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12 February 2009 @ 09:29 am

I've become obsessing lately over this song Telstar by the Tornados. It's a borderline novelty record, using a clavioline and sound effects to give it that space-age electronic sound, but there's this part at right about the one minute and two minute marks where the melody turns really melancholy and it just kills me for some reason. I can't stop listening to it. (It occurs to me that this may be in some way related to my depression, which is getting better by the way.)

I'm listening to a Pandora station based on Telstar now and it's great, lots of epic surf rock and other instrumental classics from the 50s and 60s.

Listening to: Duane Eddy - "Eve of Destruction"
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on February 12th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Been hanging around The Bad Movie Message Board lately? :-P

I just heard the song recently myself after hearing about so frequently from TelstarMan. It actually is quite neat and not entirely what I'd expected.

Also, that image is...wow.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on February 12th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
You know, I've always meant to stop by there (I guess because you and Mortis talk about it), but never made the trip.

And yeah, pretty wow.
The Mud Puppy: Soledadmudpuppy83 on February 12th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I mainly mention it because there's a pretty cool guy named TelstarMan on there and he can tell you pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about this song and the guy who wrote it.

I believe he's also heard every single cover of it ever made.
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on February 12th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)

I believe he's also heard every single cover of it ever made.

That's his goal, I don't think he's made it there yet. There are a lot of cover versions of the song.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Hawaiian Doubletakeassmonkeydiary on February 12th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I heard seven covers of it on You Tube this weekend without even trying.
micah: foglaerm on February 12th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
instrumental rock from the 50's and 60's is almost always better than the stuff with vocals.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: loving the monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 12th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
That is not so far from the truth.
micah: unknown pleasures (detail)laerm on February 12th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
nah, i'd say it's the exact truth. ;) (bearing in mind i said "almost always.")
Pallaspallasathene8 on February 12th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe you shouldn't make a station centered around a song which contributes to your depression. :P

I'm glad you are feeling a bit better. Assmonkeys are way too awesome to be depressed.

I just turned on my launchcast and got an ad. :( But then it started playing music I had rated, so maybe I've still got today before it all goes away?
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on February 13th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
To me Telstar will always be the sound of my plane landing safely...for some reason the aforementioned Telstarman's faith in tech makes it reassuring to listen to in that context.

Yeah, I'm kind of odd, aren't I?

What do you think of that Muse song, Knights of Cydonia-supposedly it's Telstar-inspired.