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Anyone heard William Shatner's hilarious rendition of LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS?


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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted September 19 2006 - 02:43 PM

This has got to be the "musical" equivilent of movies like PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and THE GIANT CLAW. Shatner was so incredibly full of himself back then (he seems to have developed a welcome sense of humor and self-deprecation lately) and this spoken performance (with backup chorus) is astonishingly Wagnerian and ridiculous. He's done a few others like it, but this is the one to get if you haven't heard it yet.

Any other suggestions for jaw-droppingly bad vocals by noted actors?

#2 of 21 OFFLINE   David Norman

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Posted September 19 2006 - 03:26 PM

I thought Shatner's rendition was a pretty well known guilty pleasure on the Vocal scene. There are plenty of others from that era including

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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Lee Smith

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Posted September 19 2006 - 03:58 PM

I have a couple of CDs from RHINO called Golden Throats Volumes 1 & 2. They contain some of the worst vocals ever including Leonard Nimoy doing Proud Mary, Sebastian Cabot singing It Ain't Me Babe and two Shatner songs, Mr. Tambourine Man & Lucy In The Sky.

Very funny and awful at the same time.

#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted September 19 2006 - 04:42 PM

Oh yes, "Golden Throats" CD!! Posted Image

Come on, the versions of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by the Beatles and Elton John pale in comparison to Shatner's. Dare I say this....Shatner's version is the definitive version of this song, IMHO.
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#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Fredster

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Posted September 19 2006 - 10:51 PM

Clips from Shatner's the "Transformed Man" were celebrated on the Capt James T. Kirk Sing-a-long page. It was one of the funniest things on the world wide web in early to mid 90's. Paramount eventually killed it off I think.

#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Jon_Are

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Posted September 19 2006 - 11:54 PM

I just checked out the Golden Throats CD on ebay. WOW.

Like a Rolling Stone by Sebastian Cabot?
Try a Little Tenderness by Jack Webb?
House of the Rising Sun by Andy Griffith?
Twist and Shout by Mae West???????

Damn, I almost want to buy it!

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#7 of 21 OFFLINE   PaulDA

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Posted September 20 2006 - 02:47 AM

His "performance" of Elton John's Rocket Man at a sci-fi awards show in 1978 is sure to make your sides split in laughter.
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#8 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted September 20 2006 - 02:35 PM

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I just checked out the Golden Throats CD on ebay. WOW.

Damn, I almost want to buy it!


Jon: You don't "almost want to"....you HAVE to! Posted Image

Actually there were FOUR Golden throats compilations put out by Rhino. They are all safely sitting in my collection.

One collection that was not intentionally meant to be bad...but has its moments was a disc released in 1998 by--of all people--George Martin (the Beatle's producer)! It's called "In My Life" and is a collection of Beatles songs by various artisits. Among the tracks:

In My Life - Sean Connery
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite - Billy Connolly
I Am the Walrus - Jim Carrey
Here There & Everywhere - Celine Dion
A Hard Day's Night - Goldie Hawn
Come Together - Robin Williams & Bobby McFerrin

Good? No. Bad? Very! Posted Image

Another collection of note is Hollywood Hi-Fi which features songs by Bette Davis, Robert Mitchum, Ted Cassigy (Lurch), Raquel Welch, Joe Pesci, Jerry Mathers, Danny Bonaduce, Dennis Weaver, Joey Bishop & Anthony Quinn.

Oh. I also own a CD by Fabio called "After Dark". It, too, is a classic.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted September 20 2006 - 05:46 PM

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Oh. I also own a CD by Fabio called "After Dark". It, too, is a classic.

Does that have a song where he says, "I like to suppress my lady." Really, he says, "Surprise," but it comes out as suppress.

Edit: Heh. It sure enough does.

http://www.daveamaso......urprises.mp3

Hoo boy. I decided to listen to some clips at the AMG, and I was shocked when the actual Stylistics came up for "Let's Put It All Together." The cheeseball just made a compilation with talking between tracks! At least that means the music is good. NOT that I will be joining you in ownership, Mike!

#10 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted September 21 2006 - 02:45 AM

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Hoo boy. I decided to listen to some clips at the AMG, and I was shocked when the actual Stylistics came up for "Let's Put It All Together." The cheeseball just made a compilation with talking between tracks! At least that means the music is good. NOT that I will be joining you in ownership, Mike!

Actually, Greg...it alternates between music tracks by various artists and tracks of Fabio talking over "romantic" instrumental music. Another of Fabio's tracks features the classic "take a wok on da bitch" (or, maybe, "walk on the beach"). Posted Image

I love this "bad" stuff! Posted Image

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   dberthia

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Posted September 21 2006 - 06:39 AM

Check out Shatner's "Has Been" recording, it's actually quite good. Ben Folds does the musical arrangements.
 

 


#12 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted September 22 2006 - 04:22 AM

While on the subject of Shatner, ST fans should note that Leonard Nimoy has recorded his share of "bad" tunes as well.

One that immediately comes to mind is that rare track that links trekkie with hobbit: Nimoy's rendition of "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"! Posted Image

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#13 of 21 OFFLINE   Steve Meskell

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Posted September 22 2006 - 06:59 PM

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#14 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted September 23 2006 - 04:16 AM

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O...M...G! Is there ANY way to nominate that clip for an Oscar? Or nominate the guy responsible for a Nobel Prize? Just terrific! Posted Image

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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#15 of 21 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted September 25 2006 - 06:08 PM

You did see Shatner's version of "My Way" at the George Lucas tribute, right?

If not, here it is.....


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Posted September 28 2006 - 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by PaulDA
His "performance" of Elton John's Rocket Man at a sci-fi awards show in 1978 is sure to make your sides split in laughter.
Here it is...

Shatner singing "Rocket Man" in 1978 (before even he was in on the joke and became a self-parody):


Stewie from Family Guy singing "Rocket Man" Shatner-style:


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#17 of 21 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted September 28 2006 - 10:53 AM

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Anyone heard William Shatner's hilarious rendition of LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS?
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Posted October 01 2006 - 07:46 AM

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Check out Shatner's "Has Been" recording, it's actually quite good. Ben Folds does the musical arrangements.

Thanks, Dave. You beat me to the punch.

William Shatner's Has Been is--no joke--one of the best albums I've heard in years.

That said, I of course immediately embedded the "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" video on my MySpace page...
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Posted October 05 2006 - 08:21 AM

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Posted October 06 2006 - 10:44 AM

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"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"!

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