Well, if you live here in the Portland area, you probably heard about the 2 shootings last night. Sadly, I saw the aftermath of one. So I’m going to the total opposite of that sad stuff, and going with one of the happiest songs I know. The Human Beinz, with their version of “Nobody But Me” .
“Nobody but Me” is a song written by O’Kelly, Rudolph, and Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers and first recorded by The Isley Brothers in 1962.
The most commercially successful and widely known version to date is the 1968 US Top 10 garage rock hit by The Human Beinz which was their only chart success. The Human Beinz version uses only the closing refrain of the original song and is noted for repeating the word “no” 31 times in a row (the 31st time starting the word “nobody”), twice.
The song was covered by Youngstown, Ohio’s The Human Beinz and made them one-hit wonders after the song reached number eight on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1968. The Human Beinz’ recording was a reworking and extension of the last part of the Isley Brothers’ original song. It was included on some versions of Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets compilation, and is now recognised as a prime example of soul-influenced garage rock.
Dave Marsh, in his Book of Rock Lists named the version by the Human Beinz “The most negative song to hit the Top 40,” noting that the word “no” is sung over 100 times in a mere 2:16. Marsh also counts the word “nobody” 46 times more. A segment of “Nobody But Me” was also featured during the “House of Blue Leaves” fight scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 film Kill Bill: Volume 1. It was also used in The Departed in the scene where Billy brutally beats the two gangsters from Providence. This version was also featured on the soundtrack to Recess: School’s Out.
So sit back, take it easy, love one another, eat some bacon….AND KEEP IT WEIRD!