Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published June 27th 2022
The moon is always in a song somewhere
The fourth column on a topic that, according to feedback from the first few columns, is one people have been waiting for. And, in response to a question – I have no songs about moon flowers, so sorry I can't help you there.
The moon, that large natural satellite that circles the Earth, has been a main source of poetry and song for millennia, dating back to the Babylonians. And the source of conspiracy theories about secret bases, whether it is natural, and if curdled milk solids make up its constituent parts. Having said that, there are no songs about cheese here. Sorry.
There are so many songs about the moon! Without exaggeration, I have hundreds in my collection. And so that is why this list was so hard to compile. Trying to work out what to remove, what misses out, etc. As such, here are some rules: 1) No classical music. Sorry. There are some fine pieces, but this was already hard enough. 2) No repeats of songs across columns except where the cover version is very different in tone and form. 3) No repeated artists in an individual list. 4) The word moon must be in the title on some form. 5) Moonshine songs about alcohol do not count here (but a series of alcohol columns is coming at some point).
We've reached the 1990s and with that comes instrumentals, country, Celtic and other music forms, and an eclectic mix of music that can be a little jarring, so, beware.
'Blood On The Moon' by The Angels (1991)
The Angels were my favourite pub rock band, a band I saw live more than any other. And this song, which I believe is a non-album single (I have it on CD single, and it's not on the regular studio albums I own), is a great rock track that does not get enough love.
'Neon Moon' by Brooks & Dunn (1991)
We hit the first of our country songs, a slow song from a duo that I like, but mainly their earlier stuff. It is a sad song (as many country ballads are), but the image painted in the lyrics is a really strong one.
'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young (1992)
Neil Young returned to his Harvest stylings some twenty years later with a gorgeous album of which this is the title track. It is a beautiful song from a beautiful album, and is still held up as a fine example of his work today.
'Man On The Moon' by R.E.M. (1992)
A song about comedian Andy Kaufman, this track is one of the many by R.E.M. that are still held up as some of their best of their canon. It is a touching tribute and a really good song to boot.
'The Light Of The Moon (Belongs To Me)' by Kim Wilde (1992)
Kim Wilde throughout the years has continued to deliver good pop songs with her wonderful voice at the fore. This track from the Love Is album is a fun piece of mid-tempo pop, a song very few would have heard (or remember), but I like it.
'Full Moon, Dirty Hearts' by INXS with Chrissie Hynde (1993)
The title track from this INXS album is an interesting track, one that stands out amongst many of their discography with a slightly different feel. It is one of the better tracks from the album, and the addition of Hynde adds a welcome vocal layer.
'Moon Dog' by Yello (1994)
It's Yello, so you know it's going to be a weird track. And weird it is, but it is catchy as all out and so hard to stop listening to. I am not sure what it's meant to be about, but does that matter?
'Tea House Moon' by Enya (1995)
There was a time in the 1990s when Celtic music or music inspired by Celtic rhythms kept cropping up, and this instrumental is a great example of that from the wonderful Enya. So smooth and relaxing, it is such a good tune.
'To The Moon And Back' by Savage Garden (1997)
In Australia, Savage Garden was all over the charts in the back half of the 90s. They released a string of pop songs, highlighted by Darren Hayes' magnificent voice. This ballad is one of the better known and loved songs, and it is easy to see why. I have been to two weddings where this was one of the couple's songs. Very cool.
'Moondance' by Nightwish (1998)
It doesn't happen often enough that I get a chance to put some symphonic rock into one of these lists! I am a huge fan of that style, and Nightwish are amongst the very best. This track starts slow and builds and builds and then hits you. It is so awesome!
'Nothin' New Under The Moon' by LeAnn Rimes (1998)
Let's go back to another country artist, this one a woman whose work I like consistently more. And this song, with a hint of pop styling, is a really good country song.
'Goodnight Moon' by Shivaree (1999)
I know very little about this band, and have this song on the soundtrack of the film Kill Bill, Vol. 2. It is a nice piece of that Americana style of country-rock. Another band I should check out more of.