This week The Watercats were hosting the Poetry Bus with the theme of Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and I have to say that in the spirit of this I watched the film of the same name last night with Andy (Gollum) Serkis as the legendary Ian Dury and thought it an interesting, if flawed, movie.
Anyway - this song comes with a bit of a story.
Back in 1988 a band called The Wedding Present emerged from Manchester (correction: Leeds) (and we shall speak of these again ere long) - they will be mostly remembered (where they are remembered at all) for their ultra-fast but non-precision guitar playing and lyrics about reltionships-going-wrong.
On their 1st studio album "George Best" was a song called "Shatner" which was all about a woman in an abusive relationship and David Gedge (the singer) was saying "you need to get out: this isn't TV, he isn't William Shatner"
This still remains one of my favourite throw-away lyrics of all time. So since William Shatner embodies the spirit of Sex and Drugs and Rock N Roll (sort of) I've decided to post my response to that song. Please note that the video is a close-up of my saxophone. The audio track was recorded on a Tascam 488 home studio with me on keyboard, bass and guitar - sadly the sound is a bit muddy as I never did work out a way to make the vocals stand out when mixing it all down: (and for those of you who don't already know - many of the Star Trek cast have gone on record regarding their feelings towards Shatner) - lyrics at the bottom
(Just Like) They All Hate William Shatner
They hate you, they slate you, they’d like to take you in a fight
They bait you, they break you, they’d like to stab you with a knife
Just like they all hate William Shatner, that’s how her friends must feel tonight
Life’s not an episode of Star Trek, so don’t go breaking hearts tonight
She was young, and still dumb, she didn’t know what kissing was
You made a mistake and now she’s a working single mum
Just like the other actors in Star Trek, they want to cast you from their sight
You know they all hate William Shatner, although the fans say he’s all right