Forty-six years ago today–July 20, 1969–Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. So what does this have to do with music?
Let me tell you.
(1) There was an official soundtrack to the Apollo 11 mission. Armstrong chose Music Out of the Moon, a 1940s avant-garde album by Samuel Hoffman playing the Theremin.
(2) The BBC’s coverage of the mission included a still-unreleased Pink Floyd track entitled “Moonhead.”
(3) The BBC also used “Space Oddity” by a hitherto unknown singer named David Bowie in their coverage. It became so popular that this one song launched his entire career.
And (4) REM’s “Man on the Moon” references a conspiracy theory that says the entire Apollo program was faked.