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The following are examples of music that parodies or references Star Trek.



The beginning of the song "Pain" by 2Pac from the Above the Rim soundtrack features an excerpt from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier:

Sybok: "I couldn't help but notice your pain."
"God": "My pain?"
Sybok: "It runs deep. Share it with me!"


Admiral Radley

Indie-rock "supergroup" Admiral Radley released the song "GNDN", written as a love song to Star Trek: The Original Series, on their 2010 debut album I Heart California. Lyrics reference Sulu and Spock, and include the verse,

With its cardboard parts
And its light bulb stars
It nearly fell apart
Still, it captured hearts
All our hearts

Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

The song "Beam Me Up Scotty" is about the narrator watching a Star Trek rerun. It quotes one of the most popular misquotes of TOS.

Apollo 440

The song "Destiny" samples dialogue from TOS' "Who Mourns for Adonais?".

The Aquabats

The Aquabats song "Meltdown!" from their 2005 album Charge!! features the lyric "I will go to work, just like Captain Kirk."

Also, on their show The Aquabats Super Show they have large rockets on their van, enabling it to fly. These rockets are labeled NCC-1701, which is the registry number of the USS Enterprise.

Astral Projection

A quote taken from La Forge is sampled in the first twenty seconds of trance song "The Feelings" by the Israeli duo Astral Projection. [1]

The song "Flying Into a Star" samples dialogue spoken by Jo'Bril in TNG's "Suspicions".



The song "Star Trek" discusses the Utopian society of Star Trek and the potential of Humanity to achieve it.

Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys' 1998 song "Intergalactic" features the lyric "...Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock". On the album Hello Nasty, a studio outtake interlude between this song and the next track ("Sneakin' Out the Hospital") can be heard where frequent Beastie Boys collaborator Biz Markie raps, "Go by the name of King Ad Rock | Super educated I'm smarter than Spock." (see

From 1992, "Stop that Train" (Part of B-Boy Bouillabaisse off of Paul's Boutique) features the lyric "French trench coat wing tip going to work, Pulling a train like Captain Kirk".

The song "Ch-Check It Out" also contains several references to Star Trek. Not only does the song contain the lyrics "All you trekkies and TV addicts..." and "All you Klingons in your Grandma's house...", but the video also contains a homage to The Original Series, with the three members of the group dressed as Kirk, Spock, and McCoy

The song "Brouhaha", on the same album, contains the following lines:

Communicator check one two one two
This is Bones McCoy on a line to Sulu
Set the bullshit to warp factor one
Check your tricorder set your phaser to stun

The song "So Whatcha Want" contains the lyric "Well I'm Doctor Spock I'm here to rock y'all."

Given the band's frequent use of Star Trek references elsewhere however, it is possible that this is actually a reference to Dr. Benjamin Spock, the real life pediatrician, but which was chosen due to sharing his name with the Original Series character.

Eleven years later, they entered Star Trek canon, as young Jim Kirk listened to their song "Sabotage" during his joyride in his stepfather's Chevrolet Corvette in 2009's Star Trek.

In 2013 during Star Trek Into Darkness, as young James Kirk wakes to his communicator beeping (with twins on each side of him) he is listening to a remix of "Body Movin'".

Star Trek Beyond featured "Sabotage" in the trailer, and in the movie it was chosen by Jaylah to play as a disruptive VHF signal.


"Warp Factor Five" is a song released by the Christian band Bleach with obvious references to Star Trek.

Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider has a song called "Cap'n Kirk", in which he mentions a number of people he wants or doesn't want to be. He wants to be like Captain Kirk, but not like Mr. Spock.

Jimmy Buffett

Buffett's song "Boat Drinks", about how miserable a resident of the tropics feels while stuck in a cold-weather area, contains a possible sci-fi way to cure the blues.

I'd like to go where the pace of life's slow – could you beam me somewhere, Mr. Scott?
Any old place, here on Earth or in space – you pick the century and I'll pick the spot.

Buffett's song "Fruitcakes" from the eponymous album also references Star Trek: "The future. Captain's log stardate two thousand and something."

"When Salome plays the drums" – "phasers on stun"

"Cliches" – "He's always tuned into Star Trek. She's always tuned into him".

"Beach House on the Moon" – "Cameron's getting logical, a Vulcan in disguise".


This Italian artist released a song called "Oggi E' Morto Spock", which is about Spock's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


"Conehead Love"

The video, which ties into the movie Coneheads has the USS Enterprise-D appear on Beldar and Prymaat's viewscreen telling them to move. Clips from "Where No One Has Gone Before" and a clip of the Bajoran wormhole also appear.



