we can hardly cope with our problems here on earth.
Also on "Ecto", there is a song called 'Look for the Child' from  which the 
following line is taken: 'When the ships come down from the sky'. It is 
about first contact, and how are we going to choose a representative,
given the conflicts and prejudices that exist among us. 

Richman, Jonathan  & the Modern Lovers:
Their eponymous 1976 album includes "Here Come the Martian Martians",
a funny song about the Martians' inability to deal with earth and
the concept of capitalism, and "Abominable Snowman in the Supermarket",
which is similar in nature.  The album "Rockin' and Romance'" includes
the song "UFO Man", about a visitor who flies around Jonathan's town
in his flying saucer doing stunts at high speed.

Ridgway, Stan:
Ex-vocalist from Wall of Voodoo. Quirky subject matter in general,
but sci-fi specifically on the album "Partyball".  See the songs
"I Want to be a Boss", "Overlords", and "Beyond Tomorrow".
Riley, Billy Lee:
"Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll"  An example of rockabilly, one of the
staples of the Memphis-based Sun record label.  It's about a flying
saucer whose crew play rock'n'roll - nothing too profound.

Rinder & Lewis:
Early 80's new-wave group that produced some SF songs, including
"Apocalypse" and "New Malibu".

Robinson, Tom:
"Merrily Up on High", about a war that is yet to happen.  (Co-written
Peter Gabriel)

Rolling Stones:
Wrote the ultimate road song for astronauts, "2000 Light Years From
Home", which is on "Their Satanic Majesties' Request".  Also "2000
Man", about how child-parent relationships still don't work, even in
the 21st century.

Roth, Uli John:
"Electric Sun".

Roxy Music:
Eponymous 1st album, "Re-Make/Re-Model" concerns having a crush
on a female android "CTA9538" (or may be a put-down directed towards dating
supermodels).  "Ladytron" is SF-related in name only.  "Amazona' from
"Stranded" is about a journey to Utopia.  "For Your Pleasure" contains "The
Bogus Man", a horror tale about a being who is not quite human and entirely
homicidal.  From "Manifesto" we get "Still Falls the Rain", a 1st-person
retelling of Stevenson's *Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde* (or is it
Jerry Lewis' *The Nutty Professor*?).  Guitarist Phil Manzanera's solo album
"K-Scope" has "Hot Spot" [vocal and instrumental backup by Godley & Creme], a
ditty about partying during WWIII.

Rudimentary Penii:
This group did a whole album about H.P. Lovecraft. (Can't remember it's name).
The lyrics are extremely witty.

Rundgren, Todd:
"King Kong Reggae" and "Sons of 1984" from "Todd".  See also Utopia.
"Healing" is about a man who recives the power to become a healer.
"A Capella" includes "Miracle in the Bazaar" and "Lockjaw", both
of which deal with traditional themes like ogres and genies.

In "2112", based on the book "Anthem" by Ayn Rand, the protagonist
discovers an ancient guitar and winds up battling the dictatorial
priesthood.  The LP also contains "Twilight Zone", about the TV show of
the same name.  "Red Barchetta" on "Moving Pictures"is similar, except
the guitar is replaced by a car. (It's based on the story "A Nice
Morning's Drive".)  See also "Cygnux X-1" (thought to be a black hole),
"Rivendell" (Tolkien reference), "The Necromancer".  See also "The Body
Electric" and "Red Sector A" from "Grace Under Pressure".  See also
"By-Tor and the Snow Dog" from "Fly by Night".  "Hemispheres" (title
track thereof) is a sequel to "Cygnus X-1".  "Countdown" from "Signals"
is about the space shuttle.  See also "Manhattan Project" from "Power
Windows".  The song "Xanadu" from "A Farewell to Kings" is based on the
Colerige poem of the same name.  See also "The Fountain of Lamneth" from
"Caress of Steel" and "Anthem" from "Fly by Night" -- both songs deal
with individuality.  See also "Natural Science" from "Permanent Waves",
which deals with future dystopias, utopias, etc. Also check out
"Alien Shore" from "Counterparts".

Russell, Leon:
"Stranger in a Strange Land" -- based on the Heinlein novel.

Swedish space pop band.  They were originally  called 'Spock' but
due to legal problems they changed their name to 'Space Pilots On 
Channel K' or 'S.P.O.C.K' Their synthesizer based music is heavily
SF / Star Trek inspired. Their debut album 'Five year mission' contains
the following songs: Neutral Zone, Never Trust a Klingon, Charlie X,
Mr.Spocks Brain, Black Hole, Space Race, Edge of Forever,
and Last Man on Earth.

Canadian progressive synth-rock band with a series of songs which
combine to tell a single story spread out over four albums, to wit:

	From "Saga": Chapter 4: Will It Be You?,
		 and Chapter 6: Tired World;
	From "Images At Twilight":
		     Chapter 1: Images,
		 and Chapter 3: It's Time;
	from "Silent Knight":
		     Chapter 2: Don't Be Late,
		 and Chapter 7: Too Much To Lose;
	and from "Worlds Apart":
		    Chapter 5: No Regrets,
		and Chapter 8: No Stranger.

Roughly speaking, the story tells of space war, alien encounters,
and the aftermath of war.

Even more British heavy metal... "Survivors" contains "Big brother", "Wrong side 
of time".  Head On contains "Hammerhead", and "Take me to your leader".

Sanders, Ed:
(A member of the Fugs at one time) released "Beer Cans on the Moon",
which contains such gems as a song about a yodeling robot in love with
Dolly Parton as well as some more topical songs.  "Dark Carnival"
sets a number of Bradbury's "Illustrated Man" stories to music.

Sandy Bradley and the Small Wonder String Band(?):
"Interstellar Sweetheart"

Sangster, John:
Australian jazz musician, has two albums "The Hobbit Suite" and "Lord of
the Rings" which are jazz tone poems based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Satriani, Joe:
"Surfing with the Alien" and "Back to Shalla-Bal" are about the
Silver Surfer of comic book fame.  (In fact, he's on the cover of "Surfing
with the Alien".) Also see the song "Ice-9", a reference to Kurt Vonnegut's
"Cat's Cradle". 

(heavy metal) "Fountain of Youth" from "Power of the Night", "Hounds"
from "Gutter Ballet", "Beyond the Doors of the Dark", "Legions",
"Strange Wings", title track, and "White Witch" from "Hall of the
Mountain King", just to name a few.  Here's a few more: "Sirens",
"The edge of midnight", "Hyde", "Last Dawn (instrumental)",
"Holocaust" and "I Believe", which is about a spaceship taking off
from earth because it's too polluted to sustain life, flying around
for a couple of thousand years, finding a decent planet to land on, and
discovering it's Earth.

"Solid ball of rock" contains the tracks "Altar of the gods" and "Lights in the sky".

They are a German speed-metal, and their first album, "Hypertrace", is an
SF story.  7 criminals were turned into supersoldiers during an experiment
during WWII.  They went berzerk, and were shot into space, and their rockets 
exploded, except one, who was found by aliens, and they taguht him to bring
peace to the world.  The aliens gave him the mechanical planet Galactoss, where
he built 5 androids to send back to Earth, to collect data, so that he
could save the Earth from destroying itself.  Their second album (recorded
with a new lead singer) and entitled "Terminal Earth" also
contains a few SF songs.

Schilling, Peter:
"Major Tom (Coming Home)"; perhaps a sequel to or re-telling of
Bowie's "Space Oddity" from "Error in the System" (originally
titled "Fehler im System") [also possibly based on the Bradbury story
Kaleidescope]; also "The Noah Plan" (about an exodus from Earth),
"Error in the System" (Earth as lost interstellar colony),
"Only Dreams" (computers plotting to take revenge on humans),
"Lifetime Guarantee (mind-controlled Utopia) and others.
There is some speculation that the translator may be responsible for the
SF content of some of these; for instance, the original (German) version
of "Only Dreams" ("...dann truegt der Schein") seems to be a non-SF song.
"Things to Come" includes "Zone 804" (aliens come to bring peace) and
"Lone Survivor" (man hides in bomb shelter, but war is averted; he's stuck).
Also, the song "Berlin, City of Night" (about fighting to reunite Belin
and Germany) was speculative fiction at the time that it was written.

