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Watch: William Shatner’s Bohemian Rhapsody Music Video

This morning Cleopatra Records released the first music video from Star Trek’s William Shatner’s new Album "Seeking Major Tom" and it is Shat-tastic! See below to check out The Shat’s version of the classic Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody."

 

Shatner’s Bohemian Rhapsody

"Bohemian Rhapsody" as interpreted by William Shatner and John Wetton (King Crimson / Asia).

Shatner’s "Seeking Major Tom" is available on iTunes as well as via Amazon as MP3 Download, CD and even Vinyl album.

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Harry Ballz
October 19, 2011 2:40 pm

GOOD GOD!

Dac
October 19, 2011 2:45 pm

The Halo starry night trailer AND William Shatner? My mind cannot comprehend the epic that is unfolding before my eyes and ears.

My GOD.

Kaleb
October 19, 2011 2:49 pm

OH MYYYY!

Lee Watts (@WelshCyclistGuy)
October 19, 2011 2:57 pm

By the lords of cobalt shoot me

Vultan
October 19, 2011 3:01 pm

Oh great… now the nightmares are gonna start again…

Dee - lvs moon' surface
October 19, 2011 3:04 pm

…first I was Oh my God… what I think of that?… so… LOL… and this sentiment was repeated until the end… LOL… Oh let me go!…

Mr. Shatner is AWESOME……..LOL

:-) :-)

Cygnus-X1
October 19, 2011 3:17 pm

It’s a terrible performance, but I can’t blame him too much. He is simply running out of things to do—actor, director, talk show host, fiction writer, reality TV creator, advertising spokesman, blogger, philanthropist….why not do another album of pop music covers in a self-parodying that he actually takes seriously.

Mantastic
October 19, 2011 3:20 pm

Am I the only one who’s more interested in hearing John Wetton sing it that Shatner?

Mantastic
October 19, 2011 3:21 pm

That album cover art still looks hideous by the way.

Lostrod
October 19, 2011 3:24 pm

Wow!

I Don’t want to be slammed for Shatner worship, but I actually liked it. One of the most unusual videos I’ve seen. I personally think it would have been better without the lyric subtitles that gave it a karaoke look to it.

Based on the premise of the album itself, I also thought this particular song to be an odd choice. I can’t help but think this is the actor’s way of facing his own mortality.

This may be a long shot but I’m hoping this discussion maintains some civility …

Regards.

Captain Peabody
October 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Tha’ was…beautiful!

Okay, not really, but it was pretty hilarious. And Shatner really did a pretty good job with the vocals.

I got the album a bit ago, and so far I really enjoy it. It’s just a very fun, very poppy album, and Shatner got a lot of really good people to play with him. I’d recommend it.

Andrew
October 19, 2011 3:41 pm

Brian May has just lost all of his hair, Freddie Mercury has just turned in his grave and Wayne Campbell has just crashed his AMC Pacer!

atatcommander
October 19, 2011 3:45 pm

UHM…… WOW!
Holy Shatner!

rm10019
October 19, 2011 3:46 pm

That was some trippy stuff!

Michelle
October 19, 2011 3:46 pm

That was weird. Not sure what I think of it.

Keachick (rose pinenut)
October 19, 2011 3:51 pm

Well, as we all know, William Shatner does not actually sing, but frankly it was not too bad at all. I’m not sure if all the lyrics were correct though.

I love Bohemian Rhapsody. I remember the very first time I heard it, I got goosebumps all over and started to cry. I was just so totally blown away by it. It never fails me. I love the piano accompaniment – the original Freddie Mercury piano music. (Freddie Mercury was a fully trained classical pianist and it showed – great piano work). There is also a SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, base) version of this and I believe the song was arranged for SATB by Freddie Mercury himself shortly before he died.

I firmly believe that, if we make to a Trek style 23rd century, that this song Bohemian Rhapsody will still be played!!!

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
October 19, 2011 3:51 pm

Oh My Holy Shat My Brains.
I will never listen to that song the same way ever again.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
October 19, 2011 3:53 pm

Ok. Now I have to go and watch Waynes World so I can get the classic feeling back. I love the Shat. But this was to much even for me.

Jonboc
October 19, 2011 3:56 pm

Holy Shhhatner! Too fun!!

Len Krieger
October 19, 2011 4:00 pm

That was Painful!!!!

