Photo by Bob Fugger

Released in 2000 by Vancouver Canada’s The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack to the sci-fi blockbuster that never was.

The CD has an interactive multimedia track for PC and contains the music video for the Thickets’ song “Walking On the Moon”


Theme to Spaceship Zero (click to preview)
20 Minutes of Oxygen (click to preview)
The Innsmouth Look (click to preview)
Power Up
BTL Drive
The Math Song
Dies ist Unverschamtheit
The Chosen One
Slave Ship (click to preview) (also appears in TV Movie “Bloodsuckers”)
Requiem for a Clone Hunter
Sounds of Tindalos (click to preview)
End Credits”

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“The Thickets rip through their tunes with noisy precision, the instruments and vocals providing a tight mix of crunchy punk stabs and pop licks. Bouncy drums back energetic guitar-lines, carrying song after song into the realm of outstanding Foo Fighters-esque rock’n’roll. Toren Atkinson’s vocals climb from a dark growl into mischievous punk sing-alongs, and he invests the absurd lyrics…with just the right degree of earnesty. The Thickets are aware of the silliness of their project – the liner notes include an illustrated short story, and the CD’s got some interactive video-game features – but they revel in it to the point that the listener feels s/he can laugh along with them. Rather than singing mopey songs for the dumped, the Thickets opt to play anthemic tunes to space calamities (“20 Minutes of Oxygen”) or rock out in incomprehensible German (“Dies ist unverschamtheit”). As a result, this potentially embarrassing experiment is transformed into a fun, utterly listenable delight, and a perfect antidote to the everyday greyness of life on planet Earth. Outstanding.

what does the soundtrack to a doomed film sound like? Pretty good. Musically, things stay on the poppier side of the punk-pop equation, although there are a few goofy nods to both dopey electronica and cheeseball heavy metal. The sound and production on the disc are terrific and the playing is tight and clean. Toren Atkinson’s vocals are exceptional, and he manages to make even the goofiest of lyrics sound cool

It’s all about the music anyway and man, are DOTHT creative. They even manage to pull off a song about an algebra equation. Even without the movie premise this holds up as a quality record with some very catchy tracks.

Album art by Chris Woods


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