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Dear Other Tropers, do you like this song?
I hope it's good and famous, you can sing along
Jus' rewrite the lyrics, keep the rhymes alive
There's a certain art, and it's called writing
An All The Tropes Filk Song
An All The Tropes Filk Song!
See this song was written by the Beatle Paul
You might see this done to anything at all
If it's Meatloaf, folk songs, or a Broadway Hit
Just rewrite the words, then you're set to have an
All The Tropes Filk Song,
An All The Tropes Filk Song!
All The Tropes filk song, filk song, filk song...
There's a thousand filkers, name me one or two
Like you know Weird Al and Tom Smith is too
It's an old tradition, old as song itself
It's a tricksy art when you wanna write an
All The Tropes Filk Song,
An All The Tropes Filk Song!

Self-demonstration aside, "filk" is best described as the music of fandom, or at least, the music of the filk community. Songs about SF books or movies, fandom in-jokes, or even just related topics such as computer geeky references are all common sources for filk. And, despite what the self-demonstration says, filk doesn't have to be new words to old music - that's To the Tune Of. (Nobody would call The Star-Spangled Banner filk, but the US national anthem uses the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven. The song sometimes considered the "anthem of filk," Hope Eyrie, has its own original music.)

The term is believed to originate in the 1960s in an early SF fandom 'zine, where the editor didn't do enough copy editing, and typo'd "Folk Music" as "Filk". The term stuck as a way to describe the peculiar style of musicianship, weird humor, and camaraderie of fandom musicians. (Some in the Society for Creative Anachronism claim it was actually their word first, and fandom got it from them; given the heavy overlap between SCAdians and fandom both then and now, it's probably a moot point.)

Filk has a few general styles: humorous, serious but positive, and depressing and angsty. The humor is often, but not always, parody (here defined broadly as "new lyrics," not only the ones referencing the originals —- see Satire, Parody, Pastiche) -- some filkers are specifically parodists, some do both parody and original, and many only do original work. Some even specialize in "refilking," parodying others' original filk songs.

Parody filk is sometimes seen on Fanfic sites as an exclusively literary form—lyrics parodying a popular song, but not necessarily meant to be sung (and sometimes taking such liberties with the meter that it cannot be sung to the specified tune).

The angsty stuff is called "ose," as in, "it's ose, ose, and more-ose." Of course, like all things, especially fandom, there can be some overlap—there are terms such as "cheeri-ose," which is both cheery and depressing; "sucr-ose," sweet and sugary and depressing, and "verb-ose," long and drawn out...and depressing.

(Oh, and in case it isn't apparent already, a lot of filk songs have puns. Lots of puns.)

Most SF conventions nowadays have a room set aside for the filkers to sing in large bardic-style circles once the main panels end for the day—some even have concerts. Filk-specific conventions do exist, the biggest being the Ohio Valley Filk Fest, which includes the annual Pegasus Awards for best filk songs. Check it out for some examples of particularly well-regarded filk. For more examples of filk, there's also The Virtual Filksing, which bills itself as the oldest anthology of recorded filk music on the Internet.

Unfortunately, defining filk more concretely than "the music of fandom, or at least, the music of the filk community" can be tricky; even in fandom circles, filk is sort of a Redheaded Stepchild that a lot of people don't like. That's probably because they've been exposed to one too many bad singers—filk has a performance aspect, and mangled music can put you off of the entire field. And Sturgeon's Law still applies, after all—it's just that, unlike fanfiction, filk will often be sung aloud, which makes it harder to avoid the bad stuff when you're looking for the good.

Partially as a result of that, there are a number of artists—such as "Weird Al" Yankovic and Jonathan Coulton—whose work is frequently sung in filk circles, but who don't consider themselves filkers. Other filkers, especially ones more on the "funny and pun-filled" side, prefer the term "dementia," derived from the Dr. Demento show, which has been playing comedy and novelty music since the '70s.

