"Banned From Argo"
is a filk
song written and originally recorded by Leslie Fish
, released in 1977 on the album Solar Sailors
, and later as part of various compilations (Star Trek Comedy: The Unofficial Album
; Dr. Demento
's Hits From Outer Space
, etc.) It won the 2003 Pegasus Award
for Best Classic Filk Song.
Structure and style
The song pokes fun at the conventions and characters of the original Star Trek television series
. Though no character is mentioned by name, they are identified by their shipboard title/duties and certain characteristics (such as Captain Kirk
's sexual escapades or Scotty
's taste for alcohol), and are stated to be a Starfleet
crew in the final verse. The framework of the song's "story" is the starship crew's stop at "Argo Port" for shore leave
, where their antics result in chaos and destruction, prompting the planet's government to ban them from returning, as stated in the chorus:And we're banned from Argo, every one.
<br>Banned from Argo, just for having a little fun.
<br>We spent a jolly shore leave there for just three days or four,
<br>But Argo doesn't want us anymore.
(The final chorus adds a faux-innocent "Wonder why?" to end the song.)
In the original recording, the song is played in a bluegrass
style, with guitars and banjos as the only musical accompaniment. It follows a pattern of single verse followed by single chorus, with an instrumental interlude, the... Read More