This week marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic touchdown, and until you’ve been hiding below a moon rock, you’ve caught the celebratory celestial vitality of this big leap for mankind.
In an aligning of stars, Stroll the Moon will headline a live performance Saturday, July 20, at House Heart Houston, not removed from the launch pad the place Neil Armstrong and his crew lifted off in 1969. “We’re all music nerds and space nerds, so it’s a great honor to be part of the celebration,” entrance man Nicholas Petricca tells Billboard. “For many years we’ve fantasized about being the first band in space and doing something with NASA.”
We requested Petricca to curate a playlist to enhance our lunar-versary actions. Listed below are his prime 7 space-travel tunes, with explanations in his personal phrases.
The Police, “Walking on the Moon”
It’s the genesis of the band identify and simply an unbelievable track. Certainly one of my favourite elements concerning the track is, it’s important to pay attention very carefully on the finish within the minute-long fadeout and there are these spaceship sounds that are available in, and the track kindof lifts off into oblivion. Final yr we opened for Sting at some non-public present and we had the possibility to fulfill him and I instructed him, “It’s this full-circle daydream to be able to talk to you and let you know your song ‘Walking on the Moon’ is the inspiration for our band name.” And he was like, “Oh that’s cool, that’s great.” After which on the present he performed “Walking on the Moon,” and devoted it to us and stated he wrote it about us. In order that’s a serious lifelong victory proper there.
Smash Mouth, “Who’s There”
That is the opening observe on the primary album I ever purchased. The album was Smash Mouth’s Astro Lounge, and the opening observe is a track about first contact with aliens, and children and youngsters being those to see via the bullshit and authorities excuses and questioning who’re these folks which can be making contact with earth. It was 1999, and I was in seventh grade and I keep in mind being in algebra class and this eighth grader was speaking to me, “Have you heard the new Smash Mouth album?” And I was like, “I don’t even know what that is.” So I went to Goal and acquired it and it was my first CD. And it’s an incredible album.
Feist, “My Moon My Man”
Feist is a tremendous artist and is kindof a chameleon like us. We span a number of ranges and have an eclectic group of songs and he or she additionally does that. She’s simply considered one of my vey favourite artists, and this track is admittedly nice. The vibe is kindof sneaky cool. It’s understated and badass. If I had been making a film, as the feminine hero makes her slow-motion entrance I would play this track.
Muse, “Space Dementia”
We had been really backstage at some occasion and had been speaking to somebody who’s linked with NASA and house journey and had been half-joking about eager to be the primary band to play on the moon, or in house. They usually had been like, “That’s a great idea, but you know Muse is already talking about doing that.” And if it’s going to be anyone… We toured with Muse and they’re simply an unbelievable band. Their music is so futuristic, their stage seems to be such as you’re witnessing an alien touchdown. In order that they’ve received to be on the playlist, and that is an obscure Muse track.
Credence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”
We’re going to take a tough left right here. Stroll the Moon has a really eclectic vary of influences and I grew up listening to ‘60s and ‘70s music and this is without doubt one of the nice moon songs.
Moon Taxi, “Mercury”
The primary track I ever heard by them is that this opening observe, “Mercury,” from [2012 album Cabaret]. They’re probably the greatest dwell bands on the market, tremendous extremely underrated, they usually had been arising within the Midwest once we had been so I received to know them and I love them loads. This track provides me the sensation of stars aligning, astrology, of being in the appropriate place on the proper time, the way in which our human lives right here on earth are dictated and influenced by the heavenly our bodies.
I’m going to place Prince on right here. Everyone is aware of the film Purple Rain, and I’ve discovered most individuals aren’t as conversant in Beneath the Cherry Moon, which is the film he made shortly after that, which is admittedly lovely. “Kiss” is a single from that point of Prince and it’s on the soundtrack of that film.
Questioning why “Anna Sun,” Stroll the Moon’s 2012 hit single, is notably absent from Petricca’s record? We had been too.
“Who knew our breakout song would be the moon-sun yin yang thing?” he says. “But the song actually has nothing to do with [the sun]. It’s about my experience leaving college and entering this abyss where you’re supposed to be an adult. Maintaining your innocence or losing it — just being on the edge. Anna Sun was a professor of mine at Kenyon College and she was an inspiring person, and she just has this really cool name.”