They say that things in this world happen for a reason, and I believe them. William Shatner’s the most obvious example of that. He may go away, but he always comes back, and how could that possibly be a random thing?

But what about in other realities? Do you think things happen in other possible worlds for reasons, too, even if those other places would have different reasons for what happens where they are?

We’ve been listening to Shatner’s Has Been from 2004. Well, not all of it. We’ve been listening to the lead-off track, a cover of Pulp’s Common People, featuring Joe Jackson contributing his very best Joe Jackson impression*, and the track that, for our money, is the best duet on the album and possibly the best duet so far of the 21st century. That’s I Can’t Get Behind That, a little gem that’s tucked away towards the back of the thing, done with Henry Rollins. And it got us to thinking.

How fantastic do you imagine the reality to be, where Henry Rollins is his world’s William Shatner? How do you figure it’s come to be that way? Do you think such a place is walking distance from here? Do you think they have a TV show of Shit My Dad Says, too?


*Good enough to provoke the question, ‘Hey, whose has-been album is this, anyway?’

    • Sam
    • December 1st, 2010

    I’m going to monopolize this commenting space to say this post contains two things I love: Possible worlds theory and William Shatner’s Has Been. That entire album is amazing.

      • 68comeback
      • December 1st, 2010

      Monopolize to your heart’s content, Sam. I like possible worlds theory, and Has-Been, and comments. And you.

    • Sam
    • December 1st, 2010

    Guess what I’m listening to? Word on rumour street is that Shatner has another album coming out.

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