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Shatner to Record Another Album 335

s20451 writes "Slashdotters may remember Canadian actor William Shatner from such hit TV shows as T. J. Hooker and Rescue 911; he was also known to dabble in science fiction. Shatner released an album, The Transformed Man, in 1968. Intending the album to be taken seriously, it is now held up as one of the campiest recordings of all time, including the worst Beatles cover ever produced. Now a new album is in the works, featuring joint work with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, and Brad Paisley. More on Ananova."
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  • Star Trek was originally supposed to be a show about a bunch of rabbis in a synagogue. He said to the producers, 'instead of a synagogue, how about if the show is in outer space?' They said, 'okay.' And that's pretty much how it happened.

    "When we did TJ Hooker I used to tell my co-star Adrian Zmed that he should change his name, like I did - from William Zmed."

    "I tell people I have a 34 inch waist, but it's really 35."

    "How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It's simple. I drink the blood of y

  • by Lugor ( 628175 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:19PM (#7837571)
    The only reason he stayed alive all these years was because he wore a Gold shirt and used the Red shirts as human shields! Bah!
    • Yup. Anytime a black dude in a red shirt went on an away mission, you knew he was toast. The hot chicks in the blue shirts always ended up safe, but had to go through some sort of plot twist first (e.g. the "Apollo" episode) and then get rescued by the crew.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:19PM (#7837575)
    It's a parody of a well-known series of Canadian beer commercials. Taken from wikipedia, but no link -- don't want to cause them more trouble!

    "I am not a Starfleet commander, or T.J. Hooker. I don't live on Starship NCC-170...(some audience members say "one"), or own a phaser. And I don't know anybody named Bones, Sulu, or Spock. And no, I've never had green alien sex, though I'm sure it would be quite an evening. ("Pomp And Circumstances" begins playing) I speak English and French, NOT KLINGON! I drink Labatt's, not Romulan ale! And when someone says to me 'Live long and prosper', I seriously mean it when I say, 'Get a life'. My doctor's name is not McCoy, it's Ginsberg. And Tribbles were PUPPETS, not real animals. PUPPETS! And when I speak, I never, ever talk like every. Word. Is. Its. Own. Sentence. I live in California, but I was raised in Montreal. And yes, I've gone where no man has gone before, but I was in Mexico and her father gave me permission! My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!"

    • ".... I live in California, but I was raised in Montreal. ... I was in My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!"

      When talking to Canadians... about that usual run of the mill Canadian accent... they say that Canadians don't really have an accent... that most sound like American sportscasters.

      I make sure to point out, there is no such thing as an American sportscaster as we import them all from Toronto... with the exception of one or two who say they are from Winnipeg... though actually born and rais
      • Just ask a Canadian to go "out and about" and you'll pick up that accent loud and clear, eh?

        Actually, the best thing the Detroit Red Wings did was to import their play-by-play man from the CBC a few years back (Ken Daniels). Before that they had a generic American talking head for a year or two who was absolutely pathetic (although if I recall he might be doing Minnesota Wild games now).

        That said, having spent the first 28 years of my life in the Detroit area, I'll give the average CBC sportscaster the n
        • Actually, the best thing the Detroit Red Wings did was to import their play-by-play man from the CBC a few years back (Ken Daniels). Before that they had a generic American talking head for a year or two who was absolutely pathetic (although if I recall he might be doing Minnesota Wild games now).

