It was initially the video of William Shatner “singing” Iron Man in a sound studio that made me aware that my life was about to change forever. But honestly, I still didn’t realise what was to come.
I like William Shatner and David Bowie for two very different reasons. So it is with mixed emotions that I bring you word of Shatner’s rendition of Bowie’s “A Space Oddity” on a new concept album called Seeking Major Tom.
Part of me is crying with joy. The other part is just crying.
Other songs on the album (available on Tuesday, digitally and on vinyl!) include Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Yeah, I think I’m crying. but in a good way. I think.
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But, it can’t be as weird as all that, can it? I mean, I’ve always loved Rocket Man and I thought his interpretation of Common People was pretty neat. So I admit it, I didn’t realise quite how bizarre this collection might get.
So this one time you were out with your special lady/ladfriend and wondering if there’s anything else out there in the universe besides humankind and instead of getting to make out, like, right there, WILLIAM SHATNER’S FACE appears in the sky and sings to you about how he’s just killed a man and doesn’t want to die and there’s a devil waiting for him.
And this is how madness gets you. You’re having a nice date then suddenly Shatner owns your brain. And it just happens.
We apologize in advance for the terror you are about to experience. But not for the thrill.
And my favourite comment from the Tor.com article by Ian Johnson in Santa Cruz, California:
Here’s a tip: if William Shatner’s astronomically huge head appears out of the stars and sings Bohemian Rhapsody at you, you either need more drugs or fewer. Scientists haven’t determined the right amount yet. In any case, you might be going crazy, so see a doctor.