My thoughts about the Traveller RPG playlist for Spotify was to include good (and some bad, but still fun to listen to) music that could be an inspiration for Traveller.
A really good Referee could arrange the list, so that it matches the current game. (E.g. play Vargr Moon when meeting the Vargr, play 1-0-0-1-0 when working with computers and play The Joker when meeting a Space Cowboy. etc…)
I didn’t want to include any theme song from science fiction movies or TV in the list since these shows are not Traveller. The only exception (since I think it is very close to Traveller) is the theme from Firefly by Sonny Rhodes (who look a bit like a Zhodani). But his original version isn’t on Spotify so it is not in the list.
Why are those tracks on the playlist?
Oxygène – Part IV (Jean Michel Jarre)
A nice futuristic track. Oxygen is needed by most sophonts in Traveller. Why not play this when there is a hull breach.
Love Missile F1-11 (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)
It’s one of the bad (or annoying) tracks, but it’s about missiles by a band named Sputnik. We played this a lot in the 80s. At one time we filled a jukebox in a Bayswater pub with coins and only selected this song and “Touch Me” (since you could not select the same song twice in a row).
Blinkar Blå (Adolphson & Falk)
A good futuristic track. I haven’t figured out if this is about a Nuclear Power Plant or about SETI yet.
Sweat In Bullet (Simple Minds)
Another one to play when using Striker rules. Airmobility, dressability, tranquil.
Rocket Man (Elton John)
When Travelling. Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man.
1-0-0-1-0 (Adolphson & Falk)
About computers. 1-0-0-1-0, vi måste tala samma språk. Adolphson & Falk made an album in English, but the translations of the songs were really bad. 1-0-0-1-0, we have to talk the same language.
Out Of Space (The Prodigy)
This one is for the Scouts. I’m gonna send him to outer space, find another race.