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August 23, 2010


...NASA is inviting the public to take part in a "Wake-up Song Contest" to select songs from a list of the Top 40 previous wake-up calls for the penultimate mission or to submit original tunes for consideration for the final shuttle flight...

(Thanks to Marc and Joe in Japan) (We don't mean that Marc and Joe are both in Japan. You know what we mean.)


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I set my clock radio to the local classical station and they had one host who liked to crank up the John Phillip Sousa early in the a-m. Levitated me right out of bed some mornings, so perfect for weightless conditions.

If that's too noisy for the space shuttle, I'd recommend "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads, provided the shuttle's stereo has a decent bass pre-amp. buhDAH doomp doomp... buhDAH doomp doomp...

... or to submit original tunes for consideration...
Beware Colbert!

pad - i like your thinking. or how 'bout devo's "super thing"? boom boom WHAP ditditditditdit boom boom WHAP boom ditditditditdit-dit boom boom WHAP ditditditditdit boom boom WHAP boom ditditditditdit-dit

I'm so gonna do that! *hears groans from the audience*

in a gadda da vida, baby.

Looking down on us from way up there, I would imagine...It's a small world, after all.

I'm torn between 'Baby's Got Back' and 'Copacabana'.

When I was in high school and had trouble waking up I'd hook up my stereo to a timer, set the radio to a hard rock station (DC101), and set the volume to eleven. Led Zep at 6AM will wake you right up to the ceiling. You won't need coffee.

Today I usually wake up before the alarm, it's set to classical music (WETA), and I can't hear it from the doorway.

Oh come on, just let them sleep. Sheesh. work work work all the time.

But, seriously, vote for the "Star Trek" theme.

I'm with dave:

'He flies through the air with the greatest of ease,
That daring young man who gets showered as he pees...'

Duet - Donald Trump and Blago perform "You've Gotta Have Heart" from "Damn Yankees."

totally O/T:

*wonders if dave barry & friends will receive their emmy awards early like the other geezers betty white did*

How about "Major Tom Coming Home" by Peter Schilling?

Oh, wait...

Rocketman: Elton John

So...where exactly is Mark?

Reveille Rock by Johnny & The Hurricanes
I Got A Rocket In My Pocket - Stan Beaver
Hot Rod Rocket - Charlie Ryan
I'm The Urban Spaceman - Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Red Planet Rock - Don Lang & His Frantic Five
Rockin' With The Rockets - Harlan Leonard & The Rockets
If General McArthur Drops The Atomic Bomb - Jackie Doll & His Pickled Peppers
Flying Saucers Rock & Roll - Billy Lee Riley
Japanese Rockabilly Cat In Outer Space - The Luxurious Panthers

It has to be Wham's "Wake me up before you go go"

Wetting your bed in zero g means having to dodge drops of floating pee. Hey that rhymes.

The Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun".


I hit "refresh" and got this error message:

"Odnamrod Meditation:"

Ommmmmmmmmmm. There. Now I feel better.


Mission Control could just blow some vuvuzelas. That would wake them up.

I like the idea of including all the national partners' anthems played at the same time.

Electric Light Orchestra: "Don't Bring Me Down"

Damn, I've missed you people. *wipes butt tears* :D

Anything by John Cage, as long as there are spare speakers on board to replace the ones that get smashed.

The Hendrix version of Dylan's "All along the Watchtower" is certainly rousing enough and feels right to me.

The Beatles: "Golden Showers Slumbers"

Mrs. Miller singing anything would make my eyelids flap like a window shade.

First thought - Maggie May by Rod Stewart...

Marc is in Rockville, Maryland. He was born in Japan, but as far as he knows is not related to Joe.

When I submitted this news tidbit to the Blog I was thinking that our extremely creative members would want to write their own lyrics to replace the lyrics of well known tunes. The best song creation by the Blog would be sent to NASA.

The tune, How are Things in Glocca Morra, best known from the musical Finian's Rainbow, has potential. It just needs a push to get things started.

1 How are things in low-earth orbit?
2 Is last night's meal-in-a-pouch still repeating?
3 (Blog's turn)...

FYI, here are the original lyrics:

How are things in Glocca Morra?
Is that little brook still leaping there?
Does it still run down to Donny cove?
Through Killybegs, Kilkerry and Kildare?
How are things in Glocca Morra?
Is that willow tree still weeping there?
Does that laddie (lassie) with the twinklin' eye
Come whistlin' (smilin') by
And does he (she) walk away,
Sad and dreamy there not to see me there?
So I ask each weepin' willow
And each brook along the way,
And each lad (lass) that comes a-whistlin' (a-sighin')
How are things in Glocca Morra
This fine day?

Where's insomniac?

Insom!! Paging insom! We need you!

Also, where's the website to submit suggestions?

Marc why did you leave us?
Come back
Joe in Japan

I had to leave Japan to check on how things were in Glocca Morra, but someday I shall return to the land of my birth
Marc (not in Japan)

Sweet Home Alabama. The most popular summer drivin' song...in England.

Marc good on ya god speed keep up your most excellent blogging we shall meet one day in the land of the rising yen

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