Chris Doohan
October 19, 2011 4:07 pm

I wonder what would Freddie Mercury think about this

October 19, 2011 4:41 pm

I love Shatner but that’s too ridiculous.

Sebastian S.
October 19, 2011 4:52 pm

That just HURTS. Music to clear a room by…

Saddest part is? “Has Been” was actually a decent album.

October 19, 2011 5:31 pm

Love it, gimmie more.

I admit I will have to watch & listen to the album alone or my family and friends will have me commited.

But I still love it.

MJ
October 19, 2011 5:40 pm

H O O R I D ! ! ! ! !

Duncan Macleod
October 19, 2011 5:45 pm

NO HD?

Lt Bailey
October 19, 2011 5:48 pm

Shatner does not sing because he speaks-sings but he does Ok with these and yes, I actually bought this CD pre-sale. I listen to in my car so I can better deal with Orange County traffic…it works. Spirit in the sky is very good!

Rocket Scientist
October 19, 2011 6:03 pm

The effect that had on me is comparable to what logic did to Mudd’s androids…

Schultz
October 19, 2011 6:05 pm

Andy Patterson (#22) said it all.

John
October 19, 2011 6:11 pm

Mediocrity at it’s best! I love you Bill but this is ridiculous!

October 19, 2011 6:19 pm

I love this album. One of my favorite songs on the album is “Planet Earth”. I love it all though.

A Shatner worshiper and proud of it!

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
October 19, 2011 6:20 pm

Well. We could use this to torture people with.

Eric
October 19, 2011 6:32 pm

Worst…Bohemian…Ever!

NoRez
October 19, 2011 6:36 pm

Love the Shat but this one’s a miss. I get the impression that he hasn’t read what he’s performing until he gets into the studio. The verses are paragraphs but they sound like separate sentences that don’t relate to each other. He used to tell a story with his unique way of performing and THAT’s what was interesting.

This is.
Just reading words.
Printed.
On a sheet of.
Paper.

It’s like he’s doing peoples impressions of his style now.

Also – “It’s my law”???

October 19, 2011 6:48 pm

it was good and bad.

NCM
October 19, 2011 7:45 pm

Hmm. That was odd.

@ 7. Cygnus-X1 – October 19, 2011

“…self-parodying that he actually takes seriously.”

That sums it up, but doesn’t explain it. Hard to get inside the mind of Shatner – maybe what Spock saw when he melded…

It was more entertained reading everyone’s reactions to ShatRhapsody than I was by the video, but that was somewhat fun, too.

I agree, Keachick, Mercury’s immortalized in that song.

Drake
October 19, 2011 8:26 pm

Video = Bad….”Song” = interesting

combatkarl
October 19, 2011 8:40 pm

When Bill collaborated with Ben Folds on “Has Been”, the result was genius lightning in a bottle. I introduced my young co-worker to Bill’s musical side just last week, playing “It Hasn’t Happened Yet” for her, and she truly loved every word. I firmly believe Bill has a poet’s soul, he’s demonstrated that clearly with his own material on that recording alone. I actually have to stop from crying whenever I hear “What Have You Done”. But he’s so hard to endure when performing covers, merely becoming a sad parody. I love the guy, but he needs to keep making his own music, and avoiding cover material at all costs.

October 19, 2011 9:34 pm

I have loved Shatner and Trek for years but my GOD all I can think of is what an insult this is to the genius of Freddie Mercury.

And that HORRIBLE cartoon Shat?

Please make it stop!
(LOL)

Oh Bill.

Jim Nightshade
October 19, 2011 9:50 pm

Freddy Mercury should be dancin in his grave over the cosmic joke of the Shat Performing(not singing) Queens classic song….Hey if the shat can maim Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds then he should be able to do that to any song out there….The accompying video was just so OVER THE TOP!
At first I was laughing while watching STAR SHAT then I kinda got scared that Shats face was in the stars kinda like Mufusa In the Disney Lion King Cult Classic Movie….I wonder if Obi Won and Darth are up there too that sky is getting kinda crowded hahah—I think I am ready to join the Shat Cult….I dont know if I loved it or I hated it…Probably Both….At least I was able to see and understand all the words to the song thanks to shat and the Kosmic Kaptions the video supplied.When I heard the original song I couldnt believe how original and unique the song was…I guess Shat is unique also in his own way of course hahaah Happy Bday to me….the Shat delivers entertainment cult for me on my BDAY!! Hoooray!! Or not! I dunno……after watching that video….
Nothing really matters…..nothing really matters to meeeeeee………somethign something where the wind blows…..

