Songs That Start With the Sound of a Spaceship Taking Off

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Hawkwind, "Silver Machine"

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Doug Tuttle, "A Place For You"

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

(Can think of some other artists who must be doing this but the particular tunes aren't coming to mind)

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Hatiras, 'Spaced Invader'

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Sunday, 23 October 2016 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

David Bowie - 'Took A Trip On A Gemini Spacecraft'

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Die Doraus & die Marinas - Fred Vom Jupiter

emil.y, Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Goldfrapp, 'Rocket'

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Julian Cope - S.P.A.C.E.R.O.C.K. With Me

imago, Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Pet Shop Boys, 'It's A Sin'

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink

the orb - supernova at the end of the universe

brimstead, Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:17 (one year ago) Permalink

The single version of La Bionda - I Wanna Be Your Lover (but apparently not the album version)

Dee Dee Jackson - Automatic Lover (sounds like a spaceship anyway but might just be ~futuristic sounds~ more generally)

emil.y, Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Sorry, that should be Dee D. Jackson.

emil.y, Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Okay, not a spaceship talking off, but the actual sound of the first US spacewalk: Lemon Jelly- Spacewalk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5VRo5MBUXY

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Or "Space Walk" even.

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

proyecto a - a marte
the monks - blast off

mystery local boy (rushomancy), Sunday, 23 October 2016 19:58 (one year ago) Permalink

telstar of course

mystery local boy (rushomancy), Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

OMD -Apollo XI

- SOLO - Pink Dolphin, Bubbling Cassina (frog), Indris, Monkeys, Tiger (soref), Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Great work so far. Thanks, everybody!

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:17 (one year ago) Permalink

I guess that's a spaceship at the start of Prism's "Spaceship Superstar." A bit subdued.

lingereffect (Kent Burt), Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:39 (one year ago) Permalink

There must be songs by Stereolab that have this. Also Acid Mothers Temple, although maybe every song of theirs has this sound, which is the best one to pick.

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm sure there's at least one Be-Bop Deluxe song that does this but I can't bring it to mind. there is a sound effect at the beginning of their Live! In The Air Age album which I think is supposed to be a spaceship

- SOLO - Pink Dolphin, Bubbling Cassina (frog), Indris, Monkeys, Tiger (soref), Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:49 (one year ago) Permalink

The sounds at the beginning of "Children of the Sun" by Billy Thorpe are more like being passed by an already taken off spaceship.

Zachary Taylor, Sunday, 23 October 2016 20:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Rush - Countdown. Maybe also Distant Early Warning?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 October 2016 21:20 (one year ago) Permalink

does they might be giants - space suit count?

mystery local boy (rushomancy), Sunday, 23 October 2016 21:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Came here to post Hatiras but snoball beat me to it.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 23 October 2016 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

“EXP” on “Axis: Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix a space craft taking of or landing- it is unknown if it was a rocket. Not to thread jack,nut what about songs that feature earthquakes?

24tracks, Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Ash - Angel Interceptor

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:01 (one year ago) Permalink

don't know if the spaceship during the intro of Frank Zappa's "Inca Roads" is taking off or landing

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:02 (one year ago) Permalink

how about "international feel"?

mystery local boy (rushomancy), Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:18 (one year ago) Permalink

'International Feel' was the first thing I thought of. Dunno exactly what's taking off at the beginning of that, but whatever it is, is more likely taking off from Area 51 than Heathrow.

Bloody Snail, Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Ash - Angel Interceptor

Ah, I knew there was one from Ash, only I thought it might be "Girl From Mars" but no dice.

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:30 (one year ago) Permalink

"International Feel," "Inca Roads" and "Space Suit" by They Might Be Giants definitely. "Countdown" has a countdown but the sound effect at the beginning is more like an atmospheric aircraft than the audio that traditionally signifies spacecraft so debatable.

