5 O'Clock Shadow and Today in Music

The Shadow- June 30th

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The original artist had a hit with this song in the Summer of ’79. It’s a band that sieges the underground and a song that asks a question about acquaintances and their conductivity. The Shadow artist is a thunderous and rainy side project of Jack White.

The Shadow- June 29th

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The original artist was a group out of LA that sort of formed after their singer got fired from The Mothers Of Invention by Frank Zappa, or so the story goes. And this song today is one of the reasons, a 1972 ode about smuggling. The singer passed away on this day in 1979 at…

The Shadow- June 24th

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The original artist is a band of undead musicians. Their singer turns 70 years old today. The song is their biggest hit and is perfect for any celestial phase. The Shadow artist is a man and his band from Charlottesville Virginia. They do this one live at Red Rocks from 2005, not the original 1995…

The Shadow- June 23rd

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The original artist defines “one-hit-wonder” exceptionally well. They were a British band, not Italian- except when they were in Italy’s capital. These New Orderesque synth-poppers released one album in 1988 with this hit on it. The Shadow artist has been defining himself with his new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. This Kentucky native likes…

The Shadow- June 22nd

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The original artist turns 67 today and he don’t want to work, he just wants to play this song for the Shadow today. But the song today is not about banging drums, but the epiphanous nature of your bright eyes. The Shadow artist takes their name from a bilingual baseball field. It translates to “I’ve…

The Shadow- June 19th

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The original artist is a harmonica player and his band that is always in the press. They are performing at Pier 6 on Sunday for Father’s Day. The song today is about music, the cure-all remedy that won’t spill, cost too much, or come in a pill. The Shadow artist is the brains behind Toad…

The Shadow- June 18th

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The original artist recorded this song as the theme for a CBS television series with the same name. The show, which starred Eric Flemming and Clint Eastwood, would air for eight seasons beginning in 1959. The song has been Shadowed dozens of times. Link Wray, Johnny Cash, The Dead Kennedys, and The Jackson 5 have…

The Shadow- June 17th

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It’s entirely possible that the original artist is now best known for the song today, not her hits; Fidelity, Samson, or Eet. The song today is used in the opening credits of a popular Netflix show set in a prison. The Shadow artist is an Austin, TX duo that took an extra-long road to California…

The Shadow- June 16th

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The original artist was victorious in the 2015 Music Madness Tournament. This is arguably the biggest hit for David, Tina, Chris and Jerry. A song released in the very hot Summer of ’83. The Shadow artist gets lifted and evolves and he recorded his version live at SOB’s in 2002 . . . without The…

The Shadow- June 15th

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The original artist would have turned 74 today, but he left us in in 1994 at the age of 52. He was a larger than life figure and musician that worked well with others like John Lennon and The Monkees, and has been covered many many times. The song today is one of his biggest…

The Shadow- June 12th

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The original artist is a band from Rockford Illinois, and they Rock. Their drummer is Bun E. Carlos, and he turns 65 today. He doesn’t really play with them anymore, but he was an instrumental part of their sound, color, humor, and value. This song was one of their biggest hits, and we will hear…

The Shadow- June 11th

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The original artist was pop rock band from New York from the 60’s. Their name came from a Mississippi John Hurt song called Coffee Blues. The song today is appropriate for 90 degree weather in a metropolitan area, even though the season is still technically spring. The Shadow artist is a California band, but really…

The Shadow- June 10th

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The original artist left this world on this day in 2004 at the age of 73. This is one of his best known songs, and one of his earliest hits released in 1954. The song is a bit old-school in its attitude towards women, “she knows a woman’s place is right there now in her…

The Shadow- June 9th

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The original artist was an influential early punk band from the UK. This song is one of their biggest hits and comes from their 1978 release Love Bites. The Shadow artists also hail from the UK. They only put out two albums. This is on the second one, 1989’s monster hit, The Raw & The…

The Shadow- June 8th

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The original artist is always positive. Never negative. Just ask them their name. This English prog-rock band had some big songs, but likely none as big as this one, which hit no. 1 in the US in January of 1984. The song is about what you do to yourself. Moving, proving, seeing, shaking, and being…

The Shadow- June 5th

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The original artist was a Motown group led by one guy with his next to impossible band. The song today is from 1970. The song is written by Stevie Wonder, and it reminds me of a joke I heard once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he…