The examples will therefore be divided into "Filk," where the artist considers him- or herself a filker (or dementia artist; we're keeping it simple) and part of the community; "Found Filk," where the artist isn't a filker, but the music qualifies and has probably been sung in circles; and "Somewhere in Between," where it's not so clear.

See also Heavy Mithril, which almost by nature qualifies at least as "found filk," and Nerd Core.

Note there's a related phenomenon in the Second World, called "minstrel song" in Russia. It's also a phenomenon of the fandom, but it's derived from the Soviet tradition of bard song (which is itself derived from the early XX century Russian urban romance music). Basically, Three Chords and the Truth about various fandoms, mostly fantasy (and among fantasy, mostly JRR Tolkien). Oh, and it almost never recycles melodies from older music.

Not to be confused with Flik of the Blue Lightning.

Examples of Filk Song include:

Filk and Filk Artists of Note[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Leslie Fish, whose name has been described as "practically synonymous with filk." She has what might be the two most famous filk songs of all time:
    • "Banned From Argo," an original song (and the old Trope Namer for what is now Persona Non Grata) describing what happened when the the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise went on shore leave on the planet of Argo, and the swath of destruction they left in their wake. The piece became so popular that Leslie eventually became sick of it, and many other filkers started to follow suit.
      • Worse, to Leslie's loud but (mostly) good-natured complaint, "Banned from Argo" has been refilked so much, about everything from other Star Trek series to other TV shows to SCA storytelling to just random puns, that there's an entire songbook, "The Bastard Children of Argo."
      • "Banned From Argo" is so insanely popular, it has shown up in fic. As an actual drinking song. The kicker? "Argo" recounts the exploits of the TOS crew, and the song showed up in an Enterprise fic.
    • Hope Eyrie, written about the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon (though it took a number of years to finish), is sometimes considered the "anthem of filk."
    • In addition to her original work, Leslie frequently sets Rudyard Kipling poetry to music; the resulting songs are called "Kipplefish."
  • Heather Alexander, and her "heir" Alexander James Adams (long story). The most famous song is probably the archetypal song of battle, March of Cambreadth.
  • Bill Sutton.
  • Julia Ecklar.
  • Tom Smith, one of the most famous funny filkers. Songs include "307 Ale" and the Barenaked Ladies parody about Babylon 5, "Five Years".
  • The late, great Cynthia McQuillin wrote more than a thousand filks, ranging from romantic ballads ("Singer in the Shadow"), to bawdy humor ("Gilda and the Dragon"), and from dark fantasy ("Slay the Dead") to hard science fiction ("Fuel to Feed the Drive"), with occasional pit stops at the simply indescribable. ("The Worm Turns", a talking blues song about a fisherman who's bitten by a "wereworm".)
  • Frank Hayes has been in filk since the 1970s, and has written several classics of filk, including "Never Set the Cat on Fire" and "When I Was a Boy" (sung by Joe Bethancourt). But he's probably best known for forgetting his own lyrics, to the point that other filkers will, upon forgetting their lyrics, call out "Frank Hayes Disease!"
  • The Funny Music Project, or FuMP, is a collective of funny filkers and dementia artists, including the aforementioned Tom Smith, Rob Balder, and The Great Luke Ski.
  • Seanan McGuire, writer of the October Daye and (under the name 'Mira Grant') Newsflesh series, was a filker first, with several albums already and more coming. Example song: "Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves". (Seanan's the blonde. For the others, see the next two lines.)
  • Vixy and Tony, best known for the Firefly filk "Mal's Song". (They also work with Seanan a lot—see "Wicked Girls.")
  • S.J. "Sooj" Tucker, "Skinny White Chick". Example song: "I'm So Sorry." (Frequently works with Vixy and Tony, and therefore Seanan; she's on the drums on "Wicked Girls.")
  • The Bedlam Bards, primarily a Renaissance Faire duo until they got into Firefly fandom pretty heavily.
  • Bob Kanefsky, master refilker, specializes in mashing up two of another filker's songs, setting the story of one song to the tune of another. And he does it very, very well. Frequently, he gets the creator of one of the original songs to sing his version.
    • For example, Bob took one of Leslie Fish's Kipling tunes and wrote "They're Singing 'Banned From Argo,'" about how many veteran filkers have come to dislike the song from overexposure. One verse states that Leslie Fish has plugged her ears because she just doesn't want to hear it. And he got Leslie to perform it.
  • League of Legends is becoming quite a popular subject, thanks to Riot's Songs of the Summoned contests. Searching "League of Legends songs" on Youtube will get you about 9,500+ hits
  • Mercedes Lackey sings and writes filk (or used to), often working with Leslie Fish and Heather Alexander. Recordings are available at The Firebird Arts And Music Catalog.
    • Frequently, Fish or Alexander would, with Lackey's explicit encouragement, take the songs that appeared in her novels and set them to music.
    • In what can only be described as an auto-Shout-Out, Lackey named one of her minor characters Leslac, after the filkish term for a Leslie Fish-Mercedes Lackey collaboration. (Naturally, the character was a bard, albeit one who...didn't always get the story right.)
  • Eben Brooks has songs including "Hey There, Cthulhu" and "It's the End of the 'Verse as We Know It".
  • Elf Quest has an entire filk album.
  • Terence Chua specializes in Cthulhu filk.
  • BeatleBrony is a YouTube channel that has remarkably skillful filks of various Beatles and later post-breakup solo songs for My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic.
  • Gavin Dunne. His The Escapist series called Miracle Of Sound consists of video game filk songs (of any genre and any topic).
  • 'Helva' : 'For me and my luggage will never meet again on the bonnie bonnie floors of the Worldcon'.
  • 'Xenaclone' : A whole Highlander/Mikado filk cycle, several 'Firefly' filks and counting...


