Flashback Friday: Space Ghost

Sticking with a superhero theme tonight, denizens. It’s no wonder, considering what I’ve been reading this past week…but you’ll just have to wait to hear more about that, now won’t you?

So Space Ghost. He wasn’t the greatest superhero on the block (although he’s still cooler than Aquaman). And to be completely honest, I don’t really remember all that much about his adventures. I do remember his theme, though. It was so blatantly 60s sci-fi groovy with the horns, the beat, and that crazy theremin vibe:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6qpulpmnc&w=480&h=390]

Of all the superhero cartoons that I watched when I was little, Space Ghost’s theme was the one that stuck with me. Probably because, much later on, I used to watch the Cartoon Network’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which featured the same theme, updated with funky 90s electric guitar and some R&B-lite harmonies added in:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNH3CiyDA1U&w=480&h=390]

For those who never experienced the surrealistic joy of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, it was a talk show spoof hosted by Spacey himself, with his sidekick nemeses Zorak and Moltar. It was utterly bizarre in the way that only those fledgling shows from the early years of a new network could possibly be. There were no rules, no expectations, no limits to what the Cartoon Network could do in those early days…so they pretty much did whatever the hell they wanted. Throw it against the wall and see what sticks. Well, Space Ghost stuck for almost a decade before finally retiring to that Old Superhero Talk Show Host Home. If you can find some copies, check them out. Here’s a little something to wet your whistle…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixQ7nrimxYs&w=480&h=390]