"The Picard Song" is an electronica theme created by DarkMateria. The song's lyrical content is comprised solely from audio samples of dialogue from Star Trek: The Next Generation, most of which are lines spoken by Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Samples used

- Picard doppelganger ("Allegiance")
  • "The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth... scientific truth, or historical truth, or personal truth. It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. If you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth... you don't deserve to wear that uniform." ("The First Duty")
  • "This is becoming a speech."
    "You're the captain, sir, you're entitled."
    "Hmm... I'm entitled to ramble on about something everyone knows."
- Picard and Deanna Troi ("Code of Honor")
  • "He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no-one had a chance to interrupt; it was really quite hypnotic." ("Timescape")
  • "You'll have to call again, I was just leaving. I'm uhh... not dressed properly." ("The Big Goodbye")
  • "My love is a fever, longing still for that which longer nurseth the disease."
    "Tell me more."
    "In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes for they in thee a thousand error see; but 'tis my heart, that loves what they despise, who in despite of view, are pleased to dote, shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
- Picard and Lwaxana Troi ("Ménage à Troi")
  • "Darmok and Jilad at Tenagra." ("Darmok")
  • "I am Locutus of Borg. You will respond to my questions." ("Descent")
  • "You are Borg. You will assist us." ("I Borg")

The song also makes extensive use of the quotes "Engage", "Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise", and "Make it so", particularly during the chorus. Since these are spoken by Patrick Stewart in many episodes, it is difficult – if not impossible – to determine the samples' specific episodes of origin.

Usage in other media

A "Picard Song" sample is the feature of a popular YTMND page. However, according to the YTMND wiki, "Some users seem to believe that the 'Luc' in 'Jean-Luc' is not spoken in the sound file used for the site. The 'Luc' is present, but it is difficult to hear because of the electronic beats that comprise the percussion of the song. Nevertheless, some users maintain that the 'Luc' is absent." [2]

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A death/thrash/hardcore band based out of Boston, Massachusetts have several songs based upon Star Trek. The song "The Last Battlefield" is based upon the TOS episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". The song "The Savage Curtain" is based upon the episode "The Savage Curtain." They have a few TNG themed episodes as well. The singer/guitarist is often seen wearing a Star Trek hat.

The Dickies

The California punk rock band has a Star Trek-themed song, "Make It So", on their 1995 album Idjit Savant. The song has lyrics such as:

"Set the controls for the neutral zone-make it so,"
"Where no one's gone before is where we'll boldly go"

"Live long and prosper, make it so."

"We're flying through the stars and we're hitting the bars, all right!"
"Data's going to tell me that the Romulans will put up a fight."

"Where we're going no one knows,"
"The Enterprise is out of control."

The cover for the single features the members of the band, along with members of The Original Series on the Enterprise.

Digable Planets

The song "It's Good to be Here" contains the following lyrics:

Stopped at Pluto to cop some petrol
Met some Klingons, and got our things on
Cruisin' warp 6 with Mr. Wiggles in the mix
Hendrix passin' peas, star child get the fix
The saucer shook the heavens with the blooms and the blams
Because when we hit New York – shazam
We droppin' like a comet and this Vulcan tried to Spock it
These Martians tried to do it, but knew they couldn't cop it
The others from our brother planet lands in the flesh
From up in sector 6, yes y'all

Down With The Ship

Down With the Ship is a name shared by a Nebraska indie rock band, a Boston punk band, and an Australian "easycore" band. One of them (or perhaps another band entirely) has a song entitled "Sex With Mr. Sulu".

Dr. Corpse Fucker

The song "Mr Spock" mentions Spock and "William Fucking Shatner".

George Duke

The album "The 1976 Solo Keyboard Album" contains the songs "Spock Gets Funky" and "Vulcan Mind Probe".



In 1992/1993 this Austrian electronica/dance band had a European hit called "Starship Edelweiss".

The song starts with:

The final frontier
Discover a new dimension of travel
Edelweiss space tours
Where no man has gone before..."

and the chorus says:

"Beam me to the stars
Beam me up to mars
Beam me up to see Starship Edelweiss
Beam me high above
Galaxy of love
Beam me up to meet Starship Edelweiss"

But most notably, the recurring operatic hook of the song is a slower version of the TOS theme by Alexander Courage.


The Austrian symphonic power metal band Edenbridge has a number of Star Trek-related references, not least of which is the name of founder Lanvall's studio, Farpoint Station.

Their 2004 album Shine features two DS9-themed songs, "Move Along Home" and "What You Leave Behind". On their 2008 album MyEarthDream, another two songs, "Shadowplay" (after the DS9 episode of the same name, with references to the plot of the episode) and "Remember Me" (after the TNG episode) are Trek-themed.

The music video for the song "Higher" from their 2010 album Solitaire features a duel between a swordsman and a cowled and masked assailant resembling Joran Dax from the DS9 episode "Equilibrium", who in the end of the video turns out to be the swordsman's doppelgänger.

Epic Rap Battles of History

This YouTube series pits historical as well as occasionally fictional figures against each other in rap battles. One such rap battle is between Christopher Columbus and James T. Kirk. [3]


The Firm

In 1987, a group called The Firm released "Star Trekkin'", a comedy single based on The Original Series. The song was #1 for two weeks in the UK singles charts. The video featured stop motion animated versions of the cast of The Original Series.

The song's lyrics are made up of parodies or deliberately funny readings of famous lines from The Original Series. For example, the song's chorus includes the line "Boldly going forward, 'cause we can't find reverse."