Found Filk[edit | hide]

  • As mentioned, pretty much everything by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Al has stated outright that he doesn't consider himself a filker, but he certainly gets sung enough at filk circles...

"His buddy Bubba was a shrimp lovin' man
His friend with no legs he called Lt. Dan
His girlfriend Jenny was kind of a slut
He went to the White House; showed LBJ his butt"

  • Ditto Jonathan Coulton, who enjoys that his music gets sung at filk conventions and circles, but doesn't really consider himself part of the community. (Filkers generally knew Coulton long before Portal.)
  • Peter Schilling's "Major Tom (Coming Home)" (possibly better known to younger tropers from the cover version by Shiny Toy Guns, used in a late 2009 car commercial) reworks David Bowie's "Space Oddity".
    • Most of Schilling's output qualifies. He may be a one-hit wonder in the United States, but he's got over a dozen albums in his native Germany. Most of his songs cover stuff like space aliens ("Zone 804"), video games ("10,000 Points"), and world-ending disasters ("The Noah Plan," "Lone Survivor"). Plus, there's "Let's Play USA" which is a nasty take on Eagle Land version 2.
    • David Bowie himsellf frequently did songs with sciece-fiction overtones in his early years.
  • Since the 1980s, Forbidden Broadway has been parodying current Broadway musicals by using their tunes against them.
  • "The Modern Major-General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance is practically a filk waiting to happen. Everybody from Re Boot to Animaniacs to Tom Lehrer (see below) has rewritten that one.
    • Even actual productions of Penzance tend to play around with the lyrics; see also "I've Got a Little List" from The Mikado.
  • Electronic-postpunk-goth band ThouShaltNot arguably ventured into filk with their song "If I Only Were A Goth", a minor-key version of "If I Only Had A Brain" from The Wizard of Oz with new, tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
  • XTC has several songs about DC Comics characters. "You're Really Super, Supergirl", "Braniac's Daughter" and "Sergeant Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" are three.
  • As mentioned, Heavy Mithril. Some examples:
    • The original, Led Zeppelin. At least four songs based off the works of JRR Tolkien, including "Ramble On" and parts of "Stairway to Heaven."
    • The album Touched By the Crimson King by Demons and Wizards.
      • Demons & Wizards' singer's other band, Blind Guardian, has a lot of these. For example, the album Nightfall in Middle-Earth, which retells The Silmarillion. Some of their other songs like The Bard's Song (The Hobbit) are based on sci-fi and fantasy novels. There's a more complete list on their page.
      • Their guitarist's other band, Iced Earth, has The Dark Saga, which tells the story of Spawn. Iced Earth also has "V" as in V for Vendetta and "Dark City" which is about the movie Dark City.
    • There are two examples in Megadeth's debut album "Killing is My Business... and Business Good." The Title track is influenced by Punisher comics, and "Chosen Ones" is about Tim The Enchanter's warning of The Killer Rabbit from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." And their song "Wanderlust" is about the Gunslinger.
    • Nightwish references Dragonlance, The Lord of the Rings and other works of fantasy a few times.
    • Iron Maiden: Many songs, including "Phantom of the Opera", "Children of the Damned", "Quest for Fire", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "Brave New World", "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner", "The Clansman" (about Braveheart), "To Tame a Land" (about Dune), and "Out of the Silent Planet" (about a sci-fi novel by C. S. Lewis).
    • Even Metallica did "The Thing that Should Not Be" and "The Call of Ktulu" about H.P. Lovecraft. "One" is from the book/film Johnny Got His Gun, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is inspired by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is from the eponymous Hemingway film/book, and "Creeping Death" is the Exodus story from the point of view of the Angel of Death.
    • Death metal band Bolt Thrower have a few songs based on Warhammer 40000. Yes, really.
    • Burzum, one of the most musically and criminally notorious Norwegian Black Metal bands, features lyrics based largely on LotR, generally viewing Morgoth in a sympathetic light. Despite being a church-burning Neo-Nazi murderer (for real), it's hard to take Varg Vikernes seriously when he writes a song called "The Crying Orc."
    • It's pretty obvious that the inspiration for Judas Priest's "Blood Red Skies" was the Terminator saga, as it very much fits the "War Against The Machines" theme of the movies.
    • Manilla Road's "Queen of the Black Coast" and "Defender" from their second album.
    • No guesses for what Pagan Altar's "The Time Lord" is about.
