William Shatner first burst onto the "music" scene in 1968 with his legendary spoken-word album, The Transformed Man, which interspersed pop songs with readings from Shakespeare befitting his mock-dramatic persona. The album would justifiably go on to earn a reputation as a hilarious novelty item.
And now, for whatever reason, the eighty-year-old Shatner has released his fourth studio album, a space-themed rock album called Seeking Major Tom, which butchers twenty classic songs via Shatner's Lou Reed-esque talk-singing. The album is redeemed, though, by appearances from musicians like Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow, Bootsy Collins, Johnny Winter, and Ritchie Blackmore.
Just uploaded today, Shatner's video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (which must have Freddie Mercury's bones rolling) features a young couple contemplating the stars Wayne's World-style, when suddenly a starry CGI Shatner-face appears in the sky, singing along with a trippy ensemble including fish, goats, Roman centurions, etc. Block-letter lyrics appear on the screen, allowing one to sing along karaoke-style, minus the bouncing ball. The video would seem to be perfect for a rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," if he hadn't already covered that one on Transformed Man. Good luck getting the Shat out of your ears.