Space disco (disco, but IN SPACE!) was a brief but white-hot musical genre in the late '70s, inspired by the wave of genre films taking over the box office. You may be more familiar with Meco’s disco remix of the Star Wars theme, but there is no song more space disco than Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip’s “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper.”
Written by the gentlemen of pop group Typically Tropical in 1978, the song was turned over to Hot Gossip, the resident dance troupe on The Kenny Everett Video Show. Basically, imagine Right Said Fred writing a song and turning it over to In Living Color’s Fly Girls to record. It would be like that... except that one of the Fly Girls is future Broadway legend Sarah Brightman.
Britain was wild in the '70s, just saying.
“I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper” is a sci-fi sampling saga of a space siren and her starship trooper sharing swoons in hyperspace. By which I, of course, mean pulling a Moonraker and banging on the floor of the Starship Arkadia while ignoring Starfleet Command. That’s right, this song is sexy Star Trek fanfiction with synthesizers. You’re welcome.
And it’s not just Star Trek: This song busies itself name-dropping as many sci-fi hits as its scant runtime allows. There’s the sloppy “Evil Darth Vader has been banished to Mars” that confirms Hot Gossip is Team Trek in the most eternal Star Wars of them all. There’s the clever “What my body needs is close encounter three,” utilizing UFO lingo to communicate that it’s time for loving. And then there’s the simply sublime “make me feel the Force,” a sentiment familiar to many a thirsty Star Wars fan over the last 40 years. That has to be an AO3 tag, right?
“I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper” captures both the joy of the first wave of blockbuster sci-fi films and the unabashed sexuality of disco; I can’t think of a better way to capture genre in the '70s. Except maybe… the same thing but Superman?
Ahhh, that’s the stuff.