Outer space – not particularly “metal”, is it? The things about space that are pretty metal – aliens, big freaky robots, whatever it is Bruce Dickinson is singing about on the latest Iron Maiden album – aren’t really what space is about. Space is really about science, satellites, and very, very slow spacewalks. But if we have our way, on November 1st 2010, for 5 minutes 32 seconds outer space is gonna be Metal.
What are we on about? Well, NASA have a tradition of using music to wake up their astronauts when they’re up in orbit. Since the Space Shuttle program only has two more missions till it is “retired” (in favour of an as-yet not-ready Constellation Project, space-fact fans), the bigwigs over at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration have decided to do something a little different when it comes to picking the tunes prompting their space jockeys to rise and shine. Rather than the ground crew picking the tracks, for the penultimate space shuttle mission the hapless public sphere that is the internet is going to choose two of the songs. Of the shortlist of 40 songs up for the vote (all having been used on a previous mission), there is only one clear representative of Metal present – ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica.
Watch the video to ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica:
Now admittedly, the song with the most votes so far looks pretty untouchable – but then it is the Theme from Star Trek. But if enough heshers rally around and get clicking, we reckon ‘Tallica are in with a chance of usurping ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ by Steppenwolf (really? REALLY?) as at the time of writing, Hetfield and co’s song is in 5th position.
After all, you don’t want 3 Doors Down to win this honour, right?