January 9: In the Year 2525 by Zager and Evans
Watch the lyric video of In the Year 2525 here
We’re going old school today for our first Geeky Song of the Day for 2017. In 1968 Zager and Evans released a one hit wonder which had such a lasting impact, Wikipedia knows of at least 60 cover versions in seven languages. These include versions by New Romantic act Visage, goth rockers Fields of the Nephilim and ex-Stone Roses singer Ian Brown.
It’s been used in scenes from Alien 3, Futurama and the short-lived sci-fi series Cleopatra 2525.
A sort of sci-fi time travel moral tale, the song looks towards the future in leaps of 1010 years, telling how humankind’s quest for technological, medical and other scientific advances eventually will destroy our species.
Considered very futuristic at the time, many of the advances mentioned including those relating to test tube babies have already occurred in a much shorter time frame.
Nonetheless the song remains a classic and it’s probably just a mater of time (pun intended) before another cover version hits the charts.