William Shatner Brings His Star Power to Glasvegas
Photo: Joe Kohen
Photo: Joe Kohen
Back in 1968, at the height of his "Star Trek" fame, he released an album titled The Transformed Man, featuring such classics as "Theme From Cyrano/Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Spleen/Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Those recordings were so good — or bad — they were unearthed decades later for Rhino Records' Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off collection.
More recently, Shatner lent his vocals to Ben Folds's 1998 side project Fear of Pop, and Folds returned the favor by producing Shatner's 2004 comeback effort, Has Been, featuring his version of Pulp's "Common People." Last year, Shatner was back at it again with Seeking Major Tom, featuring his version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and other space-age fare.
Now Shatner is lending his star power to Scottish rockers Glasvegas in their new video for "If," the lead single from their fourth album, Later…When the TV Turns to Static, which is due on September 3.
The clip is a send-up of the classic BBC show "The Old Grey Whistle Test." Glasvegas singer/guitarist James Allan explains how their collaboration with Shatner went down. "When we played on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' a while back, William Shatner introduced our live performance as he is a fan of the band," he said. "I then thought it would be a cool thing to incorporate his introduction of us into our new video since it also has a 'late show' theme. We got in touch with him to ask his permission and he got back to us almost immediately to give us the thumbs up!"
Check out the clip below and let us know if you give Shatner's collaboration with Glasvegas the thumbs up or down.