Schultz, Mark:
There's a delightful short piece by Mark Schultz entitled 
"Dragons in the Sky" for horn, percussion, and electronic tape.  This is
supposedly the third work Mr. Schultz has written based on The Silmarillion,
though I have not encountered the first two.  This one musically describes
the battle of the elves with the dragons of Morgoth.  The only performance
of which I am aware is with Thomas Bacon on horn, and Richard Brown on
percussion on a Summit Records CD, DCD 135.

"Robot Man" on "In Trance". See ex-Scorption Uli Jon Roth.

Screaming Blue Messiahs:
The album "Totally Religious", has some SF-related tracks:
"Mega-City One" -- Very Judge Dredd-influenced lyrics, about policeman
in a MegaCity of the future.  If you're not familiar with Judge Dredd,
he is an English comic character, who is a "Judge" in a future
underground hyperviolent city called MegaCity One.
"Four Engines Burning over the USA" -- May be stretching it a bit,
but this song could be about a nuclear attack on the United States.

Scruffy the Cat:
Album called "Moons of Jupiter" with several songs about outer space.

Sensational Alex Harvey Band:
See "The Tale of The Giant Stone-Eater" from "Tomorrow Belongs to Me",
and "Nightmare City" from "Rock Drill".  Also "Vambo" and "The Faith
Healer" from "Next".  Bizarre Scottish lads.

Seventh Wave:
"Things to Come"

The Shamen:
The album "Boss Drum" contains "Space Time" and "Scientas".

Sheila & B. Devotion:
"Spacer" a single about - well, a spacer...

Sheila E.:
"The World Is High" (b-side) is a very apocalyptic sounding
song (sound effects included) and makes many references to what life may
be like during the end of the world, including a reference to the vision
of a nuclear bomb.  This was the b-side to "Hold Me" which was released
in late 1986, early 1987.

Shonen Knife:
A Japanese band, they often sing about space travel and other SF-ish
themes. "Parallel Woman" (Japanese) from the "Shonen Knife" album, is about 
a superheroine in a parallel universe.  "Riding on the Rocket" 
(japanese), on "Pretty Little Baka Guy", is about visiting different 
planets in a space ship.  "The Moon World" (japanese), on "712", is 
about visiting the Moon.  "Neon Zebra", a single, is about a zebra 
who gets transformed by aliens.  In "Space Christmas" (english), a 
single,  Naoko asks for a space ship for Christmas so she can visit 
Pluto.  Their latest album, "Let's Knife", includes an 
English-language version of "Riding on the Rocket", as well as "I am
a Cat" (english), about turning into a cat and dancing on a flying 
saucer.  The CD single "Riding on the Rocket" also includes an 
instrumental called "Milky Way".

Did a song "Nemesis" about the comics character of the same name.
(The video shows him/her/it prancing in the background.)  However,
the song may also have a second meaning: "Nemesis" is the name of
the hypothetical "dark companion" to the sun which (according to one theory)
is responsible for periodically disturbing the Oort cloud and causing a
rain asteroids on the earth producing the periodic extinctions that
(some say) are present in the fossile record.  Much of the lyrics
of "Nemesis" seem to refer to the death of the dinosaurs as the
result of this sort of cosmic catastrophe. On the album
"Oil & Gold" (whence Nemesis comes as well), they have "This Big Hush",
about life after nuclear war, and "Health & Knowledge & Wealth & Power",
which contains the lines "Touchdown on a different world/White eyes
look 'round".  On "Big Night Music", they have the song "Underwaterboys",
whose title says it all..

Sigue Sigue Sputnik:
The album "Flaunt It" includes "21st Century Boy" along with other
SF-sounding stuff; the lyrics are difficult to decipher.  Their
song "Love Missile F-11" includes samples from "A Clockword Orange".

Sinfield, Pete:
(See also Caravan, King Crimson, ELP.)  His solo LP "Still" contains
the track "Song of the Sea Goat" which may or may not be fantasy.
Like much of Sinfield's work, the lyrics are very surreal and difficult
to interpret.

Sisters of Mercy:
"Black Planet" from "First and Last and Always" is another
one of those cheerful post-nuclear-holocaust ballads.  :)
This is another band influenced by J.G. Ballard's sand/desert/
water/fire/urban-apocalypse imagery.

Skinny Puppy
"200 Years" from the album "Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse" is
based on and contains samples from a Twilight Zone episode.

USA thrash/death metal: lots of Satanic themes some specific songs, LPs:
"Divine Intervention" has the track "Mind Control"
"Hell Awaits" has "At dawn they sleep"
"Show no mercy" has "Crionics" (about being frozen)

Just a quick note to mention that "Behind the Wall of Sleep" is *not*
a Lovecraft adaption (see the entry for Black Sabbath) but is about
having an obsession with a woman bass player.

"Exterminate" Not only the title refers to "T2". In the booklet of the CD
from 1992 is written "For the forthcoming 'Terminator 3'".

Sonic Youth:
On the album "Daydream Nation," a lot of sci-fi/cyberpunk
themes, and direct references to 'jacking in' as in Gibson's "Neuromancer".
See also the songs "Eric's Trip", "Hyperstation" and "Silver Rocket".
Sonic Youth draws heavily on the material of Phillip K. Dick and
William Gibson, in general; see "The Sprawl".

Soup Dragons:
The album "Hotwired" uses samples of 60's Star Trek sound effects.

"The Green Hills of Earth" -- lyrics by Heinlein (or Rhysling, if
you prefer) from the story of the same name.

Space Track:
"Das Raumschiff tanzt" (The spaceship is dancing).  A techno version of
the Star Trek theme with the german voices of Kirk and Spock.

Space Negros:
Mostly the work of one Erik Lindgren.  Experimental tape pieces, pop
tunes, "Generic Ethnic Muzak", and silly stuff.  Some pieces with
space/industry themes: "Martians Have Landed", "Let's Go To The Moon",
"Demolition Zone" (as well as what must be the definitive cover of "Iron
Man".)  Lindgren runs Arf Arf Records, who, among other things, have
re-released "Into Outer Space With Lucia Pamela" and a half-hour
children's drama from 1967 called "Space Kids".

Covered "Starship" by Sun Ra and the MC5.

LP "Kimono My House" has a hilarious fantasy song called "Here in
Heaven" dealing with a petulant teenage suicide's thoughts in heaven.
He keeps wondering why his girlfriend didn't kill herself, too.

Another band led by Nik Turner, produced the album "Xitintoday" which
was based on the Egyptian book ofthe dead.  The flute was recorded
inside the sarcophagus of the Great Pyramid.

Spin Doctors:
Their album "Pocketful of Kryptonite" includes the
single "Jimmy Olsen's Blues."

"Future Games" has interspersed fragments of old "Star Trek" episodes
between tunes.  Also see "Potatoland" -- the songs aren't at all SF,
but are strung together by "The Adventures of Captain Copter and
Commander Cassidy" in a totalitarian state -- very bizarre.

The Leslie Spitt Treeo:
A Canadian band, has done a song called "UFO" about someone going to watch for
UFOs with hopes of getting picked up by one.  From their first album--may be
self-titled, but I wouldn't swear to it.

"Where's Captain Kirk?"; band was then renamed "Athletico Spizz '80",
and released a sequel called "Spock's Missing".  Another sequel
(released when they were named The Spizzles) was "Five Year Mission".
Other songs include "Person-Impersonator" (Athletico Spizz '80),
"Robot Holiday" (Spizzles), "Mega City 3" (Spizzenergi), and a remake
of "Where's Captain Kirk" (Spizz Orbit).
They had a policy of renaming themselves after
each record; their incarnations were (in order of appearance):

	Spizz Oil (three EPs)
	Spizzenergi (two Singles)
	Athletico Spizz 80 (three Singles, one LP)
	Spizzo del Fuego (I think this name was only a rumor)
	The Spizzles (two? Singles, one LP)
	Spizzenergi 2 (two Singles)
	Spizz Orbit (two? EPs)

There is also a compilation of early singles under the name Spizz.

Split Enz:
An New Zealander band; their song "Poor Boy" is about a romantic/sexual
encounter with an alien.