    • David Draiman, lyricist of Disturbed has confirmed that the Asylum b-side "Old Friend" is about Dexter.
  • Nox Arcana's albums are full of these. One is about the Cthulhu Mythos, one about vampires, one about Edgar Allan Poe's works and so on.
  • Leonard Nimoy's "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" is a So Bad It's Good example of original filk (though it wasn't written by Nimoy himself; he just sang it—don't ask why).
  • Most of the production of the now-defunct band S.P.O.C.K., if not all of it. Songs include Never Trust a Klingon, Neutral Zone, and Beam Me Up. In fact, it seems to have been the main point of the band.
  • Ookla the Mok: A rock band with heavily filkish undertones. Filk Rock.
    • Ookla the Mok hardly count as Found Filk—they regularly attend (and perform at) filk conventions, and have won numerous Pegasus Awards.
  • Many of the songs by the group The DarkestOfTheHillsideThickets are about H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories.
  • The Alan Parsons Project's Tales of Mystery and Imagination about Edgar Allan Poe's stories.
  • Mastodon's most popular and arguably best album is based entirely upon Moby Dick.
  • Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" (Alice in Wonderland)
  • There's a whole compilation album dedicated to Neil Gaiman's stories, called Where's Neil When You Need Him?
  • Queen's "39" is a description of interstellar travel with time-dilation effects. (It helps to have an astrophysicist as your lead guitarist.)
    • Queen has also done other found-filk songs, of which the best-known example is "Flash" (from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie, for which they did the soundtrack). Similar to it, the album A Kind of Magic has songs they recorded for Highlander (such as "Who Wants to Live Forever?", "Princes of the Universe" and "A Kind of Magic").
    • Queen also got an elaborate reference in Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, a video game made by a fan. Both the title and the subtitle are songs by Queen, and one of the stages is "The Rhyan Sea", a reference to "Seven Seas of Rhye".
  • The Ramones wrote "Pet Sematary" for the eponymous movie (adapted from Stephen King's story).
  • Rapper Daniel Dumille recorded the album "Take Me To Your Leader" under the pseudonym "King Geedorah". It's an album about Godzilla's Arch Enemy.
    • In his alternate persona of "Viktor Vaughn", he bases his "character" on Doctor Doom, and makes many other geek-culture references along the way.
  • Jib Jab turns famous public-domain songs (and at least one that's still under copyright) into satirical songs about politics and pop culture.
  • Australian University Revues, particularly at the University of Sydney. Recent examples include "Livin' la Vida Broker", from the Commerce Revue, and 'Sing Us A Song, We're The Taliban', from the Law Revue.
    • A particularly good example is 500 Yards from the CSE Revue at the University of New South Wales.
  • Similarly, the Capitol Steps have lampooned American politics for decades with their song parodies.
  • PBS regular Mark Russell combines the political focus and immediacy of the Capitol Steps with the man-and-his-piano smartassery of Tom Lehrer, below-mentioned.
  • The Perpetual Aquarium webcomic regularly includes not only filk songs related to various Neopets or pop culture themes, but whole filk musicals as well.
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Dustbowl...
  • Yu-Gi-Oh the Abridged Series has, at this point, well over a dozen of these, all of which has Little Kuriboh singing in character the entire time. In addition to the songs he's sung for his other series. LK's page has the full list.
  • Star One. Just...Star One. A progressive metal supergroup, assembled and fronted by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, existing solely as a tribute to filmed science fiction. Each song on their one studio album is about a different SF property, from Outland to Star Wars to Blakes Seven, plus a cover of Donovan's highly filk-circle-suitable comedy song "The Intergalactic Laxative."
  • Cletus T. Judd, of I Love Nascar fame, is this.
  • James Clerk Maxwell rewrote Robert Burns' "Comin' Through the Rye" with lyrics about physics and called it "Rigid Body Sings". He used to sing it, accompanying himself on the guitar. If it wasn't enough that he discovered that light was electromagnetic radiation entirely through the power of mathematics, it seems that he did this about 100 years before filk was invented.
  • The early Cole Porter song "Bring Me Back My Butterfly" liberally borrows melodic elements from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly.
    • Another obscure Cole Porter song, "Make A Date With A Great Psychoanalyst," summarizes the plot of Lady in the Dark in its verse.
  • John Barrowman, who's a singer as well as an actor, sometimes closes his concerts with a version of Wicked's "The Wizard And I": "The Doctor And I", sung from Captain Jack's POV.
