Life On Venus

Album: Greatest Hits (1963)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was group leader Joe Meek's tribute to the keyboard sounds of the day. The track starts with a voiceover: "News Flash: Signals have been received from the planet Venus. These resemble sounds similar to those created by a musical instrument such as an organ so perhaps there is life on Venus?"
  • The organ is the main instrument used in the tune, with a guitar solo in the second verse. Then the organ returns with the accompaniment of a vocal, which is similar to the Tornados hit, "Telstar." A second Meek example is "Pop Art Goes Mozart." In this track he combines as the title implies the modern beat of a pop tune with the sound of instrument that sounds a bit like a harpsichord.
  • Other tunes and tracks performed by the Tornados which have the organ as the main or featured instrument: "Cootenanny," "Costa Monger," "Do you come here often," "Exodus" (almost a standard tune in a band's playlist during the '60s and early '70s), "Globetrottin," "Hot Pot," "Hymn For Teenagers," "Indian Brave," "Jungle Fever," "Locomotion With You," "Monte Carlo," "The Ice Cream Man," "The Scales Of Justice." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Geoff - Sydney, Australia, for all above

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