Spoons were a Canadian group and had albums 1981-1988.  On their first album 
"Stick Figure Neighborhood" [1981] there was a song with a computer theme and 
with 70's-era computer-sounding music (rather like how people imagined 
mainframes would sound like?)  The song was about how he was "saving every 
word on diskette" of his lover.  The chorus was something like "Rejecting 
every line, oh oh, oh oh, I'm emptying my mind For Tran, For Tran."

UK band from the 70's: see "Purple Spaceships over Yatton", "Slark" (monster
gets boy, boy gets girls), and "Frankenstein's Pillow".

A Yes clone.  First album has a nice piece, "Lady of the Lake".
Believe it or not, they're from Pekin, Illinois (across the river
from Peoria).  If you like Yes's Fragile-era material then you should
grab their first LP ("Starcastle") and later ones ("Citadel", "Fountains
of Light").

Starr, Ringo:
The song "Hopeless" mentions aliens.  His forgettable album "Goodnight Vienna"
has a picture of his face superimposed on a photo from "The Day the Earth
Stood Still" on the cover.

Steeleye Span:
Folk-rockers who tend to sing traditional songs with modern instruments.
"Elf Call" is about elves; "The Demon Lover", a well-known song,
appears on the LP "Commoner's Crown" along with "Elf Call".
Note -- most of their work tends to be Olde Englishe Ballades, which of
course have much to do with things fey and weird.  (Prime example would
be "Thomas the Rhymer", a rock version of "Thomas Rymer".)
(See also Fairport Convention.)

Steely Dan:
Fantasy genre rather than straight science fiction: "Home At Last" is a 
retelling of the story of the Trials of Odysseus from Greek mythology - 
the chorus, "still I remain tied to the mast" evokes the story where he
tied himself to the mast to resist the song of the Siren.  Also, 
"The Caves of Altamira," fantasizing about cave dwellers who made the 
cave drawings in Altamira, Spain.   "Sign in Stranger" features a "boom planet"
named "Mizar-5" that is a haven for futuristic criminals and other undesirable
elements.  "King of the World" chronicles the daily doings of a survivor of
a nuclear war; very surreal.  There's an early demo recording called "Android
Warehouse".  One more note: there are a number of Steely Dan references
in most Gibson novels.  See also Donald Fagen.

Stepford Wives:
Apparently took their name from the old horror film.

This UK-based band has a few song titles that are vaguely SF. Most
notable is "The Stars Our Destination" which reminds one of "The Stars
My Destination" by Bester but probably doesn't refer to it. A band that
definitely _sounds_ like it is SF. (The title of one of their albums is
Space Age Batchelor Pad Music. Very apt.)  They're noted for their
appropriation of hi-fi hype nabbed from the back of 60's Vanguard
records, as well as for their music (aural op-art with philosophy-essay
lyrics in French and English).  Their '94 album "Mars Audiac Quintet"
includes "Des Etoiles Electroniques", "The Stars Our Destination" and
"International Colouring Contest", a tribute to Lucia Pamela.

Steve Miller Band:
"Brave New World" and "Space Cowboy" from the album "Brave New World".

Stevens, Cat:
"Freezing Steel" from "Catch Bull at Four"; also "Longer Boats"
from "Tea for the Tillerman" is about flying saucers.  (It may
not be implicit in the lyrics, but Cat Stevens discussed it in
an interview.)

Stevens, Ray:
Song, "Diana and the Robotics", which is about a group
of appliances that form a band.

Stevens, Steve:
The title track "Atomic Playboys" is about nuclear war; there are
 probably a few more cuts of a similar nature on the rest of the album.
Album artwork by H R Giger, of "Alien" fame.

Stewart, Al:
"The Sirens of Titan" (Vonnegut) from "24 Carrots". See also the title
track from "Last Days of the Century" and "Red Toupee" from that same
album -- apparently he cited it as SF in an interview. "Nostradamus",
from "Past, Present, and Future" is a little bit occultish.

"Dream of the Blue Turtles" has the track "Moon Over Bourbon Street" based,
according to the liner notes, on Anne Rice's "Interview With A Vampire".
On the album "Nothing Like The Sun", "Straight To My Heart" speculates, in
7/8 time, about forms of sharing love in the future; "Rock Steady" retells the
story of Noah(which >could< be considered fantasy); "The Lazarus Heart" is
based on a dream which is apparently a form of the Fisher King story, and has
fantasy elements to it.  The title track from "The Soul Cages" also has
fantasy elements.  Finally, his "Demolition Man" was updated and used
as the theme song for the movie of the same name.

Strange Advance:
See "Nor Crystal Tears" from "Strange Advance 2wo" (not a typo).
See also the album "Worlds Away"; several tracks with SF allusions and
themes, notably the title track, "One Chance in a Million", and "Sister Radio".
Cover artwork had examples of Arcologies for futurist-architect Paulo Soleri.

Stranglers, The:
The album "The Gospel According to the Meninblack" is about a race of
people from another planet who are raising humans on Earth for their
food.  Considering there are over 5 billion people now, they should be
very happy.  The Meninblack are first introduced in the song "Meninblack"
on the album "The Raven".  See also "Rockit to the Moon", a B-side.
There's also a song, "Time to Die" which seems to be based on Ray
Batty's "Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion..." speech
in Blade Runner.

Song called "Fuschia", based on the character
from Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" (Titus Groan) trilogy.

Stray Cats:
The title track of the LP "Blast Off" is as full of SF references as you're
likely to find.  For example: "Walking on the moon in blue suede shoes, well
I saw Doctor Smith and the Robot too"

Stubbs, Levi:
"Mean Green Muther from Outer Space", from the musical "Little Shop
of Horrors", in which it is revealed that Audrey II is actually
an alien planning to take over the earth.

Usually has one sf-ish piece on each album.  All of "Kilroy was Here" is
a fable (this is the LP with "Mr. Roboto").  See also "Man of Miracles"
and "Come Sail Away".  There is some speculation that "Lords of the Ring"
on "Pieces of Eight" is Tolkien-derived.

Sudden Sway:
Little known synthesizer based independent band.
Their "Spacemate" double album contains some futuristic advertising jingles
for imaginary products. The LP comes with some instructions on how to
"spacemate" which stands for "Super Dimensional Perceptive Aid Combining
Every Manner and Type of Everything".  A note of explanation from the LP
cover - "which means it helps you expand your dimensions".
There are some puzzles and other goodies included by the previous 'owners'.
A non-musical track from a Peel session named "A Walk in the Park from the
Hypno-stroll" has a very "Hitchhiker's" feel to it.

"Stay Together", "We are the pigs" & "My Dark Star", all of which are
about a nuclear winter.

Iceland's most famous export.  Lyrics are often (usually) dreamlike and
surreal.  Try their "Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week": songs include
"Speed Is The Key", "Planet", "A Day Called Zero" and others.  "Chihuahua"
on "Stick Around For Joy" has "the other vocalist" Einar babbling about
The Aliens.  See also Bjork.

Sun Ra:
An unusual jazz musician who has been obsessed with space travel; his
band is the "Arkestra". Some of his songs from the 70's are
"Rocket Number Nine to the Planet Venus" and "We Travel the Spaceways".

Album "Brother Where You Bound".  "Fools Overture" is about the threat
of nuclear war.  Possibly "Crime of the Century".

The Surprises:
The single "Flying Attack" is about being invaded by flying saucers.

Swann, Donald:
Donald Swann provides music for a number of poems from J.R.R.
Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," and plays the piano on this album.  The
piano score is also available from Houghton Miffin in book form; the
book also explains the motivation for adding music to the poems as
well as other historical notes about the pieces.  The B side of the
album has J.R.R. Tolkien, reading some of the poems from his book, "The
Adventures of Tom Bombardil."

Sweet, Matthew:
"Children Of Time (Forever)" from "Earth" is a story of the future.
The video for "I've Been Waiting" is loaded with clips
from the Japanese Animation series "Urusei Yatsura"; the video
for "Girlfriend" has clips from another anime, "Space Adventure Cobra".

Symphonic Slam:
One album, with tracks "Universe" and "Fold Back".

