The track, a facts-and-figures journey through the Cosmos, was originally written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez and performed by Idle in the 1983 comedy Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life.
For the special RSD release “Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python… Galaxy Song”, the Cambridge University professor narrates the Python classic in his familiar synthesized tones (he lost his ability to speak in 1985 due to degenerative motor neuron disease). The track will be released as a limited edition 7” single for the April 18 RSD, and must surely rank as one of the unusual exclusives in the eight-year history of the event.
The wheelchair-bound Hawking is the most recognizable theoretical physicist on the planet. His life story was retold for the big screen in The Theory of Everything, which earned its lead Eddie Redmayne the Oscar for best male actor at this year’s Academy Awards.
Hearing Hawking pose the “Galaxy Song’s” enduring question, “but pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up there in space, because there’s bugger all down here on earth,” will have geeks everywhere rejoicing. Watch the clip below.