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Watch: William Shatner’s Bohemian Rhapsody Music Video October 19, 2011

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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.

MP3 CD Vinyl
 

 

Comments

1. Harry Ballz - October 19, 2011

GOOD GOD!

2. Dac - October 19, 2011

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

My GOD.

3. Kaleb - October 19, 2011

OH MYYYY!

4. Lee Watts (@WelshCyclistGuy) - October 19, 2011

By the lords of cobalt shoot me

5. Vultan - October 19, 2011

Oh great… now the nightmares are gonna start again…

6. Dee - lvs moon' surface - October 19, 2011

…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

:-) :-)

7. Cygnus-X1 - October 19, 2011

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.

8. Mantastic - October 19, 2011

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

9. Mantastic - October 19, 2011

That album cover art still looks hideous by the way.

10. Lostrod - October 19, 2011

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.

11. Captain Peabody - October 19, 2011

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.

12. Andrew - October 19, 2011

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!

13. atatcommander - October 19, 2011

UHM…… WOW!
Holy Shatner!

14. rm10019 - October 19, 2011

That was some trippy stuff!

15. Michelle - October 19, 2011

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

16. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 19, 2011

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!!!

17. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - October 19, 2011

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

18. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - October 19, 2011

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.

19. Jonboc - October 19, 2011

Holy Shhhatner! Too fun!!

20. Len Krieger - October 19, 2011

That was Painful!!!!

21. Chris Doohan - October 19, 2011

I wonder what would Freddie Mercury think about this

22. Andy Patterson - October 19, 2011

I love Shatner but that’s too ridiculous.

23. Sebastian S. - October 19, 2011

That just HURTS. Music to clear a room by…

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

24. MagicDan - October 19, 2011

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.

25. MJ - October 19, 2011

H O O R I D ! ! ! ! !

26. Duncan Macleod - October 19, 2011

NO HD?

27. Lt Bailey - October 19, 2011

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!

28. Rocket Scientist - October 19, 2011

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

29. Schultz - October 19, 2011

Andy Patterson (#22) said it all.

30. John - October 19, 2011

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

31. sisko - October 19, 2011

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!

32. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - October 19, 2011

Well. We could use this to torture people with.

33. Eric - October 19, 2011

Worst…Bohemian…Ever!

34. NoRez - October 19, 2011

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”???

35. Admiral Kirk - October 19, 2011

it was good and bad.

36. NCM - October 19, 2011

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.

37. Drake - October 19, 2011

Video = Bad….”Song” = interesting

38. combatkarl - October 19, 2011

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.

39. SPOCKBOY - October 19, 2011

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.

40. Jim Nightshade - October 19, 2011

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…..

41. Jim Nightshade - October 19, 2011

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

42. Jim Nightshade - October 19, 2011

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….

43. Jim Nightshade - October 19, 2011

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

44. Buzz Cagney - October 19, 2011

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

45. Jim Nightshade - October 19, 2011

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—

46. AJ - October 19, 2011

SHITE sandwich.

By the way,

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

Not “It’s my law.”

Absolute amateur hour.

47. Hat Rick - October 19, 2011

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!

48. Iqeret - October 19, 2011

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

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

49. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 19, 2011

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 listen to Bohemian Rhapsody (released in 1976), I sometimes think that it could be about Freddie Mercury’s realisation of his homosexuality and what meant, being brought up in Islam and being educated at a Catholic school in Africa where he was born. The words start to make some sort of sense then. It is a powerful, sad and beautiful song.

50. Hat Rick - October 19, 2011

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?

51. Dman1701 - October 19, 2011

Shatner as Nagilum?

52. Hat Rick - October 20, 2011

48 — So the Shat Man makes it into TNG, after all. (Oops, forgot ST: Generations.)

Speaking of TNG, ST: Generations seems like such a long time ago.

Does anyone remember when we used to be … younger?

53. Vultan - October 20, 2011

#52

Yep. I remember walking out of the theater thinking Data was funny but… the Enterprise was destroyed, Kirk died, Picard’s brother and nephew died.

Kinda depressing overall.

54. Jeffrey S. Nelson - October 20, 2011

“Bismillah”? I always thought the lyric was, “Miss Miller.”

55. CmdrR - October 20, 2011

Mommy, make it stop!

56. I'm Dead Jim - October 20, 2011

I think I just Shat my pants but not because I was laughing!

Ugh! Shatner needs to learn to pass on some things. Must be the mad cow!

