There was a terrible trend during the 70s and 80s (I loved those decades but there were a lot of terrible trends back then) where famous people spoke to musical accompaniment on vinyl. No, I’m not talking about poetry slams or anything like that. I’m talking about people who might have lots and lots of talent elsewhere but absolutely can’t sing.
The most famous example is William Shatner, who took Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and turned it into something that can only be appreciated with an altered state of mind. While you might be familiar with the vocal stylings of Shatner, you may not be aware that liberal fave Bernie Sanders released an entire spoken word album.
It’s tough to imagine Sanders making an album, any kind of album. While no one would describe him as “buttoned up,” it’s difficult to picture him outside of the political realm, but Sanders was every bit the Bernie Sanders we see now, in 2015. He was passionate. He spoke then about banks and regulation. He even did the classic anti-war anthem “Where Have All The Flowers Gone.”
Here are some samples:
Here’s a video with Bernie listening to it, showing bemusement more than embarrassment, although he admitted he had no talent as a singer:
The album has been remastered and rereleased on CD and digital download.
Featured image via album cover.