To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – “Love in a U.F.O.”

Also in 1979 comes another space-themed single for Sarah Brightman. This time it’s “Love in a U.F.O.,” a sort of disco doo-wop number that finds the still-developing singer meandering through a pretty average piece of work.

It’s interesting to note that “Love in a U.F.O.” features yet another “group name” for Brightman. This time it’s “Sarah Brightman and the Aliens,” although you won’t find that on all of the releases.

The important thing to note is that this song is really quite batty. Were it not delivered with a high-pitched crystalline vibe from a tri-octave singer, you wouldn’t be wrong to think of it as a sort of redneck account of love beyond the stars.

Consider: “It was an ordinary summer night/When suddenly I saw this blinding light/Like an exploding star/And…is hovered right above my car.”

From this alarming introduction comes “his face” and it’s “not of the human race.” There are some innuendos to follow, including something about “unidentified love” feeling “so good inside” and so forth. Brightman coos on and on until the big reveal: “Plastic, fantastic!”

Far be it for me to draw some sort of assumption here, but my guess is that this “android made of plastic” – the one that delivers “cosmically orgasmic” thrills – is not human or alien but, well, product…

The fact of the matter is that Sarah Brightman’s ode to vibrators from space won’t be showing up on many of her more modern set-lists. It’s a fun song, but it’s ultimately ordinary but for its innuendo and cheeky lyrics.

The B-side is “Illusions of Love,” a track that finds itself more oriented around a normal relationship and not one that runs on batteries. This is a Brightman composition and it is a pretty catchy if unremarkable track. It features our heroine waiting around by the phone, but the apple of her eye is perhaps ill or “busy today.”

Back to the space vibrator, methinks.

Once more, Brightman deserves credit for delivering the spacey and goofy lyrics with aplomb. Much like her work on the previously-covered “The Adventures of the Love Crusader” and its Nurgon-based B-side, “Love in a U.F.O.” is silly but forgettable fun.

For those scoring at home, the 12-inch version – of the single not the…other thing – includes a track called “Madam Hyde.” It’s another futuristic, effects-heavy song that was produced by Brightman. It’s also got a bit of gender-bending fun, if that’s your cup of green lab liquid. It also features this nugget: “They say a man is just a man/But when a man becomes madam/He cannot fail to be a star!”

There you have it.

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