Call me a sucker, but here's a pop culture curiosity that I simply must own: Has Been, the new album by William Shatner and Ben Folds. The entire project may seem ill-advised, but Folds and Shatner have collaborated before (on "In Love" from Folds's side project Fear of Pop) with results that are hilariously disturbing or disturbingly hilarious, depending on your point of view.
Shatner can't sing of course, but I think his, um, delivery, has evolved considerably since his classically awful rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." I sampled a few tracks from Has Been on iTunes, and the cover of Pulp's "Common People" sounds especially promising. Imagine what Shatner's jaded, stilted, over-enunciated vocal stylings could do for a line like, "Are you sure you want to sleep with common people -- common people like me?"
Well, I think it's funny.Posted by at October 6, 2004 10:39 PM