Five Year Mission

With the albums Year One (2010), Year Two (2011), and Year Three (2013) this band lovingly crafts pop rock songs named after and about the episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. "The Trouble With Tribbles" (2012) features six different songs of the same name and a new birthday song solely for actor George Takei.


The first albums of this Canadian progressive rock group dealt almost solely with science fiction themes, the best known of which, "Phasors on Stun", is quite clearly a Star Trek reference.

Futuristic Sex Robotz

This band did a song called "The Positronic Pimp", extolling the successes of Data, which quotes "Ode to Spot" in response to the lyrics "What does the android have to say about his favorite ***?"



Garbage's song, "Alien Sex Fiend", features the boatswain whistle from TOS at the end.


The "Mr. Spock" puppet

In 1986, the English rock band Genesis released the music video for their hit single Land of Confusion. The music video features a puppet of Leonard Nimoy as Mister Spock trying to solve a Rubik's Cube but then throwing it away. [4]

The caricature puppet was created by Peter Fluck and Roger Law, creators of the British television show Spitting Image.

Paul Gilbert

American guitarist Paul Gilbert, former member of the band Mr. Big, recorded a song called "Mr. Spock" in his 2005 album Space Ship One. The lyrics are about a person who denies being overcome by emotions. The chorus has the following lyrics:

No I'm not crying, I'm not crying
I don't have time to spend on that
I've got to keep on trying
I'm not crying, I'm not crying
I only want you back
And so I really should be flying
To knock on your door, Mr.Spock is no more

Johnny Gill

The inspiration for the title of ex-New Edition singer's new jack swing "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is obvious. The lyrics, about bedding a woman, are uninspired by Star Trek or perhaps simply uninspired.

The Gothsicles

The song "Wearing A Star Trek Uniform, Watching Tony Lechmanski Sleep" involves dressing up in a Star Trek uniform, tribbles, Gorn, Seven of Nine fanfiction, and more.

Hank Green

"What Would Captain Picard Do?" is a pop punk anthem with advice for starship commanders new and old.



Hawkwind is a British space rock band active since 1969. The opening of their song "Alien (I Am)" from Alien 4 (1995) samples "The Mind's Eye"; another song on the same album is titled "Beam Me Up".

William Shatner covered Hawkwind's song "Silver Machine" on Seeking Major Tom (2011). Members of Hawkwind have also performed in Shatner's music. [5]

Lee Hayes

The song "David Duchovny's Bride" mentions channel surfing through, among other things, Star Trek reruns, before finding true love in The X-Files.

Helion Prime

The American power metal group's song "A Place I Thought I Knew" from their debut self-titled album (2016) is about Kirk dealing with Spock's death at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Heltah Skeltah

In "Grate Unknown":

"We up in this space deep, wit' nines like Star-Fleet"

Hillman Morning Show

"Star Trek Rhapsody" is a parody of Queen's song "Bohemian Rhapsody". This song is often incorrectly associated with "Weird Al" Yankovic, but it is actually from a group known as Hillman Morning Show and was written and voiced by the show's co-host Kevin Barbare. Several music videos for the song, including one by the original performer, are widely available on the internet.


Information Society

The song "What's On Your Mind" by the US band Information Society features a clip of Spock saying "Pure energy" several times. The song begins with a clip of McCoy saying "It's worked so far, but we're not out yet!" The clips are from "Errand of Mercy" and "I, Mudd", respectively.

"Walking Away" begins with a clip of Captain Kirk saying "It is useless to resist us." Later in the song, Scott can be heard saying "Let's go see!" These clips are from "Mirror, Mirror" and "Wolf in the Fold", respectively.

A brief track on the HACK album entitled "Charlie X" consists of a clip of the lead singer of the band quoting the lead character, Charlie, saying "I can make you all go away, anytime I want to!"

Several other songs from this band contain other Star Trek TOS clips.



The German comedy-metal band JBO recorded two songs as a tribute to Star Trek on their record "Laut!" in 1997: "Sound Trek" and "Star Treck".

Hurra, hurra,
ich flieg' mit Picard!
Was fuer ein Glück,
ich flieg' mit Jean-Luc

Translated, the chorus of the latter one means:

Hurra! Hurra! I fly with Picard
I am so Lucky to fly with Jean Luc
(which rhymes perfectly in the original song)

"Sound Trek" was a parody based on the German version of the series' intro:

Der Weltraum... unendliche Breiten. Dies sind die Abenteuer der Rockband JBO, die sich auf den Weg macht, um fremde Mädchen zu entdecken, unbekannte Lebensformen ... und was ihnen sonst noch so über den Weg läuft. JBO trinkt dabei ein ... oder zwei... Bier, nicht?
Space... infinitely jagged. These are the voyages of the rock band JBO, who is seeking out new girls, and new life ... and whatever they are going to encounter. To boldly ... drink ... a beer or two, won't they?

Jedi Son of Spock

Jedi Son of Spock is a Brooklyn rapper. Apart from the name, a Spock-like figure is also included in his branding.

