SciFi SongFest, Songs 90-92

90. David Bowie, “The Laughing Gnome” (1967):

Welcome to what may be the most universally hated Bowie song:

It seems only cosmic justice to pair “The Laughing Gnome” with this other unbeloved classic:

91. The Go-Go’s, “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek” (1964):

No, these are not the Go-Go’s you’re thinking of.

The only good part of this song is the bit that’s swiped from the 1959 Peter Gunn theme:

Plus you can tell these Daleks are inauthentic, because they ask for plum pudding. Everybody knows that what Daleks want is rice pudding and plenty of it:

92. Who Cares?, “Doctor in Distress” (1985):

After “The Laughing Gnome” and “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek,” this other much-hated Doctor-Who-related song – part of an effort to save the show from cancellation – seems like a masterpiece in comparison. And at least it’s sound on the Dalek question.

“When they were faced with danger, they didn’t run”? Really? Because I’m pretty sure that frantic running (usually down corridors or through rock quarries) has been a staple of the show from the beginning.


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