Monday, January 09, 2006

Shatner "Sings" Rocket Man

Back in the late 60s, William Shatner a/k/a Captain Kirk recorded some bizarre audio renditions which sounded like an insane, screeching, demented, spaced-out parody of Shakespeare. Not really singing so much as stiffly, awkwardly enunciating. Problem is, Shatner meant it seriously.

Then about ten years later, Shatner performed this video rendition of "Rocket Man," in similar style. Shatner, in a tux, idly smoking a cig, and stiffly enunciating:

"She packed my bags.... last night, pre-flight...... zero hour, nine A.M....... And I'm gonna be hiiiiiiiigh........... [eerie music: Woooooo-eeeeeee-ooooooooh!] as a kite by then..."

And from there on, it only gets worse. Much worse. Multiple images of Shatner onscreen... one, idly smoking a cigarette... the other, gesticulating and stiffly enunciating: "And I think it's... gonna BE... a long, long TIME..."

Not singing. Enunciating. Stiffly.

Yes... yes... "To boldly go where no Elton John has gone before!"

     (A much higher fidelity 44-megabyte version can be found here.)



Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

One can only ask why.

Of course, as an amateur of economics, I know why: Shatner thinks there's a market for it out there, somewhere. How could he imagine such a thing?

The most plausible explanations, drugs and booze, are inconsistent with the rest of what we know about him. Which leaves only one other possibility: the Klingons finally got him.

Willie, we hardly knew ye.

Monday, January 09, 2006 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

If one visits the archives at Portal of Evil (caution! often not work-safe), one will find that the "People" category is divided into five subcategories: General, Insane, Losers, Shatner, and Teenagers.

Yes, William Shatner merits his own subcategory at Portal of Evil.

Monday, January 09, 2006 4:34:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

What was it that Hillary was saying about the Internet's needing a "gatekeeper"?

Why am I put in mind of that?

Monday, January 09, 2006 6:22:00 PM  

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