11
Jul
08

the Sci-Fi Dance Mix

Every holiday season, I like to dust off the decks, dig into the Mojoplex archives and create a themed mix CD for my closest friends. It was only a few short years ago that I had spent nearly six months and my entire forture in search of the raw materials to create an epic that no DJ had dared to attempt: an entire mix of sci-fi dance music.

I scoured the earth in seach of geek-friendly disco, house and techno, refusing to rest until I had found enough material to fill an entire CD.  In terms of nerdiness, the vinyl I uncovered was no less than black gold.

Only a handful of copies of this legendary mix were ever produced and I swore an oath to all who received it that they were the chosen few and would be the only ones to possess it for all time.

But they don’t read this blog so I uploaded an MP3 of the mix for you guys here:

 not-the-dj-mojo-sci-fi-dance-mix

(right click to save)

Some of it you’ll be familiar with (Meco Star Wars), some of it you won’t (an ultra-rare remix of the Prisoner  theme) but one thing is certain – you’ll be able to spend the weekend grooving to the first-ever non-stop, hour-long continuous dance mix of sci-fi music!

If you’d like to burn it to CD, the image at the top of this post is the back cover and the one below is the front (click for hi-res).

 

 

Enjoy!

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NOTE:  This mix is provided for promotional purposes only; it is not meant for resale or bartering.  For booking information, please contact using the “about me” page.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?

 

 Check out the original (and still the best) sci-fi influenced dance-music band of all time, Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 Think Star Trek  and punk don’t mix?  Think again, it’s WARP 11, fronted by the original Newtek spokeswoman, Kiki Stockhammer

 

 

 


39 Responses to “the Sci-Fi Dance Mix”


  1. 1 Abdullah the Destroyer
    July 11, 2008 at 5:55 am

    I am Abdullah the Destroyer, and I approve of this mix.

  2. 2 Pamela
    July 11, 2008 at 6:50 am

    That is one awesome mix. I’m sad that I’ve lived so long never having heard that Prisoner theme remix, though. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. July 11, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Yes! Very cool. And I’m with you on SSS, but Warp 11? I have to come down on the No Kill I side of that divide. (nokilli.com) Trek Punk FTW!

  4. July 11, 2008 at 8:47 am

    “Only a handful of copies of this legendary mix were ever produced and I swore an oath to all who received it that they were the chosen few and would be the only ones to possess it for all time.

    “But they don’t read this blog so I uploaded an MP3 of the mix for you guys here”

    You’re my favorite, you know that? Other bloggers I subscribe to are funny, too, but they don’t give out goodies.

  5. July 11, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I can tell you a little story about that “Prisoner” mix, which was released during my heady days of “Prisoner” fandom. Some friends of mine were involved with a Caterham (who have built the Lotus 7 since the early 70’s) at the British Motor Show, when they released the “Prisoner Limited Edition” Caterham 7, with McGoohan’s signature. Patrick McGoohan even came over to the British Motor Show to promote it.

    They played this mix on the stand whilst he was there, as it had just been released.

    Apparently he wasn’t very amused.

  6. July 11, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I’m going to a party this weekend, your music is going to help us grove the night away weather or not people know it yet =)

    It’s burned and color printed cd jackets are now sitting in my bag waiting for 5 O’clock.

  7. 7 ironymaiden
    July 11, 2008 at 10:49 am

    thank you. the Six Million Dollar Man bit made my day.

  8. 8 lonetruth
    July 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Looking forward to grooving to this!

  9. 9 whentheelephantsarrive
    July 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

    wow that really brightened up my day. that’s pretty amazing

  10. 10 Boris
    July 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Francis: you’d want to go subtle with mundanes, lest they become annoyed with all that nerdy sci-fi and ask the DJ to play something else. Best to leave out the famous themes and concentrate on The Prisoner and the like.

    (I don’t really call non-SF-fans “mundanes”, but I thought it would be fun to try out this particular piece of jargon, which was the basis for B5’s usage of the word.)

    BTW, is “Mojo” a nickname first and internet handle second, or the other way around? It always reminds me of the Muddy Waters song. (I’m a blues guy.) Do your friends call you Mojo or by name?

  11. July 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I do love me some Sigue Sigue Sputnik, but I gotta give my nod for greatest sci-fi band of all time to S.P.O.C.K.

    Thanks for the mix! Would love to hear you bring it back live to Convergence some year soon.

    m!

  12. 12 Mark A. Altman
    July 11, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    As one that elite coterie of friends that did get this mix and allegedly does not read your blog, I am deeply perturbed and appalled over this utter hypocricy on your part to curry favor with your six readers and go back on your solemn word to us by distributing this to the public-at-large. Will “Ferris Bueller” be next – if so, I will never believe a word you utter again. Go back to work on that “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” reimagining or whatever it is you do :))

  13. 13 darthmojo
    July 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Busted!

    BORIS: I go by Mojo.

    DJO: There was also once a band that did covers of Sex Pistols songs with all the members dressed like Spock. They were called THE SPOCK PISTOLS.

    http://www.stim.com/Stim-x/0996September/Automedia/pistols.html

  14. July 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    By the way, that Prisoner sample was also used by Iron Maiden for the song The Prisoner on their Number of the Beast album. I wanted to point that out because Iron Maiden is just that damn cool!

  15. July 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    downloading it now… I am hoping my fave, the “search for Spock” dance mix is in there!