          They hired that guy away from ESPN because ESPN hired Dave Strader away from the Red Wings after one of ESPNs play-by-play guys died in a pool accident. Dave Strader is still my favorite Red Wings TV play-by-pla

      • Canadians don't really have an accent

        As a Canadian, I can tell you for a fact that's untrue. It just depends on where you go. Newfies...they got an accent. New Brunswickers...they got an accent. Quebecers...they REALLY got an accent. Although once you hit Ontario, things just kinda get plain and drawn out. So it seems like they don't have an accent, but they do. Haven't talked to many people west of Ontario, but I'm sure they have to have some kind of accent. Especially once you hit rodeo-ridin'
    • by burgburgburg ( 574866 ) <<splisken06> <at> <>> on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:46PM (#7837944)
      Considering the fact that he starred in one of the greatest all Esperanto movies [] ever created, I'd have thought that he'd mention the universal language as well.
      • by lightray ( 215185 ) <> on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @04:10PM (#7838174) Homepage
        The actors in Incubo didn't actually know Esperanto... they just memorized the dialog by sound. That is, apparently, why it sounds so terrible. Allegedly the director wanted a language that would sound foreign to all people (apparently considering the population of fluent esperantists to be negligible :-) and hence chose Esperanto. The only other Esperanto film reference I know is that the announcements in Gattaca are supposedly in Esperanto, although I haven't re-watched the film to verify that.
    • It's funny enough when you read it, but it's much better when you hear it. Particularly when he comes to the "Every. Word. Is. Its. Own. Sentence." bit. Reading it is kinda like reading a transcript of a Monthy Python sketch. Funny enough, but....

      Don't have a link I'm afraid, not even sure I have the clip anymore. Try google, or P2P net of choice. I'm sure you'll find it.

  • by DaRat ( 678130 ) * on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:19PM (#7837581)
    Oh my god! It's another sign of the apocalypse! We're doomed!!!!
  • Play this album across all hailing frequencies and it will rebuff any attack. The enemy ships won't be able to leave fast enough. ;)
  • Wrong category (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dirtside ( 91468 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:20PM (#7837591) Journal
    This story was posted under the "Music" category. Clearly this is not going to qualify as "music" by any sane standard. I hereby request that Slashdot create a "Sign of the Apocalypse" category for any story that involves William Shatner "singing."

    The logo for the "Sign of the Apocalypse" should obviously be a tambourine, man.
  • by Our Man In Redmond ( 63094 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:21PM (#7837599)
    let this be one last, desparate effort to capture the Least Tasteful Slashdot Story of 2003 award.
  • by lsd4all ( 526675 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:23PM (#7837630)
    The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins sung by Leonard Nimoy. [] i am cold, so very cold...
    • Ohhh, that one always gets a laugh out of me, even though it's posted on every Lord of the Rings/Star Trek Slashdot thread. You ever wonder what goes through somebody's head when they agree to record something like that? I guess back then they didn't realize it would end up immortalized on the Internet, passed around for generations as a monument to human stupidity.
    • by dswensen ( 252552 ) * on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:41PM (#7837884) Homepage
      I watched this a while back, when the Fellowship movie came out. Call me crazy (and yeah, you will by the time I'm done here), but I actually find that video kind of charming in its own stupid, campy way.

      I mean, it's bad -- really terrible -- anyone talking about Jackson's interpretation of LotR making Tolkien roll over in his grave really ought to have a gander at this.

      But I find a kind of endearing naivete in the way this is put together... "Let's have Leonard Nimoy sing a song about Bilbo Baggins, and put him in a junkyard with a bunch of teenaged girls... and here at the part where he's describing all these battles and adventures, let's just have the kids throw some crap up in the air. That's kind of like re-enacting a battle. Here, take this piece of plastic junk, that looks like a ring... have Leonard toss that around awhile. Yeah, yeah."

      And then someone put money into it (granted, not much). And produced it. And shot it. And put it on the air.

      If they made something like this today (shudder), it would be awash in irony and campy winks to the audience. I think whomever made this genuinely thought it would be entertaining as presented... which, again, is so innocent I think it's great.

      The entertainment media we get these days is, for the most part, slickly produced and well-budgeted, maybe even well-written if you're lucky. This dippy little movie is none of these and still gives it all it's got.

      Yeah, I know, I'm weird.
  • " Now a new album is in the works, featuring joint work with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, and Brad Paisley. More on Ananova."

    Did the editors check the links?

