Jan 23

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Meg March Comments: She’s sad her boyfriend dumped her. But his remains made great houseplant compost.

Published 1975

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.25 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “No Direction Home”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Bikini top. No bottom. Very Seventies.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I know Bob Dylan lyrics can be indecipherable, but there’s no excuse for that.

  3. fred Says:

    Oh, show me the way to the next ferny bar…..

  4. Adzel Says:

    After a long EVA, only potpourri will get your spacesuit smelling fresh again.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    One thing I’ll say about this Charles Moll guy. He can draw feet.

    He’s also a specialist in covers featuring space suits and naked ladies:

  6. Tweet Jane Says:

    Time to cue up my favourite sci-fi music video!

    I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper

  7. Ryan Says:

    Well, it’s nice that Norman Spinrad week here at GSS finally features the cover with a sentient, space-faring Lilium auratum.

    @Tweet Jane, thank you for that link to a truly outstanding music video. I can’t believe that this is not a more popular song.

  8. Tweet Jane Says:

    @Ryan – This song is playing in my head every day while I am slogging away here at GSSHQ

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Alas, her love was not to be: her space traveler was self-pollinating.

    @Tweet Jane: nice find!

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @Ryan: it gets trotted out every time Sarah Brightman’s training for the ISS or Richad Branson’s rocket gets into the news(or any time her ex, Lord Lloyd Webber, makes a tit of himself in public).

  11. Anna T. Says:

    I don’t know about these new novelty planters…

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mancer—That model seems to specialize in the naked lady role for Moll’s covers. I knew I’d seen her before.

  13. fred Says:

    Think that’s a high altitude suit, not a space suit. Poor choice of footwear for a space walk.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    She’s in floofen pose. There is some serious sass on the way!


  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Looked at contributor’s name and thought “does Marmee know she’s reading this?”

    No wonder he has No Direction Home — it’s hard to find your way sans head.

    We also would have accepted “No Direction (Art)”

    @B’man: he’s definitely got a style and themes, doesn’t he?

    @Tag: isn’t this “spacesuit” and “bubble helmet” that the ex is wearing? At least I think it’s supposed to be a spacesuit, though @fred’s right about the shoes.

    @Tweet Jane: I had that song pegged for yesterday’s cover! It’s Hot Gossip week here at GSS.

    I recall hearing the song regularly on the radio, though apparently it never made the US charts. We were under no illusions about the quality or originality of the song, but it was catchy. Here in the US, we were never graced with the amazing video.You can imagine everyone’s confusion when Brightman turned up a few years later in musicals. “The Starship Trooper disco girl?” I, er, may or may not still own the 45, koff koff.

    My mother’s cat loved her musical and classical work. Seriously, he’d run to the TV or radio whenever he heard her, but no other singer. Perhaps her being in “Cats” created a psychic link or something.

    @JP: speaking of cats! My cat has the most sass possible, but I don’t get floofen-ed at much.

  16. THX 1139 Says:

    For the disco connoisseur (there are such people), I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper is all the better for inspiring Chic to rip it off on the classic cut Spacer, for Sheila B. Devotion:

    Sheila looks just fresh from a sci-fi paperback in the video.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Where did my comment go?

    All I said was that this was a year earlier than Spacer and released before Sarah Brightman’s ditty – it’s the apex of a disco/space-opera food-chain parodied affectionately twenty-odd years later
    (Maybe the link to the full, bizarre story of Dierdre Crozier and her Brazilian clone gave the website hiccups. I’ll post that separately and see how it goes.)

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    So here’s that peculiar tale of how Esther and Abi Ofarim, Harold Faltermeyer and a runaway bridegroom made a teenager from Oxfordshire cross Europe to become a disco sensation

    That certainly gave the Ghost of Tchaikovsky something to think about.

    (I do listen to good music too, but this stuff’s so much more memorable.)

  19. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Tat – 3 links bad. 2 links good.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tag Wizard: sounds like the ‘healthy’ builders’ breakfast option nobody ever requested.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: I must say that Sheila’s video is a bit less disquieting, and the lyrics are less of a ripoff (or a mashup as they say now) of then-popular franchises. And Chic was tops at disco.

    The parody didn’t have enough fog machines.

    Dierdre never made it in the US, but her story’s fascinating.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Elon, cut down on that weed!

  23. THX 1139 Says:

    But Tat – this IS good music! Don’t let the snobs tell you otherwise. I’d argue space disco really took off with Meko’s version of the Star Wars theme, but Jean-Michel Jarre always embraced the future, as did Cerrone.

    And then there were these guys:

    No lyrics, but it’s totally cosmic.

  24. THX 1139 Says:

    Oh, and let us not forget Geoff Love and his Orchestra keeping the British end up:

  25. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX 1139: Scousers in SPAAAAACE

    And I see your Meko and raise you Gerorge Clinton

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: P-Funk is one of the Ur-bands as far as space/cosmic rock goes.

    But I see your George Clinton and raise you Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra:

    As far as the honkies-come-lately, the Meco 45 and some albums/videos of Jean-Michel Jarre also are somewhere in this house.

  27. Tag Wizard Says:

    Let’s not forget Michael Moorcock’s side hustle: “Hawkwind”

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tag: Certainly SF, but you can’t disco to it while wearing gold lame’ spandex.

    Also, they look like they need some dwarves and a one-foot-high Neolithic monument.

  29. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: I had ‘Kingdom of Not’ lined up for if anyone threw The Ventures or Joe Meek into the mix. But you had to go straight for the least danceable Sun Ra (apart from ‘Next Stop, Mars’)

    And I know people who would gamely strut their funky stuff to Hawkwind, especially this

    Marc Bolan thought so

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: for reasons, I couldn’t have the sound up, so I just picked the funkiest-looking Sun Ra video on a quick search.

    But Q,S&C is a swell song.

  31. Tracy Says:

    The girl in the background looks hella like Iggy Pop!

  32. THX 1139 Says:

    @Tracy: Too many clothes for Iggy.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: The teat shields are actually somehow making Iggy’s boobs stand out further so he can pass for a girl?

    The other parts are, blessedly, hidden in shadow.

  34. Emster Says:

    I actually kinda like the cover – good balance of shapes and colours, however very deserving of its place on GSS – sheer kookiness.

    Speaking of kookiness… @Tweet Jane: I had never seen/heard Brightman’s Starship Trooper before (in my defence, no cable tv as a kid). For fun I muted the volume and watched the highly skilled dancers trying to remain serious thru extremely cheesy jazz combos/poses… very amusing!

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