Monday, March 26, 2007

Rocket Man!

I love celebrities who try to have a singing career on top of their acting careers. Sometimes they can pull it off but far more often it's disasterous. It's anyones guess who the worst celebrity singer is I vote for John Wayne or Telly Savalis but I think most people would say William Shatner. Shatner can't sing a lick but he adds so much to the performance he's always a delight to listen to or watch (for myself at least).

William Shatner singing Rocket Man (The strangest part of this one is that he is introduced by Bernie Taupin the guy who co-wrote the song with Elton John. I wonder if he died a little inside when he watch the performance from backstage.


William Shatner singing Taxi (yes the Harry Chapin song)


Shatner Raps (in track suit and gold chains...much fun to be had)


William Shatner singing How to Handle a Woman from Camelot (Man he really wanted to be Richard Burton didn't he?)


William Shatner singing It Was a very Good Year


William Shatner Busts a Move with Priceline


William Shatner singing Common People with Joe Jackson and Ben Folds (This is so fucking awesome!)

12 comments:

Throttleback said...

You are not alone, Shatlover!

Elliott said...

Only crazy people don't love the Shat..My friend and I were going to go to a karaoke and do Meatloaf's Paradise By The Dashboard Light with the male vocals in the style of the Shat and the female vocals in the style of Yoda, but for some reason it never went down (or should I say hasn't gone down yet)

Becca said...

Throttleback-
Shatlovers unite!

Elliot-
That will be some karaoke performance! You must tape it and share it with the world!

Chris said...

Jokey TV appearances aside, Shatner's "Has Been" album is truly great. Of course it doesn't hurt that I love Ben Folds too.

Throttleback said...

I've only enjoyed one Folds album, Unauthroized biography..... and, even then, only part of it. But, Has Been....Glorious! Even my daughter, when she was live, was compelled. She couldn't stand Pulp's version of Common People, didn't matter to her that they wrote it first, Shatner's was the best!
Before YouTube, my wife gave me a videotape of Rocket Man for x-mas one year. We were poor at the time. God bless her for ingenuity and knowing her man!

Becca said...

Chris-
Has Been IS a truely great album! It just really works; Common People is a perfect cover, I love the fury in I Can't Get Behind That with Henry Rollins and yes I have even been known to cry over That's Me Trying with Aimee Mann. GREAT ALBUM!

Throttleback-
I do like Ben Folds but will be the first to admit he tends to repeat himself. His cover of Bitches Ain't Shit cracks me up!

That's a really sweet story about your daughter. Sometimes it's odd what kids love, musically that is. I have a cousin who practically lived at our house til he was like 7 or 8 but he loved the song Roxanne by The Police. He would just randomly start singing...no shouting it at the top of his lungs, messing up most of the lyrics and this was long after The Police had broken up in the late 80's early 90's. I always think about him when I hear the song.

And what a great Christmas gift! She sounds like a bright girl.

Throttleback said...

She's awesome. Been loving your blog, btw. If you want to contribute to Septenary, I would love to have you.
www.septenary.blogspot.com Aaron is already a contributor and I am looking for more.
Come on by the baby blog if you like. We are 2 weeks away. www.newlulu.blogspot.com

Joshua Perdue said...

"Golden Throats" on Rhino is essential listening.

Becca said...

Throttleback-
Just 2 weeks? Wow I didn't realize it was so soon! I need to pay more attention to the baby blog I guess. Good luck you two!

Also Aaron has shown me the Septenary blog and that's such a cool idea for a blog. I'd be happy to contribute if I ever think up something to write about.

Joshua-
Yes! Golden Throats! Nothing beast Sebastian Cabot does Dylan classic!

Semaj said...

Behold, the ego of Shatner! You have to give the Shat credit for playing up his singing and acting skills as a joke in his later years.

His Priceline stuff is great.

Jess said...

You know you're a hardcore Shatner fan (like me) when his "musical" performances make you like him even more. ;)

Becca said...

Semaj-
I love those Priceline commercials! I always drop whatever I'm doing to run to the TV and check them out. I especially enjoy one of the more recent non-singing commercials where Shatner tazzes (is that spelled right? I just realized I've never had to spell taze or tazer...) a guy so he can save some the guy some money on his vacation. CLASSIC!

Jess-
They are just so endearing, I love that guy he can do no wrong...well maybe except that boufont TJ Hooker toupee from the 80's.