    How is the Ananova article "more" than the CBC one?
  • by TTop ( 160446 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:24PM (#7837643)
    Shatner already did a couple new songs with Ben Folds on Ben's solo "Fear of Pop" release -- which, despite my love of Ben's other work, remains a real clunker of an album. And the Shatner songs were among the more interesting, if I recall correctly. (Can you tell that I didn't play it more than twice?)
    • I'm on the flip-side of this. Fear of Pop was an experimental album done for fun, and you can tell in the tracks. I really enjoy the album.

      It's a weird techno/pop/rock mix. The Shatner tracks are hilarious. They were on Conan live when it was released and performed "In Love."

      Ben Folds is also producing the album. It has been in the works for a couple of years.

  • by Savatte ( 111615 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:25PM (#7837672) Homepage Journal
    I don't know. I saw Vanilla Ice live back in 2001 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY, and he covered Strawberry Fields Forever. This was when he was in his nu-metal phase. Shatner's version was hilarious. the Iceman's was sad and only slightly hilarious.
  • Oh My God! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Richard_at_work ( 517087 ) * <{richardprice} {at} {}> on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:26PM (#7837677)




    Much more of this!

  • by LNO ( 180595 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:26PM (#7837679)
    Apocalypse .. imminent! Must .. warn .. the world! Somehow .. life .. being drained .. from my body!

  • I've! Got! To! Buy! This! Album!

    </ bad Shatner impression >
  • by NineNine ( 235196 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:27PM (#7837695)
    OK, now I lent out my copy to a co-worker years and years ago and never got it back. Anyone who worked the call center at IBM in RTP, NC in '96-'98 who borrowed it... you want to return it? I've solely missed hearing his rendition of "Mister Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" for several years now.
  • by ilsa ( 197564 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:27PM (#7837698) Homepage
    I wonder will he do any covers of songs by Shaka KHAAAAAAAAN!!!
  • MIS-ter...tam-bo-RINE MAN!!!!
  • by Savatte ( 111615 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:27PM (#7837706) Homepage Journal
    Comic book guy: "Stop right there. I have the only working phaser in existence. It was fired once, to prevent William Shatner from making another album."
  • Gigli (Score:2, Funny)

    by gotpaint32 ( 728082 )
    What Affleck and J-Lo did for the silver screen, Shatner will do in the record buisness...

    Neverhtheless, Shatner is a comedic genius, especially if he is being serious!
  • by Slider451 ( 514881 ) <> on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:28PM (#7837714)
    From the article:

    Shatner has made a living in recent years by spoofing his own overdramatic acting style.

    Did you see him on Conan a couple years ago, dancing and worshipping O'Brien? He was making such a fool of himself Conan couldn't get a single slam in.

    He's ridiculous... like a fox.
  • by WIAKywbfatw ( 307557 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:28PM (#7837715) Journal
    See? You Kazaa addicts couldn't quit while you were ahead, could you? Now RIAA's fighting back, and it's fighting dirty. You think those lawsuits on 12-year-olds were their ultimate weapon? They were just the warm-up act.

    A new album from William Shatner? What next, Leonard Nimoy following up his musical tribute to Bilbo Baggins with one to the Fellowship? An album of medical-related cover versions (Something's Got A Hold Of My Heart, etc) from DeForest Kelly?

    Do you see what Star Trek-related madness you file swappers have unleashed upon us all?
  • I guess I'll add it my collection, which includes these records [].
  • Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a lounge singer!
  • star trek (Score:3, Funny)

    by sirinek ( 41507 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:31PM (#7837755) Homepage Journal
    I remember some years back listening to the Howard Stern show, and he played clips of several ST cast members doing song covers. The one I remember the most is Leonard Nimoy doing a cover of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line". Yeow.
  • by dswensen ( 252552 ) * on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:32PM (#7837771) Homepage
    You people have no one but yourselves to blame!