57. killamarshtrek - October 20, 2011

I’m not sure but I think I’ve just been ‘Shat’ on!

58. Jamesb3 - October 20, 2011

What the hell just happened?

59. I'm Dead Jim - October 20, 2011

Definitely the mad cow!

60. Niall Johnson - October 20, 2011

I lay the blame squarely at Avery Brook’s door. In Captain, Brooks encouraged the Shat to sing again. For Shame! Why!

61. CmdrR - October 20, 2011

49 – Thank you.
That helps me appreciate all the more a song I’ve always loved.

Not the above Shatnered version. Seriously, that’s bad. But, Freddy Mercury was a huge talent.

62. Baxter - October 20, 2011

Really bad. Just horrible. Couldn’t be worse.
Just threw up in my mouth a bit.

63. Jose Tyler - October 20, 2011

Will, if nothing else, the special effects were better than ST V…

64. Dave R - October 20, 2011

Absolutly terrible version, just terrible.

His album ‘The Transformed Man’ is ART 100 years from now it will still be ART.

His album ‘Has Been’ is great, really great.

This latest one is absolutely Shit. Either he or the producer have NO IDEA why those other albums are so good. Clueless.

What a sad waste….

65. Rod of Rassilon - October 20, 2011

My god! He’s full of stars!

……I rust my kiss

66. Desstruxion - October 20, 2011

Shatner. Simply the best.

67. Elliot - October 20, 2011

That was terrible…

Why can’t he do more stuff like Has Been? That album was fantastic!

68. Wild Bill - October 20, 2011

That was great

69. chrisfawkes.com - October 20, 2011

How about someone make a cowboy movie, call it Wagon Train and cast Shatner and Nimoy as a couple of old lawmen who have to come out of retirement to save the west, and William H Macey as the town doctor nicknamed sawbones.

As a sequel to cowboys and aliens could work too.

70. AJ - October 20, 2011

“Transformed Man,” “Has Been,” and “Rocket Man” all are expressions of the Shat’s quirky nature and splendidly cringeworthy tongue-in-cheek naivete: as if your dad came home from the country club drunk, and started to sing songs you really, really like.

This one is a classic that many hold up as one of Rock and Roll’s major signposts. Its virtuoso performance by Queen, combined with some stupendous studio trickery, created perhaps the one uncoverable song in rock, save “Revolution #9.”

Queen fans from the 1970s will remember their mantra: “No synthesizers!” which lasted through “A Day at the Races” at least.

Shatner and his musician friend dump a load of synth all over this rendition, maul the lyrics, and just provide a talky run-through which in no way shows respect for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

They shit on it. And it’s not funny.

71. I'm Dead Jim - October 20, 2011

@70

No… they SHAT on it.

72. I'm Dead Jim - October 20, 2011

@67

I agree. “Has Been” was actually listenable.. I couldn’t finish watching this pile of Shat.

73. Silvereyes - October 20, 2011

#1 Harry, first I thought you wrote “GOOD JOB!” and of course I immediately looked outside to see what the color of the sky was, ’cause like, there ain’t no way I was still in this Universe/dimension. Then I saw what you really wrote and it all made sense. As for me, regarding this Shatner video/album thing, I can only say “Why?”

74. zperk - October 20, 2011

OMG! Shatner is living out his Star Trek V fantasies!!! Amazing!

75. mjmjr91 - October 20, 2011

NAGILUM!

76. Daoud - October 20, 2011

@46 & 49. Thanks for providing the good anaylsis. The moment I saw “It’s my law”, I turned it off. BR is a well-researched song, and even an idiot would know to look up the correct lyrics. Frankly, to me it sounds like Shatner says Bismillah, without the correct ‘h’ on the end…. I guess a moron writing the subtitles hearing Bill’s Bismilaaaaaaaaaa thought he said It’s my laaaaaaaaaaa, but really.
.
And what’s with the computerized Shatner face. Use his real face or get off the pot.

77. AJ - October 20, 2011

10 minute NPR interview with the Shat from a few days ago:

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/16/141358234/william-shatners-own-space-oddity

78. Harry Ballz - October 20, 2011

73.

Silvereyes, William Shatner has been so desperate for attention his whole life, the guy would go to the “opening of an envelope” if he thought people would watch! Really sad.

79. BeatleJWOL - October 20, 2011

I figured this would be the weak point on the album. Still might be worthy of purchasing…or downloading. :p

80. Peter N - October 20, 2011

#74 + #75 = dead on! And not just a little creepy… but also funny, in a ??? kind of way.

