Has Been

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Has Been
Studio album by William Shatner
ReleasedOctober 5, 2004
GenreIndie rock, spoken word
LabelShout! Factory
ProducerBen Folds
William Shatner chronology
Captain of the Starship
Has Been
Exodus: An Oratorio in Three Parts
Singles from Has Been
  1. "Common People"
    Released: 2004[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Guardianneutral[3]
Pitchfork Media7.5/10[4]

Has Been (2004) is William Shatner's second musical album after 1968's The Transformed Man.

The album was produced and arranged by Ben Folds and most of the songs are co-written by Folds and Shatner, with Folds creating arrangements for Shatner's prose-poems, and features guest appearances from Joe Jackson (on a cover of Pulp's "Common People"), Folds and Aimee Mann (backup vocals on "That's Me Trying"), Lemon Jelly (on "Together"), Henry Rollins, and Adrian Belew (on "I Can't Get Behind That"), and Brad Paisley (on "Real", which he wrote specifically for Shatner).

Henry Rollins also talks about his experience while recording the song "I Can't Get Behind That" with Shatner on his spoken-word album Talk Is Cheap Vol IV and in his live spoken-word video, Shock and Awe.

In 2007, a ballet called Common People, set to Has Been, was created by Margo Sappington (of Oh! Calcutta! fame) and performed by the Milwaukee Ballet.[5] Shatner attended the première and had the event filmed. This footage became William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, a feature film with a well received[by whom?] world première at the Nashville Film Festival on 17 April 2009. The documentary also features interviews with William Shatner, Ben Folds, and Henry Rollins.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Common People" (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior) – 4:40
  2. "It Hasn't Happened Yet" (Folds, Shatner) – 3:49
  3. "You'll Have Time" (Folds, Shatner) – 5:18
  4. "That's Me Trying" (Folds, Nick Hornby) with Aimee Mann on vocals – 3:48
  5. "What Have You Done" (Shatner) – 1:46
  6. "Together" (Lemon Jelly, Elizabeth Shatner, William Shatner) – 5:39
  7. "Familiar Love" (Folds, Shatner) – 4:00
  8. "Ideal Woman" (Folds, Shatner) – 2:23
  9. "Has Been" (Folds, Shatner) – 2:18
  10. "I Can't Get Behind That" (Folds, Henry Rollins, Shatner) with Adrian Belew on guitar – 3:00
  11. "Real" (Brad Paisley) – 3:08



Chart (2004) Position
Billboard Top Heatseekers 22[6]


Song Chart (2004) Position
"Common People" Triple J Hottest 100, 2004 21

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "William Shatner - Common People". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ Has Been at AllMusic
  3. ^ Wyse, Pascal (1 October 2004). "William Shatner, Has Been". The Guardian. London.
  4. ^ "William Shatner - Has Been". Pitchfork.
  5. ^ "The William Shatner Ballet". Milwaukee Ballet. Archived from the original on 2015-04-04.
  6. ^ Has Been Billboard chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved November 18, 2011.

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