Exterminate: 5 Songs For the Daleks

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Note to my fellow Whovians: This is being written in the past, so I have no idea how much then-me will have enjoyed the first episode of the season (now). If you want to read what I will have thought you can see that at this link, but please pop back over here and let then me know in the comments what now-me said so I can have already amended it.

Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey... you know how it is.

This morning I was/will be woken up the way I get woken up the same way I'm woken up every morning I think I'm going to get to sleep in. That would be to the harsh electronic screaming of "YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF THE DALEKS! YOU WILL BE DESTROYED" that comes out of the tiny plush Dalek my toddler sleeps with. She's in love with the thing both because Daleks are awesome, and because it's pretty effective in getting her father up to come turn on the cartoon-producing machine.

Needless to say, Daleks and Doctor Who are big in our house, and I couldn't be happier that the psychotic pepperpots will be returning after a long hiatus since Series 5. Though I have no doubt that they'll end up much like always, dead at the hands of one unattractive man in a bow tie and possibly an improbable hat, it's always fun when they're around. This week's playlist is dedicated to them.

The Go-Go's, "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek": Interest in the Daleks amongst kids back in the 1960s when Doctor Who debuted as an educational children's show was so widespread it got the title of Dalekmania. The Go-Go's (not the ones you're thinking of) attempted to cash in on the craze with this novelty single, hoping to make the Daleks something they could milk like Alvin and the Chipmunks. Didn't work out, because they forgot that to make something like that happen also requires the explicit aid of Satan.

The Art Attacks, "I am a Dalek": Despite the involvement of the legendary artist Savage Pencil and being included on the equally iconic Beggar's Banquet punk sample Streets, the Art Attacks simply have not come down through the years as very important or influential. Nonetheless, you can clearly hear the combination of punk energy and pop-culture awareness that helped cement the reputation of the Ramones.

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