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15. Have any bands been influenced by Kurt Vonnegut's writing?




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This article is from the Kurt Vonnegut FAQ, by George A Cooley geocool@blarg.net with numerous contributions by others.

15. Have any bands been influenced by Kurt Vonnegut's writing?

Yes. Plenty of them. We keep getting posts to the group about various
artists who use Vonnegut characters (and other Vonnegutian nouns) as names
and/or song titles. Here's the list so far:

The Karabekians (Netherlands)
Billy Pilgrim
Kilgore Trout
The Nixons do a song called "Foma."
Guitarist Joe Satriani does a song called "Ice Nine" (On his album
"Dreaming #11.")
The Grateful Dead publishes their music under their own company,
"Ice Nine Music." They also used to own the movie rights for
"Sirens of Titan" before KV recently bought them back.

There is also a band called Deadeye Dick, and Ben Colmery
(barb.colmery@umich.edu) reports that he heard Casey Kasem specifically
say that they drew their name from the Vonnegut novel of the same name.

Finally, English folksinger Al Stewart wrote a song called "Sirens of
Titan" in 1975. Here are the lyrics, courtesy of Peter Wieriks
(peterwie@knoware.nl):

Sirens of Titan

I was drawn by the sirens of Titan
Carried along by their call
Seeking for a way to enlighten
Searching for the sense of it all
Like a kiss on the wind I was thrown to the stars
Captured and ordered in the army of Mars
Marching to the sound of the drum in my head
I followed the call

Only to be Malachi Constant
I thought I came to this earth
Living in the heart of the moment
With the riches I gained at my birth
But here in the yellow and blue of my days
I wander the endless Mercurian caves
Watching for the signs the harmoniums make
The words on the walls

I was drawn by the sirens of Titan
And so I came in the end
Under the shadow of Saturn
With statues and birds from my friends
Finding a home in the end of my days
Looking around I've only to say
I was a victim of a series of accidents
As are we all

"I adored Kurt Vonnegut, and Slaughterhouse Five and Sirens of Titan are
his best books, so I just decided to put Sirens into a song. The line 'I
was a victim of a series of accidents' comes from the book." -sleeve
notes from Al Stewart on 1992 CD reissue.

 

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