I started thinking the other day about a thought I'd had before and it's about the music in Star Wars: A New Hope. You know the scene, which is popularly known as the Cantina scene, where Hans Solo is on the pirate planet of Mos Eisley at a table and eventually SPOILERS shoots Greedo. There are a group of aliens up on stage playing a type of ragtime, jazz music. It sort of reminds me of the speakeasy's here on Earth back in the 20s or whatever. John Williams has said that it's to evoke the jazz scene of the 40s, sounding both alien, but also familiar. I think the scene is very effective the way the scene opens going into the bar, then we get the music, which sort of provides a bit of levity, and the camera pans around the bar and we see all the aliens, some menacing looking and then dashes of levity as well. It's smoky and dimly lit with this air of something that might happen. It's hard to argue with Lucas and Williams in the handling of that scene. Even now as I write that I get nostalgic for the movie, and feel like re-watching the movie.
My thought though is a less specifically about that scene, but more about what would people be listening to that far into the future? I heard someone mention The Resident's album, Not Available, the other day as sounding alien and from another galaxy, and it does at least through parts of it. But once they start singing lyrics, it becomes campy for me. I like The Residents somewhat, and at the same time I don't listen to them very much. I think I can appreciate their outlook or concepts more than their actual music.