Toon Tunes: Space Ghost's Intergalactic Playlist For The Cosmos


curated by Jacob Whitener

I'd like to start off by apologizing for this fucking weirdo playlist but hopefully it'll make sense after I explain things a little.

Throughout my whole life I have always loved super egotistical comedy characters. I don't know if it's because ego is one of my least favorite things in a person or what, but I've always found them hilarious. At the same time, I have always wondered what was really going on in the mind of those characters. Do they experience self doubt? Do they enjoy not being the center of attention for a moment? What do they listen to at home in privacy? What's their commute to work like? 

In the 1960s, Space Ghost was an intergalactic super hero fighting every sort of diabolical monster and foe you can imagine! By the 90s, he retired his superhero tendencies and hosted a late night talk show featuring his former villains as his sidekicks. After years of saving the universe and being praised as a hero, Space Ghost became an ego maniac and his talk show was a great reflection of that. He would often "blow up" his famous celebrity guests or make fun of them and talk over them, much to the dismay of his producers. The show was a mess for everyone but Space Ghost who was completely oblivious to the chaos.

So with this playlist, I wanted to create the soundtrack to Space Ghost's last day at his talk show. 

The first song "Moon Bound" is supposed to be the soundtrack of him taking the "Space Bus" to the moon for work.

Half of the rest of the songs I like to imagine are by bands who the music bookers booked to send Space Ghost off. So you have the bigger bands of that time: Pixies, Flaming Lips, Liz Phair etc. doing space themed tunes. Even Pavement did a new theme song for the show!

Then in between those acts, I have "Space Age Pop" music which I like to imagine Space Ghost would rather be listening to. Space Age Pop was mostly instrumental music created in the 50s and early 60s which were inspired by the space age and the future. Some pretty wacky stuff.

By "The Day Begins" Space Ghost would be heading home, thinking on all the free time he will have now without his show.

We end with "I Am The Cosmos" a song I like to think that Space Ghost would listen to every night for a little confidence boost.

So there you have it! A weirdo, disjointed playlist for a weirdo, disjointed cartoon.

Later Space Cadets! 

Compilation: Summer at The Grey Estates Volume 2

mp3: "Ceremonies" - Strange Relations