It was inevitable in the days of Sputnik and UFOs that someone would do a novelty tune about it all. Billy Lee Riley did, in 1957.
Forty years later, “Flying Saucers Rock ‘N’ Roll” also may have inspired what apparently is a low-budget indie film of almost the same name. But whether one has anything to do with the other, I don’t know. I haven’t seen it, so I can’t say. Here’s how they describe the film.
“1957. A happy time of big fins, Rockabilly music and innocent teen love. … Until the Martians come. In one night, three teenagers have their world turned upside down when threatened by Zombie Beatniks, hopped up on space weed and bent on harvesting earth women for Martian demise.”
Hopped up on space weed, eh?
Let’s just give this one a spin. It’s Sleepy LaBeef, national treasure, who recorded this cover almost 28 years ago to the day — July 3, 1979 — at Singleton Sound Studio in Nashville. That’s John Probst pounding away at the piano behind Sleepy.
“Flying Saucers Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Sleepy LaBeef, from “A Rockin’ Decade,” 1997.