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Shatner's Has Been

In my morning journey of photocopying and being forced to experience the world, I picked up William Shatner's new album, Has Been. Folks who've been reading this blog for a while will remember my disturbing love for his cover of Pulp's 'Common People', which can be downloaded from here. You can now download 'You'll Have Time' (or a sample of it) from the site, too, which shows the other side of the album. This other side is--and I shit you not--Shatner's own stripped back, spoken word pieces and songs about his life, often in a raw, personal way. The song 'What Have You Done', is the best example of this. Working as a foil for moments against this (and I have to admit to wanting to foil) are songs that follow the cover of 'Common People' and play with a dry, laid back humour.

"I want you to be you
Don't change because you think I might like you
  to be different
I fell in love with you
I don't want you blonde
I don't want you not to swear
Not to sweat
It's you I fell in love with
Your turn of phrase
Your sensitivity
Your irrational moods

Well, maybe that could go."


I'm on my fourth spin of the album, and I'm finding myself enjoying it at a disturbing level. I might even admit to having a new found respect for old Shatner.

...

Yeah, okay, please remove me from the good taste, artistic roll call at the earliest point.

Thank you.

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switchknitter
Oct. 10th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
shatner is also on the new show boston legal here in the states, and he's doing a wonderful job acting. yes, really.
benpeek
Oct. 10th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
you know, i've heard that.

the world's ending, isn't it? it just died, and no one told us.
switchknitter
Oct. 14th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
i keep looking out my window for plagues of locusts. wait a minute, we actually had one of those this summer. giant 4" long locusts. eeeek.
shadowsandice
Oct. 11th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC)
Word association = Tanis.

You broke it, man, you totally broke it.
benpeek
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
heh.

i am having a small amount of guilt for telling you that, i gotta say. i've ruined a perfectly good set of books and album.
shadowsandice
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
Only a small amount? Repent, dammit.
benpeek
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:21 am (UTC)
what, you want more guilt? what do you want from me? some sort of shirt tearing, stella... er, tessa crying thing?

that's what you want, isn't it?
shadowsandice
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
No, I just want you to be "VERY guilty" instead of "a small amount" A whole series of books, you know, One. Whole. Series. Gone. Poof. Friggin' Captain Kirk I say.
benpeek
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
look, you know, they're old books. old. plus, if you push it from your head, if you just don't focus on this, you'll be fine. seriously... you're just not believing me, are you? i'm going to have to make this up, somehow, aren't i?
shadowsandice
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Captain James. T. Kirk. Okay. It will never ever leave now. Never.
benpeek
Oct. 11th, 2004 04:13 am (UTC)
i'll find a way to salvage it, or make it up. one of the ways. even if it involves sneaking into your place and playing subliminal messages while you sleep.

you know, i can't believe how much i like this album.
studebakerhawk
Oct. 18th, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
You know, i have to agree - Has Been is a great album. Have you heard Shatner's Transformed man? Off the wall, and less tongue in cheek but seminal. And enough Kirk bashing, alright?! Oh, and Shatner won a golden globe for his role in that legal drama.
benpeek
Oct. 18th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
all i've heard about transformed man is that it's very, very bad. i must admit to being curious now after my joy involved with has been. anyhow, i know he's picked up some awards for the practice, but i reckon (and mark my words) he'll get some for this, too.

and there is always room for kirk and trek bashing.
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