81. Jeff - October 20, 2011

This would be awesome to watch after smoking a doobie. Heck, perhaps the Shat smoked a big one before he did this.

82. andrew - October 20, 2011

I just don’t get it. Is it supposed to be funny? Is he kidding?

The one time I saw him in person he was talking about it like it was a serious interpretive project. I just don’t get it.

83. denny cranium - October 20, 2011

It was like a seeing a car wreck- you know you shouldn’t watch but hey you can’t help it.
It was horrible, fascinating,brilliant- it was-SHATNER

84. Brett Campbell - October 20, 2011

65 “……I rust my kiss” Cute!

85. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 20, 2011

For some reason, I have watched this BR Shatner video more than a lot of others. I guess I love the melody and the arrangement. It does sound like he is saying “It’s my law” or something like that. There was only one time that I thought Shatner overdid the “meeee”, but, other than that, it is an interesting rendition of a song that many, over time, have seen as being a bit over-the-top lyric wise anyway.

Without actually knowing the mind of the man when he wrote it (sadly, we will never know now), I do feel that this song is about Freddie Mercury’s realisation of who he really was, and it related the emotional impact it had on him and his beliefs (at the time). It is also about someone being aggrieved by the fact that he had let down his mother, which he never meant to do.

The fact that it may well be interpreted as I have done, does in no way, diminish just what a wonderful piece of musical writing and performance (Queen’s) that it is. As I said, a classic, perhaps heard playing as Kirk enters his personal quarters, along with “Help” by the Beatles, because Kirk is probably going to need some help…being promoted at the young age that he was.

It does seem, perhaps, a little coincidental that this song from Shatner’s album is released at the same time Zachary Quinto reveals a personal detail as part of an interview discussing the bullying of gay teens etc.

86. Alec - October 20, 2011

the definitive version, I think we’d agree!

87. Robert Bernardo - October 20, 2011

I must go out and buy that CD now!

88. VulcanFilmCritic - October 20, 2011

@74. Exactly!

Excuse me, I’d just like to ask a question: What does Shatner need with a starship?

89. BoltBait - October 20, 2011

My reaction:

Um… those kids need to lay off the drugs.

90. BoltBait - October 20, 2011

BTW, I just listened to “Space Oddity” at the npr site. And, it is way better than his Bohemian Rhapsody.

91. Canon Schmanon - October 20, 2011

I watched this with the same trepidation one would feel before looking at their first dead body.

Turns out the corpse looked pretty peaceful. But it was still dead.

It’s not nearly as bad as I was fearing. I still won’t get the album, nor listen to anything from it voluntarily. Has Been is Shatner’s apex of musical performance. This might be his nadir.

Freddie Mercury would probably be amused.

92. Jonboc - October 20, 2011

#82. “I just don’t get it. Is it supposed to be funny? Is he kidding?”

Exactly. Shatner’s been playing this game his whole career. That’s just it, many people just don’t get it…which always amuses the hell out of those who do!

93. N - October 20, 2011

Oh, so that’s what a drug trip feels like…

94. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - October 20, 2011

This was…yeah, it was strange.

And yes, I admit I did laugh when watching it. Because I thought it was funny.

This will be one of those things where I buy it secretly and listen to it in my room. Then my dad will come up, I will shut it off, and when he asks what I was listening to, I will say with all honesty, “Queen.”

95. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - October 20, 2011

I tip my hat to the man, he has the balls to do anything!!!!!!!!!!

96. Harry Ballz - October 20, 2011

95.

Except show good taste?

97. BeatleJWOL - October 21, 2011

There’s probably a great 40-50 minute album to be culled out of this 95-minute monstrosity. The Shat tackling Bo Rhap would NOT make the cut.

98. Hat Rick - October 21, 2011

It just hit me:

In the piece at hand, there is no William Shatner, the Man.

There is only William Shatner, the Performance Art. Performance Art, not necessarily “performance artist.” Done very well, very consistently, with machine-like consistency. And a very well-oiled machine it is.

It all makes perfect sense to me now.

“Open the pod bay doors, Bill.”

“I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

“Just a moment… just a moment….”

99. N - October 21, 2011

sometimes I wish Comic Book Guy’s phaser was real “it was fired only once, to keep William Shatner from making another album”

also shouldn’t that be a question mark not an exclamation mark after fandango?

100. Chris Doohan - October 21, 2011

NEWS FLASH!!!

