The phenomenon of the early (and sometimes totally juvenile) piece of work that comes back to haunt its creator is hardly limited to the world of music, but in "The Laughing Gnome" one can find perhaps the ultimate example. Certainly David Bowie wasn't expecting it to ever return after recording it as a failed single in 1967, but once he ended up achieving fame in later years, it was rereleased (and charted!) to general amusement. Bowie's since made his own peace with the song, but there's little surprise why he's not exactly shouting from the rooftops about it -- slight, silly and often groaningly awful, it's an utter flop compared to Syd Barrett's own fractured fairy tale "Gnome" on the first Pink Floyd album. With a driving drumbeat provided most of the music along with a bit of horn and harpsichord orchestration, "The Laughing Gnome" is essentially a descendant of efforts like "Witch Doctor" and "The Chipmunk Song." Sped-up vocals representing said gnome work against Bowie's generally okay enough vocal, but some of the worst puns committed to vinyl are used throughout the too-whimsical-for-its-own-good storyline. Thankfully Bowie himself appreciates the full ridiculousness of it all, breaking down in laughter towards the end of the song.