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Nick at Nite Goes to Outer Space

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Like any other disc in the Nick at Nite series, Nick at Nite: Goes to Outer Space gathers a number of oldies that have vaguely similar lyrical or thematic sentiments. In this case, it's songs about space. Since Nick At Nite doesn't air that many sci-fi shows, there are only a couple cuts here, such as the Lost in Space theme, that have anything to do with television. The bulk of the disc consists of oldies about space or space travel. "Oldies" is actually a loose term -- there are only a few songs, such as the Byrds' "Mr. Spaceman," from the '60s. Much of the album is comprised of new wave hits, but even these aren't necessarily familiar -- Blondie's "Rapture" is a retro-radio staple, but Adam Ant's "Apollo 9" and OMD's "Apollo XI" aren't quite on the same level, even if they're quite good. So, Nick at Nite: Goes to Outer Space is marketed as nostalgia, but it's music that nobody will be nostalgic for. A weird category indeed. Despite these problems, there are enough good songs and skewed fun to make it worthwhile for curious listeners.

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