Music So Wrong It Must Be Right

The Arts

Exhibit A, John Lydon’s punky PiL track recorded by…Fenella Fielding. Thanks to Porl Cooper who found it, and is clearly on a mission to kill off my readership.

6 comments on “Music So Wrong It Must Be Right”

  1. Adam says:

    Jeesus! That is one seriously disturbing rendition…

  2. Alan Morgan says:

    Ah, c’mon now – it’s hardly Shatner. This is how alternate universes should be scene-set. The familiar just that bit different. This not just a cover, because it’s Fenella Fielding and there then the original. If it was part of a Kim Newman short story you’d only wonder – now, how would that sound?

    Although even Shatner’s Common People suffered Ben Folds making it a lot better than it ought to have been.

  3. Ford says:

    For truely sub-Shatner work, try Leonard Nemoy singing The Ballad of
    Bilbo!!!

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    I thought Shatner’s best work was in Boston Legal and his best singing in that series was short – at a Xmas party. For bad you also need to hear John Wayne! sing around the ol’ camp fire in a title-forgotten film. It was enough to stampede the night creatures back under rocks and move the buffalo along in overdrive.

  5. Gretta says:

    You think John Wayne’s bad? You should hear ‘Clint Eastwood Sings His Classics’…

  6. Jez Winship says:

    Well, Fenella kind of comments on the whole thing herself at the end there. She makes a game enough stab at it, but is badly let down by the banal backing – and particularly the horrible attempt to mechanically reproduce Tuvan throat singing, which just sounds like so much robotic wind. It’s not exactly PIL’s finest hour, either, but this does draw attention to the camp element in some of John Lydon’s more affected performances. I only just cottoned on, having just watched it again, that Fenella provided the voice coming over the village PA system in The Prisoner. And, of course, she was the sinister voice of disembodied command in Dougal and the Blue Cat. Her voice always reminds me of the wonderful Joan Greenwood in Man In the White Suit and Kind Hearts and Coronets.
    As far as music (by actors) which seems so wrong but somehow is right, Robert Mitchum made what is apparently a pretty decent calypso album.

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