If you’ve ever spent any length of time conversing with me about Mystery Science Theater episodes, you probably know that I’m a little bit harsh on the final three seasons of the series. Your mileage may vary, but I just don’t consider them to be nearly as sharp or entertaining or, well, good as the rest of the series, generally speaking. So, it might surprise you to know that one of my favorite moments in the entire series occurred during season eight.
Episode 807, Terror From The Year 5000, took place during the “Observer homeworld” storyline, where we’re first introduced to Bill Corbett’s “Brain Guy” and his bodyless kin. After getting into an argument with Mike and the robots over yodelling and the Observers’ knowledge of music, the three blue brains of blood demonstrated their musical mettle by crooning this old-timey ballad, putting the SOLers in their place.
Now, it isn’t just that the song is funny — which it is — but it’s also really darn well-written. Take a look at the lyrics, penned by Mike and Kevin. “Your adrenaline was like wine / Sweet perfume was your endochrine”? It’s such a delightfully morbid love song. It’s also sung by Kevin (Mike lip-syncs), and we all know what amazing pipes that bear’s got on him. I love it, even if the Suddenly Susan reference dates it quite badly. (Who knew it wouldn’t be the Seinfeld of its time?)
Click below to listen to the song and/or download the mp3 for your listening purposes. If you dig it, you can still pick up Clowns In The Sky II from MST3K.com. Also, the clip after the break handily contains the skit at the beginning, for those of you who need visual aids.
When I Held Your Brain In My Arms (click “Download Original” to save)