They say this tune is less than outstanding!
The US Space Force has released an official song that critics say is light years away from being a hit — with illogical lyrics and a cheesy tone that tears up “Star Wars.”
The military branch, formed in 2019 to protect the US in the great afterlife, unveiled the light-hearted anthem Tuesday, titled “Semper Supra” – which means “Always On Top” in Latin.
“It’s no slouch,” the website military.com said dryly.
The song’s lyrics proclaim: “We are the mighty watchful eye / Wardens beyond the blue / The invisible frontline / Warfighters brave and true.”
“Boldly reaching out into space / Our skies know no bounds / Standing watch day and night / We are the space forces from above,” it continues triumphantly.
But listeners were quick to ridicule the tune for its confusing lyrics and overly bubbly melody, calling it a cosmically uncool “Star Wars” ripoff.
“What the hell is that? Might as well use the #StarWars theme song! What a joke! #spaceforce” one observer tweeted.
Another reviewer named Jamie Teachenor, who wrote the song, is a total space cadet.
“How can the new #SpaceForce ‘stand watch day and night’ when there is no night and day in space?” he wrote on twitter.
Kevin Baron, Defense One’s military editor-in-chief, called it a grammatical black hole.
“These lyrics are the verbal word salad version of a bad Air Force painting,” he wrote. “I really want to edit it grammatically: you’re not the ‘invisible’ front line. CIA is… ‘Warfighter’ is NOT A WORD.”
Another observer tweeted, “Why did they choose the genre of 1940s war music for a 21st century space agency? #SpaceForce”
To write the tune, US Coast Guard Band lead musician Sean Nelson teamed up with Jamie Teachenor, a country songwriter and member of the US Air Force Band.
“I made my choice and I made what I thought would be the most exciting type of sounds,” Nelson said in a press release.
Teachenor added, “I wanted to make sure everything that was in the song adequately represented all the abilities our Space Force is involved in and make sure I didn’t screw up the mission.”
But some listeners said it was ripe for a spoof of comedian Steve Carell – who stars on the Netflix show Space Force via a goofy but similar agency.
“Did Steve Carell help write it or something?” the Observer beaten.
This isn’t the first time the US Space Force has been at the center of a galactic embarrassment.
Last year, the military branch unveiled its new uniforms, which observers described as a throwback to many space-based sci-fi film productions such as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars.
“All of a sudden I’m getting some Wrath of Khan flashbacks,” military reporter Stephen Losey wrote on twitter Back then, he paired an image of William Shatner in the “Star Trek” sequel next to a fully dressed Space Force Guardian.