October 05, 2004

William Shatner: Has Been (WARNING: web site plays sound) A new album by William Shatner? Easy to take pot shots, but I enjoyed what I heard here.

Plus, how often do you get a chance to see two William Shatner stories in a row on Monkey filter? (via metafilter)

  • i have SO been waiting for this album ever since i saw the shat-man on conan o'brien singing with ben folds' side project "fear of pop." i have the silly 60's stuff, but this time around it looks like he is collaborating with some really good musicians, yay!
  • It's fucking BRILLIANT, I tell you. I've been listening to it all day, and it's not "so bad it's good", it's actually good. Great, even. I hope he has more left in the tank.
  • I used to love Ben Folds... I'm not so sure anymore
  • I rather like it.
  • Nobody mess with my Shat. Liking the album is one thing, just don't encourage him too much. He'll do T.J. Hooker again, He'll Do it I tell you!
  • Common people is so bloody awesome, I love it. Also seen here.
  • From what I've heard so far…I don't like it. I hated the stuff from the sixties, so this is obviously better than that, but no, it's not something I would pay for or even put on the iPod were I given it as a gift. Unless I'm just picking the wrong tracks, but the Shatner…pause just annoys the hell out…of me.
  • Borders has their occasional "educator's discount weekend" sale in a couple of days, so I'll be picking up this album (and Brian Wilson's "Smile") then.
  • WOXY has been playing two cuts off of this and they are quite good in an unconventional sort of way. I don't know that I would buy the album, but the songs I've heard is good.
  • Shatner can't sing, but he is and has always been a great actor. It's sometimes a bit stagey (he was trained for the stage) and Star Trek was written with a fair amount of melodrama, but if you've ever seen other space/adventure shows from the sixties, you realise just how great he was next to the wooden style in fashion - much less cliched than the first captain - real, human, funny. Listen to the songs like monologues.
  • For a moment, I thought CNN was covering the story. Good title. Short and to the point.
  • I'm not sold on it. Common People is a little too...laughable.
  • jb is right. Shatner was remarkable in his time, if you think about how Kirk showed weakness, doubt, emotion - he even plumbed the feminine part of the character, particularly in the last episode of the series. No other 'leading men' did any of that at that time, or even years later. Kirk was very much a flawed and multi-faceted character. Shatner may be viewed today as a 'hamosaurus' but when he was young, many lauded him as a new Olivier, as outrageous as that sounds. His famous.. HALting.. deliVERY .. was developed on the stage, and it got him a lot of praise for 'naturalism' - unfortunately for him, 'the Method' & changing fashions left him somewhat behind. Few other actors of his background really did all that stuff, he just suffered from typecasting and horrendous personal problems during the 70s, cementing his status as B-grade actor extraordinaire. He's egotistical and can be a huge asshole, but he's also remarkably compassionate and often insightful. An interesting human being. IMHO, of course.
  • I'm enjoying Common People, and Ben Folds is one of my favorites, so I'll have to think about giving this one a chance. (then again, I'm running 100 degrees of fever and am on NyQuil, so I may be suspect!)
  • I like him for his horses.
  • Heard 'common people' on the web when metafiller linked to it, thought it was funny. Heard it again yesterday on the radio. Guess the joke wears thin, fast.
  • I can't stop listening to this album, I swear. This is getting to the level of obsession I had over Hail To The Thief when it came out.
  • It's rather appropriate that this is the 5,000th thread.
  • Guess the joke wears thin, fast. I prefer music.