Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet|
Dim the Lights Chill the Ham
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Borrowing as much from UK pre-Beatles instrumental legends the Shadows as the reverb-drenched American surfmeisters of the '60s, Toronto's Shadowy Men are a tough act to duct-tape to the chair. These '90s guys keep squirmi... more »
Borrowing as much from UK pre-Beatles instrumental legends the Shadows as the reverb-drenched American surfmeisters of the '60s, Toronto's Shadowy Men are a tough act to duct-tape to the chair. These '90s guys keep squirming loose to add unexpected elements to their brew. Benny Goodman's "Swing, Swing, Swing" pops up in "I Know a Guy Named Larry." And "Bang Bang," the Sonny Bono tune, tellingly combines gypsy swagger and 007 intrigue with a rockabilly bridge. Like San Francisco's Mermen, this is kinda surf and kinda not. When the Shadowy Men play Brian Wilson's "In My Room," you can bet they've got a pail of water balanced over the door, just waiting for some sap to walk in. --Jud Cost
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Another great set of tunes from a great band....
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What's good music? Something that makes you dance when you hate dancing...something that you hum when you're driving, or waiting in line,....great music. This band can also be heard in the movie "Double Happiness." If you find their cds, buy 'em! They're hard to find..... Couldn't recommend them more highly. Funny, smooth, and a nice mix of fast and slow."
Shadowy Kids in the Shadowy Hall
Mantis Lake | Detroit, MI USA | 11/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
I, like most, was exposed to Toronto's Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet from watching "Kids in the Hall". A great and often hilarious show with equally great music. What's great about this album is that it completely stands on its own.
I try not to describe this band as "surf", but one is immediately reminded of the Ventures, especially if you're not familiar with them from the show. They are "surf-like" at times but add so much more. So many more influences. You hear partial covers of Benny Goodman and Nancy Sinatra plus little audio samples of "Rocky and Bullwinkle" (a personal favorite).
Though I'm NOT Canadian, I grew up, and still live, near Detroit (across the river from Windsor, Ontario) and two-thirds of the change in my pocket, at any given time, IS Canadian. And because of that I feel qualified to say that if you like short, groovy little instrumentals made up of bass, drums, and reverb-laden guitar with the occasional substituting keyboard, this band is for you. There's close to 30 songs on this CD and I love every single one. I had this on vinyl for years and finally decided I had to have the disc. I couldn't stand mobilty interfering with my ability to listen to it..
This music is a top-down-on-the-convertable experience
Mantis Lake | 06/14/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A total fun album. These albums are hard to find but they are all great, and worth listening to. These Canadian rockers will put you in a good mood!"