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New Babbage: The Musical!

Not an anthem, mind you, but a theme song…

My favorite version of song only:

With the classic Bob Fosse moves:

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  1. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin May 7, 2012

    hmmmm….. suppose Voles in the Sunlight doesn’t quite capture the essence… but possibly the Anvil Chorus?

    Of course, it’s difficult to capture the total optomisim with the knowleged of everyone outside that the roof is about to fall in… are there any tunes that have this core of insane light surrounded by iminent disaster? hehehe

    • Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg May 7, 2012

      A great question, Tepic.  If we don’t find one, we’ll have to compose one.

      In the meantime, here is a bit of Verdi’s song, in English, only slightly edited…

      So, to work now!
      Lift up your hammers!
      Who turns the [Babbager’s] day from gloom to brightest sunshine?
      His lovely [New Babbage] maid!

      Fill up the goblets! New strength and courage
      flow from lusty wine to soul and body

  2. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver May 7, 2012

    Well . grins another one .. (( for show tunes ))

    Fiddler  .. ie 

    Fiddle on The Roof

    and  mmmm   Tradition .. why ??  grins ..

    And How do we keep our  Balance ????

    That I can tell you in one  word …..  ” Tradition”

    *** perhaps some word changing .. might be helpful of course :)

    the clockwinder …..  the  builder ….  the ..  ummm The Soot !!!!!    etc etc :)

    gosh Love this entire  Score !!! 

  3. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg May 7, 2012

    Good one!

    It brought to mind Bjork’s “Cvalda,” from the movie Dancer in the Dark. A song and dance number performed in a factory!

    Clatter, crash, clack
    Racket, bang, thump
    Rattle, clang, crack, thud, whack, bam!

    It’s the clatter machines
    They greet you
    And say
    We tap out a rhythm
    And sweep you away

    A clatter machine
    What a magical sound
    A room full of noises
    That spins you around

  4. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk May 7, 2012

    As long as we get Julie Andrews to play Ordinal Malaprop, i’ll be happy.

    and this one.

    “garage sales are for wimps that don’t own sledgehammers”

  5. ElvisOmar Oyen ElvisOmar Oyen May 7, 2012

    When I wander around the city, the music that comes to mind most often is from the “antique beat” artists known as The Real Tuesday Weld, led by Stephen Coates.

    I would like to nominate as a New Babbage theme song, from the saga of the Clerkenwell kid, The Life and Times of the Clerkenwell Kid 

    Here are a few other examples of their finer work: a cover of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face (it’s way cooler than you might think), a cover of Abba’s The Day Before You CameBathtime in Clerkenwell, and Last Time in Clerkenwell.


  6. Clara Corryong Clara Corryong May 9, 2012

    I’ve always imagined that The Protomen’s Megaman-based Rock Opera takes place in a future Babbage. The second act (chronologically first in the series) is kinda set in a dieselpunk industrial world (babbage in 20 years time)

    The Protomen: Act II: The Good Doctor

    Dr Wily:
    Tom, listen to yourself
    And listen carefully to me
    If you replace the working parts
    You get a different machine
    The man who turns the wheels
    They will follow wherever he leads
    We’ve spent our whole lives searching for a way to make a better world
    Giving everything to them, asking for nothing in return
    Well here it is, a chance to take back everything we’ve earned.

    I like to imagine that Dr Wily is actually Dr O. The whole story seems like something he’d do.

    Act 1 on the other hand is industrial progressive rock,

    The Protomen: The Sons of Fate

    In the epic climax the two super-fighting-robots fight debate the merits of saving mankind..

    Human Choir: He could not save himself.
    How could he save us?
    For all the blood he shed, (Megaman: As I live)
    Your brother failed us. (There is no evil that will stand.)
    There’s nothing you could do. (And I will finish)
    You had no choice. (what was started:)
    Why do you cry for him? (The fight of Protoman!)
    You are our hero.
    You are our hero!

    Megaman: You are the dead.

    I often imagine myself as the hero in this part of the story, throwing away my heroic persona because I’ve had enough of it all.



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