While listening to the album, The Transformed Man, it's unclear if Shatner is merely having a good time and goofing around, or if he's embarrassingly dead serious, and creating an overly indulgent work.
Peel claimed to have been aware of the LP for many years (although it appears that its mention in a magazine he was reading prior to 12 January 1991 is the first he had heard of it), in particular the "cheesy music" and exaggerated flourishes of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, when it was resurrected by Rev-Ola for a 1992 re-release on CD, and he played several tracks from it, always with an eye for its 'cultural' impact. On BFBS, he read out part of Shatner's liner notes with no little amusement. When Shatner's co-star on Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy, was treated to a re-release of his own slightly less histrionic material later in the following year, JP naturally played that too. The Peel-narrated documentary Funk Me Up, Scotty featured Shatner heavily, along with other Star Trek-related ephemera.
It is possible that, had he lived long enough, John would also have enjoyed Shatner's 2005 version of Pulp's Common People featuring Joe Jackson on the parts of the song that required somebody who could sing.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 11 December 1992: 'Mr. Tambourine Man (CD-The Transformed Man)' (Rev-Ola)
- 12 December 1992: 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (CD-The Transformed Man)' (Rev-Ola)
- 03 January 1993 (BFBS): 'Mr. Tambourine Man / Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / Hamlet (CD-The Transformed Man)' (Rev-Ola)
- Funk Me Up, Scotty: 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (CD-The Transformed Man)' (Rev-Ola)
- Funk Me Up, Scotty: 'Taxi' (performed live on Dinah!)
- Funk Me Up, Scotty: 'How To Handle A Woman'