Songs include "The Skydreamer", "Maximizor" (a single with some Japanese
SF-style artwork).  "Anastasia"(sp?) by T99 samples "...more powerful
than you can possibly imagine" (Ben Kenobi, Star Wars).

This band is named after the Vulcan child bride of Spock in the (original)
Star Trek episode, "Amok Time". Their biggest hit, "China in Your Hands",
is about Frankenstein. Most listeners never realised this because the
version released as a single was missing a couple of crucial lines.
They may be most well-known for the song "Heart and Soul".

T. Rex:
Before they hit it big with "Get it On (Bang a Gong)", they recorded
music dominated by sylvan fantasy themes vaugely inspired by Tolkein.
(Their percussionist went by the name Steve Peregrin Took, f'instance.)
The album entitled "T.Rex" includes "Ride a White Swan" and "Wizard";
two earlier albums, recorded when the band used the long form of their
name, i.e. Tyrannosaurus Rex, are "My people were fair and had sky in
their hair...But now they're content to wear stars on their brow"
and "Prophets, Seers, and Sages."

Talking Heads:
"Life During Wartime" from "Fear of Music", about an America at war.
"Moon Rocks" from "Speaking in Tongues", a surrealistic piece about
nuclear physics and magic.  "(Nothing But) Flowers" from "Naked",
discusses a future return to an agrarian, nature-oriented lifestyle.
"The Facts of Life" from "Naked" recapitulates human history
extending it into the future.

Taylor, Roger:
LP "Fun in Space".

Belgian electro-pop; futuristic tracks include "Rendezvous Dans L'Espace".

Ten Years After:
"Year 4524+ Blues" on "Cricklewood Green" is about someone having to report
to some sort of euthanasia center because he wasn't up to the society's
eugenic standards.  Also "Here They Come" from "A Space in Time",
which is about some visiting space travellers.

They Might be Giants:
"For Science!" is about a man willing to date "the girl from Venus'
despite the risk of radiation poisoning.  Their latest LP is entitled
"Apollo 18" (the Apollo program stopped at #17).  See also "The Guitar".
The also perform (live) a song called "Why Does the Sun Shine?" which is
somewhat Mr.Wizard-ish; it's recently been released as a single.
(They performed it live on Nicks Rocks _ages_ ago, and some people still have
a copy floating around.)  Strangely, it is a cover of an educational children's
record.  It starts out with "The sun is a mass/ of incandescent gas..."
(It's originally from the album "Space Songs", an album of space songs
for children performed by Tom Glazer (a children's singer) and
Dottie Evans (a Country/Western singer). They also did an album called
"Energy and Motion Songs", about Physics.) There's also a song on one
of their  CD-singles called "Moving to the Sun", sort of sf-ish.
"The Statue Got Me high" is also sf-ish, and "Actual Size" may be
about Armageddon.  Another notable track: "Particle Man"
(from "Flood", 1990) combines superhero imagery with quantum physics.
TMBG were Musical Ambassadors for the International Space Year.
And "My Evil Twin" is on "Apollo 18".

Thin Lizzy:
The title track of "Jailbreak" is about a (futuristic?) jailbreak.

Thorpe, Billy:
"Children of the Sun", a curiously popular song from the early 80's,
is about an massive alien ship landing.

Formerly known as the JAMS, now calling themselves the KLF, the Timelords put
out a single called "Doctorin' the TARDIS", which contains lots of samples from
the TV show Doctor Who, and a remix called "Gary in the TARDIS" with samples (I
think) from Gary Glitter.

Titus Groan:
A band named after, and taking most of their material from,
Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" books.  Relevant songs include "The
Hall of Bright Carvings" and "Fuchsia".

Tom Ze:
Warped Brazillian pop.  Has two albums out in the States on David Byrne's
Luaka Bop label.  The second, "Hips Of Tradition" features "Ogodo, Ano
2000" (Ogodo, Year 2000); a "Jingle do Disco" (Jingle of the Album), a
self-promoting little ditty in tribute to that great huckster Tom Edison;
and the nutty "Fliperama", inspired apparently by Clarke's "Childhood's
End".  (Lyrics in Portuguese but with full translations and blurbs in English.)

Tomita, Isao:
Highly influential electronic musician whose works often have SF themes
or are derived from SF sources.  Some citations by album:

	Kosmos: "Star Wars Theme," by John Williams and "A Space Fantasy"
	based on "Also Spracht Zarathustra" (R. Strauss) and
	"Die Valkure" (Wagner).  "The Sea Named Solaris," which is Tomita's
	tribute to the Russian SF film "Solaris". The movie is about a planet
	covered by a sea of lava that seems to be sentient. Cosmonauts
	establish a station to study the sea, and the sea studies them by
	reincarnating dead loved ones from the cosmonauts' past.

	The Planets: Holst's superb work depicted as a travel through the
	solar system.

	"Firebird" includes Moussorgsky's classic "Night on Bald Mountain,"
	which is about a witches' sabbath.

	The Bermuda Triangle: A very complex work featuring compositions by
	Prokofiev, Sibelius and others. The album's concept suggests that
	there is a connection between the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon and
	aliens visiting from outer space. The work also includes a section
	with Tomita's electronic version of the famous musical dialogue with
	the alien spaceship from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

	(Thanks to Gilead Limor and Kendal Stitzel for the writeup on Tomita.)

Tonio K:
"Mars Needs Women" from "La Bomba".  "Life in the Foodchain" has the
songs "How Come I Can't See You in My Mirror?" (Answer: because the
subject is a vampire.)

Too Much Joy:
Album "Cereal Killers" has "Goodbye Ohio" about an 
astronaut who never got to go into space, and "Pride of Frankenstein" 
about surviving the villagers' scorn for those who are different.

"Telstar", a great surf-style instrumental from the 60's, composed
for the launch of the Telstar satellite.

Die Toten Hosen:
A German punk band.  Their album "Eine kleine Horrorshow" is an
interpretation of Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange", the
novel which Stanley Kubrick made into film.
("Tote Hose" translates to "dead pants", which is a German
slang expression for "nothing going on".  Thanks to Thomas Koenig
for pointing this out, and to Horst Kiehl getting the grammar right. :-) )

Several tracks of the "Hydra" and "Isolation" albums have SF themes;
they also handled the soundtrack for "Dune".

Pete Townshend:
"Uniform", from "All The Best Cowboys have Chinese Eyes" discusses
the use of computers in the service of the state.
"The Iron Man" LP/rock opera is about an (alien?) robot who eats
everything in sight that's made of iron, including tanks and guns;
features the song "Heavy Metal".  It also involves a dragon from space,
flying to the sun, etc.; it's based on an SF-style children's book by
Ted Hughes called "The Iron Giant".  "Early Morning Dreams" from "Psychoderelict"
is about virtual reality; the whole album contains materials from the Who's
abandoned Lifehouse project.  See also The Who.

"Sheep farming in Barnet" - Near future high tech (mind to machine transfer)
Messianic story.  "Anthem", story of a girl growing up in the present, but
uses *lots* of SF imagiary.  "The Changling" seems to be a pre-post holocaust
story but is open to other interpretations.  See also "Martian Cowboy"
from "Love is the Law".  Her Second Album "The Blue Meaning" (1979)
features a Song called "Tiger Tiger" after Alfred Bester's novel
"The Stars My Destination".  The track "Vision" of "The Blue Meaning"
has also science fiction aspects. The Song "The Vow" from her
album "Love is the Law" has SF aspects as well. 

Transvision Vamp:
Several SF-themed songs, notably "Hanging Out with Halo
Jones", about the character from the British comic "2000 AD"; the same song
also has a reference to William Gibson's "Neuromancer".

New wave of British heavy metal again - they have the songs "Visionary"
and "Stormchild" as a couple of examples.

"Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman", on "Completion Backward Principle";
also "Space Baby" and "Cathy's Clone".

Turner, Tina:
"Private Dancer" has the track "1984".  She also sang the two theme
songs from "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome", "One of the Living" and
"We Don't Need Another Hero", as well as acting in the movie.

Twelfth Night:
"We are Sane" from "Fact and Fiction" is about state control of thoughts
by the implantation of a "component".

