Earlier this year two Doctor Who albums were released by two different artists. The Doctor EP on January 7th by Adam Warrock and I Am The Doctor on February 22nd by Devo Spice.
Devo is a nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey; across between Weird Al and Eminem. He is one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show and one of the founders of the Funny Music Project. In 2011 Devo’s album “Gnome Sane?” went to number #28 on the Hip Hop charts on iTunes. He is also ginger.
Adam is a former lawyer turned full-time nerdcore rapper. Creator of The Browncoats Mixtape, Parks & Rec EP, Gravity Falls Rap, and a ton of other Internet hits. He has been praised by several in the comic industry, Nathan Fillion, BB America, Edgar Wright the director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and more by people who appreciate good music.
Devo is a long time Doctor Who fan ever since he was a kid. He has met many of the stars of the show including Jon Pertwee (3rd Doctor) and Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier).
Adam was previously known by his song I Have Never Watch an Episode of Doctor Who in My Life. Last year he started watching the show for the first time and became instantly hooked. So like anything else he loves he wrote some songs about it. This time in secret and announced the album on Christmas Day.
Devo’s album features 12 songs about Doctor Who. One song per incarnation up to Matt Smith (and not counting any others beside the main ones) and the title track, though the title track is really a Matt Smith song anyways so it is kind of like he gets two songs. It covers things like the monsters of the series, lost episodes, the TARDIS, fans, and more.
Adam’s album is eight songs long, that includes one song remixed. His songs really just cover the new series. There are songs about the Weaping Angels, the Master, humanity, and things like that. Oh and the remixed song remixes the theme music of the show.
Devo’s album includes appearances by actors from the show. Katy Manning (Jo Grant) sings the chorus on Carnival of Monsters, which is the 3rd Doctors song. Pete Davison (5th Doctor) makes a cameo in his song Companion Application. Sophi Aldred (Ace) is in the 7th Doctor’s song The Regeneration. Fellow comedy musician the great Luke Ski makes some small appearances throughout the album as well.
Adam’s album is just him solo, which is almost kind of weird for him. He does use some clips from the show as intros to his songs though.
Devo’s album comes as a download ($10) or you can order the CD ($15). The CD comes with a lenticular print cover, an eight page booklet chronicle’s Devo’s experiences with the show, and fan art drawn by Devo when he was a kid and autographed by the stars.
Adam’s is a free mixtape.
The best song on Devo’s album is the 10th Doctor’s song Adventures in Space and Time. Very rocking, fun for fans, and great to party to. The least interesting song is Fandom Paradise, the 4th Doctor’s song, it is just not as great of a song as one inspired by Tom Baker should have been.
Best song on Adam’s is Can’t Stop Watching Doctor Who. Listen to his first song and then this. It is a straight love song to the show and an apology about not having watched it before. Least favorite is River (A Song), just kind of lands flat with me, might because I am not a big River Song fan though.
Now if you are wondering which album is the better one, that’s a little hard to decide on. Both are some of the best work of both artists. Really I would have to say the best album would be Adam covering Devo’s album.