Air Play

Introduction: The Culture of Flight in Historical Perspective

Lenny Kravitz, “Fly Away” (1998)


Steve Miller Band, “Fly Like an Eagle” (1977)


B.o.b., “Airplanes” (Featuring Hayley Williams) (2010)


 I. The Pre-History of Flight

Pearl Jam, “Given to Fly” (1998)


Iron Maiden, “Flight of Icarus” (1983)


Slaughter, “Fly to the Angels” (1990)


II. The Dawn of Aviation

Foo Fighters, “Learn to Fly” (1999)


REO Speedwagon, “Time for Me to Fly” (1978)


Pink Floyd, “Learning to Fly” (1987)


III. The Airplane and the Arts, I

Insane Clown Posse, “Fly Away” (2002)


The Secret Machines, “Flying” (2007)


Bjork, “Aeroplane” (1993)


IV. The Great War in the Air

Alien Sex Fiend, “Hurricane Fighter Plane” (1987)


Ass Ponys, “Fighter Pilot” (2005)


Howlin’ Wolf, “Mr. Airplane Man” (1959)


V. Golden Age of Flight

Ben Folds, “Landed” (2007)


Rush, “Fly by Night” (1975)


Joe Cocker, “The Letter” (1970)


VI. The Dawn of Commercial and Civil Aviation

Skytone, “Lindbergh” (2006)


Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly with Me” (1958)


The Handsome Family, “Amelia Earhart vs. The Dancing Bear” (1996)



VIII. Aviation in Service to the State

Click for YouTube videoQueens of the Stone Age, “Auto Pilot” (2000)


Listen via YouTubeSystem of a Down, “Jet Pilot” (2001)


Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Aeroplane” (1995)



IX. World War II

Pink Floyd, “Goodbye Blue Sky” (1979)


Motörhead, “Bomber” (1979)


Smashing Pumpkins, “Here’s to the Atom Bomb” (2005)



X. The Jet Age

Queensryche, “Jet City Woman” (1990)

Guster, “Airport Song” (1998)


Cake, “I Bombed Korea” (1994)



XI. The Limitations of Air Power

Kinky, “Airport Feelings” (2003)

Ben Folds, “Belinda” (2010)

The Jimmi Hendrix Experience, “Little Wing” (1967)


XII. Air Power in the Twenty-First Century

Django Haskins, “planesong” (2003)


The Clash, “Rock the Casbah” (1982)


Afroman, “Airport” (2004)