Bono and The Edge did the score for a new stage production of
"A Clockwork Orange." One song is available on the single of 
"The Fly" -- no relation to the horror movie.
They say their latest album, "Zooropa," is inspired by William Gibson/Cyberpunk.
It's set in a very shallow, Godless world etc.  Babyface is about a guy who
falls in love/believes he has a relationship with a model through his tv. (lots
of good puns in that one... 'coming home late at night to turn you on...'...
Stay (faraway, so close) is another Wim Wenders title track, and in the video
the band members play guardian angels for 4 Berlinners.  Lemon is about using
technology to watch yourself. Oh, and "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
from "Achtung Baby" is about virtual sex.

Swedish band wrote "Monster ombord" (Monsters on board,
something has invaded the space ship)  Some of their albums
have English lyrics...also, the LP "Disco Baby" has a song
"They Came From Outer Space".

British hard rock band from the early 70s to the 80s.  Lots of SF stuff,
most predominant in their first two LPs (UFO and Flying). Tracks like
"Unidentified Flying Object", "Star Storm", "Flying", etc.

"All Stood Still" is apparently about an accident at a nuclear power
station. "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" is about a nuclear attack.
Futuristic/surrealistic tracks from the Foxx era include "Slow Motion" and
"The Man Who Dies Every Day". Also, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "I Want
to be a Machine".

Underground Zone 0:
A Hawkwind-connected band, did a song "Canes Vanatici" about a very
powerful alien telling us to clean up our act.

Uriah Heep:
"The Magician's Birthday", and "Demons and Wizards".  Both are
concept albums, although the former is more cohesive than the latter.
Musical quality varies from subtle to bombastic wretched excess...
but then again, I tend to like bombastic wretched excess. :-)

(See also Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell.)
"Winston Smith Takes It on the Jaw" from "Oblivion".  (Orwell's 1984)
Possibly "Adventures in Utopia".  Also "Utopia", "Abandon City" from
"Oops, Wrong Planet"  and "Emergency Splashdown" (which also appears on
one  of Roger Powell's solo albums).  "RA" is heavily  fantasy, including
the epic "Singring and the Glass Guitar, an Electrified Fairy Tale".
"Zen Machine" from "POV" is cyberpunkish.  "The Seven Rays" from
"Another Live" might be SF.

Vai, Steve:
"Little Green Men" and "Next Stop Earth" from his album "Flex-Able".
Vai claims his album "Passion & Warfare" is a conceptual SF story 
with the plot being too detailed to publish with the CD and says that 
"Passion and Warfare - The Novel" will be published soon, but until then 
it's pretty disjointed. Some instrumental pieces on Steve Vai's
_Sex and Religion_ have fantasy titles or themes: "An Earth Dweller's
Return" and "The Road to Mt. Calvary."

Van der Graff Generator:
"Pioneers Over c", and others. (c = speed of light)
See also "Still Life" (immortality) and "Childhood's End" (destiny
of mankind; presumably based on Clarke's book) from "Still Life".
Also "After The Flood" (melting of polar icecaps) from "The Least Can Do
is Wave to Each Other". From "Godbluff", see "Arrow" (fantasy),
"Sleepwalkers" and "Scorched Earth" (programmed soldier?).

Wrote a song called "Lovecraft", a tribute to the horror-meister.

Velvet Underground:
The song "I'm Sticking with You" from their eponymous album mentions
"Moon people flying through the stratosphere".

(Yes, those guys with the Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters and
Champ Amps with the tremolo turned up playing "Walk, Don't Run.")
Had an album entitled "The Ventures in Space" on which virtually all
tunes had sci-fi titles, like "Invasion of the Satellites" and "Moon Child."
Also, one of their best known tunes is "Journey to the Stars," which appeared
on "The Fabulous Ventures" and "The Ventures on Stage," and also (I believe)
as a single.  (They also covered "Telstar", originally done by The Tornadoes.)

"No Cause for Alarm" (WW3 breaks out in your neighborhood)

Redid Zager & Evans "2525"; also did some other SF-type material.

Visser, Ad:
A Dutch multitalent who wrote the book "Sobrietas" and released
"Sobrietas", the soundtrack to his book (!).  Recommended tracks: "Head
Over Heals in Paradise", "Futurian Symphony". 

Their lyrics are largely SF.  Most of their albums are conceptual and
loosely based around the VoiVod character. The earliest stuff is
standard post-holocaust type business, although they developed
considerably with "Dimension Hatross", an allegorical story in which
the VoiVod creates a parallel microdimension and monitors the development
of the inhabitants from tribal societies to technocratic states eventually
to apocalyptic destruction. "Nothingface", contains more surreal
cyberpunk(ish) SF lyrics with more introspective themes.  "Angel Rat"
deals with a variety of concepts from Chaos theory to robot sentience.

David Vorhaus:
"White Noise III, re-entry", released 1980. The album (mostly
instrumental/electronic) "tells" the story of an astronaut deciding
to leave Earth (tracks include "Countdown", "Lift Off", "Deep Space Drift",
"Black Hole Blues").

"The Seven Thousand Names of Wah!" on "Nah Poo- The Art of Bluff"
deserves a mention since its title is borrowed from Arthur C. Clarke
and finishes with the lines "One by one the stars are going out" which
is a direct quote from the Clarke story  ("The Nine Billion
Names of God").  The single "Better Scream" concerns a
future apocalyptic war.

Wakeman, Rick:
"Journey to the Center of the Earth" retells Verne's story; "No
Earthly Connection" has a fantasy slant to it.  "Myths and
Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table" tells
the story of Camelot.  The album "1984" (released in 1981!) is 
a concept album based on George Orwell's book of the same name.
It includes tracks entitled "Robot Man", "Julia's Song", "No Name"
and "The Proles".  Wakeman also released the album "Time Machine"
in the mid-80's, but it's unclear that this has any relationship
to the H.G. Wells novel. See also Yes and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe.

Randy Van Warmer:
On the album "Terraform", the title track is a three part SF song, the last
part of which is "I'm so 21st century" (repeated ad-nauseum).  The song,
as well as the album, is absolutely dreadful. ;-)

Warp 7:
"Theme from Enterprise", another techno version.

The LP "Fighting for the Earth" deals with saving the earth
from demonic evil by forming a band of hard-core warriors to
do battle with it.  The band has been characterized as 
"a nontypically environmentally concerned metal band".

Was (not Was):
"Born to Laugh at Tornadoes" contains "Man vs. the Empire Brain
Building" a cyberpunk piece in which the vocals mostly consist of
the following line repeated over and over:
"In my life there's just three things:
    Man vs. Nature
    Man vs. Woman
    Man vs. the Empire Brain Building"
Of course, "Walk the Dinosaur" is about...

Waters, Roger:
"Radio K.A.O.S." is a story about a psychic who hears radio
waves in his head; he learns to control them and takes over
a military computer system.  His 1992 release "Amused to Death"
exmaines mankind's fascination with television, and ends with
the arrival of "alien anthropologists" who declare that mankind
had evidently "Amused itself to death."  See also Pink Floyd.
Participated (with his Bleeding Heart Band) in the soundtrack
for the English animated film "When The Wind Blows"
about an old couple experiencing a nuclear attack.
The second half of the soundtrack album (Virgin) is by them.

Wayne, Jeff:
"War of the Worlds".  H.G. Wells' story with
Richard Burton doing narration, and awful music (purely
a personal opinion ;-) ).

Weather Report:
"I Sing the Body Electric" borrows the title from Ray Bradbury and
shows an android on the cover.

The Weathermen:
LP "Ten Deadly Kisses" features a track "Space", which is about
a space-age yuppie.

Jimmy Webb:
"The Highwaymen," a song about reincarnation in which the
narrator imagines himself in last verse: "I'll fly a starship/across the
universe divide/and when I reach the other side/perhaps I may become a
highwayman again/or I may simply be a single drop of rain/but I'll be
back again..." Also recorded by Nelson, Jennings, Krisofferson and Cash.

The song "In the Garage" references playing Dungeons & Dragons.

White Zombie:
Song, "More Human Than Human," which seems to be based loosely
on _Blade_Runner_. 

