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Four, Three, Two, One…

Posted by Sunday on Feb 25, 2008 at 5:46 pm in Daily Space

Everyone has a song, at some time or another, that they consider to be their personal anthem. Generally this happens in the form of reflection, looking back to a time when – for example – you were really into watching Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome on VHS and listening to Midnight Oil’s “Beds are Burning” (what, some of us went through an Australian phase). More rarely, the personal anthem is a declaration made in a passionate moment, like when my housemates once decided that “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child would be our house song (in these scenarios it is best to just nod and quietly leave the room).

But only one song fulfilled my pre-teen emotional arc, my desire for German men in white suits and then my early 20′s club-going desire to dance to something while closing my eyes and pretending I was on Galactic Navy shore-leave at MoonBase 7:

To be sure, one of the very first CDs I bought – and to replace a stretched cassette tape, no less – was Peter Schilling’s The Different Story (A World of Lust and Crime). On my 22nd birthday, two friends performed “Major Tom” for me on drum and guitar, and I wept off my carefully applied layers of waterproof mascara. Indeed, I have never felt so understood as Tom in those last moments to himself in the capsule, his frozen death approaching in a matter of hours: “…this is my home, I’m coming home…” I don’t want to die, particularly, but even facing such grim odds I would still have to admit that I was finally home.

In my adolescent mind, the song “Terra Titanic” was also an outerspace dirge, despite the lyrics clearly being about the Titanic. I’d just as soon keep believing that the Terra Titanic is a great FTL ship come to bear across an unexpected asteroid, the ship listing in space as the levels flood with vacuum, one by one…

There are quite a few videos of Schilling performing “Terra Titanic” live, but some YouTube mojo led me to a cover of it by contemporary German band Samsas Traum – an excellent cover. Samsas Traum don’t have a video, but its the damn internet: if some kid hasn’t used it to make some kind of fan video, then I’ll be breaded in panko and deep fried. Oh, and here we are, some fan videos. I didn’t include the one with scenes from Cameron’s Titanic because I didn’t want to damage your sense of joy (this one is for Neon Genesis Evangelion):

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February 25th, 2008 | Daily Space

One Response to “Four, Three, Two, One…”

  1. quagmire Says:

    The Cap’n wrote: “On my 22nd birthday, two friends performed “Major Tom” for me on drum and guitar, and I wept off my carefully applied layers of waterproof mascara.”
    Here’s the moment captured just before the deluge!

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