When the Dr. Who TV series’ lead actor Jodi Whittaker hosted an instalment of BBC 6 Music’s special guest program, Wise Women, one of the first tracks she played was “Go!” by the London, UK band, Public Service Broadcasting. As an Apollo 11 enthusiast (for more on that, please see January 6, 2020 post on Brian Eno’s “Deep Blue Day”), I felt a real shiver up my spine when first hearing the piece, which mixes archive radio chatter with the band’s electronic music. It’s not for everyone, but fellow space geeks will likely enjoy it; I think the band does a brilliant job of capturing the anticipation, excitement and exhilaration of adventuring into the unknown when humans first landed and set foot on the Moon.
I’ve included the band’s official video of the song; it includes many graphics and file footage from the mission. If you search the internet you will also find several live performances, including this one of BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, which has the crowd cheering when Mission Control announces, “…we have shutdown…” just before mission commander Neil Armstrong gives that historic line, “… the Eagle has landed.”
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Enjoy. And if you like the music, please support the artists, and buy it.
Here’s the full, official video from the Public Service Broadcasting YouTube channel: