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Space Monkey

Everyone who listens to the podcast knows my feelings about NASA and the moon program.

(For those who don’t, here is a brief primer: “WHAT THE HELL MAN?!? WE SPENT ALL THAT F-ING TIME AND F-ING MONEY JUST TO GO A COUPLE TIMES AND THEN CALL IT QUITS? AND THEN NEVER F-ING GO BACK TO THE F-ING MOON? WHAT WAS THE F-ING POINT? ALL THROUGH MY CHILDHOOD THE F-ING MOON LANDING WAS HELD UP AS THE PRIME #1 EXAMPLE OF WHY AMERICA WAS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD — BUT NOW AMERICA CAN’T EVEN LAUNCH OUR OWN F-ING ASTRONAUTS INTO F-ING SPACE? DON’T WAVE YOUR FLAG IN MY FACE AND TELL ME TO BE PROUD WHEN BY ALL RIGHTS THERE SHOULD BE AN F-ING MOON COLONY RIGHT F-ING NOW WITH SOLAR POWER AND SPACE CHICKS AND EVERY SCHOOL-KID STUDYING SCIENCE SO THEY TOO CAN TAKE PART IN THE GREAT F-ING HUMAN ADVENTURE TO THE STARS. BUT NO!!!!  WHAT THE BLEEDING F— HAPPENED???????????”)

Ah-hem. And so on, etc …. you get my drift.

Anywho, if the space program left us any sort of legacy it was the gift of satire. And also tons of public domain video footage showing rockets launching our dreams to the stars where one day we would all venture int– OH FREAKING HELL WHAT THE F— HAPPENED?!?!

Sorry, sorry … relapse.

With all that being said, I really really really want you to watch the following video, for four reasons:

  1. The song totally rocks
  2. It features stop-motion action figures
  3. It tells the story of THE unsung hero of early space flight
  4. I know the bass player and he’ll totally kick my ass if I don’t pimp his band

Awesome!!

This song, aptly titled “Space Monkey,” is by the great band The Uncommon Houseflies, and I do mean great. If I say great one more time the bass player will let my ass remain kick-free. We have an odd relationship.

In all seriousness I do really love this song, and told the band so over and over the first time I heard them play it live. I don’t know if it was the Led Zep-esque guitar riff, the pounding bass walks, or the competent drum stylings — but I liked it! And considering the monkey’s epic story, I told the bass player that this song was begging to have an epic music video. With a knowing wink he said: “Ah, wait til you see what we’ve got planned for you coming up!” And after making that comment to the inebriated girl hunched over the bar, the bass player turned to me and said: “Yeah, sure, whatever.”

So to sum up, I think I can rightly take pride and satisfaction that I had some small part in the entire production.

Of course the writer of the song would probably argue that point with me. The guitarist for the Uncommon Houseflies, Mr. Butch Bays, not only penned the massive tale of a monkey done wrong by society, but he did all the stop-frame animation for the video himself. HIMSELF!! He didn’t hire any fancy Hollywood intern to take his idea to Michael Bay. With some help from his daughter, Butch shot the video frame by frame with a digital camera  and put it together in Windows Movie Maker. The bass player found the public domain NASA footage, then add a few G.I Joes and some card-board sets and BAM! Instant classic.

So I salute, boys of the Uncommon Houseflies. Butch, you lifted us up to new heights … and Mr Un-named bass player, thanks for leaving me with the bar tab for that drunk girl you picked up that night. Thanks so freaking much. Do you realize how quickly shots of Goldschlager add up over a 10 minute time-span? Didn’t you ever think about maybe getting to know her first? And was she really into Finding Bigfoot, or was that just something you bragged about later to rub it into my face? Whatever…

NOTE FROM EDITOR — The un-named bass player of the Uncommon Houseflies is Mr Kevin Gibson, frequent contributor to Tower of the Technobabble and our resident Batman Geek. But he didn’t want us to tell you his identity due to fears over nepotism. To that I say screw it … after all, Luke Skywalker made time with his sister and it didn’t hurt HIS career.

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