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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Week 28 - Celebrities - Bill Shatner

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Last Sundays entry is here now! Sorry about the delay. Enjoy!

There’s something about celebrities singing when they really shouldn’t be. One of the more classic gems in this tradition is William Shatner's 1968 LP The Transformed Man. A concept-album of sorts, connecting bits of Shakespeare and Cyrano with pop songs that, at least in Shatners mind was compatible: Cyrano is a man who's lost everything. And then you've got 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' which is a drug song. Now, that’s not a really good idea, especially when even the pop song bits are – well, what they are. Ten years later Shatner went at it again. Performing Elton Johns Rocket Man (link to video) at a Sci-Fi convention. As far as we know this hasn’t been released on record but there exists a video of the performance from which this was pulled. We leave you with a few snippets of William in the studio and a somewhat odd idea on how to approach gorillas.

5. William Shatner – Mr Tambourine Man
6. William Shatner – Rocket Man
7. William Shatner – In the studio chat 1
8. William Shatner – In the studio chat 2
9. William Shatner – How To Love A Gorilla

Earlier posts by HTMPL Prod. in the "Celebrities" mp3 project: Week 27