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Weekend Playlist: Reader Recommendations

The first part of the Weekend Playlist is over, and we’re already up to six weeks! Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve gotten a number of recommendations from people that build upon the lists that we’ve put together, and I’m very happy to see the input. The current plan is to run in five week batches, with something easy in between, and this week, we’re going with the recommendations that you have submitted in the comments. Here’s a selection of what we liked from the comments. (There’s a lot, but here’s some of the best!)

For our first week, where we looked at Songs inspired by SF/F Books, we got a lot of recommendations:

“House of Tom Bombadil” by Nickel Creek
“Fear (The Mind Killer)” by Eon
“Flying Saucer Rock N Roll” by Billy Lee Riley
“Dune” by Klaus Schultze
“I Lost My Heart to A Starship Trooper” by Sarah Brightman
“Captain Nemo” by Sarah Brightman
“Black Blade” by Blue Oyster Cult
“Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” by Rachel Bloom
“Stealing Like A Hobbit” by Luke Ski
“To Tame A Land” by Iron Maiden
“Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nemoy

In our Songs About Gaming post, SF Signal Regular John Stevens provided the following:

“Down with Bane” by Shael Riley
“Playing D&D” by S.J. Tucker

In Songs About Star Wars….

John Williams is the Man

“Star Wars Ewok Gospel (featuring Billy Dee Williams)

When we profiles Jonathan Coulton, tam brought up “Mr. Fancy Pants”, and Paul noted that his all time favorite is “The Future Soon “(also one of mine!)

Finally, two weeks ago, we looked at songs about Zombies, where we had the following recommendations:

“Zombie Delight” by Buck 65
“Zombie Boogie” by Mad Tea Party

Thanks to those who brought up other songs that we didn’t cover (or know about!). There’s a wide world of music here, and it would be a fruitless effort to attempt to make every list completely comprehensive. Don’t worry, the next five weeks will have more songs about all different types of geek!

About Andrew Liptak (180 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.
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