Thursday, September 29, 2011

William Shatner's 'Searching for Major Tom'

I heard a few snippets of Shatner's new album on 'The Howard Stern Show' the other day. They played bits of his renditions of 'Iron Man' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and it's even more awful that you could possibly imagine it to be.

Howard and Robin were wondering 'Is Shatner in on the joke?' and they decided that he obviously is. And with Shatner being a frequent guest on Stern's show, I think they should know.

I agree, because if he isn't 'in on it', he would have to be insane.

Shatner is always hocking something. A book he didn't really write. A documentary he didn't really direct. This album is him cashing in on the train wreck of recordings he made 40 years ago. Songs like 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and 'Mr. Tambourine Man', which WERE NOT meant to be funny. The monumental awfulness of them, and Shatner not realizing it, is what made it so hilarious. It was one of those 'You HAVE to hear this' phenomenons.

But Shatner's being 'in on the joke' of his new offering misses the whole point. It's like if Ed Wood made a bad movie on purpose.


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