My blog reader Dave reminded me this morning that today is a great and wonderful holiday. For today, May 4th, is the day we celebrate all things Star Wars-related.
Why the fourth of May? Man, if I have to explain it … “May the force be with you,” or “May the 4th be with you…”
Okay. So today’s K-Chuck Radio features classic tracks inspired by the world of Star Wars. Granted, I could post the awesome John Williams soundtracks for each movie and call it a day, but that’s not me.
This is me.
Or, more specifically …
This is Meco.
Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band
First time I heard this track, I was living with my Grandma Betty during the summer of 1977 – I had already seen Star Wars at least six times, and this song just came on the radio (station WRKO, I think) and I just lost my shit. Awesome stuff. Of course, because the song eventually hit #1, Meco recorded Star Wars disco tracks for the next two movies as well.
Here’s his disco-i-fied interpretation of the Empire Strikes Back themes.
Yep, there’s one for Return of the Jedi, where Meco channeled the spirit of the Ewoks for the “Ewok Celebration” track.
By this point in time, we’re getting some seriously goofy Star Wars tracks, to the point where there was an entire Star Wars Christmas album (don’t laugh, we had a Star Wars Holiday Special on TV, and the less said about that, the better).
This was the big holiday single from that album, “What Do You Get a Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?”
Here’s a track from that same Star Wars Christmas album, “Christmas in the Stars,” featuring Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and a “before they were famous” Jon Bon Jovi somewhere in this recording. Yep. The guy who wrote “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive” got his start recording this holiday track.
Hey, how about some Star Wars rap music? No, I’m serious. This is MC Chris, who received plenty of nerd-rock spins with this track “Fett’s Vette.” Fans of the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force might know MC Chris, he did the voice of a character named MC Pee Pants … it would take too long to explain it here.
I can’t let this blog post pass without at least one “Weird Al” Yankovic parody record, so let’s enjoy his interpretation of the Kinks’ “Lola” into the classic “Yoda.”
And if you really want to enjoy Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace without having to sit through two and a half hours of Jar Jar Binks, let me give you Weird Al’s version of the classic Don McLean track “American Pie” as “The Saga Begins.”
See? Got you covered for Star Wars Day. 😀
All the best tracks, all the great songs, right here on your music-clipped blog post… K-Chuck Radio!
And honestly, it’s the only way to end this K-Chuck Radio blog post for today.