“Science Fiction – Double Feature”

There’s a song in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW which has classic sci-fi connections, but I’ve never until recently seen all the lyrics of the Richard  O’Brien song, “Science Fiction Double  Feature.”

 

As sung in the 1973 stage version  by ‘Roxy’, the usherette:

Michael Rennie  was ill the day the earth stood still,

But he told us where we stand,

And Flash Gordon  was there in silver underwear,

Claude Rains  was The Invisible Man,

Then something went wrong for Fay Wray  and King Kong,

They all got caught in a celluloid jam,

Then at a deadly pace It Came From Outer Space

And this is how the message ran,

 

Science fiction double feature, Dr X will build a creature,

See androids fighting Brad and Janet,

Anne Francis  stars in Forbidden Planet,

Woah oh, oh, oh

At the late night double feature picture show,

 

I knew Leo G.Carroll  was over a barrel, when  Tarantula took to the hills,

And I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills,

Dana Andrews  said prunes gave him the runes,

And passing them used lots of skills,

But When Worlds Collide said George Pal   to his bride,

I’m  gonna give you some terrible thrills……..

Like a science fiction double feature……

 

I wanna go oh oh oh

To the late night double feature picture show

By RKO oh oh

To the late night double feature picture show

In the back row oh oh oh

To the late night double feature picture show.

 

The RKO tower can also been seen in the show.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is really a homage to old horror and sci-fi films. It has a mad scientist,,aliens, an old dark house, a Frankenstein creature, characters called ‘Riff Raff’ and ‘Columbia’.

The 1975 film version has become a cult classic, with  midnight screenings all over the world and audiences dressing up as the characters and dancing/singing  along!

Let’s do the Time  Warp again!

 

 

 

2 responses »

  1. Vienna, your “Science Fiction Double Feature” write-up brings a nostalgic tug on me for those wonderful movies mentioned in the song lyrics. The movies mentioned were from 1932-63, which was a grand time for Science Fiction and Horror Movies. If my memory serves me right, FORBIDDEN PLANET(1956) was the first of the mentioned movies that I remember seeing as a youngster. NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis, Tennessee showed their own movie on Sunday nights during the early and mid 1960’s and this is where I first viewed the Science Fiction Classic.

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