Like J-Lo, Miley Cyrus and Kevin Bacon, many TV and movie stars of years past have tried their hand at becoming a double-threat entertainer by putting out a record.1 In my time (the 80s), these include such esteemed thespians as Bruce "John McClane" Willis, Don "Crockett" Johnson and Eddie "Axel Foley" Murphy.
However, prior to these gentlemen was a little-known actor by the name of Leonard Nimoy, who made his own attempt at a singing career.2 With the release of The Hobbit: Part 1: An Unexpected Journey, I thought I’d remind everyone that while we all do silly things when we’re young, once it’s on the Interweb, it never goes away, so think of this as a cautionary tale before you post those pictures of your most recent trip to Vegas on Facebook.3
Please have your therapists forward a "referral fee" to me, care of CSTM.
A special thanks to one my kinmates from The Osgiliath Guard (Elendilmir) for reminding me of this clip’s existence (no names here, but you know who you are).
- Some of you will remember what those are, but for the rest of you, a record is a vinyl disc with grooves cut into it. When placed on a turntable and spun at 33, 45 or 78 revolutions per minute, a needle can "read" the grooves and then play sounds through a speaker or stereo system. ↩
- William Shatner also tried his hand at "singing" with his classic album "The Transformed Man", which features (among other things) his rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man". ↩
- How can one person ruin all of his geek cred in one fell swoop? ↩