The single was the fourth to be released by the band Spizzenergi, who had previously been known as Spizzoil. The song is two minutes and seventeen seconds long, and was written by lead singer Spizz and keyboard player Mark Coalfield. The single reached the number one spot on the UK Indie Chart and stayed there for seven weeks. The chart had only just been formed, with "Where's Captain Kirk?" being the first ever number one single.
Following the success of "Where's Captain Kirk?", two further Star Trek related songs were released by the band. "Spock's Missing" followed six months later and "Five Year Mission (Featuring the Return of Spock)" was released on a later album. A Portuguese single released in 1981 had "Where's Captain Kirk?" on the a-side and "Spock's Missing" on the b-side. The single was later re-released by Spizz as a solo record in 1987. Both versions of the song were included on the compilation album Spizz Not Dead Shock, while the original is also on Spizzhistory. American rock band R.E.M. recorded "Where's Captain Kirk?" for their fan-club exclusive single during Christmas 1992, while the London Philharmonic Orchestra have included a recording on the album Classical Punk.
The single also lent the name to the best of collection for Spizzenergi. The single is included on the album both as the first song, and again as the twentieth with a live version recorded at the Holiday in the Sun punk festival.
BBC Radio DJ John Peel said that "Spizzenergi went on to record the only Star Trek tribute worthy of the Enterprise's jukebox" in reference to "Where's Captain Kirk?" on a Star Trek television special. British weekly magazine Melody Maker named their the single of the week on the week of the first release.
Jason Heller reviewed "Where's Captain Kirk" for Tor.com in 2010 as part of his series entitled "Frequency Rotation" which looked at science fiction related music. He called it a "loving (if kitsch-happy) homage toStar Trek—and especially its square-jawed, twinkly-eyed, ass-kicking hero."
- Spizz – Vocals
- Jim Solar – Bass guitar
- Dave Scott – Guitar
- Mark Coalfield – Keyboards
- Brian B. Benzine – Drums