- Neil deGrasse Tyson says he loves Space Force’s new song, “Semper Supra”.
- The astrophysicist said it reminded him of 1950s songs played on television.
- Released last week, the song drew a lot of ridicule online.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has weighed in on the new US Space Force theme song.
During an appearance on CNN on Sunday, Tyson was asked his thoughts on “Semper Supra,” the military branch’s official song.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard it. It sounds very 1950s, you know. Kind of like what you used to sing when the channels go off the air at midnight,” Tyson told CNN anchor Jim Acosta . “I rather like it.”
Tyson said other branches of the military tend to have songs one would want to “march” to, adding that he thinks the Space Force song should invoke the urge to “throw something up.”
“And I didn’t feel launched with those lyrics or with the beats, but maybe if you watch a rocket launch while you hear it, it will reset the way we think about the vibe that we should achieve in listening,” Tyson added.
The name of the theme song, “Semper Supra”, is the motto of the service branch, which in Latin means “always on top”.
The lyrics of the song are as follows: “We are the mighty watchful eye / Guardians beyond the blue / The invisible front line / Brave and faithful fighters. / Boldly reaching into space / There is no limit to our sky. day / we are Space Force from above.”
Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the branch’s chief of space operations, said the song was “something we can be proud of,” according to Military.com.
By taking, Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff, said of the song, “I’m sure it will grow on us.”
The tune, however, didn’t garner many fans on Twitter.
“Oh dear,” tweeted actor George Takei, reposting an article titled: “The US Space Force has just released its official anthem – and it sounds like a parody song”,
“Please tell me this is a parody. I can only imagine the faces of the choir trying to sing this.” wrote Twitter user Peter Maz.
The movie’s Twitter account Deadpool also took a photo of the song, stating “The Force is wrong with this one” and posting a clip from the movie with the song overlaid.
“Let’s hope the aliens aren’t music critics” joked New York Magazine on its Twitter page.
The Space Force was created as a separate military branch in 2020 by then-President Donald Trump. It’s no stranger to ridicule, with its logo having been mocked for looking like a “Star Trek” rip-off.
The branch’s criticism extended to his camouflage uniform, which some Twitterers mocked for resembling outfits from the sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica.”