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Friday, November 30, 2012

5 Musicians Who Believe in Alien Life, Other Than Shaun Ryder

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM


Shaun Ryder: ex-Happy Mondays vocalist, frequently-intoxicated loudmouth, and a man embodying so much English working class swagger, he makes Liam Gallagher look like a pansy. Mr. Ryder is an unforgettable character, but not someone you'd think about leaving in charge of documentary programming. So we have to wonder what in the hell the boffins at the History Channel were thinking when they recently gave Ryder his own show for the network. And guess what? It gets even better, because the program is about UFOs.

That's right folks -- Shaun Ryder On UFOs is an actual real-life thing now. If the interview Ryder recently gave British newspaper

The Sun is anything to go by, our indie hero is learning a lot already:

"Chile is the fucking UFO capital of the world," Ryder told the daily.

"The Chilean Air Force don't keep anything secret, man." So, yeah... This thing is

going to be crazy pants. And yes, of course we're going to watch it.

In honor of

Shaun Ryder's newfound mission to boldly go where few frontman have gone before, we'd like to pay tribute to some of his fellow musicians who have

also proudly professed a belief in the extra-terrestrial. Here are our

five favorites.

1. John Lennon


John Lennon was an articulate, highly intelligent, sensitive human being, who also happens to have been a musical legend. And in 1974, he and his assistant/lover, May Pang, saw an unidentifiable craft in the shape of a "flattened cone" hovering outside his New York apartment. Not only did the couple call the police to report the sighting, they were apparently told that seven other people had also reported the strange craft. He went on to make references to UFOs in the tracks "Out Of The Blue" and "Nobody Told Me." Hey, if John Lennon says he saw a UFO, we believe John Lennon saw a UFO. Maybe the pilots were Beatles fans... We'll probably never know.

2. Ke$ha

We find ourselves defending Ke$ha to a sea of disbelieving faces all the time. But beyond all that talk of Jack Daniels, rampant boy seduction, and near-death partying practices, Ke$ha's a deep thinker. (Kind of.) At the very least, despite having never seen any evidence with her own eyes to support the assertion, she very much believes that the existence of alien life is a no-brainer. "It's horribly narcissistic to think we are the only intelligent life around," she once said, rather wisely. And dammit, people, she has a point.

3. Sammy Hagar


So, he's not David Lee Roth. But did David Lee Roth ever get abducted by aliens? Not that we've heard! (Yet.) Sammy Hagar on the other hand, very bravely wrote about being abducted by beings from another place in his memoirs, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. "I saw a ship and two creatures inside of this ship," he said. "And they were

connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection." Holy crap! Those are some brave aliens! Would you wanna be inside Sammy Hagar's mind?

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