Jefferson Airplane

The psychedelic group recorded a song called Star Track.


Folk Singer Jewel's song "Race Car Driver" has a reference to Star Trek.

I'm gonna take you at high warp speed, it's better than watching Star Trek after you've smoked weed!


Komor Komando

The song "Slaves of the Machines" features a sample of Spock saying "I find this scientifically fascinating".


Lady GaGa

Towards the end of the song "Just Dance," the sound effect of a Romulan torpedo can be heard in the background.


Johnny Marr

British musician Johnny Marr's 2019 music video for the song "Armatopia" features a clip from TNG: "Unification II" (with Denise Crosby and Leonard Nimoy), as well as a portion of the episode's end credits playing on a TV screen.


Swedish punk band Millencolin record a song for their 1995 album, Life on a Plate, called "Vulcan Ears". The song is about wanting to be logical as a Vulcan.

Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj released a mixtape in April 2009 called Beam Me Up Scotty, with album art featuring the USS Enterprise as it appeared in Star Trek, which was released a month later. The mixtape's final track has the same title.


In his 2017 album "Roswell", German musician Marteria included a song titled "Scotty beam mich hoch" ("Scotty, beam me up").


The song "The Drop", from the album Vaudeville Villain (released under the moniker Viktor Vaughn) contains the following lyrics:

Make a hick say "what the hey?" brought that chick from sick bay
Ensign, he shoulda asked his upperclassmen
Before he bust blast 'em, never trust no Cardassian
Captain's log supplemental
The Klingons are now aboard the Enterprise rental vessel
On my cue, photon torpedo
Oh, and if I'm not on the block with Jorgito
And so on for the street though
Smoke a pound of leak though
I'm jokin' on the fact that hiphop has gone freak show

The song "A Dead Mouse", also from Vaudeville Villain features the lyric "No I haven't seen Kes, Neelix".

Furthermore, the opening track of his album Take Me To Your Leader (released under the moniker King Geedorah) is called "Fazers", and ends with the line "Rule number one: keep your phasers on stun".

The song "Space Hoes" off 2005 DANGERDOOM album The Mouse and the Mask, a collaboration between DOOM and producer Danger Mouse, contains the lyrics "When it come to wreck / Cruisers like them dudes are red shirts off Star Trek / He Kirk, he Spock, he McCoy / Been B-boy since you jerks first squeezed toys." A 2009 New Yorker interview also referenced DOOM's obsession with Star Trek.


The ninth track on Millencollin's album Life On Plate is called "Vulcan Ears" and is about someone dreaming to be beamed up in to outer space.


The 8th track on their 2003 album, The Rebel You Love to Hate, is called "He's Dead Jim" which talks about an extra on the original series who has their big break on TV by being the fourth man on the landing crew. Making an obvious reference to the original series and the Red Shirts, one of verses says "Every time they beam down four they only beam back three".

Mos Def

Mos Def references "Captain Kirk and the Klingons" in the song "If You Can Huh! You Can Hear".

Jason Mraz

In the pop song "Wordplay," Mr. Atoz is referenced in the chorus.



99 Luftballons (German)

99 Duesenjaeger (99 jet fighters)
Jeder war ein grosser Krieger (Everyone was a great warrior)
Hielten sich fuer Captain Kirk (Thought they were Captain Kirk)
Das gab ein grosses Feuerwerk (That gave a big fireworks display)

99 Red Balloons (English)

Everyone's a superhero.
Everyone's a Captain Kirk.
With orders to identify.
To clarify and classify.

Note that the English version of this song is not a direct translation of the German.

Nerf Herder

The fourth track on the album American Cheese by pop punk group Nerf Herder is entitled "Mr. Spock", and the lyrics contain references to both Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the TOS episode "Arena".

Nichelle Nichols

Like her cast mates Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Grace Lee Whitney, actress Nichelle Nichols flirted with a music career. Prior to Star Trek, she had performed in stage musicals and also toured with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands. She recorded two albums and the second, Out Of This World (1991), featured the "Theme From Star Trek" and "Beyond Antares" (both done by Nimoy on his first album) as well as the disco-inspired "Uhura's Theme". The song "Gene" is a loving tribute to the series' creator. These songs were also released on later compilation albums such as Hauntingly and Uhura Sings".

Leonard Nimoy

Actor Leonard Nimoy also had a music career that spawned five original albums and numerous compilations and re-issues. The first, Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space (1967), included a vocal version of "Theme From Star Trek" and another series themed song by Alexander Courage "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Other titles include "Music To Watch Space Girls By", "Beyond Antares", and "A Visit To A Lonely Planet". "Highly Illogical", from Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy (1968), is a humorous look at the "modern" Human condition from the POV of Spock, and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Earth" seems to be in person as Spock as well, as he mentions being from Vulcan. The album also includes a spoken word piece entitled "Spock's Thoughts".

No Kill I

No Kill I, who formed in 1993, is a mix between 1980s hardcore music and Star Trek. No Kill I: The Next Generation (NKI: TNG), and the second spin off No Kill I: Deep Space Nine (NKI: DS9) also performed in Trekkies 2.