    William Shatner recorded a couple of bad records, what, back in the Sixties? Longer ago than most Slashdotters have been alive. Since then he's done a couple of appearances on SNL and that thing with Fear of Pop, written some bad novels, some priceline commercials... not exactly a man constantly in the public eye, despite, perhaps, his best efforts to the contrary.

    And yet, whenever a discussion of Shatner comes up, it seems everyone shouts "Yeah, Captain Kirk, sure, but did you know he recorded Mister Tambourine Man! Mister... Tambourine...Man!" (Doing the wildly exaggerated "Captain Kirk" impression which, despite watching a lot of classic Star Trek, I've never actually seen him do.)

    The fact that people can't seem to stop talking about a musical recording he made four decades ago probably gave him the idea that that's what his "fans" wanted. Way to go, guys!

    I see one of two things happening here:

    1) It will be so bad it will finally kill off the immortal cachet generated by his original recordings back in the 60s.

    2) It will be so bad it will make him immortal for another forty years.

    Personally, I hope it's the latter. The world would be a more boring place without William Shatner.
    • You also forgot "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
    • Doing the wildly exaggerated "Captain Kirk" impression which, despite watching a lot of classic Star Trek, I've never actually seen him do.

      The first example that comes to my mind was the episode where he read the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. "We...THE PEOPLE!"

      There are more, I'm sure.

    • Someone please add the following to the fortune cookie file:
      "The world would be a more boring place without William Shatner." - dswensen (slashdot)

      This might be the most profound thing I have ever read on slashdot.
    • (Doing the wildly exaggerated "Captain Kirk" impression which, despite watching a lot of classic Star Trek, I've never actually seen him do.)

      He actually does do it, almost exactly as parodied, in a couple of episodes. I think they're the earlier ones but I'm not sure.

      I'm exactly like you; I thought people were just seriously exaggerating, but then I saw this episode and I understood.

      Unfortunately, it was a long time ago and I can't tell you which one (or ones) it was. But there is at least one episode l
    • (Doing the wildly exaggerated "Captain Kirk" impression which, despite watching a lot of classic Star Trek, I've never actually seen him do.)

      Good gawd, you have never been in the dentist's office, under Nitris... trying a Kirk impression?

      "I... Must... Resist.... Drug..." -*-konk-*-

      My dentist does not use gas.. so I have never had a chance... but i'm sure if I got gassed when I was a pre-teen... I would try to do that infamous Kirk impression where by will alone he was always the last man standing on the
  • This isn't the first time that Shatner has worked with Ben Folds. He performs a great spoken word track on Folds' side project album, "Fear of Pop: Volume 1 []".
  • Hell yes! (Score:3, Funny)

    by applef00 ( 574694 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:37PM (#7837833) Homepage
    I for one am stoked. I think I may be the only person that likes Transformed Man on it's own merits (although I do like the camp factor as well). I searched long and hard for one of the original LPs. I also have the Leonard Nimoy records. Now those are truly terrible. Nimoy makes Shatner sound like Andrea Bocelli.
  • by Hoi Polloi ( 522990 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:40PM (#7837870) Journal
    The man is totally devoid of shame, sort of like a fat guy on the beach in a speedo.
  • More info (Score:3, Informative)

    by matt-fu ( 96262 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:42PM (#7837895)
    Matt Chamberlain, a drummer you might have heard before [], is playing on this. He notes [] on his website:

    dec 11-2003
    I have been in Nashville for a little over a week playing with William Shatner---that guy is amazing...everyday has been a different lineup of people---the main core is Ben Folds-Sebastian Steinberg-John Painter-and me but last night was surreal--I played a improv drum solo to Shatner and Henry Rollins ranting and Adrian Belew freaking on his guitar--wow! a couple of days ago it was Joe Jackson and the group doing some Jazzy improvs to Shatners words-----reality is stranger than fiction---bye---Matt C

    There's also an archived Shatner interview [] at The Onion AV Club where he briefly touches on the original recording he did and why he approached it in that particular fashion.