Who, The:
"Tommy" is half-fantasy, half-opera.  "905" from "Who Are You?".
Also "Rael" from "The Who Sell Out".  "Baba O'Riley" from "Who's Next"
seems to possibly be about some post-holocaust world.  (Note:
"Baba O'Riley" and other tidbits were part of the very SF-ish
concept album "Lifehouse", which was never released.)
See also "Dr. Jimmy" from Quadrophenia (depends on
how you interpret it).

Some commentary on The Who from Laurent Mousson:

	The Who dabbled quite a lot with SF, although little of it ever
	leaked out.  In 1966, Townshend begun writing a musical called
	"Quads", set in 1999, at a time when people can choose the sex
	of their children. In a family who asked for four girls, a boy
	is born, and his mother can't cope with it. This is the
	storyline of "I'm a boy", which is the only song that was
	probably written for the project in the end.

	In 1967, you mention "Rael" from "The Who Sell Out", which is
	also set in the future, and has something to do with
	overpopulation. The "Red Chins" mentioned at the beginning of
	the lyric are a (thin) disguise for the Red Chinese, which were
	quite a cliche of the Era. A bit later, John Entwistle Wrote a
	B-side entitled "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", about coping with
	drummer Keith Moon's antics on the road (Which is SF indeed).

	"Tommy" (1969) once bore the "A Journey Through Space" working
	title. And when Kit Lambert, the band's manager, wrote a script
	to Tommy, in order to try and clear the confusion in
	Townshend's mind about the plot, he entitled it "Tommy : 1914 -
	1984", which was anticipation at the time.

	In 1971, Townshend launched another project (quite a
	megalomaniac one) called "Lifehouse", a sort of Rock'n'Roll
	"Fahrenheit 451" mingled with Meher Baba's (Townshend's guru)
	teachings, including the Who playing a six-month long concert,
	in search for "the Note in us all". It was a resounding flop,
	but the debris surfaced in the "Who's Next" and "Odds and Sods"
	albums, as well as the 3 singles that followed "Who's Next"
	("Let's See Action", "Relay", "Join Together"), as well as in
	Townshend's solo album "Psychoderelict" (1994). The question
	that remains, about this album is "Was the cover meant to be a
	send-up of the monolith in '2001, a Space Odyssey' ?". John
	Entwistle seems to have said once it was the case...

	In 1977, John Entwistle (bass player) started writing a
	"Science-Fiction Rock Opera" which aborted and led to both
	Entwistle songs eventually included in 1978 on "Who are You".

	That's about it for the Who. I know I'm being terribly
	pedantic, but I can't help it. All this info can be found in
	Dave Marsh's book "Before I Get Old :  The Story Of the Who".

Wilde, Kim:
"Blade Runner" (album "Teases And Dares", 1986)
Somehow related to Ridley Scott's movie, features samples from the film.

Williams, Dar:
Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter.  "The Great Unknown", from her
album "The Honesty Room", is primarily about mistrust of citizens by
the government, using nuclear technology as the context.  (And, if your
editor may pause to indulge his musical tastes for a moment, this album
and "Mortal City" are brilliant little gems that need to be on your shelf.)

Tony Williams Lifetime:
"Believe It" conatins the track "Mr. Spock"  Re-released as "The Collection".

Winders, Wim:
The soundtrack "Until the End of the World" soundtrack from the
Wim Wenders' film of the same name is listed here because a number
of artists contributed to it.  The movie is a futuristic thriller
about the end of the world, and the music supports the action.
Some terrific stuff from U2, REM, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, and many others.

"Nineteen Eighty-Five" from "Band on the Run".  Also "Magneto and
the Titanium Man" and "Venus and Mars (Reprise)" from "Venus and Mars",
which is set at a spaceport.  Also "Loup (1st Indian on the Moon)" from
"Red Rose Speedway" and the time-travel song "Backwards Traveller" on "London Town".
See also Paul McCartney.

Wishbone Ash:
"The King Will Come", "Phoenix", and "Throw Down the Sword"
(all from "Argus") are all heroic-fantasy type pieces.  (By the way,
W.A.'s double/triple lead guitar work is worth hearing. ---Rsk)
Also see the title track from "Number the Brave".

Winter, Edgar:
Recorded an entire soundtrack for L. Ron Hubbards' ten-book
series 'Mission Earth'.  The material was written by Hubbard and recorded
by Winter.  Its available on vinyl in most record stores. 
L. Ron Hubbard also collected a bunch of artists to do a soundtrack for 
his novel 'Battlefield Earth'; chief among these is Chick Corea.
And don't forget the instrumental version of "Frankenstein", which
was a pop hit in the early 70's.

Wood, Roy:
"Miss Clarke and the Computer" from "Boulders" (computer falls in
love with its operator).  See also The Move, Electric Light Orchestra.

Wooley, Sheb:
"Purple People Eater"

XL Capris:
Australian band, did a song called World War III on their "Where is Hank?"
album. (They have connections with New Zealand band Dragon, through
Todd Hunter.)

"Reel by Reel" (the government can hear and record your thoughts);
"This World Over" from "The Big Express" which is a post-nuclear
holocaust cautionary tale.  "That's Really Super (Supergirl)"
from Skylarking is about Supergirl's boyfriend becoming distraught
over her "other life".  "Science Friction" (yes it's supposed to have
an 'r' in it) on "3D EP" (also on the CD version of "White Music").
XTC have released under their alter-ego "The Dukes of Stratosphear" (sic)
two fake-psychedelic albums, which do have a lot of SF-pointers.
Most obvious in the songs: "Bike Ride to the Moon", "What in the World ???",
and "Braniac's Daughter"

X Ray Spex:
"Genetic Engineering" from the album "Germ Free Adolescents" is about
the dangers of creating genetically 'superior' beings.

Yankovic, Weird Al:
"I Think I'm a Clone Now" from "Even Worse" (parody of the 60's hit
"I Think We're Alone Now", recently recut by Tiffany).
"Yoda" (to the tune of "Lola") and "Slime Creatures from Outer Space",
an original music-tribute to B-movies; both are from "Dare to Be Stupid".
Also "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters From a Planet Near Mars"
on the soundtrack for "UHF", and "Christmas at Ground Zero" from
"Polka Party".

There's a song on the album "You and Me Both" about childhood
during a nuclear war.

Yellow Magic Orchestra:
"Citizens of Science" from "X Infinite Multiples".

Much sf-oriented work.  Try "Astral Traveller" and "Starship Trooper"
(Heinlein?  maybe).  See also Jon Anderson's "Olias of Sunhillow" and
Anderson & Vangelis's song "Mayflower" from "The Friends of Mr.
Cairo".  See also "Then" with references to telepathy.  Also, "Arriving
UFO" from "Tormato", "Machine Messiah" from Drama
(computer/controller), most of the entire album "Close to the Edge"
(which your editor regards as unquestionably the most complex and
finest piece of music ever written and performed by a rock band),
"South Side of the Sky" from "Fragile", and "Awaken" from "Going for
the One".  "Shoot High Aim Low" from "Big Generator" might be about a
futuristic war. The problem with figuring out much of Yes's work is
that the abstract poetic style often obscures the meaning and multiple
interpretations are possible.  See also Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson, &
Anderson, Wakeford, Bruford and Howe.

Young, Kenny:
LP "Last Stage for Silverworld"

Young, Neil:
"After the Gold Rush", and "Ride my Llama" from "Rust Never Sleeps".
("After the Gold Rush" ends with a line about a mothership arriving
and "...taking Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun".)
On the album "Trans", see "Computer Age", "We R In Control", and "Sample
and Hold".

ZZ Top:
Just a note to mention that the videos for the songs from their "Afterburner"
album had SF themes; also the song "TV Dinners" from "Eliminator" had
some SF references, and shows a little TV-channel-changing alien.
"Sleeping Bag" from "Afterburner" shows the transmogrification of the
Eliminator into a space-shuttle looking vehicle...this is continued in
the video for "Rough Boy".  The little alien above shows up again in the
video for "Burger Man" from "Recycler", this time somewhat larger.
Recorded "Double Back", the theme from "Back to the Future III".
The band has expressed a desire to be the first lounge act on the shuttle.

Zager & Evans:
"In the Year 2525"; dated but cute; was #1 when Armstrong walked on the moon.

