Monday, May 11, 2009

MMM: Why Didn't I Taste It?

I planned to continue the trend of finding lost artists for May. Then I saw Star Trek this weekend and felt obligated to feature this next performer. If you're looking for Reel Whore insight into Star Trek, check back soon.

I will say while I did enjoy the movie, I wished The Shat had had a cameo. Rumor has it he was offered a role and turned it down. It's probable, but did that make me miss his swollen mug anymore; no.

Maybe he can transform his disappointment of being omitted from the film into a series of poems. Maybe those poems can be arranged into songs. Maybe the Shat can then perform those songs with a hodgepodge of great musicians. It's not like it hasn't happened before.

His singing career has been a thing of ridicule over the years. In fact, one wouldn't call it a career so much as an occasional romp into spoken word for shits and giggles. That is until William Shatner joined forces with Ben Folds to create the album Has Been in 2004. I will state on record that not only do I own this album, but I enjoy the hell out of it. Shatner is accompanied by an eclectic group of performers; Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins and Brad Paisley to name a few.

Maybe you've shunned this album. Maybe you've thought I'll give it a listen tomorrow. Maybe you're waiting to borrow your brother's copy. Don't wind up asking, Why did I waste it? Why didn't I taste it? Here's a listen to whet your appetite:

William Shatner - It Hasn't Happened Yet

My favorite song on the album is You'll Have Time, but the videos for that weren't up to snuff. When the Shat's involved, there is a certain modicum of quality that one must maintain.

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  1. Wow. I wonder how much it cost to get the Shat to do a slow talk down at my wedding...

  2. Good question, maybe you can get a great deal thru Priceline.

  3. I've read several articles about the part that was written for Shatner, involving a voiceover recording old Spock had which would have played over some bits at the end. Why didn't that happen?! Could Shatner and Abrams not come to terms or what?

  4. My guess is a voiceover wasn't good enough for the Shat. He probably wanted his face onscreen and I can't blame him.

    Maybe one of the new movies can have this crew encountering the Generations time ribbon. I bet Shatner already has an outline worked up.

    He could always play new Kirk's grandfather.

    Lots of options, but who knows if he and Abrams will come to terms.