Friday, December 16, 2016

Loving the alien

The Space Age which started in 1957 with the launch of the first satellite (Sputnik 1) had an impact in almost every aspect of human life, from politics to science and art. After Armstrong’s “Moonwalk” (1969) imagination boosted to provide, in the following decade some of the best movies, music, novels, influenced by this new era.

Now, in the eve of Space Age v2 (space tourism, cities, agriculture, etc) let’s remember how Space Age left a – small yet interesting - footprint in the Greek rock scene of the 70s (and 80s).
4 representative space age songs with Greek lyrics coming from the 70s plus 1 from the 80s.

1. Sotiris Komatsioulis is a local legend and his career includes collaborations with Soft Machine, 10cc, Bob Marley, Third World among others.
In 1972 Komatsioulis released a single with the xian-rock “Epidromi apo ton Ari” (Invasion from Mars).
(cover from 2010 compilation featuring the song)

2. Kostas Tournas has many space references in his albums.
From his 1973 album, “Astronira” (Stardreams), we listen to “O diastimanthropos” (The spaceman).

3. Ilias Asvestopoulos 2002 released their – now classic – album “O siderenios anthropos” (The iron man) in 1975, including the song “Diastimoplio” (Spaceship).

4. O exogiinos” (The alien) is a song of Doros Georgiadis and Stavros Sideras. Coming from the xian-rock album “Perasan 2000 hronia” (It’s been 2000 years) of 1976, it’s a fine progressive, Christian themed song of “close encounters”.

5. A few years later, in 1983, Doros Georgiadis released the album Ego zografisa ti Gi (I painted Earth) featuring Pashalis (singer) and Sotia Tsotou (lyricist).
From this album we listen to “Ta diastimoplia” (The spaceships).

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