Jim Nightshade
October 19, 2011 9:51 pm

Oh yeh he also ACTED MORE doing this one song than he did in the whole almost three hours of Star Trek: The Motion Picture haahahah
Again not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing haahah

Jim Nightshade
October 19, 2011 9:57 pm

oh yeh after watching I also clicked on shat Lucy in the Sky….similar emotions and reactions of love hate since the Beatles are and will 4ever be the greatest bank in music history….I know they say that about teh Rolling Stones but Lennon said that Mick did everything the Beatles did about two weeks later hahaha…..there is a rolling stone mag out now that analyzes every beatles album..very interesting read for fans with tons of pix….

Jim Nightshade
October 19, 2011 9:58 pm

hahah greatest BANK?? Well maybe but I meant greatest BAND sheesh damn typos ahahha

Buzz Cagney
October 19, 2011 10:15 pm

Doesn’t quite have Mercury’s range does he lol
I gave it 1.14 seconds and i’m good thanks!

Jim Nightshade
October 19, 2011 10:51 pm

Say guys if u r gonna delete a post of mine then please delete the post after it(number 40)where i was correcting a typo in the deleted post since that 2nd post makes no sense without the post u deleted—is someone new hitting the delete posts–i never had any posts deleted until the last week or so—

AJ
October 19, 2011 10:52 pm

SHITE sandwich.

By the way,

“Bismillah! (We will not let you go) Let me Go!”

Not “It’s my law.”

Absolute amateur hour.

Hat Rick
October 19, 2011 11:38 pm

Good to finally see Bill Shatner again after all this time. I think he’s been out of the public eye for at least thirty or forty seconds — possibly a record for him.

Just kidding. The Shat is the Man!

Iqeret
October 19, 2011 11:43 pm

Geh. That literally sent chills down my spine—horror-movie-type chills.

Did that Sky-Shat face remind anyone else of TNG’s Nagilum?

Keachick (rose pinenut)
October 19, 2011 11:51 pm
You realise that Freddie Mercury wrote the words and music to that song. “Bismillah[1] (Arabic: بسم الله‎) is an Arabic noun used as a collective name for the whole of the recurring Islamic phrase b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi, It is sometimes translated as “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful”. “The Iranian authorities permitted an album of songs by English rock band Queen to be released in Iran in August 2004, partly because the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” contained several exclamations of the word “Bismillah”.[4] The group’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, was born in Zanzibar as Farrokh Bulsara to Indian Parsi parents and was proud of his Persian ancestry.[5] (Persian language lyrics appear in a second Queen song, “Mustapha”, on the album Jazz.)” I’m not sure why the wording was changed, because “bismillah” was the word Freddie Mercury wrote himself. Shatner should have said the word as written. Evidently “bismillah” had real meaning to the composer/lyricist. The other word he used was Beelzebub – “Beelzebub (play /biːˈɛlzɨbʌb/ bee-el-zə-bub or /ˈbiːlzɨbʌb/ beel-zə-bub; (Arabic: بعل الذباب‎, Ba‘al Azabab; Hebrew: בעל זבוב‎, Baʿal Zəbûb, literally “Lord of the Flies”; Greek: Βεελζεβούλ, Beelzeboúl; Latin: Beelzebūb), with numerous archaic variants,[1] is a Semitic deity that was worshipped in the Philistine city of Ekron. In later Christian and Biblical sources he appears as a demon and the name of one of the seven princes of Hell.” I had no idea that the strange words were actually Arabic words with very specific and interesting meanings. When I… Read more »
Hat Rick
October 19, 2011 11:52 pm

So, I just saw the last part of the video.

So, um, … what? Was? That?

Shatner as the apocalypse? I mean, now I’ve seen it all.

First it was some giant satellite from NASA. Now, the Shat Man.

Actually, I think it wasn’t his actual face, but some kind of latter-day Max Headroom (Look it up, kids. I can’t believe I remember him myself.) version of the Shat in that video.

A bit on the creepy side, if you ask me, but then, you wouldn’t, would you?

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