Wednesday, November 21, 2012

MA-22 - A Star to Steer By: Music from the Great Beyond

This collection of music about "out there" features front and rear cover art depicting the "star map" produced by Betty Hill under hypnotic regression. You may recall that after a bout of missing time after seing a light in the sky on September 19, 1961, Betty and Barney of New Hampshire eventually went to a hypnotist under whose influence they recalled being kidnaped by alien critters.

Betty later "recalled" that during their experience, she saw a three-dimensional image similar to a "map" that she later tried to reproduce. Later "analysis" tried to make Betty's sketch match stars, with results shown in the CD cover art.

The Hills' recollections were different from each other's in many ways -- such as no-nosed aliens versus big-nosed aliens and so on, but both Betty's and Barney's recollections (again, I emphasize, influenced heavily by the hypnotic state) still fit with the classic parameters of an "Encounter with the Other:"
- a bright light induces paralysis;
- strange yet humanoid beings apparently give physical examinations;
- special attention is paid to reproductive/sexual aspects (Betty's "pregnancy" test involving a large needle's insertion into her belly button);
- an attempt to retrieve an artifact that is thwarted;
- some physical residue that can be interpreted various ways (the strange circle of removed paint on the trunk lid of their car);
- a foggy recollection that later solidifies into a codified story

-- and many other aspects. I agree with the viewpoints expressed by Jacque Vallee or John Keel and others, that the reality of "the UFO phenomenon," and especially encounters with their supposed occupants, have a lot more in common with ancient legends of Faeries and demons than with scientific explorers from the planet Kwatloo.

These are the selections in this clumping of songs:

1 - (When You) See Those Flying Saucers The Buchanan Brothers 1947
2 - Rocket Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones 1957
3 - Tiny Space Man Bill Carlisle 1957
4 - The Flying Saucer Goes West Buchanan and Goodman 1958
5 - Outer Space Santa The Lennon Sisters 1958
6 - Mope-itty Mope Boss-Tones 1959
7 - Asteroid Hop Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra 1959
8 - Beep Beep Loiuis Prima 1959
9 - Beep, Beep Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans 1959
10 - UFOs Soul, Inc 1967
11 - Have You Seen the Saucers Jefferson Airplane 1970
12 - Supersonic Rocket Ship The Kinks 1972
13 - UFOs Undisputed Truth 1975
14 - Waiting for the UFOs Graham Parker 1979
15 - Flying Saucer Safari Suburban Lawns 1981
16 - The Alien Song (for those who listen) Milla Jovovich 1994
17 - Subterranean Homesick Alien Radiohead 1997
18 - Fell in Love With an Alien The Kelly Family 1997
19 - Space Robot Five Brave Saint Saturn 2000
20 - Outer Space Song Pinky and Perky 2002
21 - UFOs, Big Rigs and BBQ Mojo Nixon 2005
22 - Devil Woman from Outer Space Rezurex 2006
23 - Space Craze Rick McGuire 2006
24 - Pluto Clare and The Reasons 2007
25 - The Planet Mars The Corillions 2007
26 - Robot Monster Damon Alexander & the Ten Cent Rentals 2008
27 - The Ballad of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space) They Might Be Giants 2009

(Though they share the same name, the two tracks named "Beep, Beep" are NOT the same song.)

Here we have the typical wide array of views about critters from space, from blind optimism (#11 and #14 for instance) to more pessimistic views (#22 or #26). There's the sincere (#1) and the silly (#4 and #5) -- in other words, in the words of the sheriff in Superman II, "they have a wide selection."

And I don't expect you to eat fish!

Here is the link:

See you later, gator!

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