5 O'Clock Shadow and Today in Music

The Shadow- Sept. 2nd

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The original artist took their name from the William S. Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch. This song is from their 1974 album about baked goods with good reasoning. The song is about any friend with half a heart, that will help you get over things. The Shadow artist is an alt-rock band from Chicago that will…

The Shadow- Sept. 1st

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The original artist was a pop group from the Isle of Man. At their core, the group consisted of three brothers, only one of them is left, and today he turns 69 years old. So the song is perfectly appropriate, and even more so, since it’s used for the rhythm when being taught to perform…

The Shadow- Aug. 31st

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The original artist is a Long Island rock band that had their most influential and widespread hit with this song. It was used appropriately in the 1979 slasher classic Halloween. It’s also been parodied with Will Ferrell playing the most important instrument in the song. The Shadow artist is an LA based singer/songwriter that did…

The Shadow- Aug. 27th

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The original artist asks you a question with this song. And the answer is “yes”. This 1958 song was the biggest hit for this San Francisco soul singer. The song has been Shadowed dozens of times; Cliff Richard and the Shadows, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, Dave Edmunds, and more. Including the artist today, that…

The Shadow- Aug 26th

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The original artist is an indie project from Seattle and they are not delivering your mail, despite the name. They did “give up” a great album in 2003, and this song comes from that one and only album, and I guess it’s about what happens when our bodies finally go. And I can’t spell the…

The Shadow- Aug. 25th

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The original artist put out this career defining album 40 years ago today. We are going to take the title track, a love letter to a gal named Wendy. The Shadow artist is a group of Liverpudlians that went all the way to 90038 in 1984 with their monster debut, “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”, where…

The Shadow- Aug. 24th

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The original artist was a poor little fool and the son of Ozzie and Harriet. The song today is a sad one about a broken-hearted village, or maybe a similar state. The Shadow artist was a part of a fabulous foursome. He does this version on his 1999 album of mostly covers called “Run Devil…

The Shadow- Aug. 21st

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The original artist was Johnny Darrell in 1967. But the original artist today made the song into a hit in 1969. He turns 77 today. The song is about a paralyzed veteran’s wife that leaves him at home alone. The Shadow artist has it, and eats it too. And it’s not rotisserie chicken. They put…

The Shadow- Aug. 20th

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The original artist turns 63 today. Trust me, you have faith in him, so do countless musicians that have Shadowed his music over the years. The song today is from his modern classic recording called “Bring The Family”, and it features the family of Nick Lowe on bass, Jim Keltner on drums, and Ry Cooder…

The Shadow- Aug. 18th

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Official counts of the most covered songs in popular music history do not include the song today, but it is knocking on the door. It’s been covered countless times by both unknown and big name artists. Since it is so often Shadowed and Shadowed so well, we are going to take a trio today. The…

The Shadow- August 17th

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The original artist is a progressive Pittsburgh based doo-wop band. They were way ahead of their time, being racially integrated with both black and white members in the original group dating back to 1955. This song is likely their best known and has been used in Hollywood frequently for nostalgic films like Stand By Me,…

The Shadow- August 14th

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The original artist is a pair of Detroit rockers that exploded with the release of their blood pumping 2001 album that includes this autumnal hit. It also includes a song that made me fall in love with a girl. The Shadow artist did this version on his 2006 album “How To Grow A Woman From…

The Shadow- August 13th

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The original artist could have called themselves The Butler Brothers, but instead they chose a much cooler name. The song today comes from their 1984 album Mirror Moves, before John Hughes helped their cause by naming his 1986 movie after one of their songs. The Shadow artist is fronted by a Baltimorian, or at least…

The Shadow- August 11th

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The original artists open their second album with this song, written by Ray, not Dave. That album turns 50 years old today and it (kinda) represents them. The song is about searching high and low for me. The Shadow artist is named after the protagonist from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and she does have an Audrey…

The Shadow- August 10th

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The original artist took this Burt Bacharach and Hal David song and turned it into the theme for the 1967 Bond-Comedy classic “Casino Royale”. The song is about an amorous style or stare. The Shadow artist had stacks of the original composers material, and he does this version on his 1970 release “. . ….

The Shadow- Aug. 7th

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The original artist is a Scottish indie rock sextet, not just two people like the name might make you think. And actually, neither name works for anyone in the band. They took their name from a French children’s show from the 60’s about a boy and his dog. The song today comes from their 1998…