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Ookla the Mok

The filk-rock band Ookla the Mok has released several Trek-themed numbers. For their 1997 album less than art, they recorded the poignant "Tiberius Rising," a song from the point of view of James T. Kirk's mother, as well as the comical "Number One," which implied that the changes in Commander Riker's appearance during the run of TNG were due to the fact that the Enterprise has no bathrooms. They included a number titled "Mr. W," which humorously imagined what would have to happen to place Mr. Worf in charge of the Enterprise, on their 2003 album oh okay LA. In 2005 they recorded a song titled "Spot the Cat" (using the lyrics from Data's poem) for their album Dave Lennon.


A line from Worf and Geordi La Forge from "Time Squared" was used in two songs by Orbital, "Moebius" and "Time Becomes". The quote by Worf used in both tracks is "There is the theory of the moebius. A twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop." The segment by La Forge is only used in the first song, and is "when we reach that point, whatever happened will happen again."



Rock band Phish wrote and performed a song called "Spock's Brain," although the song has never made it onto any of the band's albums. The song was inspired by the episode and its title was chosen over several other options by a live audience.

Protest the Hero

This Canadian metal band's vocalist Rody Walker is a professed Star Trek fan. [6] The song "Clarity" from Volition (2013) references Star Trek in lyrics ("Like a saucer ship let's separate and shuffle off this conflict") and in the music video. [7] "Animal Bones" from the same album references "Darmok": "When the walls fell / With arms wide".

Scurrilous (2011) contains "hidden Star Trek references" [8] such as the title "Dunsel", and the album was intentionally released on William Shatner's birthday, along with a promotional photo of the band in Star Trek uniforms. [9]


American pop singer P!nk recorded the song "Beam Me Up" for her sixth studio album The Truth About Love, released on 14 September 2012. The song was written by P!nk herself and Billy Mann. In this song she also mentioned a parallel universe. [10]



The Finnish funk band Q-Continuum's name pays homage to the world of the Q, by the same name. Some of the band's songs also make reference to the Q, for example, "Q Is Comin". They have released two albums as well as some singles and EPs.



The music video for German band Rammstein's song "Amerika" features the bandmembers as astronauts on the Moon, playing with a 1991 Data East version Star Trek Pinball game.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Californication" mentions that "Space may be the final frontier, but it's made in a Hollywood basement."

The Refreshments

The 1996 song "Banditos" by The Refreshments references TNG's Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a repeated verse:

Give your ID card to the border guard
Now your alias says you're Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Of the United Federation of Planets
Cause he won't speak English anyway.


In the 2017 song "Lemon" by N.E.R.D. and Barbadian singer and rapper Rihanna, Rihanna concludes her verse by rapping:

It's Rihanna n*gga, my constellation is space

Warp speed, Doctor Spock couldn't chase

The erroneous reference to Spock as "Doctor" is likely due to conflating the Star Trek character with famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock. At the time of this song's recording, Rihanna had recently been involved in the Star Trek franchise by recording the song "Sledgehammer" for the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack.

The Roddenberries

The Roddenberries are a Star Trekified, multi-media, sci-fi rock cabaret. Forged in Philadelphia in 2012, this nine-piece troupe is comprised of professional musicians, cabaret performers, dancers, and filmmakers.

The Roddenberries have performed at multiple venues and events around the country, including The Roddenberry Stage at the 2016 Star Trek Las Vegas Official 50 Year Anniversary Convention, The Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium, the Penn Museum, the New York Comic Con, and the Philadelphia Wizard World/Comic Con.

They appeared on Philadelphia Fox 29 Live to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016, and were also Philadelphia Geek Awards nominees for "Makers of the Year."

Since they released their debut, self-titled album in 2015, The Roddenberries are currently working on their second album of new parodies and original compositions.


Adam Sandler

"The Chanukah Song" is a popular holiday song written and performed by actor and comedian Adam Sandler. The song is comprised of a list of celebrities who, like Sandler, are Jewish, with the intent of comforting those who felt isolated during Chanukah by proving that there were others in the world who were also Jewish. Among those celebrities referenced in the first song (two more followed) are Star Trek: The Original Series stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy:

"You don't need 'Deck the Halls' or 'Jingle Bell Rock'
"When you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mister Spock
Both Jewish!"

Screeching Weasel

The 1996 song "Phasers on Kill" by Screeching Weasel from the album Bark Like a Dog references Captain Kirk, his crew, and the phaser:

What to do a spaceship crew came
Crashing through my house
Captain Kirk the stupid jerk
Punched me in the mouth.
Why'd you pick this place?
You came from outer space
If you're sleeping on my couch then
You'll do what I say
Go! Set tbe phasers on kill
Go! Set the phasers on kill
Go! Set the phasers on kill
Cause I don't love her anymore
Looking through my records all day
On the phone all night
Try to fix the beam without
The help of Miller Light
I can't get no sleep
You better earn your keep
Take the safety off and go
Disintegrate that creep
Go! Set tbe phasers on kill
Go! Set the phasers on kill
Go! Set the phasers on kill
Cause I don't love her anymore

Snake River Conspiracy

The song "Vulcan" briefly mentions Spock.


