Flashing Blue – Adolphson & Falk

In the early 80s, one of the big bands on the Swedish music scene was Adolphson & Falk. A lot of their early stuff covered space, technology, radios, and astronomy (they met during their military service at the Swedish agency for signals intelligence). This is their breakthrough song “Blinkar blå” in English translation.

As far as I know they have never been a part of or encountered sf fandom, but this is true found filk.

Anonymous asked:

Not quite filk, but have you heard of Steeleye Span’s album “Wintersmith”? It’s basically just songs about Terry Pratchett’s book Wintersmith (and some about his Tiffany books in general), and it’s great! Just thought it’s something that might be interesting to some people who follow this blog lol

Yes!! It’s a terrific album, and we love it. 

You can listen to the whole thing on YouTube

I will never understand why Tom Lehrer is not a massive thing on tumblr.

sci-fantasy:

lauraannegilman:

thecrackintheteacup:

For anyone who doesn’t know, Tom Lehrer was a Harvard mathematics lecturer who did musical satire in his spare time during the 50s and 60s.

He’s basically a lyrical genius: ridiculously clever and funny and awesome.

His songs cover pretty much every topic imaginable as well, from the political (the atomic bomb and world war three) to social issues (tolerance, drugs, homosexuality and religion) to environental issues (pollution and animal welfare) to the macabre and the kinky (masochism, necrophilia and dirty novels). And all in a tongue-in-cheek, amazingly still relevant way.

Tom Lehrer fandom, where you at?

(Party at my place.  Bring the cheap jug wine and a couple-dozen pizzas)

In the filk and dementia communities, where we’ve always been.

(Jug wine hell, I’m bringing Tully.)

cc: @filkyeahfilk

Hey followers, who would like us to do a series of Tom Lehrer posts?

What Would Peggy Carter Do? – Kate Nyx

What would Peggy Carter do?
She’d happily fight anyone who’d gotten in her way
What would peggy carter do?
She wouldn’t listen to what the haters have to say
She would catch all of the bad guys and she’d do it looking great
Peggy Carter is my hero, and she’s why I’m here today 

“What Would Peggy Carter Do,” an anthem from Kate Nyx.

Lyrics available on Bandcamp.

The Griesly Bride – McKain Lakey

Today in found filk: “The Griesly Bride,” a murder ballad adapted by Tom Campbell from a poem written by John Manifold.

Despite being written in the mid-20th century, it sounds like a traditional ballad, and has a very filkish supernatural twist. It’s actually so filkish that when I was first trying to track down the origin of the song, I found some folks who were convinced it had been written by filker Cynthia McQuillan.

Lyrics are available here.

Quick content warning for an implied threat of sexual coercion, though it’s never followed through, and the woman who’s threatened is not the one murdered in this ballad.

Rocket Robin Hood

From Eva Baskins:
Since this is a show theme song, I’m not sure if it counts, but… Rocket Robin Hood! This feels like something that could have a filk following, just because the concept opens up so many questions! (I’ll admit, I’ve never actually watched it, and I only just now found out the thing existed.)
 

…can’t say I’ve ever heard of it either, but MAN what a concept.  And now if I had to explain filk to someone without using any actual filk music…I might just show them this.

Narnia – Choirfly


gorgonika:

Hey so @choirfly had the best time performing at @housingworksbookstore and we’re happy to share this Chronicles of Narnia parody of Toto’s “Africa” with you! Please subscribe & share if you most likely wouldn’t sell out your sibling for a piece of Turkish delight.
 

The Ballad of Barry Allen – Eben Brooks

And I’ll be there before you know it
I’ll be gone before you see me
And do you think you can imagine
Anything so lonely
And I know you’d really like me
But I never stick around
Because time keeps dragging on

“The Ballad of Barry Allen,” a song about the downsides of being a speedster. Original song by Jim’s Big Ego, performed here by Eben Brooks.

Lyrics available here.

Polska från stjärnorna – Mattias Frisk

Our dear faned wanted to know more about space polskas, so here is “Polska från stjärnorna” (“Polska from the stars”), taking the main Star Wars theme and the Imperial March, mashing them together, and then arranging them in the style of a Swedish polska tune.

Technically, this isn’t really filk, since the performer Mattias Frisk likely never has been involved of filk or science fiction fandom, but it very much is music-making in a filk mode.