This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.

Marjan, who reads and interprets the internet for me regularly, just sent me a link about NASA’s plan to beam the Beatles’ Across The Universe, well, across the universe.

First off, right on. Despite the bitter point that this very funny blog piece makes (that aliens are getting Beatles downloads before we do), I say that Second Off, it’s about time.

The Voyager Gold Record that was sent up (out?) in the 1970s, compiled by Carl Sagan and co. and containing multi-language greetings, sounds of Earth, some classical bits and a Chuck Berry track, was intended to also contain a Beatles tune – Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun. However – get this – EMI said No! I think, on the big picture scale, that that’s way worse than Decca turning them down.

I wonder if the aliens will find the gold record before they intercept the laser beam? I hope so. That way, they’ll be all primed up by the other Earth music, and they’ll recieve the (wonderful) Lennon tune and be all like, “Ohhh, man! This is the shit!” If they get Across The Universe first, they’ll listen to the Gold Record and go, “Why the fuck aren’t the Beatles on here?!”

And yes, that is how they’ll talk.  Hi aliens!

(PS: that long-ass title is what Jimmy Carter (hail to the chief) included as his message. Hi Jimmy!)

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2 Responses to “This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.”


  1. 1 Prisoner of technology March 1, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Do you know why EMI said no?

  2. 2 mister zero March 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I have absolutely no idea. Maybe they feared outerspace bootleggers?


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