Call it luck if you’d like, but I was fortunate enough to have grown up in an era of Star Wars and classic rock. Looking back, it’s not difficult to see how both of those influenced my personality and my passions – and grew into obsessions. For the kid who grew up inundated with the sounds of mega bands like Styx, Rush, and Pink Floyd, those bands became the soundtrack to my life. As a Star Wars fan, the work of John Williams left an equally indelible mark on my mind and heart.

But, there’s more to the music than merely the soundtrack Star Wars fans hum daily in the shower, during the commute, or when the in-laws call. (Don’t judge…) The more notable bands of Star Wars – Figrin D’an & the Modal Nodes, Max Rebo & Sy Snoodles, and Maz Kanata’s house band – have left us with earworms of intergalactic proportions. Go ahead – just hum the first few notes of the original Mos Eisley cantina melody and see if you can get it to leave your mind! These bands, however, do more than just add filler to the ultimate space saga. They provide a subtle glimpse into the everyday rhythm (pun intended) of how other worlds mirror our own.

Over the course of this series, we’re going to take a look at the bands, their music, and their earthbound inspirations. Heck, we may even wander into what it means to be a steady act in a dive bar, and what it’s like to have groupies.


Battle of the Bands is an occasional series exploring the non-soundtrack side of the Star Wars galaxy’s music scene. Next week: Figrin D’an and Benny Goodman in an interstellar woodwind spectacular.