  • Will this include his version of "The Real Slim Shady" done as spoken word? He sang this on the Star Trek episode of Futurama shown on CartoonNetwork last week. Far superior to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds...
  • If I use the DaVinci Code correctly, this is the final event predicted by the Bible before Armageddon.

    Which is translated as the elusive Red Sox-Cubs World Series.
  • by Dave Muench ( 21979 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @03:48PM (#7837965)
    Shatner: I'm...Slim Shady. Yes. I'm the real Shady. All you other Slim Shady's, are just imitating. So, won't the real Slim Shady ...please stand up ...please stand up ...please stand up.

    Koenig: How can you do a spoken word version of a rap song?

    Melllvar: He found a way.
  • iam-shatner I have it, and it is for die-hards only. Most of the 2 lp offering his Billiam talking about himself. Not as funny as Transformed man or "In Love"
  • Oh boy. Thermian Idol promises to be a hoot!

  • Spock, how many ways are there to be killed on this planet?

    Approximately five, Captain.

    Very good, Mr. Spock. You, myself, and five security guards will beam down. Um, Wadsworth, you and your men beam down ahead of us and we'll be down in a minute.

    Does anyone know where it might be possible to get a copy of that tape anymore?
  • I think Bill had a little too much beef from one of those Canadian Cows with Mad Cow disease. What are you thinking Bill? Another Album? Maybe a duet with Will Wheaton as well?

    And it's 4 months till April. Come on, what are we going to do for April Fool's day now???

  • <snicker>
    My life will be complete when I can finally get this next Shatner album..
  • they wish to torture everybody?
    Or would it be that the labels are losing sales and are desperate?
  • Is there any limit to what those evil Canadians will do? My guess is no. At least they gave us Jim Carey, wait....
  • by t0qer ( 230538 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @04:04PM (#7838122) Homepage Journal
    I think we would all like to see more Shatner Star Trek. Either in a starring role or as a director. There is just something TNG-DS9-Voy, ect are just missing from TOS.

    I want my captain to be a womanizing manwhore fucking green aliens around the universe. Not some pansy bald headed geriatric who flys around with pinochio and Klingons that have butts on their forheads (we never did find out WHY Klingons had such a drastic change in appearance, other than worf saying "It's something we don't like to talk about")

    I could go on and on about what I don't like about the new ST stuff, like Janeway from Voyager, why does she sound like she smokes 2 packs a day, yet we never see her light up? Or why does scott bakula have a dog on enterprise? How come Cisco never puts the beat down on that Ferengi bar he KNOWS would sell out the station for a few bars of gold pressed latinum?

    Please....For the love of....God.... Bring us back our captain. With the cost of special effects so cheap these days, i'm sure something really cool could be produced for less than they spend on these new series.
  • Please....God.....No!

  • Point your browser here []. Scroll down a little bit (if necessary) and look for "lovetrek.wav".


  • Free Enterprise []. It is a surprisingly good (really!) film about just the kinds of folks who read Slashdot. While not a spoof on Star Trek, it nevertheless has fun with it -- and even at Mr. Shatner's expense. And, yes, he plays himself. It's a heapload of fun -- and the DVD has some hysterical "special features." Get it.
  • Animaniacs (Score:2, Informative)

    by fermion ( 181285 )
    Animaniacs, which probably had the highest concentraion of Star Trek refences of any animation exept for the Simpson, did a wonderful episode called 'Karaoke-Dokie'. It was one of the best parodies of Shanter and Nimoy, rendering both in full Star Trek style. In it Willie Slakmer and Lenny Neeboy present their particular brand of music. Absolutely hilarious.
  • by gukin ( 14148 ) on Tuesday December 30, 2003 @04:45PM (#7838494)
    There is ANOTHER William Shatner album called "Capitain of the Ship". It features Mr. Shatner on the cover holding an upside-down tripod and looking very, well, Shatnery. You can find out more here. []

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen