were the lyrical content of lots---if not most---of rock and roll's 3rd 'wave' (the first being 1958 jukebox material: Chuck Berry, Elvis, et al; the second, from about '64--'69 cleared 'surf music', the 'big folk scare of the '60s' [wherein that stuff almost CAUGHT ON], and blues revival acts). As R&R 'came of age' ---paradox-alert!---the lyrical imagery went straight to fantasy/sci-fi en masse. Along with the example in the article above (Led Zeppelin), I'd point out that every Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, King Crimson, Rainbow, and the whole genre that ended up as Iron Maiden et al (what the Europeans call 'stoner rock') records' lyrical imagery is post-apocalyptic, Dungeons and Dragons-esque and/or sci-fi related. My Rush record, "Caress of Steel" was dedicated to Rod Serling; the one after that (2112) was a straight-up retelling of Ayn Rand's "Anthem". I bet Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, and all of the aforementioned 70s rockers would be surprised to hear their musical genre was 'filk', not 'rock and roll' after all. The lyrical and cultural idea that, "We've gotta get out of this place....." sent that generation's rock lyricists straight to outer space (or the Enchanted Forest). In the 1970s, at least, R&R was all 'filk', right up until the Age of Disco. At that point (where it went from 'Space Oddity' to 'Diamond Dogs' in the blink of a glittered eye), the D & D/sci-fi imagery went underground of the mainstream into non-airplay 'method metal', and is now 'Stoner Rock' as they call it. Video games are currently, I believe, bringing sci-fi/fantasy imagery back to music....What are some of YOUR favorite 'filk' pieces? Are they rock classics, or recent folk/pop tellings of sci-fi/fantasy topics?
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