Although it’s William Shatner‘s music career which most recall post-Star Trek, Leonard Nimoydid rock out to some pretty random tunes as well. From the pretty awesome album Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space, a gem everybody should really own, comes “Highly Illogical”, a song in which Mr. Spock himself questions humanity’s logic. It’s very 60’s and completely adorable.
Our Leonard Nimoyhomage week continues with today’s Song Of The Day: the “Theme From Star Trek”, the quintessential TV sci-fi theme. The classic Original Series of Star Trek would always begin with ominous shots of The Enterprise flying quietly through space as William Shatner‘s grand voice-over led us in slowly until the ship’s big “whoosh” towards the camera finally allowed the iconic theme (courtesy of Alexander Courage) to kick in.
It’s very 1960’s, it’s epic, romantic and just plain cool.
Here’s Mr Nimoy trying his hand at introducing the theme in J.J. Abrams’ first reboot movie:
In loving memory of Leonard Nimoy, who sadly left us last week, our Song Of The Day for today is 1967 cult meme “The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins” performed by the man himself. Written by Charles Randolph Grean, the track can be found on Nimoy’s second album Two Sides Of Leonard Nimoy and not only is it ridiculously fun but completely adorable and pure gold for J. R. R. Tolkien fans.
Expect more Leonard Nimoy greatness as this week is dedicated to the iconic actor.
From Nirvana‘s classic album Never Mind, “In Bloom” was the last single to be released from it. Its video was a glorious piss-take of old variety shows depicting the band playing the song rather tamely Beatles-style. Which was perfectly fitting seeing as the song criticised those who didn’t exactly “get” the band back in the day. In short: it’s yet another cool song from one of the most essential rock albums around.
Our Song Of The Day for today comes from Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider: “(Kom Så Ska Vi) Leva Livet” was released back in 1981 and can be found on the band’s second album Moderna Tider. It’s a fast-paced rocky track that’s a lot of fun from start to finish and it boasts a catchy chorus you don’t even need to be Swedish to sing along to.
The first track from dark punk rock band Amen‘s second (and self-titled) album Amen, “Coma America” is a 2 minute-long burst of energy courtesy of nutty lead singer Casey Chaos. Though the track is obviously making a political statement about the old Bush administration, it’s hard to take it too seriously and it mostly works as just a fun, screamy piece of head-banging material.
Seeing as the film Whiplash did (deservedly) well at this year’s Academy Awards, I thought it would be fitting to include the song “Whiplash” as today’s Song Of The Day. Written by Hank Levy, the track can be found on Don Ellis‘ album Soaring and it is one uniquely catchy, groovy, jazzy tune indeed.
Big congrats to J. K. Simmons for making us proud.