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#159130 - 09/05/2003 17:59 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
tanstaafl.
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My vote has to go to William Shatner's rendition of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.


Having led a very sheltered life, I never even knew that Mr. Shatner had ever recorded anything.

So, interest piqued, I found a place on the internet where I could download his version of "Lucy...", dutifully loaded it into my empeg, and then played it.

How can there be any doubt that this is the worst song? Or at least, the worst performance of a pretty good song?

This song has proven to be a valuable addition to the "Comedy" genre in my player.

tanstaafl.
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#159131 - 09/05/2003 18:01 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tanstaafl.]
robricc
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Registered: 30/10/2000
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How can there be any doubt that this is the worst song?
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#159132 - 09/05/2003 18:06 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tanstaafl.]
tman
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Registered: 24/12/2001
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If you "enjoyed" the William Shatner monologues then I'm sure you'll like the Leonard Nimoy songs...
You can even buy a best of compilation from Amazon if you like it

One of the Futurama episodes actually has William Shatner as Kirk doing a spoken version of I'm the real Slim Shady...

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#159133 - 09/05/2003 18:09 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tman]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
Nimoy also just barely loses to Maya Angelou as World's Worst Published Poet.
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#159134 - 09/05/2003 18:22 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tman]
Geoff
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In reply to:

If you "enjoyed" the William Shatner monologues then I'm sure you'll like the Leonard Nimoy songs...
You can even buy a best of compilation from Amazon if you like it



My brother actually bought me that CD for Christmas!
He must really hate me!!
Although I'm just twisted enough to see the comedy value in it
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#159135 - 09/05/2003 22:49 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tman]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
Posts: 11787
Loc: Sterling, VA
I have the video of him singing the Bilbo Baggins song. I'll make it available to anyone who wants it. (as I go off to make sure I still have it...)

And I love that Futurama episode. "How can you do a spoken word version of a rap song?"

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#159136 - 10/05/2003 12:15 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
bootsy
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Registered: 17/08/2000
Posts: 334
Loc: Seattle, WA. USA
I would pay a serious sum of money for a High Quality version of Bill Shatner performing "Rocket Man"... Oh man, is that high art or what?
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#159137 - 10/05/2003 12:46 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: bootsy]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30536
Loc: Seattle, WA
I would pay a serious sum of money for a High Quality version of Bill Shatner performing "Rocket Man"... Oh man, is that high art or what?
I remember seeing him actually do that live on television once. I forget the event, maybe it was at the oscars or the grammys or something. I seem to remember it was some kind of a show like that. Having been both a Star Trek fan and an Elton John fan at the time, seeing it was like watching the worst train wreck imaginable.
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#159138 - 10/05/2003 12:50 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
tman
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Registered: 24/12/2001
Posts: 5528
Why do singers always want to become actors and actors always want to become singers?
Is there some deep and meaning reasoning behind this or is it just the grass is always greener on the other side?

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#159139 - 10/05/2003 13:16 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tman]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
I went to see Maid in Manhattan (with my wife, and I like Ralph Fiennes, anyway) and there's this minor plot point where Jennifer Lopez's character's son in the movie has an obsession with '70s pop music. Very early in the movie, he asks her, as he's listening to them, why Simon and Garfunkel broke up. She says she doesn't know, and why not look it up somewhere.

Of course, the funny thing is that Simon and Garfunkel broke up because Art Garfunkel was spending more time trying to work on his burgeoning and reasonably successful acting career than working on the music. I assumed that this was a slap of some nature at Ms. Lopez. I wonder if she got it? I'm guessing that she didn't.
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#159140 - 10/05/2003 15:13 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: wfaulk]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30536
Loc: Seattle, WA
I assumed that this was a slap of some nature at Ms. Lopez. I wonder if she got it? I'm guessing that she didn't.
Or she could be deliberately poking fun at herself, or maybe poking fun at those who criticize her singer-cum-actor image. I consider that a much more plausible explanation.

A basic assumption is being made here: That singing and acting are two separate kinds of careers. My opinion is that they're both show business, and there are some performers who are well suited to both. I say, more power to 'em.
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#159141 - 11/05/2003 01:02 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
bootsy
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Registered: 17/08/2000
Posts: 334
Loc: Seattle, WA. USA
Oh yeah... I've seen a really horrible (codec, not the performance) version of it. It was at some industry awards benefit or some such thing. It was fantastic...

Bill, with his bow tie undone in a very Frank fashion... performing his "interpretation"... smoking a cigarette... then him super-imposed over himself, looking very pained... then, as the music rises for the chorus, a THIRD super-imposed image of him groooooooovin'...

Oh god... DVD quality at least. The Bilbo Baggens incident doesn't even compare.
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#159142 - 11/05/2003 03:29 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tanstaafl.]
Phil.
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Registered: 14/01/2002
Posts: 2479
Oh. My. God. No!!

