“And you drive all night and then you see a light
And it comes right down and lands on the ground
And out comes a man from Mars
And you try to run but he’s got a gun
And he shoots you dead and he eats your head”
Almost as silly as Weird Al’s Slime Creatures From outer space, The Rapture improbably turned into a monster hit for New Wave act Blondie in Early 1981. Yep, 1981 was a good year for this sort of thing. But regardless of the Man From Mars aspect the song is a pretty weird beast, containing new wave, disco, jazz, pop, and rap music. It was perhaps the weirdest number one hit since Bohemian Rhapsody. And it was a major breakthrough for the burgioning Rap music scene with Raps first number one single on Billboard.
“Face to face Sadly solitude.
And it’s finger popping.
Twenty-four hour shopping in Rapture”
It doesn’t start out as particularly sci-fi, more with a song featuring drug references that seem to equate being high as experienceing rapture, no it’s the rap portion of the song that simply starts with a bad trip as the Man from Mars and getting sillier and sillier with each lyric, until the Man From Mars is eating everything, at least until he sees a televison.
“And then you’re in the man from Mars You go out at night, eatin’ cars
You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too Mercurys and Subarus
And you don’t stop, you keep on eatin’ cars Then, when there’s no more cars
You go out at night and eat up bars where the people meet.”
What can I say, despite the general dismissal of sci-fi, the public is still attracted to a catchy scifi novelty song. And of course, a decent, if a little freaky video.