Friday on My Mind: May the 4th Be With You

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind, a weekly collaboration between KEXP and King 5 news where we post videos that revolve around one particular theme or subject.

Today is May 4th. May the 4th be with you - the unofficial celebration of all that is Star Wars. If you ARE actually from another planet and have absolutely no knowledge of Star Wars, then watch the original, really boring trailer for the film circa 1977:

This trailer makes the film seem like it’s a horror movie more so than a science fiction story. I also don’t think that it was the best idea to market the film as “From the director of American Graffiti!”. I guess it worked out alright for everyone in the end. And man...the film score was epic. John Williams composed the score. I would have sold the movie as “Star Wars! Film score written by John Williams, composer of the theme music to the NBC Nightly News!” It’s true, ask Tom Brokaw. Did you know that John Williams’ son is Joseph Williams, the lead singer of Toto? Yes. Toto. They should have marketed the movie as “Star Wars! with music composed by John Williams, the father of the lead singer of Toto!” It was the 70′s after all. Toto was who all the kids were listening to in the 70′s and can you blame them? Check out all the hair facial and otherwise:

These are our top three Star Wars themed songs:

Cantina Scene

The melody of this song could be hummed by just about everyone born during the second half of the 20th Century. This scene also contained about half of the action figures that I owned. Greedo, long neck guy, messed up nose face, butt face guy... I’m bad with names. “I’ll be careful. You’ll be dead!” Yeah!

Yub Nub Song

Say what you will about the Ewoks’ and Billy Dee Williams’ sense of rhythm, but this song was the end all, be all for a lot of us. Darth Vader gets burned; Luke sees his dead dad hanging out with dead Yoda and dead Obi-Wan; the Star Wars franchise makes millions in merchandising dollars, and then there is this song. This song kind of sucks. Stupid Ewoks. At least we didn’t add any songs written by Jar Jar Binks.

Bill Murray - Star Wars Theme

Nick the Lounge Singer with his version of the Star Wars theme. I have nothing to add here.

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