A Blast-Off Mix For The Heaven's Gate Crew

Today is the 15th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate mass suicide. Assuming their ship had a tape deck, here are some songs for the road.

Jeff Ogiba

Jeff Ogiba

A scene from a Heaven's Gate introductory video utilizing some …err... futuristic video effects.

Fifteen years ago today, all hell broke loose when UFO fanatic and cult leader Marshall Applewhite and thirty-nine of his followers committed mass suicide in search of a better world. Timing the suicides with the close passing of the large Hale-Bopp comet was crucial, as each member of Heaven's Gate believed that after they left their physical bodies (also known as "vehicles") their souls would board the comet-trailing mothership. If all went as planned, Applewhite and crew are currently out there, where no man has gone before. Assuming the ship is equipped with a decent tape deck, here are a few songs they might be celebrating with as you read this.

Styx - "Come Sail Away"

This song speaks for itself, and would probably have been best cued by Applewhite himself as Earth faded to a distant speck (yeah, yeah, you've heard the song a million times but you have to admit that it's almost too perfect of a fit).

Dr. Octagon - "Earth People"

"Astronauts get played...tough like a ukulele". Not sure how THESE astronauts would get played, and not certain if a comparison to the durability of said ukulele helps their case.

The National - "Looking For Astronauts"

They'd be like "WTF, new music?? Didn't we blast off in 1997?"

The Carpenters - "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"

They'd hear this one and be all "that's us!"

Hum - "Stars"

"She thinks she missed the train to Mars…" (Crew laughs. YES. SHE. DID.).

The Animals - "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place"

"We've gotta get out of this place, if it's the last thing we ever do". Yeah you do, and yeah it was.

The Beatles - "Across The Universe"

"Nothing's gonna change my world" …the last track played as they remember their home, from far, far away.

With all that said, what songs would you put on a mix for the crew?

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