b. England. Lister has worked as an independent producer of pop and country music albums. He has attracted most attention through a song he co-wrote with John O’Connor (b. 1949, London, England) in 1986. This was ‘Star Trekkin’’, a song that affectionately parodied the characters and storylines of the cult television programme, Star Trek. They were unable to find a record company that would release it, indeed the companies mocked them. Lister and O’Connor went ahead and recorded it themselves, as the Firm, in 1987. Recorded in O’Connor’s Bark Studios, the song was arranged by Bill C. Martin and apart from Lister and O’Connor, others in the band included Dev Douglas and Peter Sills. (NB: This band should not to be confused with at least two other rock bands of the same name.) The resulting record was released simultaneously with an animated video using clay models. Lister and O’Connor had the undoubted satisfaction of seeing the record sell over a million copies worldwide, reaching number 1 on hit parades in the UK, Japan, Australia and several other European countries. In time, which is something Trekkies know more about than do normal humans, the song became a cult hit. Fans of the original show continue to relish particular lines, delivered in the imitated voices of characters from the show. Captain Kirk: ‘We come in peace. Shoot to kill.’ Doctor McCoy: ‘It’s worse than that – he’s dead Jim.’ Lieutenant Uhura: ‘There’s Klingons on the starboard bow’. O’Connor moved to America in 1987 and became a successful songwriter and producer.
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