Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds

Two Geeks Two Beers

29-05-2022 • 1 hr 28 mins

"And slowly, but surely, they drew their plans against us..."

For this episode, Tom teaches Morgan all about a true one-off: the sci-fi prog rock concept musical album adaptation of HG Wells' War of the Worlds, by Jeff Wayne.

Morgan gets flabbergasted at the album's enduring popularity, as he hears songs like 'Eve of the War' and 'Forever Autumn' for the first time, much to Tom's dismay.

We discuss:

  • The gravitas of Richard Burton and the surprisingly decent David Essex
  • The gall and the gumption of Jeff Wayne sticking his name on the album and spending A LOT of money - but it worked!
  • How Tom grew up with an actual typewriter
  • Morgan's most hated words: 'rock opera'
  • Justin Hayward's sci-fi pedigree
  • How Tom had a mandatory dance class at school. Just him?
  • Morgan's impressions are back: Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Marlon Brando and more!
  • The album's amazing artwork and video game spinoffs
  • Tom's love of Daniel Bedingfield

Clips used:

  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War of the Worlds (CBS)
  • Songs: 'Eve of the War', 'Forever Autumn', 'Thunder Child', 'The Spirit of Man', 'Brave New World', 'Epilogue'
  • Vigrass & Osborne - 'Forever Autumn' / Lego commercial
  • Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds (ZX Spectrum)
  • Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War of the Worlds - The New Generation (Sony)
  • Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds - The Musical Drama (Audible)

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