The album Future Games contains many Star Trek samples, and songs named "Star Trek Dreaming", "Gorn Attack", and "The Romulan Experience".

S.P.O.C.K. (Star Pilot On Channel K)

This sci-fi inspired band has several Trek themed songs including "Never Trust A Klingon", "Dr. McCoy", and "Mr. Spock's Brain".


  • Five Year Mission (1993)
  • Alien Worlds (1995)
  • A Piece of the Action (1995)
  • Assignment: Earth (1997 and 1998)
  • Earth Orbit: Live (1997)
  • Official Fan Club (1997)
  • S.P.O.C.K: 1999 (1999)
  • 2001: A S.P.O.C.K Odyssey (2001)

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Spock's Beard

The name of this progressive rock band was inspired by the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror".


Semisonic references the TOS episode "Spock's Brain" in the song "Never You Mind" from the album Feeling Strangely Fine.

"...Switch on the box, Mr. Spock is on the table, Dr. McCoy is unable to connect his brain..."

The Sisters of Mercy

On their website, rock band The Sisters of Mercy write: "Our smoke and lights work together to create moving clouds and shafts of colour. Imagine them as a life-form from the first series of Star Trek. Then imagine having a symbiotic relationship with that life-form. If you don't know what symbiosis is, just imagine having sex. If you don't know what a relationship is, just imagine having sex. If you don't know what sex is, you probably watch too much Star Trek. Oops." [11]


"Where's Captain Kirk?" is a song released originally by the punk band SpizzEnergi in 1979. The lyrics are about the singer suddenly finding himself aboard the Starship Enterprise and ends with the line "Where's Spock?". The opening bars consist of their parody of TOS theme music.

The song was the first to top the newly-created UK Indy charts in 1980. SpizzEnergi was notorious for changing its name frequently (at least once a year) so live versions by the band were often performed under different names.

It was covered by the band R.E.M. in 1992 and released as a fan club exclusive. This version also contains sound effects and dialogue from Star Trek.

Star One

"Songs of the Ocean" by Star One, a project of Dutch progressive metal artist Arjen Lucassen is inspired by the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

It must be unaware of the damage it's creating
They are reaching out to the seven seas
It's not with man they're communicating
We're going back in time, back in history

The Starship Róisín

The Starship Róisín was an Irish radio parody of Star Trek. It was a short-lived science fiction comedy radio series on The Ian Dempsey Show on RTÉ Radio. It followed the adventures of Captain Bono (played by Paul Woodful, based on the U2 lead singer Bono), his Vulcan sidekick Stephen "Spock" Roche (played by Arthur Mathews, based on cyclist Stephen Roche, with a "cold, cycling brain"; storylines involved "space bicycles"), the ship chef Darina Alien (based on Darina Allen), MC Tony St James (Woodfull), Johnny Guitar (a "little fella" who made guitar sounds), and ship chaplain Father Ted (Arthur Mathews; TOS never had a ship's chaplain as Roddenberry was quite insistent that they would not exist in the future).

Woodfull later said that the show was "probably a bit too weird for [its] slot", and that, when the station suggested they take two of the characters and launch a spin-off called Tea and Toast with Tony and Ted, Mathews opted out.

While the band and the series didn't last and left little mark otherwise, it did represent an early outing of the character Father Ted who would be later played on TV by comedian Dermot Morgan and given his own series, which proved popular in Ireland and the UK.

Star Trek: The Lost Episode

Star Trek: The Lost Episode is a radio bit comprised of soundbites from various episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, edited together to create a "lost episode" in which Captain Kirk and Spock become... intimate. Soundbites of Montgomery Scott are also included. The bit is played by certain radio morning shows nationwide.

The bit begins like this:

Kirk: Captain's Log. Specimen-gathering mission on planet Alfa 177. Mr. Spock is much stronger than the ordinary Human being. Aroused, his great physical strength could kill. But it's a risk I'll have to take.
(Kirk enters Spock's quarters)
Kirk: Is something troubling you, Mr. Spock?
Spock: May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with Humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.
Kirk: Unlike you, we Humans are filled with unpredictable emotions.
Spock: Love. Tenderness.
Kirk: Yes. Yes.
Spock: If I seem insensitive to what you're going through, captain, understand it's the way I am.
Kirk: Don't be afraid. Here's my hand.
Spock: You are beautiful. More beautiful than any dream of beauty I've ever known.
Kirk: What is your point, Mr. Spock?
Spock: I love you... I can love you.
Kirk: Kiss me!
(The love music from the original series plays and a zipper sound effect is heard)
Kirk: Are you out of your mind?
Spock: The prospect seemed quite attractive to you a moment ago.
Kirk: You don't really want to hurt me, do you? Put that thing away.
Spock: No, I don't think so...

