Top 10 Songs for the Moon; or, Songs to Make up for NASA's Loss of the Apollo 11 Footage (with video!)

"Marquee Moon," Television, Marquee Moon, 1977


"Moondance," Van Morrison, Moondance, 1970


[image-1]"3rd Planet," Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica, 2000


"Tahitian Moon," Porno for Pyros, Good God's Urge, 1996


"Pink Moon," Nick Drake, Pink Moon, 1971


"The Killing Moon," Echo & the Bunnymen, Ocean Rain, 1984


"Moonshadow," Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat, 1971


"Harvest Moon," Neil Young, Harvest Moon, 1992


"Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, 1973


“I Wish I Was the Moon,” Neko Case, Blacklisted, 2002


"Blue Moon," Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart, 1934


"Drunk on the Moon," Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night, 1974


"Bad Moon Rising," Creedence Clearwater Revival, Green River, 1969


"Man on the Moon," R.E.M., Automatic for the People, 1992


"Walking on the Moon," The Police, Reggatta de Blanc, 1979


"Standing on the Moon, " The Grateful Dead, Built to Last, 1989


"Dancin' In The Moonlight," King Harvest, Dancin' In The Moonlight, 1973


"That's Amore," Dean Martin, 1953


“I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon,” by Ernie, in the below version with guest Aaron Neville (originally aired in 1978)


Last Thursday, on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to land on the Moon, NASA came out with the embarrassing news that it had somehow, over the years, managed to record over America's most important historical footage of said trip to the Moon's surface. You know, the famous footage of Neil Armstrong's "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," the one that all those conspiracy theorists say is faked Wag the Dog style? Yeah, that footage.

(Apparently, in the 1970s and '80s, NASA had a shortage of tapes, so it erased about 200,000 of them and reused them, including ones documenting the historical event.)

Luckily, NASA's news came with a Hollywood saves-the-day solution: those crafty preservationists who restored Casablanca are digitally sharpening and cleaning up grainy footage of the moon landing taken from four sources NASA scrounged from around the world. The results are said to be better than what TV viewers witnessed on July 20, 1969, and according to senior NASA engineer Dick Nafzger, "There's nothing being created; there's nothing being manufactured."

In honor of NASA's royal fuck-up, I've made up a playlist of songs dedicated to the moon. There are a great deal more than 10, and some are rather obvious, but headlines are better with nice round numbers ... and interesting how many of these songs were produced in the '70's. I guess a mission to the moon will inspire that sort of creativity.

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