Trek Tunes: A Quick Look at the Songs by Star Trek Stars

In case you haven't noticed, a bunch of us at Up on the Sun are total nerds. Our coverage of artists appearing at Phoenix Comicon and related stories has not so subtly hinted at our fan-boy-and-girl hearts.

So we won't bother trying to tiptoe around the fact that we are a bunch of geeks. I explored the music of Leonard Nimoy in this week's pint issue, but Mr. Spock is really just one of the Star Trek stars who ventured into the world of pop recording.

Here are a few Trek tracks worth hearing. It's by no means a comprehensive list (I couldn't dig up Yeoman Rand's "Disco Trekkin'" or Gene Roddenberry's lyrics to the Star Trek theme), but it ought to be fun to listen to as you finish applying your Andorian makeup or bone up on your Klingon linguistics.

See you at the dork-fest, friends, and, ya k'now, live long and prosper.

The Shat's LEGENDARY performance at a 1978 convention.

Decent soul from Uhura.

Less decent stuff from Nichols.

Batshit crazy Pt. 1...

...and Pt. 2.

Listen for the ominous undertones.

A tiny bit of genius for you.

Shatner rocking more crazy vibes.

Shatner doing Pulp's "Common People," from his fantastic album Has Been.
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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.