The Human Beinz – Nobody But Me

I give them an A+ on having a unique band name…  They were an American rock band from Youngstown, Ohio…originally known as The Human Beingz. I remember hearing this on Kill Bill Vol 1 and also on oldies radios stations through the years. The song peaked at #8 in the Billboard 100 in 1968.

It’s basically a fun dance song from the 60s…

This is what I read…In literal terms, this is the most negative song ever recorded. The word “no” appears 100 times and “nobody” gets sung 46 times, according to rock critic Dave Marsh.

From Songfacts.

This was originally recorded in 1962 by the Isley Brothers, who wrote it in the studio. The Human Beinz were a bar band from Youngstown, Ohio, who originally spelled their band name Human Beingz – the name was spelled wrong on their record contracts and that’s how it stayed. “Nobody But Me” was their only hit, and it was a song the band loved to play live long before they recorded it. According to the band’s guitarist Ting Markulin, their live version would last about 7 minutes, but the studio version was chopped down to 2 minutes to attract airplay. It took 2 days to complete the song, which was recorded on an 8-track tape machine.

The dances that “nobody can do” like the singer: The Shingaling, The Skate, The Boogaloo, and The Philly.

This was used in the movies Kill Bill: Vol. 1, What Women Want, Jersey Girl and The Departed. It was also used in the opening segment of the season 7 premiere of The Office, where the office workers lip-synch to it. 

Listen at the end for a tinging sound – that’s their bass player Mel Pachuta hitting an empty Pepsi bottle with a drumstick. The producer was looking for something to add more excitement to the track, and that did the trick.

This song gets used in commercials from time to time, including some Capitol One spots in the ’00s where David Spade played a customer service rep who said no to everything. It was also used in a popular Nike commercial in 2011 which featured athletes demonstrating all manner of difficult feats.

Nobody But Me

No-no, no, no, no-no-no, no, no-no, no, no-no
Na-no, no, na-no, no-no, na-no, no-no, no, no-no, no

Nobody can do the (Shing-a-ling) like I do
Nobody can do the (Skate) like I do
Nobody can do (Boogaloo) like I do
Nobody can do (Philly) like I do

Well, don’t you know
I’m gonna skate right through
Ain’t nobody do it but me
Nobody but me (Nobody but me)

Yeah, I’m gonna spin, I do
Ain’t nobody do it but me, babe
(Nobody but me)
Well, let me tell you nobody
Nobody but me

Let me tell you, nobody
(Nobody) nobody
(Nobody) nobody
(Nobody) nobody
(Nobody) nobody
(Nobody) nobody
(Nobody) nobody
(Nobody)

No-no, no, no, no, no-no-no, no, no-no, no, no-no
Na-no, no, na-no, no-no, na-no, no-no, no, no-no, no

Nobody can do the (Shing-a-ling) like I do
Nobody can do the (Skate) like I do
Nobody can do (Boogaloo) like I do
Nobody can do (Philly) like I do

Ooh, yeah
Nobody, nobody
Nobody, nobody

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “The Human Beinz – Nobody But Me”

    1. I’m trying to unearth some songs that I don’t know much about…these two this morning I had forgotten all about… The next one in a few minutes is right up your alley.

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      1. I said the same thing about where my wife grew up… Davis Creek WV… dreary and depressing… she says “My childhood lasted forever!”…. I would say yea…i see why.

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      2. I would imagine so. Everyone knows everyone… there is just nothing to do and many people out of work. The citizens were great though.

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  1. I like Ohio from what I’ve seen, but that’s mostly been driving through it, haven’t spent a lot of time in it. WV has beautiful scenery but no economy from what I can tell. I once, close to 20 years back already, sorta dated a gal who was from there and went to WVU and she was so embarassed by the state she’d tell people online she was from “near Pittsburgh”… which technically wasnt a lie but kind of sad someone would feel that way about their home!

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    1. Yep…some of my wife’s friends moved away and say they were from Virginia if anyone asked.
      Jennifer… my wife enjoyed it there…because that is where she grew up at but she told me she would never want to move back…I told her don’t worry about me suggesting it.

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