Pop culture icon William Shatner's first full-length since 1968's The Transformed Man
Limited edition green and black vinyl LP!
Contains a cover of Pulp's hit "Common People"
Featuring guest performances by Adrian Belew, Joe Jackson, Lemon Jelly, Aimee Mann, Brad Paisley and Henry Rollins
Arranged by Ben Folds
From self-deprecating pop-culture icon William Shatner comes Has Been, an album unlike anything you've ever heard before. Produced and arranged by Ben Folds and featuring numerous notable guest appearances, Has Been is the result of the collision of two great creative forces — a surprisingly pop-driven, lyrically potent collection of songs to enlighten and entertain. Included in the set of originals is William Shatner's version of the Pulp hit, "Common People."
Shatner's screen career is legendary. He established his ironclad, overblown style as the heroic interplanetary paramour Captain James T. Kirk on the 1960s TV series "Star Trek" and in subsequent "Star Trek" films. In the the latter half of the 20th century his reputation was reinforced by his turn beside the impossibly-hot-for-a-cop Heather Locklear in the equally short-lived "T.J. Hooker." And he played the irrepressible Denny Crane from 2004-2008 in TV's "Boston Legal" against the smarmy Alan Shore (James Spader).
His recording career is lesser-known. In 1968, Shatner made The Transformed Man, a surreal, comical work that placed ridiculous readings of pop hits ("Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Mr. Tambourine Man") alongside recitations of selected Shakespeare passages. Despite Shatner's serious intentions, the album was received as pure kitsch, and the cover songs ended up on a 1988 Rhino novelty comp called Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off!
A few years ago, Shatner the Singer resurfaced on "In Love," an intriguing, well-received cut from Ben Folds' Fear of Pop project. Folds enlisted Shatner based on his childhood fascination with The Transformed Man, and the two began a friendship that has now culminated with Has Been, a collection of 11, um, pieces — spoken word vignettes, theatrical readings, droll musings — so out of leftfield that any discussion of the album will necessarily stray from the field of music criticism and into pop culture analysis.
|1. Common People – featuring Joe Jackson|
|2. It Hasn't Happened Yet|
|3. You'll Have Time|
|4. That's Me Trying – featuring Aimee Mann and Ben Folds|
|5. What Have You Done|
|1. Together – featuring Lemon Jelly|
|2. Familiar Love|
|3. Ideal Woman|
|4. Has Been|
|5. I Can't Get Behind That – featuring Henry Rollins|
|6. Real – featuring Brad Paisley|