From the home office on Ceti Alpha Six

Here’s something from the old blog vault. Original post dated June 20, 2002.
Remember those early radio commercials that featured William Shatner’s hammy “rap” versions of popular songs? Some time back (I’m not sure how long ago) he recorded several songs in that style, including “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” He once performed Elton John’s “Rocket Man” on television – click here for streaming audio and video. (Not included in the stream is the introduction by Bernie Taupin – the guy who wrote the song.) Leonard Nimoy did a little song recording of his own. The best (?) of his and Shatner’s old recordings are combined together on this CD.

Some songs we love so much – or so little – that the idea of William Shatner crooning them is rather frightening. So without any further ado:

Top Ten Songs That William Shatner Should Be Legally Banned From Singing

  1. “Achy-Breaky Heart” (Billy Ray Cyrus)
  2. “Sympathy for the Devil” (Rolling Stones)
  3. “Space Truckin'” (Deep Purple)
  4. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (AC/DC)
  5. “Gentle on my Mind” (Glen Campbell – also recorded by Leonard Nimoy)
  6. “Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin)
  7. anything by the Bee Gees
  8. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen)
  9. “Theme to ‘Shaft'” (Isaac Hayes)
  10. “I’m Your Captain” (Grand Funk Railroad)


  1. Tim Hall

    11. “Get your hands off my woman” (The Darkness)
    12. “Anarchy in the UK” (The Sex Pistols)
    13. “Spirit of the Age” (Hawkwind)
    14. “Starship Trooper” (Yes)
    15. “I’m the Urban Spaceman” (Bonzo Dog Doohah Band)
    16+ every other song ever recorded…