Zappa, Frank, and the Mothers:
"Cheapnis", from "Roxy and Elsewhere", is the story of a grade Z monster movie.
"Thing-Fish" (evil scientist, etc.).  "Inca Roads" from "One Size Fits All"
discusses the question of whether or not extraterrrestrials made the
huge patterns visible from the air in the Andes.  See also "The Radio is
Broken" (from "The Man from Utopia") and the title track from "Drowning Witch".
See also "Billy the Mountain" from "Was Mothers Just Another
Bands from L.A.?", the story of a sentient mountain which refuses
induction into the U.S. armed forces.  Also "Joe's Garage", a dystopian
operatta about a society which controls its citizens by making as many
things as possible illegal; presented as if it were an object lesson
told by an enforcer from that society.  This album also includes
a parody of the Church of Scientology (Church of Aplientology)
as well as a couple of songs about possible sex with a robot: "Stick
it Out" and "Sy Borg".  The former contains a fair smattering
of lyrics in German since the robots are supposedly attracted to those
who can speak conversational German. 

Zevon, Warren:
"Werewolves of London" from "Excitable Boy", just for fun.
"Transverse City" is a concept album which, according to interviews
with Zevon, is based in part on "Bladerunner" and the works of
cyberpunk author William Gibson.  SF tracks on the album include the
title cut, "Run Straight Down", and "The Long Arm of the Law".
(Zevon also cut a track for grins called "Werewolves of Bryn Mawr",
referring to the Philadelphia suburb.)

Miscellaneous Notes and Comments:

Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michael Jarre, Return to Forever, Weather Report,
Vangelis, Klaus Schultz, Deodata, Eno, Jean-Luc Ponty, Michael Urbaniak,
Stomu Yamashta & Go, The Enid, Peter Michael Hamel, Bo Hansson, Mannheim
Steamroller, Lancaster & Lumley, Lol Creme & Kevin Godley, Shadowfax,
Larry Fast aka Synergy, Kitaro, Mark Shreeve, Kevin Braheny, Steve
Roach, Constance Demby, Michael Sterns, Software and B.J. Cole:

 ...have all been listed down here because several people have pointed out
that "sounding like SF" doesn't make it SF music.  Note that some of these
people have done some SF soundtracks, and that some of them have done
instrumental material with SF/fantasy titles.  Notable works include Hansson's
"Lord of the Rings", Creme & Godley's "Consequences", an ecological parable,
Mannheim Steamroller's "Fresh Aire V", a musical retelling of Kepler's
fantasy about a trip to the moon and back, and Klaus Schulze's "Cyborg"
and "Dune".  Jarre's "Rendez-Vous" album was going to have had the sax part
for the track "Final Rendezvous/Ron's Piece" played, in orbit,
by Ron McNair on the ill-fated Challenger launch.  Jarre's "Chronologie"
(1993) was inspisred by Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time".

Hitchhiker's Guide:
Just a note that the theme music for THHGTTG is "Journey of the Sorcerer"
from the Eagles' "One of These Nights".  Marvin is credited with a single
called "Marvin", backed with "Metal Man".  Tim Souness did a single of
the HitchHiker's Guide theme.  Disaster Area is credited with "Only
the End of the World Again", the B side of the theme single.
A second single called "Marvin I Love You" was released later--in it, Marvin
discovers an old recording of a female voice declaring her love for him
while perusing his memory banks.  (Of course, he doesn't know where it
came from.)

Doctor Who:
Just a note to mention "Doctorin' the TARDIS" and "Gary and the TARDIS"
by the Timelords (now The KLF), "Who is the Doctor" by Jon Pertwee,
"Doctor...?" by Blood Donor, "Doctor in Distress" by Who Cares, and
"S.O.S. Daleks have landed" by ??.

SF Themes in Opera:
This section was originally posted to by
[email protected] (Evelyn C. Leeper), who has kindly
granted permission to reproduce it here. 

Benford, David & LeGuin, Ursula K.	"Rigel-9"
	Standard sf fare - astronauts on strange planet, one sensitive,
	the rest rednecks. Only he sees the strange city in the forest etc.

Benford, David				"Star's End"
	A fantasy on SF themes.

Blomdahl, Karl-Birger			"Aniara"
	About a space ship leaving Earth (which is in an environmental

Davis, Anthony & Atherton, Deborah	"Under the Double Moon"
	Attempt of a government Inspector to force telepathic twins to
	accompany him to feed the powers of the Empress.

Dresher, Paul & Eckert, Rinded		"Power Failure"
	About an evil tycoon who has spent millions on a perpetual youth
	machine for himself. When the moment comes to use it, a power
	failure traps him, his assistant, secretary, and the janitor in
	the underground laboratory. Despite the morality-play aspects of
	what follow, it comes off as a powerful statement against rampant
	materialism and exploitation of people and the environment.

Glass, Philip				"Einstein on the Beach"  
	Has a scene where a flying saucer appears.

Glass, Philip				"1000 Airplanes on the Roof"

Glass, Philip				"Hydrogen Jukebox"

Glass, Philip				"Juniper Tree"

Glass, Philip & Lessing, Doris		"The Making of the Representative
						from Planet 8"

Haydn, J. 				"Il Mondo della Luna"
	"It isn't straight sci-fi in the modern sense; the setting was meant
	to provide a distant enough context to present a parody of powerful
	people and institutions."  But it *isn't* set on the moon; it has
	someone tricked into believing they have traveled to the moon when
	they haven't.

Janacek					"The Excursions of Mr Broucek"
	Two stories, one of which is Mr Broucek goes to the moon.

Janacek					"The Macropoulous Affair"
	Original by Karel Capek; the story of a 400+ year old opera
	singer who possesses the formula for endless youth

Ligeti, G.				"Le Grand Macabre"
	I. The setting is the countryside in Brueghelland.  Preceded by
	the drunken Piet the Pot, the two lovers Amando and Amanda look
	for a secluded place in which to make love.  Out of a sepulchre
	to one side of the stage emerges Nekrotzar, Angel of Death,
	Great Reaper, Demon, Vampire etc, to announce the end of the
	world that day at midnight.
	II.  Astradamors, court astrologer and hen-pecked husband, sees
	apparitions through his telescope portending disaster.  His wife
	dreams of Venus, whom she asks to be sent a real man for a
	husband.  Astradamors' fears are confirmed with the arrival of
	Nekrotzar, who first fulfils Mescalina's sexual desires and then
	kills her.
	III.  The gluttonous ruler Go-Go receives word from the Chief of
	his secret police ('Gepopo') that a comet is headed on a collision
	course for Breughelland.  Nekrotzar arrives with appropriate pomp
	and ceremony to announce once more the end of the world.
	Astradamors celebrates the death of his wife with Piet the Pot in
	a drinking bout, and Nekrotzar, imagining the cup is filled with
	sacrificial blood instead of wine, joins in. Becoming increasingly
	intoxicated, Nekrotzar boasts about his cruel misdeeds and fails
	to notice that midnight has already passed.
	IV.  With everyone wondering whether or not the world has really
	ended, Mescalina breaks out of her tomb and recognises Nekrotzar
	as her first husband, who then sinks into oblivion under the
	weight of his failure.  Having missed all the excitement, the two
	lovers reappear.

Mackover, Todd				"Valis"
	Based on the Philip K. Dick novel

Menotti, Gian Carlo			"A Bride from Pluto"

Menotti, Giancarlo			"Help, Help the Globolinks!"

Monk, Meredith & Chong, Ping		"The Games"
	About a human society in a spacecraft that has been en route to a
	distant star system for many generations.  The games are simple
	children's games which have acquired ritual status in the spaceship
	culture.  (Ballet?)

Offenbach, Jacques			"Tales of Hoffman"
	The story of an automaton.

Offenbach, Jacques			"Journey to the Moon"

Rice, Jeff				"The War of the Worlds"

Swan, Donald				"Perelandra"
	Based on the C. S. Lewis

Swan, Donald				various Tolkien songs (not opera)

?					Robert Anton Wilson's stuff

?					"A Wrinkle in Time"

And some random comments:

George Coates has a new work that takes place in virtual reality at
a theater in San Francisco. I don't know the name or composer, sorry.

