Have you ever said to yourself “Man I wish there was a band consisting of Will Robinson from Lost in Space, the One Armed Man from the Fugitive, the hot mom from Freaks and Geeks, and Rousseau from LOST!” ? You have?! Well than today is your lucky day, because I come bearing good news. There is such a band and they are called The Be Five. Something they all have in common is that they were also cast members of one of the best sci-fi shows of all time, Babylon 5.
Earlier this week a friend of mine, who is also a Babylon 5 fan, sent me a link directing me to the information about this album and my mind was blown. Apparently back in 1998 Bill Mumy, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Andreas Katsulas, and Peter Jurasik at the height of Babylon 5’s popularity came together to make an album, calling their group The Be Five. I’ve known that Bill Mumy was a musician but I had no idea he ever got together with his other B5 comrades to make music. Apparently Mumy wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album which are mainly blues/rock and the other cast members take the lead vocals on two tracks each. As if that wasn’t awesome enough Patricia Tallman, everyones favorite Vorlon enhanced telepath, has several cameos on the album as well, as a backup vocalist.
Unfortunately the album was basically only available at various cons where one of the stars were making an appearance. Later it was more widely distributed but not in great numbers and apparently it is still rather hard to find a physical copy of the CD. Thankfully however this one and only album of The Be Five “Trying to Forget” is available for digital download on Amazon! I would suggest checking it out and at least listening to some of the samples from the tracks. Hearing Peter Jurasik who played Londo Mollari sing blues is simply golden and I was quite surprised by the dark sultry qualities of Mira Furlan’s singing voice.
I had no idea this thing existed, but now that I do I can’t get it out of my head. This made my week, and you’d better believe it is now at the top of my list of things to buy!
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That is all!