  • Frank Zappa wrote at least one song ("Cheepnis") about his love of horrible low-budget science fiction movies. The movie he mentions in his pre-song patter on Roxy and Elsewhere would show up on Mystery Science Theater 3000 twenty-five years later.
  • A number of YouTube videos, described as "Literal Videos", feature an original song video with the lyrics reworked to describe what is on screen. Like this one.
  • It seems that Warp 11 would probably qualify.
  • There's a song called Aquaman's Lament which seems to be by a guy named Mark Aaron James... it's pretty excellent, anyway.
  • When Marni Nixon ("the Ghostess with the Mostest," a great singer famous for having dubbed over many great movie musicals and never once getting credit) performed at the Hollywood Bowl in A Prairie Home Companion (which itself frequently features filks), she sang a parody of "I Could Have Danced All Night," called "I Could Have Dubbed Myself."
  • Greg Champion of Australian radio show The Coodabeen Champions writes song parodies and original songs, mainly about Australian Rules Football, but also Cricket, other sports, and miscellaneous subjects.
  • College Humor turned Jay-Z / Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" into "Galactic Empire State of Mind".
  • Raccoon Factory's "Kimi ga Kureta Yume", an original song written as a tribute to the Takotsuboya K-ON Trilogy. It covers the first two volumes of the trilogy, with a later released song, "Day alternates with night", covering the last part.
  • Archie Fisher's "Witch of Westmoreland"
  • Not sure if this counts, but... Crank Dat Druid Boy.
  • The Ballad of the Noob, with acompanying Machinima, about a Level 1 noob in World of Warcraft that takes on a Level 60 character.
  • Oxhorn Brand Movies is another WOW Machinima maker that does a lot of original music and is soon to release an album of the songs.
  • The Fringemunks, a parody of Alvin and The Chipmunks by Seattle musician David Wu, who did two full albums recapping Fringe episodes (some punny, such as "The Cure" on the tune of "Friday I'm In Love"). He also turned "Karma Chameleon" into "Dharma Inititative".
  • Fresh Prince of Gotham
  • Press Play On Tape, a Danish gaming band that released music like Comic Bakery and The Man With The Gun.
  • This spicy little number featuring Allesandra Torressani, Kunal Nayyar and Amy Okuda.
  • No More Kings have quite a few songs that fit in this territory, ranging from topics like D&D, zombies, TheKarateKid, robots, and much more.
  • "That's What It's Like In Japan" by Logan Whitehurst obviously relates to the question of what kind of a country would give the world Super Mario Bros.
  • "What a Catch, Donnie" by Fall Out Boy sounds like it's about Donnie Darko.
  • Watch Out, You're Being Watched by Rachel Macwhirter is about Death Note.
  • "Madame Butterfly" by Malcolm MacLaren is, needless to say, based on the Puccini opera of the same name.
  • Wumpscut's Soylent Green; you can guess what this is based on. Uses samples from the film's German dub.
  • Sea Monster Song: a song by two college students for a school project. It features The Loch Ness Monster, the Kraken, dinosaurs that never died out, Mix-and-Match Critters, Sharktopus, Fish People, and Shark Week. Warning: it's a total Ear Worm.
  • Searching For The Golden Eye by Motiv 8 & Kym Mazelle is based on a certain Bond film, and even uses the 007 theme's chord progression during the verse.
  • Boardwalk Empire State of Mind by Erik Weiner (aka Agent Sebso). Samples from the show's theme song and the chorus takes off Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind".
  • "Deathstar" by Sevendust. Darth Vader's new theme song?
  • Roger Ebert wrote his one-star review of Wet Hot American Summer as a parody of "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" by Allan Sherman ("I stole from him, and he from Ponchielli").
  • "Home" by Breaking Benjamin is about The Wizard of Oz.
  • Bare Naked Ladies' "It's All Been Done" is about time travelers dating throughout history.
  • Funker Vogt's "Killing Fields". Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Paul Mc Cartney's "Magneto & Titanium Man"
  • "William's Doll" from the 1972 children's album Free to Be, You and Me is based on a book of the same name by Charlotte Zolotow. "Helping" from the same album is a Shel Silverstein poem set to music.
  • Systems in Blue's "Dr. No" seems to be about the James Bond villain, but the resemblance is just a coincidence according to the members. Although there is a Fan Vid that sets the song to clips from the film.
  • Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock".
  • Snoop Dogg's "Oh Sookie", written for the heroine of True Blood.
  • Roughly half of Chris Hadfield's recorded work. He's singing about his life; it's the fact that his life includes having commanded the International Space Station that makes some of his music "found filk".

