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    Posted: June 23 2014 at 10:00
There's a 1989 German movie titled "Hard to Be a God" with a soundtrack written by Triumvirat's keyboardist Jurgen Fritz. Haven't watched that, but I heard it's a great movie.
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*shrug* whatever.


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Originally posted by Prog_Traveller

Originally posted by Dean

Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.


True but I think maybe the misspelling was intentional. A lot of bands seemed to have done that(ie Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard etc).


Yes, I believe the y in Eloy is deliberate but I forget the reason for the change apart from "just because"...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Prog_Traveller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2014 at 15:06
Originally posted by Dean

Originally posted by Prog_Traveller

Originally posted by richardh

 
Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by AreYouHuman

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.
 Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately. I enjoy Planets very much as well.
 
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The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.
Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.
 I heard somewhere that Frank Borneman never read any Sci Fi novels but I'm not sure I'm buying it. The bands name is derived from the future civilization in The Time Machine for crying out loud.    
Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.




True but I think maybe the misspelling was intentional. A lot of bands seemed to have done that(ie Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard etc).
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Originally posted by Dean

Originally posted by Prog_Traveller

Originally posted by richardh

 
Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by AreYouHuman

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.
 Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately. I enjoy Planets very much as well.
 
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The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.
Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.
 I heard somewhere that Frank Borneman never read any Sci Fi novels but I'm not sure I'm buying it. The bands name is derived from the future civilization in The Time Machine for crying out loud.    
Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.




Personally my friends, I think all do to psychedelics. Frank Bornemann' is a dabbler indeed.



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Symphony X's ICONOCLAST is a great sci-fi album.

It's the classic MAN v.s MACHINE as the machines (which look like mech warriors) try and take over the world.

I love it. :)
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Has anyone written music about the advancement of society to the next level?  I believe "Watcher of the Skies" is in that vein.  It would seem to be an obvious musical theme for prog to explore.

This is an excellent article about how intelligent races may evolve in the universe, and why we should be concerned about it! 

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Originally posted by Prog_Traveller

Originally posted by richardh

 
Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by AreYouHuman

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.
 

Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately. 
I enjoy Planets very much as well.
 
Approve
The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.
Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.
 

I heard somewhere that Frank Borneman never read any Sci Fi novels but I'm not sure I'm buying it. The bands name is derived from the future civilization in The Time Machine for crying out loud.    
Considering that they got the spelling wrong (it's Eloi in the book) then it's a fair bet they got the band name from the 1960 film staring Rod Taylor and not the novel.


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Originally posted by richardh


Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by AreYouHuman

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.


Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately.
I enjoy Planets very much as well.

Approve
The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.
Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.


I heard somewhere that Frank Borneman never read any Sci Fi novels but I'm not sure I'm buying it. The bands name is derived from the future civilization in The Time Machine for crying out loud.   
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This thread could go on forever. I didn't read everything in here so I don't know if this has been mentioned yet but the neo prog band called No Name from Luxembourg did a track based on Star Gate.

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=1004
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I've been told that Voivod's entire lyrics revolve around this conceptual storyline that Away cooked up in a similar fashion as the respective mythological band concepts of Blue Öyster Cult and Magma, presumably about a neolithic-era Central Asian steppe warrior who's frozen in ice and wakes up in a post-apocalyptic future where he goes on to become a future warlord later a space-faring cyborg and whatnot.

Can anyone clear it up how much of a myth arc there really is, or I'm just misremembering things I've read in fan reviews et cetera? Away's lyrics are very abstract at times, using a lot of fragmented cryptic symbolism even more so than Sandy Pearlman's... and his broken English does not exactly help either. Neither have I read that many interviews with the band members.
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first off The Residents sci-fi masterwork(s) Mark of the Mole & Intermission EP  (+ the instrumental LP: Tales of Two Cities) all part of the unfinished Mole Trilogy.

Penn Jillette/The Residents on the Mole Show on BBC sometime in 1982/83.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp2KWSsBl44

& 20 minutes of the best concert/concept I never had the chance to experience live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdxvv4fI7fU

Best two clips on the internet!

