Friday, January 13, 2012

Random Song of the Week: Leonard Nimoy sings The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Deceptisean here. I'd like to start a new segment on Fantom Zone celebrating the more unusual, often overlooked, head-scratch inducing, but nonetheless awesome songs out there. One such song is this ditty sung by Leonard Nimoy for his 60's album (his second album) called Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy.

Back in the 60's, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was a huge cultural phenomena exploding its way into teen culture ("Frodo Lives" or "Bilbo Lives" was often spray-painted on University walls symbolizing pacifists who get pushed out of their comfort zone, forced to step out into the world and deal with its harsh realities). Nimoy and his song writing partners capitalized on this craze with this song as a single. The version seen here is a sketch from the short-lived 60's variety series Malibu U. It now makes its rounds online as a "music video".

I guess it's too much to ask for a remix of this for the upcoming Hobbit movie. Maybe by, oh I dunno, Akon or someone.


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