Like Shatner, Nimoy turned to recording during and after the show's run, recording five LPs for Dot Records bearing titles that referred to elements of Star Trek or catchphrases from it (for example, Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space and Highly Illogical), and also traded on his show persona to help ensure the music's success. However, unlike Shatner, who 'acted' each song rather than sing it, Nimoy employed a low baritone singing range with no vibrato, and tracks such as The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins, a camp redaction of Lord Of The Rings, have become cult classics. Whereas Shatner's exaggerated mannerisms prompted derision and commercial failure, Nimoy's LPs were popular and led to many promotional appearances.
Links To Peel
Peel was aware of Nimoy's recordings long before he turned his attention to Shatner, and bought his Outer Space LP on the Australian Raven label when it was reissued in 1987, regarding it as "a bit of a gem" (although his colleague Bruno Brookes had already been playing it for some time). Likewise, the reissue of Shatner's The Transformed Man on CD in 1992 prompted a reissue of Nimoy's material by Rev-Ola and consequent further play by John. The two actors were heavily featured in the 1996 Peel-narrated documentary Funk Me Up, Scotty which highlighted Star Trek-related musical esoterica: this revealed that not all his recordings were inspired by his Spock character, and covers of Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash songs also feature in his repertoire.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 02 November 1987: 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth (LP-Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space)' (Raven)
- 20 August 1993: 'The Difference Between Us (CD-Highly Illogical)' (Rev-Ola)
- 27 August 1993 (BFBS): 'The Difference Between Us (CD-Highly Illogical)' (Rev-Ola)
- 04 September 1993: 'Where It's At (CD-Highly Illogical)' (Rev-Ola)
- 10 September 1993 (BFBS): Where It's At (album - Highly Illogical) Rev-o-la
- 17 September 1993 (BFBS): Proud Mary (album - Highly Illogical) Rev-o-la
- Peel Out In The States (Program 21 & 22): 'Where It's At (CD-Highly Illogical)' (Rev-Ola)
- Funk Me Up, Scotty: 'Highly Illogical / The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins (LP-Two Sides Of Leonard Nimoy)' (Dot)
- Funk Me Up, Scotty: 'If I Had A Hammer (LP-The Way I Feel)' (Dot)
- Funk Me Up, Scotty: 'Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town / Everybody's Talkin' / I Walk The Line (LP-The New World Of Leonard Nimoy)' (Dot)