January 10: Spaceman by Babylon Zoo


Watch Spaceman here

For the second day in a row we focus on a futuristic-themed one-hit wonder about mankind’s downfall, although they are separated by almost 30 years.
In 1996 an indie rock band called Babylon Zoo released the Arthur Baker remix of their song Spaceman, tied in to a Levis commercial, resulting in a UK number one hit.
Unlike the album version which had been all one tempo, the remix featured speeded up sections at the beginning and end, using the “Chipmunk” effect of making the vocalist sound very squeaky.
The song references Star Trek in the line “beam me up cause I can’t breathe” and much like In the Year 2525, also refers to the termination of worlds and of electronic information tampering with your soul.
But the speeded up sections make it feel a much more fun song than its ’60s counterpart, although it is one of those songs most people either love or hate.


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