So. Bill Shatner is hosting the Junos. It was once joked (during his roast, if I’m not mistaken) that he is a bit of a whore-type star who is willing to appear in anything. Okay. Plausible. That said, Shatner is a Canadian icon and has delivered some much-needed hype to Canadian music awards that often hardly register as a blip in the television universe. Hell, a re-run of some terrible Real Housewives of (insert city name here) would have likely garnered more viewers.
But Captain Kirk is ours, for one night. It is said that he won’t sing. It is said that he won’t live up to the hype. But what I won’t dispute is that his hosting-ability, no matter how bad or good (and I hope it is bad – in a good way) has given the Junos a boost. As has some great Canadian music (although, like any award show, there is sure to be a superfluous smorgasbord of insipid pop-crap to endure).
I’ll be live tweeting the Junos (@Betty_Beat). I’m very likely to be doing so with drink in hand and having endured an entire day of a little Beat’s Princess birthday party. Expect sarcasm.
Until tomorrow night, here are my Top 5 Shatner Sing-a-Long Songs. Because, as expected from Shatner, it is all uber-cheese and fun as hell.
#5: I am Canadian
An oddity. It’s not a song. It’s more of a rant; a fabulous take on Shatner’s patriotism. Fitting for his hosting the Canadian music awards. And full of hilarity. As he always is.
#4: Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds
One I found on a whim. Perfect because Lucy, the littlest Beat, celebrates her birthday on Monday. I thought it highly apropos that this song made the list for no other reason. Plus, the video is trip-happy-psychedelic goodness.
#3: Bohemian Rhapsody
Oh, memories of Festivus… the video makes this song. Shatner sounds so damn sad. I almost shed a tear (not really.. only if I was giggling so hard I cried..). Although Shatner’s face in the sky seems more like a bad acid flashback. Creepster. I do like how the lyrics are there though. Helps me sing along.
#2: Fuck You
I. Can’t. Stop. Laughing. This is why I love Shatner.
#1: Common People
By far, the best Shatner cover, in my opinion. Likely because I love the song. Maybe because it is a shared enjoyment as well. A multitude of reasons, however, it is a kickass cover that I love. And very deserving of the top spot.
William Shatner is 81 years old. It amazes and awes me that the man still sings and performs (although I’m sure some would argue he’ll do anything for a buck…). I am ecstatic to watch him host the Junos tomorrow. So forget that typical Sunday programming you’ll usually watch. Simpsons is likely a re-run. Game of Thrones? Yeah, exciting, but PVR it. Check it out with us and let us know what you think.
Live long and prosper.