William Shatner - Has Been CD / mp3 £6.98 delivered @ Amazon
William Shatner - Has Been CD / mp3 £6.98 delivered @ Amazon

William Shatner - Has Been CD / mp3 £6.98 delivered @ Amazon

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Ah, the ultimate musical joke. William Shatner, well known for his 60s Transformed Man LP (containing unequivocally the worst Beatles cover ever), returns to do what he does second-best, creating Has Been with help from his famous conspirators like Joe Jackson, Henry Rollins, Lemon Jelly, and Ben Folds. But the situation seems to be reversed--is Shatner deliberately playing up to his thespian tendencies for laughs?

Part of the appeal of his earlier album was that he was earnest and serious, despite the nonsense poured out. But here, the irony has turned in on itself creating one long paradoxical knot. Here's a 72 year-old actor narrating Pulp's "Common People" a song that defines Britain for anyone currently aged between 25 and 35, complete with a punk-rock middle-eight. It's impossible to discern if he's the joke or the listener is, or both, or neither. Likewise, the poetry by Shatner, backed by Lemon Jelly on "Together"--is this Lemon Jelly's toytown chillout gone too far? Whether it's good, and why depends entirely on the listener--is this the ultimate novelty record or something more credible? As Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel once said "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever" --Thom Allott

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Famed for his unusually kitsch and incredibly unique approach to music, William Shatners Has Been is more of the same. Features the Pulp classic, "Common People", plus ten other tracks.


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The album is on Spotify, so you can try it out before you buy.

Sad old.

If you think his lucy in the sky with diamonds cover is the worst beatles cover ever, you need to check the gregorian chant versions of beatles hits that are on spotify... they are rotten!

Pretty good album

Yep, im serious.

this album ain't no joke

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Sad old.

I can't get behind that!


I actually quite enjoy this album. Mind you, no one else I know does.

I love this album, and after waiting six years FINALLY got around to buying it a couple of weeks ago, for about the same price but second hand, from Amazon Marketplace.
Wish I'd waited!
As for the Album it manages to be wryly funny, and very sad at the same time. It's far from a joke, although I suspect it would have been a let less significant without Joe Jackson and Ben Folds contribution.
Can't wait to see Mr. Shatner in 'Sh*t my Father says' !
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