  16. July 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I’m only about 12 minutes in… And so far it is awesome. And it’s funny, before I started listening to it, I said to myself, “Even though it’s technically not sci-fi (unless maybe Moonraker counts) there better be some James Bond in there!” And that’s what’s playing as I type this. I look forward to what other surprises I might hear in the next hour! (Better be Doctor Who in there somewhere! ^_^)

    And that Prisoner remix was awesome! I’d love to have it as a stand alone track!

  17. July 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    this is pretty chill… i like it :D

  18. July 11, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Oh, come on! There were a few repeats (although I did like the second version of Galactica) and no Doctor Who? Ah, well. Aside from that one gripe, great mix!

  19. 20 Wilsonian
    July 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Nice niche on the scifi realm. If you get a chance check out this cd on itunes. It’s called Trancemissions from Space, the band name TNR. It’s pretty good and has a scifi trance appeal.

  20. July 11, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this. I just started listening and love the fact that disco Star Wars is the first track. I came here by way of an anime website link. ^_~

  21. 22 Steven E. McDonald
    July 12, 2008 at 5:30 am

    If that Prisoner remix is what I think it is, there’s an entire album of glorious remix madness from ITC and Gerry Anderson shows that it hails from — of which my favorite if the “UFO” remix, which is, frankly, hilarious.

    There are videos for several of the mixes, too, including the Prisoner one.

  22. July 12, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Hey Mojo.

    Thanks for this blog, and for all the cool FX on BSG, your past shows, and the print stuff.

    If you like sci-fi music (as this mix proves), you are going to *love* S.P.O.C.K.
    http://www.last.fm/music/S.P.O.C.K/_/Never+Trust+a+Klingon

  23. July 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    OK, for anyone reading down this far, you probably already know this… But for the record:

    The Whomix website is here:
    http://whomix.trilete.net/
    Many hours of fun. I’m amazed at how different various takes on the same tune can be.

    In a more general vein, Radio Free Hipster:
    http://radiofreehipster.blogspot.com/
    It’s a nerd music podcast (the host is half of Wired’s Geek Dad’s Hip Tracks Podcast, this it the ‘frak the kids’ version.)

  24. July 13, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Now here’s a question — is there meant to be a huge silent gap between the last Battlestar piece and…the last track (which I’m so glad to hear again; I’ve been wanting a copy of that.)

  25. July 14, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Thanks a lot, you kinda saved my day with this :D

  26. July 14, 2008 at 11:04 am

    It was only a matter of time before John Travolta and Star Wars would be given their obvious connections haha

  27. 28 darthmojo
    July 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

    STEVE: Yes the gap is on purpose, the last track is an “easter egg” track. Probably works better when it’s on a CD player that gets left on before the disc is stopped.

  28. 29 astro
    July 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “elvis in wonderland” this certainly is not…

    how could you omit “star trekkin’ across the universe”?

  29. 30 Boris
    July 15, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I haven’t listened to the entire mix, but here is a surefire nerdhood bar-raiser in case there are international visitors around: Die Raumpatrouille.

    (I’m not from Germany, so I’m unbiased on the subject of German sci-fi.)

  30. 31 B5 guy in a BSG world
    July 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Nice mix! I also thought it was missing some Doctor Who though, so here’s a link to my favorite theme mix (it was even a minor hit in the U.S. in the 80s).

  31. 32 darthmojo
    July 15, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Glad you’re all liking the mix.

    I am aware that I did not include several old-time favorites (such as “Star Trekkin” and “Doctor in the Tardis”) but they were primarily left off *because* they are so famous. With few exceptions, this mix is made up of rare and lesser-known versions. Meco “Star Wars” is included at the beginning to set things off on the right track and let people know what they are in for…

    “Adam West” is included as a “bonus track” because it didn’t really fit in with the dance-music style of the rest, but it’s such a rare recording I wanted to provide it.

    It has nothing to do with sci-fi, but perhaps one of these days I’ll post my “Giant Mutant 80s” mix, which is made up entirely of obscure modern remixes of 80s songs (many of which are impossible to find white-labels).

  32. 33 Little Red
    July 15, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks! Now, I have the soundtrack for next year’s dinner party. ;)

  33. 34 Jamma
    July 16, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    You just lit up my happy-light – I received Meco Star Wars as a kid one Christmas – on 8-track tape – and was sorely disappointed that it wasn’t the original music, but finally it grew on me till one day the 8-tracks just disappeared…

  34. 35 Judd Sandage
    July 20, 2008 at 11:25 am

    wow… just wow, oh hells yeah just hit the futurama remix, I love the original one and really love this one, is it possible to have a track list of this mister mojo?

  35. 36 Judd Sandage
    July 20, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I should just hush up till I finish the track but the Apollo 440 mix for lost in space is not that obscure, as its on the soundtrack for the movie, gawd I love collecting sci-fi movie soundtracks.

  36. July 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Dear God man, what have you created? The last 20 minutes are killing me: on one hand, it’s cheesy euro-house and trance, on the other hand, it’s Star Wars and BSG. That makes it…… awesome!??

  37. 38 darthmojo
    July 20, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    If it’s going to be handbag dance music, it might as well be sci-fi! The one thing I was not able to track down was the house version of the Cantina theme, released probably 10 years ago or so… if anyone has it, let me know!

  38. July 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    You know, I always wondered what it would sound like if Bear McCreary did electronica… what with his flair for percussion in the BSG soundtrack, there’s got to be some potential there ;).


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