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The Science Fiction Film Awards - "Shat Scat" (Part 7, 1978)

Part 7, featuring the immortal, unforgettable rendition of "Rocket Man" by William Shatner.

Also features Karen Black, Bernie Taupin, Richard Benjamin, and Paula Prentiss.

And - a WGN Channel 9 on-screen ID!

(Unfortunately gets cut off before this segment is complete)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, January 20th 1978.

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When it comes to cheese, Bill Shatner is King Cheddar! (hmm, all this talk of cheese is getting me hungry...)
Comment posted by Bertonator on Thursday, January 3rd 2008 at 5:38pm.

I have heard many of Shatner's attempts at singing. I have never heard the guy even try to produce a singing voice. I don't know if he is even capable of doing it.
Comment posted by Melk on Friday, January 4th 2008 at 2:21am.

Sweat much, Shat?
Comment posted by Ringthane on Friday, January 4th 2008 at 9:38am.

Man, does it get funky after 4:20 in.

I see why Taupin said this was Shatner's "interpretation" of the song...

Comment posted by Ringthane on Friday, January 4th 2008 at 9:46am.

I've seen part of this before, but I still can't believe that 1) this exists, 2) Bernie Taupin witnessed it first-hand, 3) that they were NOT exaggerating on Family Guy, and 4) they allowed Shatner to do anything with music after The Transformed Man...

Okay, first the Life Day clip...now the Rocket Man clip...what's going to be the next disturbing scifi-related clip?

Comment posted by dauber on Saturday, January 5th 2008 at 1:45pm.

So, who is the cross-eyed lady announcer?
Comment posted by afdave on Thursday, January 22nd 2009 at 10:54am.

That is Karen Black. She was in a number of things in the 70's...none of which come to mind right now. ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, January 22nd 2009 at 11:06am.

Karen Black was in Trilogy of Terror, and several low budget cheesy horror flicks. She was most recently seen as Mama Firefly in House of 1000 Corpses; and she's still just as crosseyed today.
Comment posted by Larkin Royal on Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 at 10:40pm.

Karen Black's most memorable movie IMO was 1988's "The Invisible Kid".A very awful movie,however,it feature the one highlight in that movie,it's when Chynna Phillips ("Wlison Phillips") drank some chemical that turned her invisible and she begins undressing,and that's when Karen Black walked in her son's room,when the unseen teenage girl was at the time.
Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Friday, December 4th 2009 at 9:15am.

Man, what is there to say about William Shatner's "singing"? Several years ago, my mom & I were at a rummage sale, where somebody was trying to sell a Telly Savalas LP. I showed it to my mom, who said, "I didn't know that Kojak could sing" The guy said, "Actually, he can't. He's worse than William Shatner" LOL
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Friday, March 30th 2012 at 2:52pm.

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https://youtu.be/bFx5jngtTes?t=2125 is an updated link to the episode.


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He will be missed.


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Off the Wall was just one of four college-themed sitcoms that sank over the next two years, though this one was a year before Animal House. In 1979, AH ripoffs Brothers & Sisters, Delta House, and Co-Ed Fever would all bomb, with the latter lasting a whopping single episode like this stinker.


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"Comedy Tonight" was adapted for a Stove Top commercial in 1986.


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1:18 Y'know, if you really have to store your leftover crepes in the freezer...


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The 1977-78 DePaul team was led by the mighty Dave Corzine, who went pro after that season and, of course, would spend seven years with the Bulls.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - CBS Special Movie Presentation - "A Christmas Without Snow" (Opening & Break, 1980) by FieldGal44 on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 9:17pm CT

I ate way too much Quaker instant oatmeal growing up. The raisins & spice was my favorite.


Comment posted in WLUP - 'The Loop' FM 98 - "Do You Like Music?" (Commercial, 1978) by FieldGal44 on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 7:13pm CT

Good Lord, this is not the way to sell a radio station. As Fuzzy says, utterly generic, not to mention redundant ("old great classics"). What genre are they selling?? Plus, the camera is right in his face like an '80s PSA, and he sounds like he's hawking something on a street corner. I'm surprised he didn't start by saying "Psst! Hey, kid!"


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I may be wrong, but that mic might look like the Electro-Voice EV-667 . . .


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I know some people was mad as heck that night, lol!! The way the words at the bottom of the screen was soooo slow that I can't imagine how the people felt waiting for the numbers to see if they won, lol!!!


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