Episode 104

Published on:

29th May 2022

Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds

"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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Two Geeks Two Beers
Nerdy obsessions. Drunken ramblings. A nostalgia podcast about TV, film and video games.
Tom and Morgan are two mates who love talking nonsense about pop culture, while also enjoying a beer. We've taken our drunken ramblings from the pub to the studio to teach each other about all kinds of films, TV shows, video games and more. From '80s cartoons to '90s kids shows, action film franchises to cult games, we'll chat about anything remotely geek-related, often with plenty of confusion, bickering and fond nostalgia.
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