William Shatner's Other Spoken-Word Covers Of Pop Songs

You've probably heard actor William Shatner's notorious covers of The Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and Elton John's 'Rocket Man'. But those are just a small sampling of the spoken-word covers that William Shatner - who turns 86 today - has compiled over the years. Here are 5 other covers from William Shatner's music career that are even stranger than the ones you've already heard.

1. 'Common People'

William Shatner took a crack at Britpop in 2004 when he released a cover of Pulp's 'Common People' (1995) on the album 'Has Been'. 

But the truly strange part of this cover is its legacy in dance history. A few years later, Shatner received a strange request from a choreographer who loved 'Common People' so much that she wanted to turn it into a ballet. "So the phone rings and it's Margo Sappington - famous choreographer," Shatner later recalled. "She says, 'I'd like to choreograph your album Has Been. And I say, 'Wow, I haven't danced in years.'"

You can find out more about the production in the documentary 'William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet' (2009).

2. 'My Way'

When the American Film Institute honored Star Wars creator George Lucas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, Shatner showed up to serenade Lucas with a spoken-word rendition of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'.

As the song progressed, Shatner was joined onstage by a platoon of costumed Stromtroopers, who formed a can-can line for the climax.

3. WWE Entrance Songs

In 2010, Shatner guest hosted the World Wrestling Entertainment's show WWE Raw. For the event, he offered spoken-word renditions of entrance songs like Shawn Michaels' 'Sexy Boy', Rey Mysterio's 'Booyaka 619' and more.  

4. 'Fuck You'

During a 2010 interview on 'Lopez Tonight', Shatner offered fans a live rendition of CeeLo Green's hit 'Fuck You'. He was joined onstage by backup singers wearing costumes popularized by Shatner's biggest characters - including Captain Kirk from Star Trek.

 5. 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

In 2011, Shatner dropped his follow-up to 'Has Been.' The new album - called 'Seeking Major Tom' - featured covers of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and more. But only his melodramatic rendition of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' got an official music video. And it is something to behold.


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