William Shatner's Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and other odd covers

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  1. MisterKim

    MisterKim Electromatic

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    With Captain Kirk's visit to the edge of our atmosphere yesterday, I was reminded of another kind of "adventure" that old Bill explored. That was his (some have termed "blasphemous") version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds:



    Then, today a Spotify "Daily Mix" collection offered me another odd, although not nearly so obnoxious, cover. This one was of Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer, by Lowland Hum:



    I mean, seriously, that is one strange cover.

    My question to you all: Have any of you run across covers that have struck you as odd? If so, please share.

    Caveat: There are often covers of songs that tilt far from the original, but are commendable on there own. I think the version of Wish You Were Here by The Milk Carton Kids falls into that category.
     
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  2. MisterKim

    MisterKim Electromatic

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    That is indeed odd. I had to listen to the original to connect it. Reminds me of Devo. Speaking of which:



    At least that does not require listening to the original to decipher.
     
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  3. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

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    I love this funky version as much as the original-- the immortal Bobby Womack.

     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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    Lawrence Welk's singers covered Brewer & Shipley's "One Toke Over The Line".
     
  5. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    Shatner vs Yoko.... I'll take Shatner (in limited doses)
     
  6. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    I always wondered whether Lawrence was hip to the lyrics' meaning or if he called it a "modern spiritual" just to sneak it past the network censors.
     
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  7. No. no. no. I’ve heard the Shatner & Nimoy basement tapes.
    I also sampled the Shatner “blues” album.

    This may be what upset the Klingons.
     
  8. Shock

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    How about Stewie Griffin covering William Shatner covering Elton John?

     
  9. A scene from the adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s “A Boy & His Dog?”
    Don Johnson’s first movie role.

    A well kept secret: Lawrence Welk, like Charo—spoke perfect English.
     
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  10. MrWookiee

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    Now there's a movie that's under-appreciated! Good stuff.
     
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  11. MisterKim

    MisterKim Electromatic

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    So good. That Elton John cover is actually what I was originally thinking about, although the Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds thing is what I initially landed on. The original SciFi event schtick is so funny that it could only be spoofed by Stewie. No actual human could be funnier. My wife had to walk away when I started playing Shatner's rendition, then came back while it was running because she could hear it from the other room. Hysterical laughter ensued. But: We could not finish it.

     
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  12. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

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    yeah, i dig this one too.

    here’s another cure cover:

     
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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    The song did mention "Sweet Jesus", so.....
     
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  14. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

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    Agreed. Tim McIntire as the voice of Blood is classic. Seminal post-apocalyptic film.
     
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  15. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

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    This one is a cover that I actually like much better than the original... Nothing against Bob Dylan, I just love the way Link Wray arranged it. It went from a bitter acoustic folk song to a highway-drivin' rocker.

     
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  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

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    I love Shatner’s covers. They’re incredible.
    He done justice to two of my absolute favorite songs.


     
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  17. Outlaw

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    This album always brings a smile to my face! 7122F+ms5YL._AC_SL1200_.jpg
     
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  18. Short story is a classic. Unlike Shatner Sings. (even Nimoy was better).
    The movie lagged in a few parts, imo.
    Still a good movie.

    That could stand a remake, with spaghetti western long shots.
    I think Lawrence Welk & cliché Kansas could figure prominently.
     
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  19. Wow! Nearly speechless.
    Overwhelmed by emotion, tears welling in mine eyes. I too, could not get through it.

    All I saw was darkness, made me pine for that blue ball — the earth. Perhaps a cave somewhere in the hills away from Bernie Taupin saying he was proud to have Bill interpret the song…

    Thank you for this. :confused:

    Is it a parody of himself, or did he literally think he was Brando?
    :rolleyes: Having heard a bit of his latest album, I fear I know the answer…

    Quoting Dr Smith: The pain, oh the pain.
     
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