A couple of suggestions that might upset and hurt the feelings of grumpy old (but also hilarious) Pwog Masterminds & Mosquitoes: 

Veteran of the Psychic Wars is already mentioned but here's some more Blue Oyster Cult / Michael Moorcock collaborations: The Great Sun Jester, Black Blade... I'm certain I could suggest more BöC-songs, but I would have to check if the lyrics are closer to fantasy than Sci-Fi first. 

ELO - Time their wonderfully cheesy synth-pop ultrathin concept-album is my favorite of theirs.

Being in love in 2095 will prove even more complicated than it was in 1981:

She's only programmed to be very nice - But she's as cold as ice - Whenever I get too near - She tells me that she likes me very much - But when I try to touch - She makes it all too clear. - She is the latest in technology - Almost mythology - But she has a heart stone - She has an I.Q. of 1001 - She has a jumpsuit on - And she's also a telephone...

Then there's the perhaps already mentioned Brainticket - Celestial Ocean...  about how the Ancient Egyptians were also interstellar astronauts. 

The ice caps are melting
All the world is drowning
The ice caps are melting
The tide is rushing in
All the world is drowning
To wash away the sin

Tiny Tim: The Other Side - God Bless Tiny Tim 1968
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Originally posted by progbethyname

Originally posted by AreYouHuman

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.


Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately.
I enjoy Planets very much as well.

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The Power and The Passion through to Metromania was a great run of albums and all with a sci-fi theme.

Also Tides Turn Forever and Ocean II are well worth checking out.
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Originally posted by AreYouHuman

A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.


Ay! Eloy! So fantastic at delving into the fantastic. This is a band that has greatly one me over lately.
I enjoy Planets very much as well.
I kneel to the alter of ARCAM.
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A couple of albums with time-travel storylines: Eloy—The Power and the Passion and Ekseption—Beggar Julia’s Time Trip.
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Originally posted by dr wu23

Charles Fort, who you mentioned in your Forteana thread, also brought up this idea about 'alien visitors' back in the late 30's and said that 'we were someone else's property'.


I don't remember Fort explaining those "someone else" as by necessity coming from another planet - or am I getting him confused with John Keel again?
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Originally posted by Toaster Mantis

The ancient astronaut theory had been a staple of science-fiction literature for a while before Von Däniken started presenting it as a "serious" hypothesis, though. There it had been popularized by H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness published in 1931, and I think it was basically a fantastic take on the now-discredited archeological theory of hyperdiffusionism (best known around my part of the woods from Thor Heyerdahl) - its Panbabylonist variety in particular.No idea if Lovecraft subscribed to "real" hyperdiffusionism, though. The 1930s seem to have been when it fell out of favour with academic archeologists.


Now you've done it. A band is going to record an album under the name PanBabylonia! Mellotrons and pan flutes galore!
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As mention earlier, "Into The Void" by Black Sabbath. Reminds me a lot of the Twilight Zone episode "Third From The Sun", where this family plans to smuggle a top secret spaceship to escape their Earth which is spiraling into World War III.

Would The Man Machine by Kraftwerk count as sci-fi? Lyrically it doesn't do much, but it music does conjure up images of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
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Originally posted by Toaster Mantis

The ancient astronaut theory had been a staple of science-fiction literature for a while before Von Däniken started presenting it as a "serious" hypothesis, though. There it had been popularized by H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness published in 1931, and I think it was basically a fantastic take on the now-discredited archeological theory of hyperdiffusionism (best known around my part of the woods from Thor Heyerdahl) - its Panbabylonist variety in particular.

No idea if Lovecraft subscribed to "real" hyperdiffusionism, though. The 1930s seem to have been when it fell out of favour with academic archeologists.
Charles Fort, who you mentioned in your Forteana thread, also brought up this idea about 'alien visitors' back in the late 30's and said that 'we were someone else's property'.
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The ancient astronaut theory had been a staple of science-fiction literature for a while before Von Däniken started presenting it as a "serious" hypothesis, though. There it had been popularized by H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness published in 1931, and I think it was basically a fantastic take on the now-discredited archeological theory of hyperdiffusionism (best known around my part of the woods from Thor Heyerdahl) - its Panbabylonist variety in particular.

No idea if Lovecraft subscribed to "real" hyperdiffusionism, though. The 1930s seem to have been when it fell out of favour with academic archeologists.
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