If history has taught us anything it’s that actors want to be singers and singers want to be actors and neither one does the other well. Oh sure they may have had a “hit” or two but does anyone still have their copy of Don Johnson’s Heartbeat album? Or what about Eddie Murphy’s How could it be? I’m betting probably not or if they do they’re probably too ashamed to admit it. But it’s these songs that we’re gonna talk about today, from William Shatner to Bruce Willis. From Barry Williams to Leonard Nimoy if I can find it I’m gonna subject you to it (provided you click the link that is)! So without further adieu let the hurting commence!
William Shatner’s “The Transformed Man” Oh mama where do I begin? William Shatner, king of over actors released a spoken word album in 1968. I don’t know who told Shatner this would be a good idea but whoever it was deserves to be dragged out into the street and shot. The dismal sales of the album didn’t stop Shatner from covering Elton John’s Rocket Man on a 1978 sci-fi awards show. Click the link and “enjoy”.
But what would Captain Kirk be without his first officer? Would Spock dare to release an album? Why that would be:
Leonard Nimoy’s “Highly Illogical”Unlike Shatner, Leonard Nimoy actually had some talent and could carry a tune. His Ballad of Bilbo Baggins is now considered a camp classic. It’s….it’s…well you’ll see. Bonus fact, according to Wikipedia Leonard Nimoy also did a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” and released a total of five albums! Sadly I couldn’t find a video for this one because that would have been awesome…in a really painful sort of way. I did however find Mr. Spock singing Highly Illogical yes he sings in character.
Ok, we’ve gotten the worst out of the way, if you’ve made it this far in your either a brave soul or a glutton for punishment. You may know our next entrant from such shows as “Miami Vice” or “Nash Bridges”. I mentioned him earlier, it’s
Don Johnson’s “Heartbeat” Sonny Crockett himself has released a total of three albums so far! Three! What have we down to deserve that? One was bad enough but three? And he did a duet with Barbara Streisand! Now that I’ve truly scared you it’s time for the piece de resistance.
Like Kirk without Spock, where would Crockett be without Tubbs?
Phillip Michael Thomas’s “Living the Book of My Life” was released in 1985 and contained the “hit single” Just the Way I Planned It. Like Don Johnson, Thomas has also released multiple albums but watching this video reminds of Amazon Women on the Moon’s “Blacks without Soul”. And just because it’s funny is this post Bullshit or Not?
I won’t kick a guy when he’s down so I’m gonna go easy on the next guy but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention
Patrick Swayze’s “She’s like the wind” This was actually a pretty big hit back in the day and for being what it is it’s actually not a bad song. Having beaten the Big C myself I wish Patrick and his family all the best in this trying time.
Ok now that we have the sentimental b.s. out of the way let’s get back to the fun stuff.
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. You know I was coming for you Eddie, you didn’t think I’d forget 1985’s classic “How Could It Be” did you? C’mon! That’s a classic! You even had Rick James help you produce “Party All the Time”! Yes you got your fair share of airplay and yes I admit I recorded it on tape back in the day, but Eddie do us all a favor and stick with voice acting. Please?
You know there are several more celebrities that have tried the singing career but I think I’ve inflicted enough pain and suffering on you for one day so I’m gonna wrap this one for now. Look for another installment somewhere down the road. Until then…..be afraid. Be very afraid!!!