In 1975 Who drummer Kieth Moon put out an L.P. entitled “Two Sides of the Moon”. No, it didn’t contain any Songs with Moon in the title, but it serves as an apt opening to this follow up on “Any More Moon Songs?” I looked through my C.D. collection and found six more interesting numbers.
On the bright side of the Moon I begin with “Moonchild” from King Crimson’s 1969 debut L.P. “In the Court of the Crimson King“. This song is an homage to the late nineteenth/early twentieth century children’s book. The video features lovely drawings by Illustrators Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Ida Outhwaite and others, as well as vocals by Greg Lake of Emerson,Lake and Palmer.
Next up is Niel Young’s “Harvest Moon”. A little dose of “Country Rock” from the only artist to be sued by his label for putting out C.D.’s that “do not sound like Niel Young”.
The final song on the lit side is King Crimson Guitarist Adrian Belew’s “Man in the Moon” from his 1982 solo release “The Lone Rhino“. This song is a tribute to his father, who had passed. Adrian pretends to see his dad’s face in the moon. The “Bagpipes” you hear are actually played on a Fender Stratocaster, utilizing a technique he learned from Frank Zappa.
Starting off our more serious side is “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight”, by Peter Gabriel and Genesis. This excerpt from “Selling England by the Pound” was shot in Montreal, Canada in 1974, prior to Gabriel leaving the popular band to “Do a Bowie”.
Next up we have The “Alabama Song” (also known as “Whisky Bar” or “Moon over Alabama” or “Moon of Alabama”). It was originally published in Bertolt Brecht’s Hauspostille (1927). It was set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 “Songspiel” Mahagonny and used again in Weill’s and Brecht’s 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
I have chosen the version made famous by The Doors.
We close things out with the 4th track from Gary Numan’s 1983 “Warriors” L.P.,”This Prison Moon”, The version I have posted is the live version from 1984’s “Berserker” tour.
Now we have heard 6 songs from both sides of the “lesser luminary” and so we will leave it at that. I have one more in my collection, but you can Google “Fall Dog Bombs the Moon” on your own.