Past-o-Rama

This 1967 song,”Psyche Rock” by Pierre Henry, is allegedly the song that inspired the theme from Futurama. Someinsisted that the Futurama theme was based on “Louie, Louie,” but I’d alwaysheard a similarity to “Wild Thing,” at least in the bass line. Then again,I’d always thought that Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” wassomewhat similar to The Rock’s entrance music. So don’t take my word for it:

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Speaking of Futurama, the show was apparently named after an exhibit presented by General Motors at the 1939 World’s Fair, which was called the Futurama Pavilion. Acording to Wikipedia, it was widely held to have first introduced the general American public to the concept of a network of superhighways connecting the nation.

The artist pictured above is Arthur Radebaugh. More of his work can be seen in an online exhibit, The Future We Were Promised. This style, sometimes called raygun gothic or populuxe, epitomizes the spirit a generation demanded, looking excitedly upward towards a bright, technological and futuristic age. An age which never quite arrived. Instead, we got the Seventies, the Eighties, and the Nineties. Is it any wonder nobody seems very optimistic anymore? Or is it just that the dollar trumped utopianism? Still, wouldn’t it be amazing if that spirit could return in some form?

The things robots throw away...

Well, a man can dream, can’t he? A man can dream…

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