Thursday, November 10, 2005


The news that Paul McCartney is to have a set on board the International Space Station is slightly de-edged when you discover that it's only the music, and not his holiness himself, which is going into space. To make matters worse, he's playing Good Day Sunshine but then doing "something off me new album" for the two cosmonauts Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev this coming Saturday.

Which means it is true that Macca is having his songs beamed into space, but our understanding of radio waves means that anyone who's ever had a song on the radio or television has also had their songs beamed out into the galaxies, too. Even Ned's Atomic Dustbin.

Here's what Lord Paul had to say:

"I was extremely proud to find out that one of my songs was played for the crew of Discovery this summer. In our concert we hope to repay the favour," he said in a statement.

That doesn't make any sense, does it? Surely the repaying of that favour would be astronauts playing to McCartney - isn't the phrase he's after "repeat the stunt"?


Anonymous said...

This is pretty much the definition of a captive audience isn't it?

Eyetie said...

What's that? Two cosmonauts asking to be sent back to earth asap, you say? Not told that they were going to be part of an experiment in audio torture Noriega-style? Whatever next?!

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