Gadhafi actually asked the rebels to shoot him after he heard Shatner’s album.

101. Krik Semaj - October 21, 2011

It’s even worse than STV The Final Frontier.

He really should stop with his spoken word music shtick, but he won’t. I don’t think he can help himself.

102. Captain Bob - October 21, 2011

Ahh…. It wasnt that bad. Have some humor in this cynical world. Yeah it was a bit bad in parts but I found it fun. Shatner knows how to ham it up and if this keeps the man young in his twilight years I say more power to you Bill.

Heck have ya seen the muppets do Bohemian Rhapsody. Its good in it’s own unique way just like this. For those talking bout him missing up lyrics the muppets did it way worse than the shat.

103. Krik Semaj - October 21, 2011

People know I like Star Trek. That is usually ok, but it doesn’t always work out well.
You see, these people sometimes give me gifts for my birthday or Christmas. Sometimes they give me Trek stuff. Most of it is all good – I have just about every ornament and other nice collectables thanks to their generosity.
But then there is the dark side.
Like the last Shat CD – Common People.
I got 2 of them.
This year I know it’s going to happen again.
It’s sort of like when Charlie Brown gets a rock instead of candy when he is trick or treating.
Except worse.

104. Shaun - October 21, 2011

#100

good one, chris!

105. Krik Semaj - October 21, 2011

I meant the Album – Has Been, not Common People. That was one of the “great” songs on that work of art.

106. Adam Bomb 1701 - October 21, 2011

I’d kill to hear The Shat do the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd songs “Freebird” and “That Smell.” Especially if he’s done the stuff described in the latter song.

107. Elvis Shatner - October 21, 2011

I love The Shat!
I was even entertained by his hamming it up in this vid.

But Bill, please… *no more* scripts and directing from Rick Berman!!! :-P

108. Maoman - October 21, 2011

He looks like he should be torturing the Next Gen crew inside a big black hole in space…

109. Number 3 - October 21, 2011

Creepy…surreal…strange…fun…yep, it’s definitely Shatner

God bless you Bill.

all my best.

110. Mateo - October 21, 2011

He tries way too hard. Man, just retire already! He is 80 years old…it’s okay, Bill…we won’t forget you!

111. greenappleman7 - October 21, 2011

He spoke the lyrics very dramatically haha

112. VulcanFilmCritic - October 21, 2011

I thought Star Trek fans were supposed to be the embarrassment; now we have to worry about the “talent” giving Star Trek a bad name.

113. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 21, 2011

What has William Shatner doing his version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” got to do with Star Trek? The last time he played Kirk in Star Trek was in 1994 – 17 years ago. He is remembered for playing the character of Captain James T Kirk and for making Kirk so iconic and loved. Now it is Chris Pine’s turn to be James T Kirk.

What about some of the stuff George Takei has done? Some people liked his work in Heroes but I didn’t – I thought it was wooden and lazy. Not to mention the constant Shatner bashing over the years – if that is not giving Star Trek a bad name, I don’t know what is.

The point is that none of these people are the actual characters. If they want to make asses of themselves (and that is a matter of opinion), then they can. Star Trek is still Star Trek and nothing can take away the contribution any of these actors made to the TOS series. Nothing. How can it? It doesn’t make sense that it could or would. This is almost as bad and incredibly stupid as saying that Quinto can’t play Spock because he is gay or that Spock is gay because Quinto is gay. Ye gods. Cripes Almighty.

114. Red Dead Ryan - October 21, 2011

I’m listening to his new album right now………pure CLASSIC……..in a classic Shatner way!

I think most of you who are criticising the man are missing the point here. William Shatner isn’t trying to duplicate the works of others, he’s just putting his own spin on it, that’s all. He knows he can’t sing, so he just speaks the lyrics instead. Its called “irony” folks!

It’s a lot of fun, and hilarious at the same time!

I hope “Seeking Major Tom” goes platinum!

115. murt - October 21, 2011

@49 – As you say, Freddie Mercury was a Persian Parsi — this means that he wasn’t brought up in Islam at all – he was never a Muslim. He would have been raised Zoroastrian, which is a completely different religion.

The Parsis were persecuted in Persia and forced into exile.

Also, Persian and Arabic are completely different languages – Persians do not speak Arabic as their native language, but Persian/Farsi.

116. The Unknown Poster - October 21, 2011

Listen to Learning to Fly. He’s quite reserved and it’s very good. Spoken word songs have a different perspective and different emotional response. Very good.

