Footprints on the Moon
Footprints on the Moon is a “filk” band formed by Howard and Raj, playing sci-fi inspired folk music. Their first song was “Hammer and Whip: The Untold Story of Thor vs. Indiana Jones”, about the Norse God and whip-carrying archeologist.
The band has performed at Stuart’s comic book store, as the house band on “Fun with Flags”, and hired to play bar-mitzvahs.
The band was formed in “The 2003 Approximation” when Stuart asked Howard and Raj if they knew any musicians who might perform at the show, ideally for free. Raj reminded Howard that they had always talked about performing together and they could play “filk” music, folk music with a sci-fi/fantasy theme.
When Raj mentioned that they would need a cool band name, Howard said he’d been sitting on “Footprints on the Moon” for years. As Howard and Raj got together to write their first song, Raj brought up his idea of a “power ballad, superhero crossover tale of epic proportions” about Thor versus Indiana Jones. Howard began riffing on the theme and soon Raj contributed the hook, “Thor and Dr. Jones. Thor and Dr. Jones. One plays with lightning, the other plays with bones”.
The band almost broke up as soon as it began when Raj played their first song for his then-girlfriend, Emily, who didn’t like it as you couldn’t dance to it. When Raj brought up “his” concerns about the song, Howard sensed he was being influenced by his girlfriend and quit the band. Thankfully, Raj quickly ran back to Howard and the band went on to perform the song at Stuart’s comic book store, where Stuart’s only comment was “Play something we can dance to.”
After Raj created a Facebook page for the band in “The Earworm Reverberation”, Howard was initially annoyed that Raj had acted without consulting him. His concerns were erased when Raj revealed they already had a fan who had commented on their performance at the comic book store.
Howard and Raj decided to write back to their supporter and they quickly became enchanted with their cool follower. When they decided to track him down in real life, they went to a coffee shop they knew he visited. Their excitement faded when they observed their fan doing something gross. As they tried to leave the shop without him realizing, he spotted them and asked if they were “Footprints on the Moon”. Howard and Raj said no and kept walking.
When Footprints on the Moon were the house band for Fun with Flags in “The Veracity Elasticity”, they performed a new theme song for the podcast. Raj was disgruntled that they didn’t get paid for the gig; they weren’t even given any food.
Footprints on the Moon were booked to perform at a Bar-Mitzvah in “The Solo Oscillation”, but Howard was struggling to keep up with his work, his responsibilities as a father, and preparations for the gig. After Howard suggested that Raj replace him in the band, Raj quickly reached out to Bert Kibbler, who plays the guitar, to join the band. Bert came with his own Indiana Jones-inspired song, told from the point of view of the boulder that chases Indy.
After Bernadette got fed up that Howard was still not very useful around the house, even without the distraction of a band, she told him he could rejoin Footprints on the Moon. The trio then performed at Toby’s Bar-Mitzvah, singing Bert’s boulder song.
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Raj and Howard formed Footprints on the Moon after Stuart asked them if they knew any musicians who might like to perform at the comic book store, ideally for free. Raj and Howard wrote a song, "Hammer and Whip: The Untold Story of Thor vs. Indiana Jones", and performed it at the store.
After starting a Facebook page for "Footprints on the Moon", Raj and Howard track down a cool fan who liked their page, only to be disappointed by his uncouth behavior.
Raj and Howard are the house band for an on-location episode of Fun with Flags.
Howard and Raj are the house band for a retrospective episode of Fun with Flags.
When Howard has to drop out of the band ahead of a gig, Raj recruits geologist Bert to join "Footprints on the Moon". Bert brings his own geology-inspired song about Indiana Jones, told from the perspective of the boulder that chases him. After Howard returns to the band, the newly-formed trio play at a Bar-Mitzvah and perform Bert's song.