This little gem of a cover turned 10 this past Sunday And yet it still sounds as fresh as it did in 2003. Which is ironic considering it’s a mash-up of two classic songs: The Human League’s “Being Boiled” released in 1978 and Chaka Khan’s 1983 iconic “Ain’t Nobody”. Titled in traditional mash-up fashion, “Being Nobody” is nothing but gold in audio form.
I was never a big fan of the Chaka Khan tune to be honest, but I adored the little twinkling motif that this cover uses to it’s full advantage without being too irritating. Richard X’s production is top-notch quality, as can be expected from him. Kelli did a fantastic job on lead, sounding vulnerable yet not out of place against the mechanical and cold (yet funky) backing track. Jessica doing the adlibs during the chorus actually work amazingly well and the boys (Kevin and Tony) doing the lower harmonies add another layer to it all. The real star, though, is Michelle doing the intro and middle-8 both in her husky, sensual and dominating (without being too overbearing) voice; it still turns me on after all these years. <3
The video also may just be the best pop video to ever accompany a single while having no real relation to the song (though, it can be tied to the title). I once read a description that it was a commentary on the ” conveyor belt” nature of pop music and that is spot-on. It’s very daring and commendable for a pop band like Liberty X (a group made up of the runner-ups of Popstars) to have participated in such a darkly humorous/self depreciating concept.
The video is full of so many great moments, from finding out that Kelli was a clone the whole time showing the other clone Kellis how to sing and dance to the mysterious (and slightly sinister) fact “worker” Michelle is actually doing her bit during their lunch break (the only worker to be shown singing) as well as cameos by producer Richard X acting like it’s a regular day at the job.
Anyways, sure it’s a cover of not one but two songs but many times the covers hold up even better than the original(s) and this one definitely does.
Happy Ten Year Anniversary “Being Nobody”!
And yet this still hasn’t happened. lol
Green, Red, and Yellow Herbs (Resident Evil shots)
1 part Midori
1 part Green Apple Pucker
1 part Grenadine
1 part 5 Hour Energy - Berry flavored
1 part Gold rum (Bacardi Gold used)
1 part Honey bourbon (American Honey used)
Directions: For each individual shot, simply mix ingredients in a test tube shot glass. To create herb combinations, mix the shots up in separate glasses, the layer them according to density. Red is the heaviest and will always go on the bottom, Green is the next heaviest, and Yellow is the lightest. For the best effect when layering, make sure all your ingredients are chilled beforehand. Tilt the test tubes and pour the shots in so that they slide down the side of the tube.
Notes: I’ve had the idea for these shots for almost as long as The Drunken Moogle has existed, but refused to do so until I got the proper glassware. I modeled the herbs after my favorite Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 4.
Green- The basic herb. It’s nice nice and soothing.
Red- The catalyst herb. Alone, it will do nothing for you (thus the lack of alcohol and addition of caffeine in this shot), but mix it with a green herb and you’ll get something new.
Yellow- The stat increase herb. This shot won’t increase your overall health, but it’s certainly the strongest herb out of the three shots. Mix it with Green or both Green and Red for a strength boost.
Drinks created and photographed by Mitch Hutts of The Drunken Moogle.
I need this in my life…NOW!