'Star Wars' Inspires Bay Area Musicians' Songs | NBC Bay Area

'Star Wars' Inspires Bay Area Musicians' Songs



    A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    The Force is strong in Bay Area music.

    Local artists across genres have been loading their songs with references to "Star Wars" for years. Some have even sampled directly from the films' soundtracks. Below, discover what to listen for in the most notable examples:

    Rogue Wave, "Like I Needed" (2007)

    Listen for: Indie hero Zach Rogue singing, "Those aren't the droids you're looking for."


    Blackalicious, "Reanimation" (1999)

    Listen for: Rapper Gift of Gab flexing the line, "Photo light images Yoda might bite."


    DJ Q-Bert, "Cosmic Assassins" (1998)

    Listen for: The world champion DJ's use of sound from the trench scene of the original "Star Wars" film.


    DJ Shadow, "Hindsight" (1993) 

    Listen for: The producer's sampling of the Sandtrooper scene from the same "Star Wars" film.


    Dead Kennedys, "One-Way Ticket to Pluto" (1986)

    Listen for: One-time SF mayoral candidate Jello Biafra mashing up "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" in one verse.