The theme of this week’s episode of Rick Pecoraro Talks to Himself, where I have the honor of being musical director, is … Outer Space.

Here’s the playlist—followed by my song-by-song breakdown.

1. Man or Astroman: Super Rocket Rumble

You gotta have some Man or Astroman on this.

2. Modest Mouse: Space Travel Is Boring

Maybe the most indie rock song title of all time.

3. David Bowie: Starman

You gotta have some Bowie on this.

4. The Kinks: Supersonic Rocket Ship

On the Modest Mouse song, the protagonist is stuck in coach as she flies through space. On this song, “nobody’s gonna travel second class.” I prefer Air Kinks.

5. Radiohead: Subterranean Homesick Alien

The first time I heard this song was in my parents’ van, on the way home from buying OK Computer at Best Buy. I thought he was saying “that beautiful shit” and not “ship,” and man, did I feel awkward (/ totally rebellious).

6. Devo: Space Junk

A cool song from a band I should listen to more.

7. The Police: Walking on the Moon

A cool song from a band I should listen to more, part II.

8. Moby: We Are All Made of Stars

The first single from the follow-up to Play. I still love it; the world decidedly did not.

9. Beastie Boys: Intergalactic

More of a chorus about space than a song about space, but still.

10. OutKast: E.T. (Extraterrestrial)

More of a chorus about space than a song about space, but still. I think people forget just how truly alien (ATLien) Andre 3000 was.

11. Ella Fitzgerald: Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - Live in Japan, 1964

A performance as otherworldly as the song. Good lord, what a voice.

12. Ernie: I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon

Suffice it to say I’ve been listening to a lot of Sesame Street lately. Ernie is still my favorite. He’s so ornery, and yet so sweet. This song is sort of heartbreaking. I can totally see Spike Jonze using it for a post-irony rom-com set in space.

Bonus Track: Please Mr. Kennedy from Inside Llewen Davis

“Who wrote this?” “I did.”

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