The Black Hit Of Space

An upside-down black hole

Been out all night, I needed a bite,

I thought I'd put a record on

I reached for the one with the ultra-modern label,

And wondered where the light had gone

It had a futuristic cover, lifted straight from Buck Rogers

The record was so black it had to be a con

The autochanger switched as I filled my sandwich,

And futuristic sounds warbled off and on

The black hit of space

It's the one without a face

It's the one that doesn't fit

You can only see the flip

The black hit of space

Sucking in the human race

How can it stay at the top

When it's swallowed all the shops

As the song climbed the charts, the others disappeared

Til there was nothing but it left to buy

It got to number one, then into minus figures

Though nobody could understand why

The black hit of space

It's the one without a face

It's the one that doesn't fit

You can only see the flip

The black hit of space

Sucking in the human race

How can it stay at the top

When it's swallowed all the shops

I couldn't stand this bland sound anymore

so I walked towards my deck to turn it off

All I could see was the b-side of the disc

Which had assumed a doughnut shape with the label on the outside rim

I reached for the arm which was less than one micron long

But weighed more than Saturn and time stood still

I knew I had to escape but every time I tried to flee,

the record was in front of me

The black hit of space

Get James Burke on the case

It's the hit that's never gone

Time stops when you put it...

The Human League1

1.

The Human League. The Black Hit Of Space. Travelogue. Ware, Martyn, Ian Craig Marsh, Philip Oakey and Adrian Wright. Virgin, 1980. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7q-aoKi530

People Make The World Go Round

The sun sets on El Cajon Blvd., streetlights looming benign in the distance
El Cajon Blvd. at sunset

Cruising down University to the sounds of the C2 Remix of Innerzone Orchestra's People Make The World Go Round, in the cool Autumn air of the early evening as the sun settles on the horizon. People everywhere, going about their business: walking the sidewalks and the crosswalks, driving through these city streets, humanity in motion. People make the world go round.1 Breakbeats roll out in cascading layers beneath the clipped sequences of pure machine soul.

Innerzone Orchestra People Make The World Go Round Planet E

Dusk descends and the Kenny Dixon, Jr. Remix begins to unfold, palm trees silhouetted against violet skies as Norma Jean Bell works her saxophone and Mr. Bubz Fiddler springs into action on bass. The sounds of Axelrod and Adderley flow like tributaries through the bedrock, a jazz mosaic set in stark relief against the geology of a place where the desert meets the sea.

In the words of Winston Zeddmore...

I love this town!

1.

Innerzone Orchestra featuring Paul Randolph. People Make The World Go Round Kenny Dixon, Jr. Remix. People Make The World Go Round. Creed, Linda and Thom Bell. Planet E, 2000. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9v2rJG0Wug

The Flame

A negative image of the sign for The Flame nightclub (in Hillcrest), with palm trees swaying in the background
In Loving Memory

I'll remember being far from home

Talkin' on the telephone

You told me it's over, you made up your mind,

I'm part of the life that you're leaving behind

I'm left holding the torch

And the heat from the flame,

Only leaves me in pain

Don't you know how much it hurts,

You took all I had and you threw it away

I'm left holding the flame, yes I am

Holding the flame once again

No matter what you say, it hurts

You didn't have to make it worse

It would've been better had you told me yourself,

Instead that you left to somebody else

Maybe I can understand

You'd been staying with another man

Day isn't long, nights can be lonely

I wasn't there and you needed to hold me

I'm left holding the torch

And the heat from the flame,

Only leaves me in pain

Don't you know how much it hurts,

You took all I had and you threw it away

I'm left holding the flame, yes I am

Holding the flame once again

Fine Young Cannibals1

1.

Fine Young Cannibals. The Flame. The Finest. Steele, David and Roland Gift. MCA, 1996. CD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmHmxid1SzQ

Neon Lights

Kraftwerk waiting in a train station, melting into neon circuitry
Station To Station

Neon lights

Shimmering neon lights

And at the fall of night

This city's made of lights

Kraftwerk1

1.

Kraftwerk. Neon Lights. The Man-Machine. Schneider, Florian, Karl Bartos and Ralf Hütter. Kling Klang, 1979. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqmGZ_6LaUw

A Weekend On Mars

A future city stands beside a flowing river and sparse trees, all beneath a deep sky
The dome city from Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes' Expansions

Landing on the Martian surface, you could see the dome city on the horizon, just past the river's flow. On a warm current of wind, the words of the song could be felt (and heard):

Expand your mind to understand

we all must live in peace today.

Extend your hand to help the plan

of love to all mankind.

Lonnie Liston Smith1

After creeping back into the solar system over a week ago, I spent the weekend on Mars. Collecting assorted records that I'd stashed in my spot, I loaded them onto the starship (We must get the minerals to the ship.) where they shared shelf space with the recent field recordings brought back from the outer rim. Cosmic echoes. The results of this five month journey, the treasures of the vast beyond, all gathered in one place within the depths of Starship Parallax. And thus embarking on that last stretch of skyway, and the journey home...

1.

Smith, Lonnie Liston and The Cosmic Echoes. Expansions. Expansions. Smith, Lonnie Liston. Flying Dutchman, 1975. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dmX2uhQrZs

Solar Systems

Annette Peacock out among the stars

Solar systems coexisting with our own.

Fourteen planets making the solar system alone.

All the lifeforms and all the people making this planet a home.

I call it independent-interdependent relationship.

So while this is all there is,

there is no place left to go

in our lifetime.

Will the rockets find us another home in time?

Will the scientists find the way to report our damage done?

The politicians sounding like the Lewis Carrol poem,

and in this darkness I appreciate I'm not all alone.

So while this is all there is,

there is no place left to go

in our lifetime.

Now I'm gonna say what you really want to hear:

Let's have a good time!

Let's boogie...

and party

because...

So while this is all there is,

there is no place left to go

in our lifetime.

Annette Peacock1

1.

Peacock, Annette. Solar Systems. The Perfect Release. Peacock, Annette. Aura, 1979. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Roii3EyVFx0

In The Space Capsule

Dr. Zarkov's space capsule from Flash Gordon
In The Space Capsule The Love Theme1

It's been over a month spent drifting in the space capsule. Zero gravity on the outer rim, collecting data in the spaces between the spaces, dropping science in the spacelab. Locked onto an alien pulse (the pulse from within). Further transmissions to follow...

1.

Queen. In The Space Capsule The Love Theme. Flash Gordon: Original Soundtrack. Taylor, Roger. Elektra, 1981. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVNtNhzDN9k

A Love From Outer Space

A woman's face within the nebula

She loves me she loves me she loves me

A love from outer space

She loves me she loves me she loves me

A love from outer space

She loves me she loves me she loves me

A love from outer space

A love from outer space

It's true oh

I know where she's coming from

Space is where we both belong

Got to tell her in this song

This time nothing can go wrong

Take a ticket to ride this space express

Meet the girl in the star dress

A dress that I can never guess

I just can't wait for her caress

She comes from milky way

She came to earth for my birthday

We worked hard we nearly get to say hi

Shalalalalalala hoo

She loves me she loves me she loves me

A love from outer space

A.R. Kane1

Footnotes

1.

A.R. Kane. A Love From Outer Space. "I". Ayuli, Alex and Rudy Tambala. Rough Trade, 1989. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwgQKKkZwvc

Sunrise

The sun rising over the Earth rising over the moon
Opening scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Sunrise

Surprise

Civilized Man

You were keeper to me

Now your animal is free

You're free to die

You're old and your hands are gray

You're old, go home and stay

We've all heard your dirty stories

Two thousand years

Two thousand years

Two thousand years

Of your Goddamned glory

Paul Kantner/Grace Slick1

Footnotes

1.

Kantner, Paul and Jefferson Starship. Sunrise. Blows Against The Empire. Kantner, Paul and Grace Slick. RCA Victor, 1970. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Ds7QQf0q0

Happy New Year, Y’all!

Atomic Rooster Made In England Elektra

This album features Close Your Eyes, the anthem of the day1

2016 is here! Hope it brings you nothing but the best.

Footnotes

1.

Atomic Rooster. Close Your Eyes. Made In England. Crane, Vincent. Elektra, 1972. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0ZkzAp7XSc