May the Forth be with you, everybody. And while you're slaving away at your desk, dreaming of flying a starship through the heavens or battling an evil Sith Lord with blazing swords or even about kissing your sister full on the mouth, you're gonna need some background tunes. That's what we're here for - time to assail your senses with our favorite Star Wars tunes, some you've heard before, some of which were released today. Go pay some artists for their work, make a playlist, and rock out with your Ysalamiri out.
NUMBER ONE - HAN SHOT FIRST, by Kessel Run
Friends of the podcast, Kessel Run - who you'll hear more from both on the podcast and on this very list - are producing a weekly series of one-shot acoustic songs. We first heard this one at their epic concert in San Francisco, but I'm glad I've got a youtube link to listen to until they let me pay them for it.
NUMBER TWO - I AM YOUR FATHER REMIX, by Jimmi Jammes
This is an oldy from the bowels of the internet, but it's a fantastic remix, using the rhythm of the dialogue from the films to make the song sound like it was always meant to be a song. Utterly fantastic way to get your head bopping today.
NUMBER THREE - I'M YOUR FATHER, by Blue Milk Run
Blue Milk Run is formed from three of the members of Lemon Demon, who's "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" you remember playing incessantly in high school. This new band is entirely Star Wars themed, and put out a full album of Star Wars music today. All four songs are awesome, but our favorite is "I Am Your Father," which tells the end-of-Empire confrontation from Luke's point of view.
NUMBER FOUR - JOHNNY REBEL by Kessel Run
I told you they'd pop back up on this list. Here's another Star Wars track by the boys at Kessel Run, this time a rock take on a 50s army recruitment song. The Stormtroopers are marching off to war, to wipe that rebel scum off the face of the earth and make the galaxy a better place. Like a Marvel movie, stay for the end.
NUMBER FIVE - CHEWBACCA, WHAT A WOOKIE by Supernova
Time to take you all the way back to the mid nineties, when nerd rock wasn't even a thing, for Supernova's classic from the Clerks soundtrack. This song is so nineties it hurts, but the wookie impressions really sell it.
NUMBER SIX - BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE (HOTH VERSION) by Kirby Krackle ft. The Doubleclicks
Two of our favorite nerd bands teaming up to turn an old (and controversial) Christmas song into a classic Star Wars riff? That'll do nicely, thanks. Everything the Doubleclicks do is adorable, and Kyle Steven's nerd rock sensibilities play really well with theirs. It might not be the right time of year, but enjoy anyway!
NUMBER SEVEN - STAR WARS GANGSTA RAP by Jason Brannon, Chris Crawford, and Thomas Lee
You knew this one had to round out the list. It's hard to believe it's fifteen years old already! This hilarious send up of the entire Star Wars trilogy, with raps by Brannon and Crawford, and animation by Lee, was one of the biggest hits of the Newgrounds era of the internet, and it's easy to see why. Here we present the original, non-special edition version for all of you purists out there.
UPDATE: NUMBER EIGHT - FETT'S VETTE - by MC Chris
One of my staff grabbed me by the throat with the Force and told me that he found my lack of MC Chris disturbing. So now we have some! This song is hilarious, although it's definitely more NSFW than the others. Feels very 80s hip hop, which I like.