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It’s not the speed that kills you

Welcome to the new installment of our semi-irregular trainspotting column. It’s been a while, eh?

Netflix soap opera The Crown is based on the real events from the life of the British royal family during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Season 3 episode 6 (wait for it) deals with the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. Prior to the ceremony, he is sent to the University of Wales to learn the language and local customs, where he is put up in a dorm with other students. His next door neighbours are smoking some weed and playing some loud music, so he knocks on their door to turn it down. The music they are playing is Hallelujah by our own Deep Purple. As you all know, this was the first track recorded by the brand new Mark 2 lineup after recruiting Ian Gillan and Roger Glover from their band Episode 6.

The Expanse is an American sci-fi space opera taking place in the 24th century. In season 3 episode 7 there’s a space cowboy trying to break speed records to impress his girlfriend. She is impressed, but he gets killed in a very graphic manner by an alien force that apparently doesn’t like speed. The soundtrack to the race is a cover of Highway Star sung in a fictional Belter creole language.

The cover in its entirety also appears on the series soundtrack album:

And finally, German Schlager singer-songwriter Matthias Reim’s latest track is called Deep Purple und Led Zeppelin. The chorus doesn’t really need much translation:

Deep Purple und Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath und die frühen Queen
Oh-o, oh-o
Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Killer Rock
Uriah Heep und Status Quo
Journey, Kansas und The Who

Thanks to Gary Poronovich and Catrin Thul for the info.



4 Comments to “It’s not the speed that kills you”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    So why do I feel californicated?.

  2. 2
    Ivica says:

    Side one “Mashine Head” album…00 -34 ..magic for my all life…

  3. 3
    Micke says:

    It WAS a great time when you went down to the record store to listen to new music or to pick up the new Purple album!!

  4. 4
    AndreA says:

    3 bad version.
    Thanks
    🙂

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