12/10/12

Album Covers #31: Sci-Fi Records


There's been a bunch of great science-fiction or space themed songs over the years: "Rocket Man", "Space Oddity" "Iron Man", "Mr. Roboto", and my favorite "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" by The Carpenters (originally Klaatu).

But this is an album cover post; so, we're looking at some fantastic (and some not-so-fantastic) album art with a space or sci-fi vibe.  Enjoy.





Star Wars so unbelievably popular it had every form of media glomming on to its gravy train in the late seventies. I think it took a little while for George Lucas to get a stranglehold on the rights to the franchise.  In the early days, there were plenty of boldface imitators that would have been shot execution style today by Lucas' legal team.







Am I alone in finding this album cover troubling?







from the album:

SPACE AGE LULLABY

What will your future be. space age boy.
Were you born with the moon in your smile.
Will you circle the stars so incredibly suited
In silver with fish bowls for eyes.
I can read your stars
There 's no life on Mars
Put another ring round Saturn space age boy.
What will you look like space age boy
Wil1 you break every heart in rhe sky
With your Rolls Royce engines so endlessly purring
A hard headed, soft hearted guy.







14 comments:

  1. The main track from that Star Wars kid album is here: http://othersideofmusic.blogspot.com/2011/02/star-wars-variations-part-1.html

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    1. Well done, sir. Thank you for that.
      I don't know if you were in my blogroll before, but you are now.

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  2. Actually, George Lucas was very fortunate that he retained ALL merchandising rights for Star Wars from the beginning; the studio didn't think the rights were worth anything. That's what made Lucas very rich.

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    1. Yes, and it helped to partially finance The Empire Strikes Back! :)

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  3. As evidenced by Ronco's Chart Wars album cover, the '80s really was the most ridiculous decade for fashion.

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  4. I've heard some of the tracks on the Geoff Love LP. It is pretty good, but I think the cover artist thought that Tom Brokaw played Luke Skywalker, Liz Taylor was Princess Leia and Martha Raye was Barbarella.

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  5. Sufferin' Succotash, is that Linda Thorson on the cover of the Astronaut Alan album???

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  6. Wondering why the Geoff Love Star Wars album has Troy Tempest from "Stingray" on the cover.....

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  7. Or is that one of the Thunderbirds guys.....whatever

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  8. Well, you missed the best science fiction album ever, Jefferson Starship's Blows Against the Empire.

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  9. I used to have that Geoff Love album and it was pretty good. The version of the Things To Come theme actually improved on the original.

    Hot Gossip were a popular UK dance act that featured on TV a lot in the late 70s and early 80s, most famously on the Kenny Everett Video Show. They were known for doing sexy dance routines rather than sweet or cute. They probably paved the way for Britney Spears and Beyonce.

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  10. Hot Gossip was fronted by Sarah Brightman, yes THE Sarah Brightman, whose concert tickets can now go for as much as 1500-200 USD a pop. I bet she doesn't sing "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper" in her show.

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  11. 1) I bet you Casper Van Dien has "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper" as his ringtone.

    2) Maybe it's just me, but the gal in the cover right under "Space:1999" is wearing the most unflattering bikini ever. It takes a _lot_ to make a bikini unsexy, but there it is.

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  12. Hello I have one question which form which artist is the 4rd last album. And by the way can anybody say me the name of an album which has a nomad at the foregorund and in the background the space. I think the album have an arabian name or the Artist have an arbian name. But in the main i will no the album cover from both.

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