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HO HO WHO: A helium-voiced synth-pop outsider with a remarkably well-footnoted Wikipedia page.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: Y’know how the American spirit encourages creativity, spontaneity and individualism? Well, sometimes those conditions foster genius. And sometimes we get a UFO Phil.
TRANQUILITY DEBASED: The core narrative of “Christmas on the Moon” is that Neil Armstrong crushed a tiny civilization of moon people with his first step onto the lunar surface. There are many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many holes in this story, even if Phil intends it to be a casual parable and not an airtight* work of fiction. In the end, he only has enough time to address a single inconsistency. According to Phil, although the first moon landing was in July of 1969, the moon people actually were celebrating Christmas then because of the “time difference” between the earth and the moon. Put that in your Carl Sagan bong and smoke it, kids!
CHEER FACTOR: 3/10. Rush should totally cover this song. Rush should cover every UFO Phil song.
* SPACE-TRAVEL PUN!