Queen, ‘Flash’s Theme’ vs. UFO, ‘Space Child': Rock Star Wars
To try and fill our days between now and the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, we’ve tracked down 32 space-themed classic rock songs and paired them off against each other in 16 first-round battles. The field will be halved every week based on your votes, until only the spaciest song in rock history remains standing.
The theme song from a goofy 1980 sci-fi film takeoff on Flash Gordon, "Flash's Theme" was a tour-de-force moment for Brian May, who shares lead vocals with Freddie Mercury and plays every other instrument save for bass and drums. Anyone who missed the movie (and there were many) can get a sense of how over the top it actually was via the dialogue spliced in throughout the song.
Michael Schenker would eventually lead UFO definitively away from its bluesy space-rock beginnings, adding a hard-rock crunch that led them to the cusp to the Top 40 by decade's end. But not before the group unleashed one last blast of trippy fun on "Space Child" from 1974's Phenomenon – an album which also yielded a pair of stalwart favorites in "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom."
So, which of these songs will emerge victorious from this round? It’s your choice. You can listen to both tracks below, and vote once per hour in each of the this round's Rock Star Wars battles until polls close on Nov. 23 at 11:59PM ET. Your choice for our Rock Star Wars champion will be revealed on Dec. 22, 2015.
Listen to UFO's 'Space Child'
Watch Queen Perform 'Flash's Theme'
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