recess radio program

5/19/04
Hey, Mister Spaceman
    by John Cech

 

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That's the Byrds with the chorus from their hit "Hey, Mr. Spaceman." It's on a new CD for kids with the same title and a dozen songs about the goofy joys and strange preoccupations that some of our popular singers and song writers have had about outer space and its possible inhabitants. Remember Sheb Wooley's loopy vision:

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And how 'bout those jazzy Fender contrails of Telstar:

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Ella Fitzgerald is here, taking off with "Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer," Jimmy Durante is "Going UFO'ing," and the B-52s are visiting "Planet Claire." It might take awhile to ever get to the Moon again, if we ever do, and some folks, like LJ Booth, would be just as happy to contemplate the moon from down here:

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Copyright 2004 John Cech

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