117. VulcanFilmCritic - October 22, 2011

Does William Shatner know we’re laughing AT him, not WITH him?
This is such a comedown for an actor who regarded himself as the next Olivier!
I think he’s still having some kind of hissy fit over not being in the new Star Trek movie.
It’s embarrassing, like looking at a child having a huge temper tantrum.
Compare this to the dignified way Mr. Nimoy has comported himself, embarking on a new career so late in life. Similarly, Ms. Nichols is a “class act.”
Frankly, I think Mr. Shatner is suffering from the earliest stages of dementia.
Judgement is often the first faculty to go.
And he knows that the Star Trek fans who remember what he WAS will dutifully line up and pay good money for anything he cares to blow out his ass, simply because they remember him as Captain Kirk!

118. TZFan - October 22, 2011

117.

So was Mr. Shatner suffering from dementia when he released The Transformed Man back in 196s? or maybe it started in the 1970s when he did Rocket Man?

Truth of the matter is that he has always done those stunts, so you can never accuse him for being an old man who’s looking for attention, nor a Has Been who’s only doing commercials, cause even in his younger days and at the height of his popularity he still did all that and more.

119. Shat Hands - October 22, 2011

I doubt I’ll be buying this album, but I have to admire a man of his years that is willing to try new things and not take himself too seriously.

I’d be happy to have half his enthusiasm now, let alone if I make it to 80!

120. paustin - October 22, 2011

who else thinks it would have been amazing to have gotten Nimoy to sing the “science” part in she blinded me with science

121. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 22, 2011

#117 Well, you may be laughing AT Shatner, but I suspect many others are laughing WITH him.

Just what has Leonard Nimoy actually done of late? Yes, he appeared in two or three scenes of the last Star Trek movie, has held an exhibition of his own photographic works and attended various Star Trek conventions. The only thing that Leonard Nimoy did not do that was related to Star Trek was his photographic exhibition.

As for Nichelle Nichols, I cannot recall anything she has done of late that has not had something to do with Star Trek, whether it be attending conventions, doing Star Trek related interviews or singing Roddenberry’s lyrics to the Alexander Courage Star Trek theme tune. All Star Trek related. I cannot recall when I actually saw her act in anything different or new – not for quite a while.

Now I am not dismissing either Leonard Nimoy or Nichelle Nichols. They do what they do, in their own way and style, and they are great.

However, William Shatner does manage to do something new, different (it’s not always great, mind), whether it be doing Priceline commercials, being a games show host or making unusual albums and he is not just hanging off Star Trek coat tails. As far as I can tell, in interviews he has given, he is always coherent and respectful. He has as much class as anyone else. He is just not them and nor as they him, nor do any of them have to be the other.

122. Hat Rick - October 22, 2011

The other thing that strikes me is that Shatner looks a little like the false god in Star Trek V. That is, if the false god had a particular dislike for Queen.

;-)

123. Jim Nightshade - October 22, 2011

Nichelle has written a book or two and starred n i think created wrote a play or movie where she played a madam..dont remember details but i think the novels were scifi but not trek…

124. Herb Finn - October 22, 2011

At this point, Shatner’s just screwin’ with us and have a good time with it!

125. chrisfawkes.com - October 23, 2011

@117

I find it kind of ironic that you accuse Shatner of having a hissy fit as part of your baseless and tasteless rant.

Not that you have to like what he does but your outpouring of hate is a tantrum itself.

126. AJ - October 23, 2011

Now, if only we can get Patrick Stewart to stop shouting at us about National Car Rental, the world would be a better place.

127. Mattyb - October 23, 2011

oooh my. slightly interesting. One album i won’t be buying

128. lewisphoto - October 24, 2011

I think he’s going for a record of making the THREE WORST versions of some of the best songs ever written: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Rocket Man and now this. All British songs – isn’t it time he picked on an American tune to ruin!! LOL!!

129. Patrick Gleeson - October 24, 2011

I’m genuinely lost for words – not a common occurence with me … jeez louise…

130. sean - October 24, 2011

Who needs LSD when you have William Shatner?

131. sean - October 24, 2011

Also, Freddie Mercury LOVED camp, so I’m sure he would have adored this.

132. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 24, 2011

#130 Isn’t that LDS?

133. Timncc1701 - October 24, 2011

132 good catch! Why did Shat feel this was necessary?

134. Scooter - October 25, 2011

I want my 6 minutes back with interest. Wow.

135. Greenberg - October 25, 2011

“Struggle” is pretty awesome. I feel sorry for anyone who misses it because they didn’t like this.