Somewhere in Between[edit | hide]

  • Tom Lehrer. If Tom had gotten into fandom in the '60s, he'd surely have been a filker proper.
    • Oh, surely not. Lehrer was an old-school piano-bar singer-songwriter of comic and satirical songs, a professional who wrote songs for himself to sing for money. His tunes were mainly original unless he was specifically making fun of some specific thing, and his arrangements are HARD; try playing and singing "Vatican Rag" or "Poisoning Pigeons In The Park" if you don't believe it.
    • Also, Lehrer had (or at least professed to have) little respect for the folk music scene, or its style of performance. That said, his music is a regular staple of filksinging circles.
      • Flanders and Swann were nearer in the sense that their material was mainly quite easy to sing along to but again, professional performers with no interest in amateur preformance
  • Ditto Allan Sherman.
  • Voltaire has his Star Trek songs, including the entire album "Banned on Vulcan," as well as the song "Cantina" on Ookie Spooky. (Warning: This is a filthy song. You'll never see Star Wars the same way again.) Voltaire's presence at events such as Dragon* Con put him in this category.
    • There's also "Dead of The Dead: Adventure Quest Worlds Version" which is done by him for the game, and is a parody of his own song.
  • Blue Oyster Cult did "Black Blade" about Elric of Melnibone. Hawkwind did an entire album about the White-Haired Pretty Boy, The Chronicle of the Black Sword. This is a step above your average found filk because writer Michael Moorcock was directly involved with both bands, even occasionally performing with Hawkwind.
    • And don't forget BOC's Godzilla, though that was probably more about the guitar solo...
    • Plus, Hawkwind also did "Needle Gun," which about Moorcock's other notable character Jerry Cornelius (on "Chronicles FWIW"), as well as several songs based on the works of Roger Zelazny.
  • Actor Robert Picardo has written a fair number of songs about Star Trek Voyager—which makes sense given that he was part of the main cast.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade had an entire gothic/industrial album with a song for each of the thirteen vampire clans.
  • Radio Free Cybertron has aired several of Túrin's Transformers Song Parodies.
  • Guyz Nite wrote a song about Die Hard, that was even included in the fourth movie DVD.
  • Touhou Project fandom has created an extensive catalog of work that, at least, seems to border on filk: take ZUN's original (instrumental) BGMs and boss themes and add lyrics about the games and the characters. Of course, these songs end up as the breeding ground for certain creative interpretations of said characters. One notable example (particularly when it comes to Alternate Character Interpretation) is IOSYS's interpretations of Alice Margatroid's various stage and boss themes, which explore her feelings for Marisa Kirisame.
  • The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society have done two albums of reworked Christmas carols. This includes such classics as "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Fishmen" and "Carol of the Old Ones".
  • There's a WoW Filk Song for pallies going around, sung to the tune of "I'm a little teapot."

