ELECTRIC CAR-making, space-exploring master of rockets Elon Musk has received what might be his ultimate accolade: a heavy metal tribute band.
Raptor Command describes itself as "a heavy metal tribute to Elon Musk" (this is for real), and has just released its first single, Elon: Champion Of Humanity, containing the refrain:
'Into the future he flies
Together as one we shall thrive.'
Sounding like a cross between Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast and Mr Roboto by Styx, the lyric paints Musk, known for being paranoid about the rise of the machines, as a superhero Iron Man thrusting us towards a bright future.
His electric cars remove the risk of a Black Hole Sun, and his rockets are destined never to Rust In Peace. In short, the band thinks he's Pretty Fly (For a White Guy).
The Raptor Command website reads like a manifesto: "Raptor Command’s mission is to raise awareness of and promote Elon Musk’s futurist ideas and visions for the future of humanity through the medium of heavy metal music and sub-culture.
"The band is comprised of seasoned metal musicians who share a passion for technological advance and Musk’s tireless efforts to push mankind into a bright, triumphant future."
You could say he's their Muse. It's not clear whether Musk is aware of the work of these fine minstrels, but the Ace of Space certainly knows to use an AC/DC current in his vehicles.
“We hope that this first single is a fitting tribute to Elon’s tireless efforts to forge a bright and triumphant future for humanity,” said Max Carlisle, who plays keyboards and guitar in the band.
Other lyrics in this metal hymn include:
'Breaking the rules, he follows his path
Visions of the future, now within his grasp
Harnessing the power, the power of the sun
Energy and freedom for everyone.'
We're trying to find some support slots for them in the UK, and have already asked festival organisers, Can they Play With Madness? µ
But we probably won't see it until next year
Why stick a finger in a dyke when you can ram the entire boy in the hole, eh?
Reminds us that we're supposed to be able to trust them
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