Here’s a thing that exists for some reason!
William Shatner, the legendary former star of the groundbreaking tv show $h*! My Dad Says, is now in the phase of his career where he pretty much just professionally makes fun of himself. When we at Stereogum last heard from him, he was covering the Cramps for a Dr. Demento compilation. Now, he and Henry Rollins have recorded a version of “Jingle Bells.” Sure.
Shatner has just announced the impending release of a Christmas album called Shatner Claus, which will presumably consist entirely of jokey versions of holiday tunes. On the album, Shatner duets with Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Judy Collins, country star Brad Paisley, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and Yes’ Rick Wakeman, among others.
On this particular version of “Jingle Bells,” the joke, at least at first, is all in the weird way Shatner pronounces words. But then Henry Rollins is yelling and Shatner is rambling about speed and malt liquor. Boldly listen to a song that no man should ever need to listen to below.
Shatner Claus is out 10/26 on Cleopatra.