As Kirk and Spock continue (complete with screams provided by the "evil" Kirk duplicate from "The Enemy Within"), Scotty interrupts and becomes involved in the proceedings. The bit ends with Kirk depicting in his log that he's seen a part of himself that no man should ever see, after which he tells Spock "Thank you ... from both of us." Both are lines from the end of "The Enemy Within".

One of the radio morning shows that occasionally play this bit is Tommy & Rumble on the Virginia radio station, WNOR (FM99). Tommy & Rumble once played the bit for actor James Doohan (who played Scott) when he was a guest at the station. According to co-host Rick Rumble, halfway through the bit, Doohan demanded that they "turn that thing OFF!" Rumble stated it was a lot like being on the bridge or in the engine room of the USS Enterprise, being yelled at by "Scotty".


StoVoKor is a Klingon metal band seen in Trekkies 2 that sings only in Klingonese.

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The song "Abduction Starfleet" references the term Starfleet, although in a general sense.

Tenacious D

Tenacious D has covered the "Theme from Star Trek", with the lyrics included.

Toxic Coma

Toxic Coma is a minor side project of Velvet Acid Christ (which itself has also referenced Star Trek) A promotional image seemingly supposed to depict the band is derived from a group shot of the original series crew on the Enterprise bridge, though with the faces replaced by new ones, ranging from badly pasted on human faces to more grotesque creatures.


The band T'Pau formed in 1986 in Shropshire, England, taking their name from the Vulcan priestess of the same name in Star Trek: The Original Series. None of their songs directly reference Star Trek, although there has been discussion among their fanbase over the years regarding whether or not some of their songs address Trek-inspired themes, in part because the band's biggest hit, "China In Your Hand", is admitted by the band to be a reference to Frankenstein, and another song by the band samples from the theme of the television series Dallas. Aside from such speculation, when their hit "Heart and Soul" was initially played on American radio, the edit used by radio stations frequently included a lead-in and/or lead-out featuring dialogue spoken by Kirk and T'Pau from the TOS episode "Amok Time". Lead-ins included Kirk saying, "Bones, you know who that is? T'Pau" and T'Pau saying, "What thee are about to see comes down from the time of the beginning, without change. This is the Vulcan heart. This is the Vulcan soul. This is our way." The lead-out was Kirk saying, "How about that T'Pau? They couldn't turn her down." How much involvement the band had with the development of such radio edits is not known.

Terry Talbot

Terry Talbot, along with his brother John Michael Talbot, was a leading member of the highly influential rock band Mason Profit before discovering Christianity and each subsequently doing solo work. On Terry's 1978 album A time to laugh, a time to sing on the cut "Angels" Terry parodies (in addition to Rev. Billy Graham) Star Trek crew meeting God on their viewscreen. He starts out saying "if there's a shuttle craft, it'll wait." and "there's Lt. Uhura with a baby bottle in her ear". Spock shows emotion shouting out "Alelujah."



Velvet Acid Christ

Velvet Acid Christ is an electro-industrial band hailing from Denver, Colorado. The song "Thought Criminal" from their 1997 release Neuralblastoma contains, among others, lengthy samples of Jonathan Frakes as Commander Riker and Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data from the TNG episode "Frame of Mind". The samples used are of the characters reciting their lines from the episode's titular play, Frame of Mind.

Velvet Acid Christ have also released several versions of the track "Futile". It contains several samples of the TNG crew's encounters with the Borg. Versions of the song mixed before 1996 have samples taken from the series Star Trek The Next Generation. Versions of the song mixed after 1996 (most notably "Futile (Resisted mix by Funker Vogt)") contain samples from the from the the motion picture Star Trek: First Contact, including phrases from the Borg as well as dialogue between the Borg Queen and Jean-Luc Picard. The lyrics also appear to be about the Borg, and specifically about assimilation.

Venetian Snares

The 2008 song "Koonut-Kaliffee" by Canadian electronic musician Venetian Snares features numerous vocal samples of Leonard Nimoy as Spock from the original series episode "Amok Time" over a breakcore beat, including, "One touches the other in order to feel each other's thoughts. In this way, our minds were locked together, so that at the proper time, we would both be drawn to koon-ut-kal-if-fee," and "My eyes is flame, my heart is flame – I burn."


Voltaire, the Dark Cabaret/Darkwave artist, released an EP called Banned on Vulcan. It was comprised entirely of parodies of various aspects of the Star Trek universe. More recently, Voltaire (now using the name Aurelio Voltaire) released a full length album, BiTrektual, featuring Tim Russ, Garrett Wang and Robert Picardo performing backing vocals on select tracks. The album features updated versions of the songs from Banned on Vulcan, as well as new tracks parodying Star Wars and Doctor Who.

Vox System

"Imzadi" is a ballad by Vox System, featuring singer Aly Frank. It's from their 2018 debut album "Time Has Come". The title of the song refers to the Betazed word for "Beloved" and the lyrics are about an impossible love.

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Vulcan death grip

This band, of which Ann Magnuson was part, was named after the Vulcan death grip.


Joe Walsh

Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is the guitarist for The Eagles, as well as the James Gang and Barnstorm.

