Dancing on a Crashing Spaceship

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British TV sci-fi shows from the 80s had some notoriously bad sets; part of the fun with old episodes of Doctor Who is watching the set wobble on a regular basis. Around the same time that Colin Baker was playing the sixth Doctor, British pop band Five Star were dancing on a spaceship bridge that would have been the envy of any English accented space faring fictional character.

Five Star (also styled as 5 Star) is a British pop/R&B group, formed in 1983. Comprising siblings Stedman, Lorraine, Denise, Doris and Delroy Pearson, they were known for their flamboyant image, matching costumes and heavily choreographed dance routines. Between 1985 and 1988, Five Star had four top 20 albums and 15 Top 40 singles in the UK, including “System Addict.” The song was released on December 26th, 1985 and reached the number three spot in the British charts by early 1986, becoming their first top ten hit.

The song’s lyrics make a shallow exploration of the addictive relationship between human and machine, “Take a look at me,/Wired to the machine,” and “Tapping on a keyboard,/What’s happening to me?” If anything this would have made a great Cyberpunk video, but instead the look is more akin to an episode of British sci-fi show Blake’s 7 (also made by the BBC). The sparks and broken computers do have a slight Cyberpunk feel, but the cobwebs on the equipment are distracting . . . perhaps they just found an abandoned spaceship?

“System Addict” was re-recorded, with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic producing, and remixed by Sleazesisters. This version was released in July 2005. The video to the remixed single was an updated version of the 1985 original version, with more graphics added to make it look like someone was on a computer “updating” the video.

Listen to more Outer Space Music HERE and see what happens when you get stuck between rock and dork place.

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