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Christine 23 Onna - Fantastico

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnR6iijWc8s

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Monday, 24 October 2016 00:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Hendrix's "Exp," like "CTA-102" by The Byrds, features aliens and guitar effects to signify rocket takeoff which is not exactly the theremin-like bleeping usually utilized, but I guess we can accept.

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 October 2016 00:05 (one year ago) Permalink

couple of Joe Meek instrumentals:

Roger Lavern & The Microns - Moon Rocket
The Thunderbolts - March of the Spacemen

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Monday, 24 October 2016 00:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Actually "CTA-102" does have some sounds that are pretty close, albeit not at the beginning.

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 October 2016 00:21 (one year ago) Permalink

a bunch of tracks on Buffalo Bop's space age novelty pop compilation Rockin' Orbit begin with countdowns and liftoffs, like this one from 1952:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO11pzcVm2g

(clever how it transitions from standard whooshing sound effects to wonky pedal steel)

hippie lady from california who loves that god (unregistered), Monday, 24 October 2016 00:34 (one year ago) Permalink

They're listed as two consecutive tracks on Jefferson Starship's 'Blows Against the Empire', but the first, 'X-M', is basically just one and a half minutes of noise that culminates in the sound of a starship taking off as it segues into 'Starship'.

Bloody Snail, Monday, 24 October 2016 00:57 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veSLdNos7q8

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 24 October 2016 03:09 (one year ago) Permalink

None of the songs begin with rocket sounds, but every song on Public Service Broadcasting's The Race for Space album is built on historical spaceflight samples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHIo6qwJarI

Hideous Lump, Monday, 24 October 2016 04:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks! Which reminds me: if only ilx could bring to bear the same resources it used to locate Wayne to solve this unsolved mystery

Madame Bob George (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 October 2016 04:30 (one year ago) Permalink

faust - t-electronique (residents remix)

mystery local boy (rushomancy), Monday, 24 October 2016 07:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Seems like there must be a bunch of Man or Astroman tracks that do this, but I'm blanking at the moment.

two crickets sassing each other (dowd), Monday, 24 October 2016 07:56 (one year ago) Permalink

The The - I've Been Waiting for Tomorrow (All of My Life).

MatthewK, Monday, 24 October 2016 10:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Just Like Nothing On Earth by the Stranglers starts with the sound of a spaceship landing

- SOLO - Pink Dolphin, Bubbling Cassina (frog), Indris, Monkeys, Tiger (soref), Monday, 24 October 2016 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

The space-age Rockabilly novelty: Skip Stanley - Satellite Baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAO77QLxRVw

PappaWheelie V, Monday, 24 October 2016 16:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I also immediately thought of Man Or Astro-Man, and this song especially (although the actual sound of take-off is not featured here):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptEwQN4KcHo

sonderpop, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Sirius", has spaceships landing at the start, taking off at the end.

Millions of species Faye Dunaway (Tom D.), Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:11 (one year ago) Permalink

... electronic representations of, that is.

Millions of species Faye Dunaway (Tom D.), Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:12 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

How'd we miss
Sweet, "Fox on the Run"

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Perfume - Night Flight, kinda

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUpTyr1i9BQ

salthigh, Thursday, 12 January 2017 17:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Eleven minute plus album version of "Float On" has some space age sounds to accompany you on your voyage to the stars, mixed with "Ring Around the Rosie" for good measure.

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 July 2017 15:05 (four months ago) Permalink

The B-52s "Planet Claire" begins with what I'd call satellite sounds.

The intro to ELO's "Tightrope" has a spaceship feel.

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 15 July 2017 19:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Takako Minekawa's "Rainy Song" has background bleeps and theremin sweeps throughout which gradually intensify until they become spaceship takeoff sounds.

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 17 July 2017 03:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Prince Rama - We Will Fall In Love Again

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Monday, 17 July 2017 04:42 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEPS46BDuWo

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 17 July 2017 04:48 (four months ago) Permalink


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