136. Radioactive Spock - October 25, 2011

My favorite is still the Slim Shady cover on Futurama.

137. Starfleet's Finest - October 26, 2011

@112 VulcanFilmCritic

Ok, that was funny. But…kinda true as well.

I seem to remember a younger Shatner telling Trekkers to ‘get a life’. Hmmmmm…perhaps its time for a little self reflection of himself…

I have mad respect for the man, but seriously?…I think a new hobby might be in order…

Side note: Shouldn’t MJ be lurking around here somewhere? I’m suprised he wasn’t first in line on this board…or did he get exiled to Rura Penthe? Like I said, just a side note…

138. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 26, 2011

Shatner has a life and he is getting on with it. Frankly, given the amount of really awful popular (that includes all modern music genres) music and singing where everyone is screaming out the lyrics or mumbling them or are just downright flat coming out from so many “revered artists”, I think it is more appropriate that they be told to find a new hobby. It is easier to listen to Shatner talk his way through an interesting and tuneful song, than to listen to a lot of the noisy tuneless “music and singing” coming from some of the “professionals” who, of course, have a life, whereas Shatner doesn’t.

Really?

139. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 26, 2011

121 Nichelle has done A FEW NON Trek related movies and tv shows in the past few years,
just last year she appeared in the new scooby doo tv movie as well as a few smaller indie limited release films, you should take a look at her excellent performance in the 2008 film The Tourturer, that same year she also starred in a indie Action comedy film “Lady Magdalene’s” and she has a small part in the indie drama Tru Loved
and then of course go back a few more years to 2005 she starred in the Are we There yet sequal with Ice T and dont forget Snow Dogs less than 10 years ago in 2002.

SO she hasnt just been doing trek related stuff these past 10 years,
Just sayin

140. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 26, 2011

114 here is something i never thought i would say for the first time ever, I 100 percent agree with you.

141. Red Dead Ryan - October 27, 2011

Nichelle Nichols guest starred on “Heroes” a number of times, as well.

142. murt - October 28, 2011

haha have to say this sucks but I loved Has Been – hope he can go back to that kind of work rather than these kinds of gimmicks.

Though I do love him for his gimmicks!!

143. murt - October 28, 2011

I think the other issue here is that Shat has obviously done this album for comic effect – I think he’s purposely trying to be funny.

Transformed Man and the original Rocket Man were so bad they were good because Shat meant them seriously; Has Been was just good, again because Shat meant it seriously.

Now that he’s trying to be funny with this stuff it doesn’t work.

144. Joel1245 - October 28, 2011

I agree with #143. In fact, it just came off creepy to me.

145. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 29, 2011

Wheres the article about the next star trek movie, not being called Star Trek II, whats happening when Aintitcoolnews, the website that usually posts trek stories, they read off of trekmovie weeks after the fact, has this news before its on here.

146. Trekker99 - October 29, 2011

I love Shatner and his musical talent but have to admit this was painful to watch.

147. Lendorien - October 31, 2011

I have to admit that I found this mildly awesome.

148. jeannieSpock - November 3, 2011

I used to like Shatner but this is awful. He can’t even get the lyrics right! – at 3.34 “It’s my law” ???? That should be “Bismillah! No”.
Please stick to acting Shat.

149. Keachick (rose pinenut) - November 3, 2011

I wonder if Shatner had his own personal reasons for not saying the words, “Bismillah” and changing the words the way he did. He did say everything else as had been written by the lyricist, Freddie Mercury. Hmmm?

150. Iowagirl - November 4, 2011

If I wanna hear an ingenious song with great music and an exceptionally gifted singer, I listen to Mercury – if I wanna hear resourceful comedy, a one- man cabaret, presenting his tongue-in-cheek, imaginative, resourceful, weird, creepy, brave, entertaining version of a wonderful song, I listen to Shatner. Great thing, this IDIC. :)

151. Jerry Modene - November 4, 2011

FWIW, Weird Al has a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on his “Alapalooza” album (the one with “Jurassic Park” on it). It’s a polka version called, naturally, “Bohemian Polka”.

There’s also a short (minute-plus) Star Trek version of the song out there in internet-land, one of those “so bad it’s cute” things, although the Chekov imitation is truly horrible. Whoever did Sulu on the clip, though, nearly nailed it.

152. treksturbation - November 15, 2011

I like maynard james keenans version a little better, but this is very shatneresque. So you have to give it a nod.

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