The lyrics to the song "2Wicky" by the band Hooverphonic seems to contain a couple of scifi references.

This is the flight number of our galactic sun

Before we start you should know that you're not the only one
Who can hurt me

This is the serial number of our orbital gun

You better be sure before you leave me for another one

"2Wicky" by Hooverphonic (emphasis added)

What do these refer to and are they referenced in/from another science fiction work?

  • I've seen some conflicting ideas here; songmeanings.com/songs/view/2990 but none seem conclusive. I'm not looking for speculation, but actual evidence/proof – Valorum Jan 28 at 23:05
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    @user14111 The only difference between obscure, meaningless phrases like "Prophet-60091" and "Klaatu barada nikto" is whether someone came through with an answer to the question, so I think it's fair to leave it open and see if anyone comes up with a sci-fi reference. – gowenfawr Jan 29 at 12:30
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    @Valorum based on your logic you are opening up this forum to every song lyric in every song that could conceivably be a sci-fi term - and I think that would be a mistake, as sometimes a word is just a word that sounds good in a song. OTOH you could convince me otherwise if you can show a progression of such lyrics in this band's material potentially indicating a definite sci-fi inspired theme. EG Analyzing the lyrics of "Flash" by Queen definitely would belong here, or the "Science Fiction/Double Feature" song from the Rocky Horror Show. Both of which have direct links to Sci-Fi – Peter M Jan 29 at 15:01
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    @PeterM I've found articles describing the lyrics of the main writer of the band as "science fiction inspired". – SQB Jan 29 at 15:05
  • @SQB Well that's background information that fits in to my "OTOH" clause :D. But with an obscure (to me) band that sort of information needs to be explicit. – Peter M Jan 29 at 15:09

The answer you are looking for, in-part anyway, is that the 2 codes are the names of electronic Synthesizers from the early 1980s. Sequential Circuits (USA) manufactured the Prophet 600 and Roland (Japan) manufactured the SH-101 (I used to own a Roland SH-101 - until I foolishly sold it to part-pay for a holiday!! My guess is that both keyboards may have been used also in the actual music of the song, but I don't have proof. The additional numbers after both (91 and 51) may have no connection other than to complete the lyric so that it works best for the song. Amazing song and even more amazing band.

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    I've seen this theory advanced on the Internet (on numerous occasions) per my comment above. My concern is that neither actually fit the lyrics. There was no Prophet-60091, nor did the Roland have a SH10151 code. Also, why would the band reference either of these numbers? – Valorum May 28 at 22:13

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