This is probably my favorite Sci-Fi story from the Golden Age, and this story always manages to bring a tear to my eye. It is heartfelt, funny, honest, and speaks to something that we all suffer from, and that we all must face. There is something in the struggle of Rhysling that is not only romantic and speaks of something long since gone, but it pulls forward within me something that is hard to pin down, but means all of the world to me.
Presented in this format is a mash-up of three different versions of Rhysling’s story, with music and accompaniment that only makes sense of a space hobo like him. Stay tuned for hour three on the podcast-only, as I feature a number of other songs that should have, but didn’t, make the cut.
The Green Hills of Earth
This episode features samples of Dimension X from June 10th 1950, X-Minus 1 from July 7th 1955, and the CBS Radio Workshop from 21 July 1957.
Part I: Super Rocket Rumble
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 0002 * Amao Quartet * Improcreations
03.) Men Into Space * Buddy Morrow * Brain In A Box
04.) Astrononmie Domine * Pink Floyd
05.) Super Rocket Rumble * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Deluxe men in space
Part II: The Spaceman
06.) Out to launch * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost
07.) The Spaceman * Charles Manson * 60 Birthday
08.) Cosmic Ballad * Perrey And Kingsley
Part III: Hard Travelin’
09.) Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home * Mogwai
10.) Follow Blind * Wipers
11.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt I * Sunroof!
12.) Hard Travelin’ * Woody Guthrie
Part IV: Space Loneliness
13.) Spaceball Ricochet * T. Rex
14.) Space Loneliness * Sun Ra
15.) Clink, Clink, Another Drink * Spike Jones
Part V: Headed Home
16.) Talking Hard Work * Woody Guthrie
17.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt II * Sunroof!
18.) Headed Home * George & Caplan
Part VI: Homecoming
19.) Keep On The Sunny Side * The Carter Family
20.) Homecoming * Replikants
21.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
22.) The Intergalactic Laxative * Donavan
Part VII: Starship
23.) Space Station # 5 * Fastbacks * new mansions in sound
24.) Get Outta That Spaceship And Fight Like A Man * The Grifters
25.) Starship * Spaceman 3
26.) Revenge * Black Flag
Part VIII: Death Is Not The End
27.) 2000 Light Years From Home * The Rolling Stones
28.) Space Age Ballad * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
29.) A Long Way From Home * The Kinks
30.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt IiI * Sunroof!
31.) Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire * Small Faces
32.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
33.) Death Is Not The End * Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds