June 20, 2024


It’s hard to imagine that during the 1960’s, Astronauts and Cosmonauts were propelled into space aboard rockets equipped with computers less powerful than a modern mobile phone; and in the cold void of space, between the globe we call home and the moon’s magnificent desolation, they were as fragile as the eternal hope for everlasting peace.

Playlist to the Moon is my personal selection of tracks that hold lyrical relevance to the lunar tundra that drifts across our night sky, and to the fearless Americans and Russians who gave heart, soul and their own mortality in the name of discovery, progress, and peace – in what remains one of the most astounding feats of engineering and ingenuity that humankind has ever seen…


Part One – pre-launch

NASA – Apollo 14 Excerpt 16
Amanda Palmer – Astronaut
ELO – Ticket To The Moon
NASA – Apollo 17 Excerpt 21
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – I’m the Urban Spaceman
NASA – Apollo 11 Excerpt 3
Sleeper – Good Luck Mr. Gorsky
Kid Cudi – Up Up & Away
Rush – Countdown

Part Two – Orbit

NASA – Apollo 15 Excerpt 13
Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5
David Bowie – Space Oddity (US Stereo Single Edit)
The Byrds – Eight Miles High
NASA – Apollo 10 Excerpt 6
Hawkwind – Silver Machine (Original Single Version) [Live At the Roundhouse London] – 1996 – Remaster
Sequoya – The Cosmonaut’s Wife
NASA – Apollo 15 Excerpt 5
Nat King Cole – Destination Moon

Part Three – Moon

Neil Armstrong – Neil Armstrong “One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind” July 20, 1969
Roche Limit – Cosmonaut
The Police – Walking On The Moon
NASA – Apollo 17 Excerpt 14
Pet Shop Boys – Luna Park
Gil Scott-Heron – Whitey On The Moon

Part Four – Epilogue

Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
NASA – Apollo 15 Excerpt 26
Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only A Paper Moon
Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)

The End..?