Because this record did not actually promise any sales, there was little incentive for any corporate entity, particularly a recording company, to accelerate the approval process. I asked Jon Lomberg if there was anything missing from the Voyager record for this kind of reason. “The Beatles,” he responded instantly. All four members of the band wanted “Here Comes the Sun” included – but their publisher wouldn’t grant the rights.
-Jim Bell, The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission
I watched some of the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary and what’s been indelible is the Marine saying, regarding a most unhappy matter, that he did not know how to explain it so that it made sense.
That sentiment less unhappily came to mind reading the above excerpt. Imagine trying to explain to the heptapods (or etc) such a situation. On the bright side, said situation does illuminate various aspects of human ingenuity.
Personally, my incomprehension regards the quadrofabs. I’d have been all “Uh, guys… You know you have a song called ‘Across the Universe,’ right?”
PS “Across the Universe” eventually did go interstellar.