For what it's worth I'm not sure I'd eliminate Wagner too soon: the
Ring may seem pretty fantastic, but many of the plots turn on the
appropriate use of technology (always Promethean, of course) and the
power it confers on the user.

Or sf novels with opera themes?  How about Jack Vance's _Space
Opera_?  As I recall the plot, it concerns the adventures of an
interstellar opera company.

Much thanks to:
	[email protected] (William Alves)
	[email protected] (Barb Miller)
	[email protected] (Chris Ischay)
	[email protected] (Diarmuid Pigott)
	[email protected] (Mats Bengtsson  TX/DK )
	[email protected] (Gene Lavergne)
	[email protected] (Mr. Gower)
	[email protected]
	[email protected] (Charles Hedrick)
	[email protected] (Jason E Frank)
	[email protected] (J.K.Pearson)
	[email protected] (Keith Andrew Falconer)
	[email protected] (Bob Kosovsky)
	[email protected] (Max Stern 310-524-6152)
	mgresham%[email protected] (Mark Gresham)
	[email protected] (Peter Delafosse)
	[email protected]
	[email protected] (Robert Marshall)
	[email protected] (R M Price)
	[email protected] (Raymond Tuttle)
	[email protected] (R. Wilmer)
	[email protected] (Steve Apter)
	[email protected] (Claudia Zornow)

(end included material on SF themes in opera)


One of the readers of the list ([email protected])
also sent along this material on Hawkwind, which I've included
here.  If this isn't enough to justify the title I gave them
(all-time consensus champion for sf-oriented rock) then I don't
know what is. ;-)

(Begin included material on Hawkwind)

Re the Hawkwind entry on your music sf list.

The sf related songs that they've done are:

Adjust Me  
Angels of Death  
Arrival in Utopia
The Awakening  
Black Corridor  
Born to Go
The Changing  
Children of the Sun  
Choose Your Masks
Coded Languages  
Damnation Alley  
The Dark Lords  
Down through the Night  
Dragons and Fables  
Dreaming City  
Dream Worker  
Dust of Time  
Elric the Enchanter  
Fable of a Failed Race  
Fahrenheit 451  
Fall of Earth City  
Fifth Second of Forever  
First Landing on Medusa  
The Golden Void  
Green Finned Demon
High Rise  
Hi Tech Cities  
Horn of Destiny  
In the Egg  
Jack of Shadows  
Joker at the Gate
Living on a Knife Edge  
Looking in the Future  
Lord of Light  
Lords of Chaos  
Lost Chances  
Master of the Universe  
Messengers of Morpheus  
Micro Man
Needle Gun  
Neon Skyline  
Note From a Cold Planet  
Nuclear Drive 
Nuclear Toy  
Orgone Accumulator  
The Phenomenon of Luminosity
Psi Power  
Quark, Strangeness and Charm  
The Sea King  
Seven By Seven  
Silver Machine  
Sleep of a Thousand Tears
Solitary Mind Games  
Song of the Swords  
Sonic Attack  
Space is Deep  
Space Travellers
Spirit of the Age  
Standing at the Edge  
Star Cannibal  
Streets of Fear  
Sword of the East  
Ten Seconds of Forever  
Time We Left (This World today)  
Transdimensional Man  
Uncle Sam's on Mars  
Virgin of the World
Waiting for Tomorrow  
Warrior on the Edge of Time  
Wastelands of Sleep  
The Watcher  
We Took the Wrong Step  
Web Weaver  
Welcome to the Future
Who's Gonna Win the War  
The Wizard Blew His Horn  
You Know You're Only Dreaming  
You'd Better Believe It
Black Hole in Space
Upside Down                      
Dying Seas                       
The War I Survived               
Raping Robots in the Street      
Where are They Now?              
Mutation Zone                    
My Armour's Killing Me           
The Timeship Will Not Sail Again 

and a list of their albums:

1970  Hawkwind  [re-released as pic disk 1980]
1971  In Search Of Space
1972  Doremi Fasol Latido
1972  The Text Of Festival: Live 1970-2 (live)
1972  Glastonbury Fayre (with various artists)
1972  Greasy Trucker's Party
1973  Space Ritual Alive (live) [double album]
1973  Bring Me The Head Of Yuri Garagin (live)
1973  Hawkwind in Concert
1974  Hall Of The Mountain Grill
1974  US Forces Radio album featuring Hawkwind & Jefferson Starship
1975  Warrior On The Edge Of Time
1976  Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music
1976  Roadhawks 
1977  Quark Strangeness And Charm
1977  Hawkwind/Van Der Graaf Generator [Swedish album on Phillips}
1977  Masters of the Universe (Compilation)
1978  PXR5
1978  Hawklords - 25 Years On 
1979  Repeat Performances (Compilation)
1979  Hawkwind Live (live)      [British release:  Live '79]
1980  Levitation  [original release was on blue vinyl]
1981  Sonic Attack
1981  Hawkwind Live at the Bottom Line (New York 1978)
1981? Hawkwind at Glastonbury 1981
1981  Sonic Assassins  12EP 
1981  Motorhead / Valium 10 (single)
1982  Church of Hawkwind [originally with booklet]
1982  Choose Your Masques
1982  Hawkwind Live at Stonehenge and Watchfield (Festival Records)
1982  Friends And Relations - Hawkwind
1983  Friends And Relations II  (Twice Upon A Time)
19??  Friends And Relations III
1983  Zones  [also released as pic disk]
1984  The Earth Ritual Preview (EP)
1984  Utopia 1984  [Material from ERP, Stonehenge, and Zones]
1984  Stonehenge (This Is Hawkwind/Do Not Panic) (live) [LP & EP]
1985  The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
1985   Needle Gun (EP)
1985   Zarozinia (EP)
1985  Space Ritual II 
1985  Live Chronicles
1985? Ridicule (live 1973)
1985  Welcome To The Future (Mausoleum Records)
1985  Live '70/'73
1985  In The Beginning  (Live "Top Gear" BBC Session 1970)
1986  Bristol Custom Bike Show
1986  Angels of Death (compilation) [all tracks previously released]
1986  The Hawkwind Collection
1986  Hawkfan 12"
1986  Independent Days, Vol. I
1986  The Approved History of Hawkwind  (Samurai Records)
1986?  Independent Days, Vol. II
1987? British Tribal Music (live, compilation) [Good sound quality.  Digitally
1987?  Early Daze
'77-82 The Hawkwind Anthology Vol. I
87-88? The Hawkwind Anthology Vol. II
87-88? The Hawkwind Anthology Vol. III
1988   Traveller's Aid Trust (with various artists)
1987  Out And Intake
1987  Hawkwind Box Set - The Official Picture Log Book
1988  The Xenon Codex
1988  Spirit of the Age
1988  Hawkwind Live  [German CD: Imtrat]
19??  Hawkwind Zoo 12EP
19??  Silver Machine (live) 12EP
19??  Victoria double album
1989  The Night Of The Hawk  (compilation)
1989  Ironstrike [Avanti Records ISTCD 004]
1990  Stasis - The U.A. Years 1971-1975  (Compilation)
1990  Night Riding
1990  The Best and the Rest of Hawkwind  [Action Replay records.
1990  The Best of Hawkwind (volume #2 of Metal Classic series by EMI)
1990  Acid daze Vol. I LP
1990  Acid Daze Vol. II LP
1990  Acid Daze Vol. III LP
1990  Space Bandits
1991  Palace Springs (live)
1991  Hawkwind: Space Rock from London 
1991  The Golden Void
1991  The Early Years Live EP
1991  Masters of The Universe [ Marble Arch Rock CMA CD 129]
1992  Electric Teepee
1992  Mighty Hawkwind Classics 80-85
1992  This is Hawkwind: Do Not Panic CD
1992  Psychedelic Warlords
1992  The Hawklords Live
1992  California Brainstorm
1992  Solstice at Stonehenge 1983
1992  Tales From Atom Henge
1992  Orgasmatron

Hope this helps :-)


(End included material on Hawkwind)


Well, that's it.  Remember, please send your comments, corrections
and additions via *mail*.  Thanks!

Rich Kulawiec, 11/97

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