His "Space Age Whiz Kids" 7" single contains the lyrics:

"...Pay those space age dues
Donkey Kong high score, Pac Man's on a roll
Klingons on the warpath, whiz kids on patrol..."

Warp 11

Warp 11 is a rock band that performs humorous songs inspired by Star Trek, with sometimes profane and sexually-related lyrics. They are comprised of four members: "Captain" Karl Miller (lead vocalist and bassist), "Commander" John Merlino (drums, replacing "Chief Medical Officer" Jeff Hewitt in 2007), "Chief Engineer" Brian Moore (guitarist), and "Chief Science Officer" Kiki Stockhammer (vocalist).

The male band members wear torn, short-sleeve versions of the TOS-style Starfleet uniforms.

Warp 11 has released albums since 2000:

  • Suck My Spock (2000)
  • Red Alert (2002)
  • Boldly Go Down on Me (2005)
  • It's Dead, Jim (2007)
  • Suck My Spock Some More (2008)
  • I Don't Want To Go To Heaven As Long As They Have Vulcans In Hell (2009)
  • Borgasm (2011)
  • Rock Out With Your Spock Out (2015)
  • In Search of Rock (2020)

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"We Didn't Start The Series"

This song, sung to the tune of "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel, was used on local television affiliates during the original run of Star Trek: The Next Generation to promote the series.

Jean Luc,
Geordi's Specs,
Mysteries on the Holodecks
Triple Droids,
Telepathic Betazoids
Deadly Claw
Visitor from L.A. Law
No Kirk,
Captain who has gone berserk
Counselor Troi,
Doctor Crusher's little boy
Klingon Rites,
New Heights,
Phaser Fights,
Data's Head,
Tasha's Dead,
Riker's Hangin' by a thread
Everyone to battle stations
We didn't start the series,
It's the Next Generation
on your favorite station
We didn't start the series,
But when we are gone it will
still be on and on and on...
We didn't start the series...

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The Weeknd

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd's 2016 song "Starboy" includes the following line:

Star Trek roof in the Wraith of Khan

The pun on the title of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan refers to the Rolls-Royce Wraith automobile, some models of which come with a roof equipped with fiber-optic lights meant to evoke the night sky.

"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al", the Prince of Parody, has parodied on Star Trek several times in his songs. Some verified references include:

  • "...Suddenly I'm bowling on the Starship Enterprise..."
    • Song: "Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White"
    • Album: Even Worse
  • "...A local radio station had this contest to see who could correctly guess the number of molecules in Leonard Nimoy's butt."
  • "...I'm not even welcome at the Star Trek convention..."
  • "Tell Me Why, I Bid On Shatner's Old Toupee..."
    • Song: "eBay"
    • Album: Poodle Hat
  • "...Seen each Star Trek eighty times..."
    • Song: "Gee, I'm A Nerd"
    • Album: Tour song, never released
  • "Your homemade Star Trek uniform / Really ain't impressin' me"
Additionally, in the music video for this song, the last shot is of Weird Al performing the Vulcan salute.

"Weird Al" planned to record a "Let It Go" parody called "Make It So" for his 2014 album Mandatory Fun, "but then I checked online, and of course, somebody had done that already. And apparently it had gotten enough attention online to make the Disney legal department ask them to take it down! I couldn't think of an idea that I liked as much as "Make It So", so... I gave up!" [12]

Grace Lee Whitney

Actress Grace Lee Whitney portrayed 'Janice Rand' in the original series and several films. In the 1960s and 1970s, she fronted a number of orchestras and bands, including the Keith Williams Orchestra. Later, she concentrated on jazz/pop vocalizing for the band Star. In the 1970s, with her then-husband, Jack Dale, she wrote a number of Star Trek-related songs and performed frequently at conventions. A 45 rpm record was released in 1976 with the songs "Disco Trekkin’" (A side) and "Star Child" (B side). She also recorded other original tunes including "Charlie X", "Miri", "Enemy Within" and "USS Enterprise". Many of these songs were released in the 1990s on compilations she sold at conventions, personal appearances, and through the mail. Light at the End of the Tunnel was released in 1996 and Yeoman Rand Sings! in 1999.

The W's

The 1998 song "Pup" by The W's references Captain James T. Kirk.

Followed you home one night after work.
Saw you go inside and watch Captain Kirk.
Ten o'clock rolled around the lights went out.
That's when I decided to roam about.


Zero One

The song "possibilities" samples a line by doctor Bashir to Sarina, from "Chrysalis": "Your life's going to be different now. Your future is full of possibilities"

Chris Zippel

Songs by Chris Zippel featuring a quote from Star Trek:

"As Possible" from "The Inner Light":

"Seize the time, Meribor – live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again."
- Picard, as Kamin, to his daughter

Although it skips to live now! (and includes the rest).

"Mirror Dawn" from "Strange New World":

"When I was a kid I'd go camping with my buddies. We'd spend half the night looking up at the stars wondering what our own sun would look like from this far away."
- Tucker
"Now you know."
- Mayweather

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