The Christmas issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, and includes a feature that I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time – the story behind the notorious 1964 cash-in pop single I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek by The Go-Go’s. Released to cash in on the height of ‘Dalekmania’ – it didn’t – contrary to popular belief it was a serious attempt at scoring a hit, written and produced by one of the industry’s top talents with Dalek creator Terry Nation’s active backing. As well as revealing who The Go-Go’s were and why nobody ever heard from them again, discussing whether or not Daleks can hold guitars and looking at some of the other more successful cash-in discs issued by Oriole Records, it’s also an attempt to reclaim what I have always honestly believed is a perfectly ordinary and perfectly good pop record for the time it was released. Plus there’s a look at the somewhat more surprising number on the b-side…
You can get Issue 559 of Doctor Who Magazine from all good newsagents or directly from the magazine’s website here.
Black And White Christmas is a look at some of my favourite Christmas-themed pop, jazz and soundtrack singles from the sixties, including an often overlooked number from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; you can find it here.
If you want to hear me talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about Doctor Who on the politics and pop culture podcast The Zeitgeist Tapes, you can find that here.
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