Oxygene/Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Theme (Tab)

Oxygene Part IV & Journey of the Sorcerer (Tab)

I don’t know how Time Magazine reached the conclusion that the 2000s were the worst decade ever. A decade where a few people with plenty of money anyway getting fleeced by Bernie Madoff was one of the 10 worst things to happen. Bunch of wankers.

Anyhoo, there’s no arguing over which decade represents the world’s cultural nadir: the 1980s. Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygene sums up everything that was wrong with music in the 80s. So I’m not sure why I covered it. The only branch of the arts that did well in the 80s was comedy. And they certainly had balls to think they could film unfilmable Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It ended up looking terrible but having charm (not something you could say about the film).

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  1. Bre July 15th, 2010 6:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try it. Now all we need is a Dr. Who theme tab.

  2. Jennifer July 15th, 2010 8:15 pm

    Oh wow the memories. Now I need to go watch the miniseries again. And I second the Doctor Comment.

  3. Vatsal July 15th, 2010 11:58 pm

    I agree the 80’s were probably the worst decade. The only thing good to come out of them for me were The Smiths.

  4. Ritchie July 16th, 2010 9:01 am

    So, I’m playing the video and my wife is in the next room …,

    “Hey Ritchie, that’s good, you’re getting better!”..,

    Should I tell her?

  5. L.bo Marie July 16th, 2010 12:21 pm

    oh goodnight!
    As a child of the 80’s I disagree! There’s a ton that was done right that decade… ok, maybe most culture sucked… but thru the eyes of a kid, that glitter, those high hair dos,those shoulder pads, that music, … was the best thing ever.
    also, it’s brought out some of the best cover bands….
    http://www.mcflies.com sweet ukulele 80’s nonsense!

  6. Rob NY July 16th, 2010 3:06 pm

    Growing up listening to my older brother’s now “Classic Rock” collection in the late 60s and 70s. Then the Disco fever of the 70s,I spent the ages 22 thru 32 in the 80s. I found the new wave music of the 80s exciting & refreshing. Discovering new bands wasn’t as easy as it is today.These bands were not mainstream. One radio station in the area where they could be heard. The Cure ,U2,Talking Heads,Pretenders, Smiths, New Order, Depeche Mode, B52s ,Ramones. I could go on and on. B52s at a dance club in NYC, U2 at a local club in 1981 when they were still unknown . I Will Follow made them famous.I do think the internet today makes for more musical development and discovery.
    Had we had it in the 80s, who knows? 80s music sometimes cheesy, sometimes dark,was my music.
    It could be fun to dance to as well.
    I guess you had to be there.

  7. Nick B-C. July 16th, 2010 8:55 pm

    …Bravo Al…I love Oxygene, with much ribbing from my muso brothers and sisters, but I don’t care…I used to listen to it on my Mk1 sony walkman, whilst riding my bike around the vale of York bunking of school…I’ve drawn a blank on some of my favorite electronic tunes on chordie etc etc…probably not good looking for synth music on a guitar site…so a big thank you for soothing my analogue angst…Darkness by human league…What do you think?…

  8. Hello Jodi July 16th, 2010 9:42 pm

    That Bernie Madoff thing…I remember reading an article in Vanity Fair where a bunch of his former clients (Jews, I might add) compared him to Hitler. HITLER. You are right: wankers.

  9. OliviaLee July 19th, 2010 3:01 am

    Definately put a Doctor Who Theme tab….. I LOVE DOCTOR WHO!!!!!

  10. Paul July 19th, 2010 7:51 am

    Imagine my surprise (read: none) when the Times worst 10 things of the past decade had 9 out of the 10 that were either in America, or had the Yanks involved in some way.

  11. Rob NY July 19th, 2010 4:52 pm

    Hey Paul, the Times has an agenda much like your own. To bash the USA. I do think if they really searched and searched,this past decade, the Times might find some other catastrophes, or atrocities in other parts of this near perfect world. What part of the rest of the near perfect world do you live in ? UK maybe? By the way, if the Yasnks of my father’s generation “weren’t involved in some way”,you would be writing the garbage above in German,Russian,Japanese,or Chinese. You can thank the 300,000 “Yanks” that died in WWII for ability to SPEW your cavalier insults in English.

  12. Woodshed July 19th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Ben, Jennifer, OliviaLee: I might do that. Although I might tab out WS64’s version. His arrangement is really good.

    Vatsal: And the first Guns ‘n Roses album.

    Ritchie: I say keep it a secret and hope she doesn’t request a repeat performance in front of a large audience.

    L.bo Marie: I was a kid in the 80s. But not much into glitter and big hair.

    Nick: Thanks. Probably not on the Human League though.

    Jodi: You bring Hitler into it, you lose.

    Paul: I think you mean Time rather than The Times. Big difference.

    Rob: I think your comment is way out of line with anything Paul said. I read it as attacking Time for not looking beyond American shores. Something much of the American media seems to be guilty of.

  13. Rob NY July 19th, 2010 11:43 pm

    You might be right AL. It could be an unfair reactiom to that comment. Maybe my own paranoia. It just seems to me that it is sport in Europe to bash big bad USA. One thing I do know for sure Time does have an agenda which is anti American.
    Something much of the American media is guilty of.

  14. L.bo Marie July 22nd, 2010 8:18 pm

    ok comment-hobbits (those of you- like myself who guiltily follow the comments closely- and get most of your day’s entertainment there-in)

    a little 80’s treasure… folked up.


  15. Woodshed July 24th, 2010 6:26 pm

    L.bo: Even I don’t follow the comments that closely!

  16. Blackhold August 19th, 2010 8:18 pm

    a great towelist song! amazing! really freak!

  17. El Wocko December 5th, 2010 8:59 pm

    I don’t mean to be pedantic but Oxygene was released in 1977, which in my reckoning makes it a 70’s album.

  18. Woodshed December 7th, 2010 7:24 pm

    El Wocko: Nice piece of pedantry. I stand corrected.

  19. Simon July 29th, 2011 6:57 am

    You’re right… the 80s were sh!te – it even made Queen rather mediocre. There is one musical exception however – the emergence of thrash metal! Slayaaaaaaaa…

  20. Woodshed July 29th, 2011 7:32 am

    Simon: True!

  21. Caroline August 5th, 2011 4:47 pm

    Am I the only one who cant fit the tabs to the video? isn’t he playing some parts twice?

  22. Woodshed August 6th, 2011 8:41 am

    Caroline: I made a mistake and played bars 9 and 10 twice.

  23. Caroline August 6th, 2011 3:48 pm

    Thank you, keep on rocking with that ukulele, Love this site!

  24. Woodshed August 7th, 2011 7:05 am

    Caroline: Thanks! Will do.

  25. carreg wastad February 3rd, 2012 11:49 am

    does no one like the british ska from the 80s?

    I love playing the hgtotg theme – thanks

  26. Arlo James Barnes January 28th, 2013 5:55 am

    Kinda disappointed we did not get the full JotS, I used to listen to One of These Nights on loop…but we got some Oxygene, so yay.

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