Tuesday, 6 September 2005
|0926 - Emmy Idol|
From today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
In an "American Idol''-style competition, stars and singers ranging from William Shatner to Donald Trump to Frederica von Stade will perform themes from TV series, with viewers able to pick their favorite song via online or text-message voting.
William Shatner ("Boston Legal'') and opera's von Stade [will sing] the theme from Shatner's 1960s series "Star Trek.''
Merciful $DEITY. This is horrible on two levels:
Shatner is no singer. If you don't believe me, just hunt up his version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. <shudder>
Yes, there are lyrics to the Star Trek theme. They're bad. Really bad. It was a service to society when the final theme was recorded for the show without them.
current mood: distressed
Wow those lyrics are bad!
Make it seem like the Love Boat in Space.
Although the way Kirk acts, that's almost right.
Even more obnoxious, according to Justman and Solow's Inside Star Trek
, Roddenberry tossed off the ghastly lyrics in order to snarf half the royalties for the theme, which otherwise would've all gone to the composer, Alexander Courage. Check out the review here
Speaking of which, whose idea was it to record the theme with some idiot hitting the bongos once per bar?
Words fail me.
And Shatner brought out a new album two years ago. I forget what it was called, by it was a hoot. There was this song from the POV of a father who stalks his estranged daughter . . .
I don't know if I want to hear it, or want to run screaming at the very thought of it...
Wasn't that Has Been?
Have you heard "I Can't Get Behind That" featuring Shatner and Henry Rollins?
Just did...wow. That's seriously good stuff. Even the parts I disagree with (few though they are).
Oh yes, there are a few parts I don't agree with either but MAN. Funny, pointed stuff.