It's time for another ragtag fugitive collection of songs about space, aliens, and other worlds.
1 - Man from the Moon - Dean Barlow and the Crickets 1954
2 - Flying Saucer - Little Walter 1957
3 - Rockin' Space Girl - Jimmy Grubbs 1958
4 - Journey to the Moon - Eddie Dee & The Sputnicks 1959
5 - Zoom a Little Zoom - Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans 1959
6 - X-15 - Johnny Bond 1960
7 - The 'Lectronic Brain - The Moonbillies 1960
8 - Sputnik - Conway Twitty 1961
9 - Will There Be Space in a Spaceship - The McGuire Sisters 1961
10 - Space Age Santa Claus - Hal Bradley Orchestra w/ Patty Marie Jay 1962
11 - I Got a Rocket in My Pocket - The Lollipops 1962
12 - Les Martien (Martian Hop) - Henry Salvador 1963
13 - Our Favorite Martian - Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics 1964
14 - Space Hop - Davie Allan & The Arrows 1965
15 - They're Here - Boots Walker 1967
16 - American Moon - "Heart's Delight Follies '69" Cast 1969
17 - Flying Saucers Have Landed - Paul St John 1972
18 - Science Fiction Double Feature - Roxy “Rocky Horror Show” Cast 1974
19 - Disco Theme from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” - John Williams 1977
20 - Rocket Love - Stevie Wonder 1980
21 - Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling 1983
22 - International Colouring Contest - Stereolab 1994
23 - UFO - Boris the Sprinkler 1995
24 - Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (Means I Love You) - Violent Femmes 1995
25 - Zombies from the Beyond - Cast 1996
26 - Spaceships to the Rescue - Peter Lund 2002
27 - Aliens Really Stink - UFO Phil Hill 2005
28 - Spaceship to Mars - The Racketeers 2010
Some of these tunes are really special in one way or another.
I first heard Track Five, "Zoom a Little Zoom," at the age of about six or seven, in my grade-school classroom, on a record about the space age. Thank you, Mrs West, Mrs Lemaster, or Miss Molz, whichever of you it was! The educational record was released in 1959, and titled Space Songs.
Track Fifteen is a wonderfully wonky announcement to the world, as if the world didn't already know ... They're Here!
Track Sixteen, judging by the record credits, is from a musical. The score for at least this song has been published.
Track Nineteen was included as a 45rpm in the original LP release of John Williams' soundtrack for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Track Twenty-Four is of course a reworking of a song originally from an incarnation of The Flintstones.
Track Twenty-Five is the title song from a 1995 off-Broadway musical.