Jon Thor Covering (Butchering) Sweet’s Hard Rock Classic “Action”
Of course that is subjective and debatable, but this may be it.
Don’t be tempted to name any William Shatner cover as the worst. Shatner has a method to his madness.
If you can, stay with this five minute video, it will be worth it for its jaw dropping kitschiness.
Everything is perfect. The camera shots of the admiring(?) 1970s female audience members. The inexplicable presence in the background on stage of the Watermelon Mountain jug band smiling and standing there doing nothing. The live Vegas orchestration and rearrangement of what was once a great rock song. And the best part, the over the top histrionics of the main act.
So with that summary, on national television, with Merv Griffin doing the introduction, from 1976, here is Jon Thor straight from the Aladdin Hotel’s Red, Hot and Blue Show doing his “Muscle Rock” rendition of Sweet’s Action.
For those who do not know what the original version of Action sounds like, because any resemblance of Jon Thor’s version to a real rock song is purely coincidental, here is Sweet’s original version recorded in 1975.
If you are wondering whatever happened to Jon Thor, in the early 1980’s he eventually transformed his act into “Thor,” a quasi-metal act that is still active today according to his web site.
You have to give Thor a tip of the hat however. Though he dropped out of the music scene for an extended period of time, he is still out there performing live shows. The man loves what he does. He has accomplished a lot more than most people, who just dream of being a success.
Like heavy metal stalwarts Anvil, there is a documentary movie about Thor,