On Sunday’s Tales From SYL Ranch, we bring you a generous collection of filk songs.
Wikipedia defines filk music as a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction/fantasy fandom and a type of fan labor. The genre has been active since the early 1950s, and played primarily since the mid-1970s.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says that filk music is the greatest achievement in the history of lifekind. It is creative, often amusing, and a balm for the soul.
I’ve filled the entire two hours, such that there isn’t any room for even introductions.
The tracklist is:
- “Banned From Argo” by Leslie Fish and the Dehorn Crew. This is from my private collection, from a 1977 LP. The sound quality leaves everything to be desired.
- “The Saga Begins Live” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
- “PanGalactic Gargle Blaster Blues” by Diana Gallagher
- “The Hero Of Canton” by Bandit Jack Potty
- “The Chef They Call Jayne” by Tom Smith
- “I’m On Firefly” by Tom Smith
- “The Engineer’s Hymn” by Bill Boyd
- “Where, Oh Where, Has C’Thulhu Gone” by Leslie Fish
- “Bones’ Song” by Bill Mills
- “Luke, Don’t Kiss Your Sister” by Captain Bran
- “He’s Dead, Jim” by Julia Ecklar
- “Waking Up Jedi” by Tom Smith
- X-Minus One: “The Green Hills Of Earth”
- “Highly Illogical” by Leonard Nimoy
- “The Tribble Is a Fuzzy Beast” by Leslie Fish
- “The U.S.S. Make Shit Up” by Voltaire
- “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by William Shatner
- “Dragoncon” by Leslie Fish
- “Mister Anderson” – Tony Fabris
- “The Ballad of Apollo 13” by Julia Ecklar
- “What’s Up Spock?” by Luke Ski
- “The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy
- “Theme From Star Trek” by Nichelle Nichols
- “Black Powder & Alcohol” by Leslie Fish
- “Yoda Live” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
Be aware that due to the massive volume of filk songs, I’m only presenting a tiny fraction. I’ve come so close to filling two hours that I don’t even have time for introductions.