Sat Eye Candy: Rocket Man
There have been great versions (My Morning Jacket and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes jump to mind) and dreadful maulings by music killers like Jamie Callum, Jason Mraz and William Hung. Today we offer a taste of the good and the bad in Eye Candy’s first edition focused on a single song.
We also recommend checking out this letter to Elton John from NASA. Priceless.
We begin with the man himself in 1977 in his last performance before a brief semi-retirement. Reg puts a lot of feeling into this one.
Banjoist Todd Taylor, offers possibly the coolest version we found in our trolling.
Here’s Ryan Adams with Elton in 2001. The fidelity ain’t great but it’s an interesting moment.
This booking demo video for an Elton tribute band speaks for itself.
No “Rocket Man” salute would be complete with William Shatner‘s infamous interpretation at a science fiction awards ceremony in 1978.
And here’s Chris Elliott‘s recreation of Shatner’s performance on Late Night With David Letterman in 1992.
What can one say of Kate Bush? Belfry nutty but kinda brilliant, too. You be the judge on this one.
Even sensitive Swedes dig this tune.
There are a LOT of amateur versions of the song out there. Like America’s national anthem, many people believe this one is in their range. While our personal favorite from Westercon 33 in1980 can’t be embedded you can check it out here (and REALLY you should…), and there’s this incredibly sincere attempt to send us off into the weekend.
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