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.”