Forget talking with aliens. Instead, they might respond to a playlist. This was the logic in the late ’70s.
For this Throwback Thursday, join me in revisiting an actual musical playlist that was blasted into space a few decades ago with the sincere hope of being found by and listened to by, yes, aliens.
A couple of years ago, I made an investment on Kickstarter to receive a replica reproduction of the Golden Record. Reproduced and organized by Ozma Records, this was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. Listening to the eclectic soundtrack — songs and sounds of nature, like rain — it is truly unique to living on Earth.
Of course, there are plenty of additions that could and should be added from 40 years ago. More popular songs plus a few blockbuster, culture-altering movies, as well as classic TV shows, would be added for the Golden Record: Part II.
One of these new film additions would have to be ‘Independence Day.’
Just a reminder that Toto’s hit single “Africa” is still playing non-stop in a mysterious spot in the Namib Desert, which was the focus of a Jimmy’s Daily Planet blog post back on January 17 of this year.
Most “Throwback Thursdays” are considered timeless because of the subject’s nostalgic value. However, in this case, the everlasting staying power of Toto’s “Africa” is more literal than most in this category of beloved nostalgia.
Upon further thinking, would this specific blog post qualify as a “Music Ditty Miracle”? After all, its legacy is up there with other musical titans.
(Bonus points–well, six points and an extra one–for those who get the reference)
The 1984 cult classic ‘Gremlins’ has stood the test of time–well, at least 34 years thus far–as a case study in the cinematic quality and effectiveness of practical effects. Specifically, puppeteering. While CGI (computer-generated imagery) has its place in films, that place should be limited and difficult to decipher or not distracting from reality.
Gizmo is proof of this.
Once again: That movie called ‘Gremlins’ achieved this impressive feat in the mid-’80s. Yes. It’s true.
And the rewards for dedication to practical effect artistry in the ever-innovative movie industry almost can’t be measured in tangible metrics. The expectation for good storytelling demands the best of everything while we escape into a fantasy setting, which includes two-dimensional ropes for audiences to hang onto.
This expectation even reaches (well, reached) into our own reality.
Warner Bros. understood that blurring the line–and even creating a direct link–between a movie and our daily life is the most valuable metric.
A metric that shouldn’t be tracked past midnight.
On this Throwback Thursday, it’s time to venture back to the ’80s.
All I have to say is ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Stranger Things’ and Weezer’s “Africa” rendition and you understand how beloved that decade remains in 2018 with all of us who lived during it. And now new generations are getting a nostalgia-high for a decade that solidified Steven Spielberg, was driven by a robust economy and discovered that Guns N’ Roses had an appetite for entertaining destruction on and off stage.
Add The Midnight to the aforementioned mix above who–in 2018– is proving why the ’80s was one of exploration that discovered a lot about ourselves individually and collectively.
This song should’ve been in ‘Ready Player One.’ Maybe it’ll be in the forthcoming book (and film) ‘Ready Player Two’?
That would be totally bitchin’ (the second throwback this Thursday).