I'm a little pally, short and stout, here is my mallet, here is my mount; when I get scared I scream and shout! I pull out my bubble and hearth right out.


Russian/Post-Soviet Minstrels[edit | hide]

The military tradition of Bawdy Song versions of common tunes, informal "bard song" concert tradition and fantasy eventually began to merge in various proportions.

  • "Niennah" (Natalia Vassilieva). Renowned in the post-Soviet Tolkien fandom as a minstrel, though most well known as the author of the Black Book Of Arda, a big Silmarillion fanfic from Melkor's POV that was formally published as a book (yes, Russian copyright law is quite lax). At very least, have pulled a lot of people into discussion.
  • "Alkor" (Svetlana Nikiforova). Many history and/or war themed songs, among the others. Throws in Rashomon Style "sequels"/"answers", if available (most known songs she perform are "Raid" that has at least 6 follow-ups and "Krupp's responce to Revan and Malak" - itself another author's answer). Also wrote fanfics - Tolkien and Star Wars.
  • Yevgeny Lukin. Though he has songs like e.g. a parody of Easterns, most are around history/politics/philosophy (don't those end up tangled anyway?) both to famous tunes in parody/reference and his own. Well known in fan circles, but much more known as a SF&F author (over two dozens of various awards), and much less as a translator (at least two of Barbara Hambly's books published on Russian).

Notes

  1. they are "weeaboo" faction