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Shaenon: For Christmas, Jeff got me an out-of-print VHS of the classic anime Night on the Galactic Railroad, and I made him this new Skin Horse soundtrack. Alert readers may recall the first Skin Horse CD I made him back in May, on the occasion of his visit to San Francisco and the impending publication of Skin Horse Volume One.

By the way, did you know that, until the end of January, I'll send you one (1) original Skin Horse strip for every copy of Volume One you purchase? It's true.

Anyway, this soundtrack has two songs by Garbage. So did the first soundtrack. Garbage is apparently the official band of Skin Horse. I also put in a song by Jonathan Richman, whom I used to see at our local video store from time to time.


Channing: While the funnest thing about these soundtracks is, in fact, listening to them, perhaps the second-funnest thing is thinking of you all out there thinking of these songs and trying to figure out how they fit the strip, little suspecting that many refer to events that are months, or perhaps years, away.

And yes, by all means, if you haven't yet bought a book and were planning on it, this would be an excellent time.

8 comments:
Jon W. (kd7sov) says: It may say something that I've only ever heard of one of those songs (After the Goldrush), but I'm not sure what, as it's one of the three songs on my mp3 player that I can't understand at all. (Four if you count the version of Silent Night in a language I can't identify.)
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Jon, I'd be surprised if you can't find most of those songs on YouTube... why not take the time to familiarize yourself?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

 I *would* look up the songs on YouTube, if the image would load for me.  Anyway ...

 (TUNE: "City Of New Orleans", Steve Goodman)

Night-time on the Great Galactic Railroad;
Rollin', rumblin' 'cross the Milky Way ...
Other children come and go so strangely;
Faithful friends together vow to stay!

But Campanella disappears,
And poor young Giovanni fears
His friend is crossing to the Other Side ...
When he awakens, it might seem
That it was nothing but a dream;
That fateful Great Galactic Railroad ride!

Hello, konichiwa, saluton!
(And buenos dias, guten tag, g'day!)
When it's night-time on the Great Galactic Railroad,
Then you know you've got a classic anime!

Mark Orr (agentoracle) says:

Night on the Galactic railroad?

Is that by the same guys who did Space Train 999 (three-nine) andGalaxy Railways? and DNA Sights 999?

They love trains. and the numbers 999...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

All other space-train anime and manga is just riffing on the original "Night on the Galactic Railroad," the classic 1927 children's book by Kenji Miyazawa. The anime Jeff got me is the amazing anime adaptation of the book. It's been out of print in English for years since the company that produced it went out of business. It is SO GOOD.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I'm not sure whether this list indicates I have really good or really bad taste in music. For the record, I have really bad taste in music.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Awwwww.www
Cassandra Phillips-Sears (eredien) says:

Oh! *That* explains why almost *all* the space train anime I've seen has cat people in it, *including* Spring & Chaos, the biopic of Miyazawa, which references a space train. I figured there had to be something in there somewhere since I kept seeing it as a motif. Thanks Shaenon!

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