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Silly Songs – The Silvery Soliloquies of Starfleet’s Spock

The Star Trek movie reboot in 2009 introduced a fresh plot perspective, in which the villain, Nero, and the hero, Spock, engage in actions which change the past into an alternate timeline, quite different from the original Star Trek premise.  In the alternate timeline, Captain James “Call Me Jim” Kirk becomes a sergeant in the Los Angeles Police Department, and his first mate, Mister “Call Me Lieutenant” Spock becomes, well, ….. a crooner of folk ballads.

Nimoy’s first album, Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space (1967), still clung to Star Trek material, but it hinted at the seldom seen, amorous side of Mr. Spock, with selections such as Where is Love?, Music to Watch Space Girls By, and the ever popular, You Say Uhuru, I Say Uhura, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.  Apparently, those arched eyebrows weren’t just contemplating quantum physics.

1968 was not a good year, with political assassinations, the Vietnam War raging, and riots at the Democratic convention.  To make matters worse, the public was also presented with the Two Side of Leonard Nimoy.  Apparently, the public demanded a fresher side of Leonard Nimoy.    Anyway, the most cringe-worthy selections of this effort included:  Highly Illogical, Once I Smiled, If I Was a Carpenter, and the often imitated (but never made worse) The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.  Somewhere in Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien is rolling over in his grave.

 

HOBBITS FOREVER!!!  FRODO LIVES!!!  Sorry, got caught up in the moment there.  Back to the pot-smoking 1960s.

Sensing that his 15 minutes of fame might be up, Nimoy quickly churned out three more albums over the next three years, The Way I Feel, The Touch of Leonard Nimoy, and The New World of Leonard Nimoy.  The Touch of Leonard Nimoy was originally named The Vulcan Death Pinch of Leonard Nimoy, but it was softened to bring in a larger female audience.  In the interests of my own blogging career, I won’t dare list all the song titles.  The most notable include the haunting Billy Don’t Play the Banjo Anymore, The Mayor of Ma’s Cafe, and, you heard it right, an audacious remake of Johnny Cash’s Walk the Line.

 

Yes, Leonard Nimoy’s musical career died faster than a red-shirted ensign on the Starship Enterprise.  But wait, what’s that sound coming from sector 12!?  It’s Captain James T. Kirk, and he’s trying to sing too!!

I would apologize for the fuzziness of the video, but you couldn’t handle William Shatner singing in high definition anyway.  After this, an emergency meeting was convened to make sure that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner were never in the same sound studio at the same time.  In 1979, Paramount announced the production of a series of Star Trek motion pictures, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Somebody had to give these two wandering souls something to do – far, far away from a microphone.

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