Although sci-fi movies aren't necessarily associated with music, directors always seem to sneak vibrant, strange musicians into the plots of their films. Some of the weirdest, most out-there scenes in sci-fi movies happen at a dive bar where a misfit alien band is playing. Throughout the past month, we've discussed different aspects of music and technology working together so we thought we'd feature some great science fictional musicians from other worlds, realities, or time periods and appreciate their visions of music in the future.
These four blue-skinned rock stars from some futuristic distant planet act as the centerpiece of a film adaptation to Daft Punk's massive classic, Discovery. Interstella 5555, which the movie is named after, get kidnapped by a record executive that tries to pass off the band as humans to market their distinct brand of house to a terrestrial audience. The alien quartet perfectly complimented Daft Punk's sound at the time, both futuristic and funky, and made for a great visual component to a blockbuster album.
Max Rebo Band
Making their first appearance in the Star Wars universe in Episode VI, the Max Rebo Band turned into galaxy rockstars as Jabba the Hut's in-house musicians. A diverse trio featuring keyboardist Max Rebo, Kitonak woodwind player Droopy McCool, and singer Sy Snootles, the band was a blobby and goofy addition to the science fiction franchise and made themselves a lovable and recurring force in the Star Wars canon. In subsequent short stories and comics, the group's story became more elaborate and complicated (they even have a thorough entry in the Star Wars wiki page).
Created in the eyes of ice styling gel, Billy Idol, and a boyband vision of the future, Proto Zoa made Zenon Kar's heart swoon with his catchy pop song, "Zoom Zoom Zoom". Proto Zoa defined cool: with frosted spikes and silver outerwear, he seemed both ahead of his time and totally in-sync (couldn't resist) with the 2001 boy band look. Trust us, you will have that hook stuck in your head forever.
Jerrica Benton, the protagonist in this 80s children's TV show, stumbles upon a holographic guiding light that introduces her to a computer program called Synergy that aims to be "the ultimate audio-video entertainment synthesizer". The program allows Jerrica to turn into Jem, a musician with pink hair and rockin' synths. Probably one of the only instances on this where the science fictional musicians preceded the science fiction plot line in this list, Jem focused on producing the bangers and each episode included three music videos.
Scott Pilgrim's three-piece band, named as a reference to Super Mario and the Flipper song, "Sex Bomb", played a recurring role through the comic book series as Pilgrim's . The band's music consisted of comically absurd lyrics and were slightly terrible, they only had two real fans.
This intense opera singer (and second blue musician on this list) belted some serious opera in The Fifth Element. While singer plays a minor, yet important role in the film's plot, her scene at the opera house is what will stay with you.
Not sure if "You All Everybody" even played in it's entirety on Lost, but the hit launched Charlie Pace's career before a period of substance abuse and getting shipwrecked on a supernatural island. The frequent allusions to the song throughout the series by island mates singing the chorus made it into unstoppable ear worm. Unfortunately, the band never managed to top their first hit and their second album, Oil Change, didn't meet the same success.