I just listened to Mr Tambourine Man. He sounds constipated, and I have to say I was slightly frightened when he chose to yell "Mr Tambourine Man" at the end.

I recommend you all have a listen.

Oh, and I also remember seeing Mr Shatner singing Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. He was done up in the same dinner jacket and his facial expressions have to be seen to be believed!

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#159143 - 12/05/2003 04:46 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
boxer
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Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
Mr Shatner

Shame on you for going for an American worst singer, we may be a small nation, but we have our own talent: Catch Paul Shane (from hi-de-hi) giving it out with: "You've lost that lovin' feelin'" - awesomely bad!

Keep it sunny, I'm belting up the M6 for a week in your part of the world, thursday night.
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#159144 - 12/05/2003 04:54 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: boxer]
Phil.
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Registered: 14/01/2002
Posts: 2479
Not much sun just now! Non-stop rain for the past 3 weeks! Although I saw the sun yesterday, so theres hope for Thursday.

Paul Shane eh? Yup I remember seeing him singing that when Reeves and Mortimer showed a clip. His calming tones belting out "Baby Baby"! Wonderful stuff.

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#159145 - 12/05/2003 07:57 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
TheRhino
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Registered: 06/03/2001
Posts: 135
Loc: Aurora, CO
I'm gonna have to add that "Hey, now. You're an All-Star" song. God, they play that for EVERYTHING related to sports. Super very annoying.
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#159146 - 12/05/2003 10:17 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: boxer]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30536
Loc: Seattle, WA
Shame on you for going for an American worst singer
Um, isn't Shatner a Canadian?

Hmmm, now that I think about it, he probably lives in the US and has been a US citizen for a long time. Never mind.
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#159147 - 12/05/2003 10:36 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
Ezekiel
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Registered: 25/08/2000
Posts: 2413
Loc: NH USA
My best friend gave Shatner lessons on how to use a PC about 10 years ago. I've always found that amusing.

-Zeke
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#159148 - 12/05/2003 10:49 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
Phil.
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Registered: 14/01/2002
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He lives in California, but was raised in Montreal according to an mp3 I found of him talking at a dinner thingy.

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#159149 - 12/05/2003 12:04 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tman]
davec
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Registered: 18/08/2000
Posts: 992
Loc: Georgetown, TX USA
Why do singers always want to become actors and actors always want to become singers?

No marketable skills to make an honest living?
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#159150 - 12/05/2003 12:49 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tman]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
Posts: 11787
Loc: Sterling, VA
Why do singers always want to become actors and actors always want to become singers?
I don't know, but just remember that it isn't always a bad thing. One of my new favorite bands has a lead singer and songwriter who was an actress, but she's much better in music than she was on screen.

Also, I just saw "A Mighty Wind" last night, and most of them are great musicians as well. I liked Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara's duets.
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#159151 - 12/05/2003 13:21 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
Archeon
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Registered: 20/05/2001
Posts: 2488
Loc: Bruges, Belgium
One of my new favorite bands has a lead singer and songwriter who was an actress, but she's much better in music than she was on screen.

Jennifer Lopez is in a band now?
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#159152 - 12/05/2003 13:28 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Archeon]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
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Loc: Sterling, VA
You insult me!
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#159153 - 12/05/2003 13:54 Re: Covers that are BETTER than the originals [Re: Roger]
edsmiata
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Posts: 544
Loc: New Jersey
...it was never about the singing!!!!
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#159154 - 12/05/2003 15:04 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
boxer
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Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
Um, isn't Shatner a Canadian?

Canada is only the next country up from you, Shatner is clearly from another planet where they have no knowledge of tonic sol-fa!
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#159155 - 12/05/2003 15:16 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
Archeon
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Registered: 20/05/2001
Posts: 2488
Loc: Bruges, Belgium
You insult me!

Lighten up, I was joking. Hence the
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#159156 - 12/05/2003 15:18 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Archeon]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30536
Loc: Seattle, WA
Lighten up, I was joking.
So was he, I thought.
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#159157 - 12/05/2003 15:18 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Archeon]
Dignan
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Posts: 11787
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Hehe, I know. I should have added a

I merely wanted to let you know my stance
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#159158 - 12/05/2003 15:22 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
Archeon
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Registered: 20/05/2001
Posts: 2488
Loc: Bruges, Belgium


/me feeling stupid now...

Take no notice of me. I just spent an entire day amoung people that are so full of themselves and have the longest toes you can imagine. Politicians....Ugh.
I guess I was still in that world when I logged on...

I merely wanted to let you know my stance

Why? What's wrong with Jennifer Lopez ? (as long as you don't hear her sing or see her act?)
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#159159 - 12/05/2003 15:36 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Archeon]
Dignan
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Hehe, no problem! I understand fine Sadly, when I woke up this morning, I turned on my TV to see a Jennifer Lopez video on one station, then turned to VH1 where they were playing "Selena." Ugh.
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