5 O'Clock Shadow and Today in Music

The Shadow- Jan. 27nd

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The original artist is a band out of Toronto that has made a splash in the music world with their self-titled debut release. The only issue I take with them is that they misspell their name “conzztantly”. This song is going to be very familiar to you if you’ve been listening lately, and it’s about…

The Shadow- Jan. 26st

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The original artist is a Southern California rock band formed around two brothers, one on drums, the other on guitar. The drummer starts this song with a heavy intro that sounds motorcyclic. The other brother comes in on guitar and just erupts. This guitar slinger is celebrating his 60th birthday today and his son now…

The Shadow- Jan. 23st

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The original artist get the bends when the go diving around their motherland of England. And they dive deep down for this one. A sad building ballad about road souls and it tails off at the end. Despite their name, the Shadow artist is a “bright” glam rock band from England as well. They have…

The Shadow- Jan. 22th

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The original artist didn’t go to the University of Maryland or have a hard shell. They were a shining pop group from SoCal. The core of the group was Flo and Eddie and they went on to work with Zappa and the Mothers. The song today is by far their most memorable and successful hit;…

The Shadow- Jan. 21nd

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The original artist did this one on their next album from 1971, their fifth studio release. It’s a bit long, but worth every minute. David Caruso liked the song when he was solving crimes in Miami. The closing lines are also great for inauguration day here in Maryland. The Shadow artist opened up Woodstock on…

The Shadow- Jan. 20th

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The original artist might have been your uncle’s favorite band. The four members were known for all kinds of antics on and off the stage, and for wearing makeup. This is the opening song from their debut self-titled release from 1974, a song about a lady that teases with her walk. It’s written and sung…

The Shadow- Jan. 19th

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The song today was written by Kris Kristofferson and first recorded by Roger Miller. Though we are going to hear the original as done famously by this artist, who some think the song is maybe about. Today would have been her 72nd birthday if she hadn’t joined the 27 club in 1970. The Shadow artist…

The Shadow- Jan. 16th

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The original artist liked it a little different in the bedroom, and on the road. These Brits do this song on their 8th album, from 1970, about a transgendered person up against a powerful man. The song is about the monotony of touring and life. Wes Anderson likes this band, especially in the Darjeeling Limited….

The Shadow- Jan. 15th

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The original artist is Robert Pete Williams. For argument and calendar reasons today though, we are going to make the original version the one from this artist. A mad man- and his magical band do this one on their first album in 1967. That mad man was born as Don Glen Vlit. He would have…

The Shadow- Jan. 14th

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The original artist stopped in to WTMD on her way to Saturday Night Live, Rick Rubin, and inevitable stardom. This bluesy, disco-tinged torch-song opens her 2011 release, that just about everyone (both over and under the legal drinking age), has listened to or at least rolled with. Late last year, the Shadow artist put out…

The Shadow- Jan. 13th

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The original artist was a group of Englishmen that thought animal products were a felony. This one though, comes from their 1984 self-titled debut. The song asks a blasé question that is indicative of their nihilistic pop outlook. The Shadow artist is a second generation singer songwriter. He shares his name with his dad, but…

The Shadow- Jan. 12th

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The original band does this song, about making up the news, on their debut album. It wasn’t released in the States until 2003, but it was released in their mother land in 2000 and it won a Juno award for Alternative Album of the Year. The Shadow artist does this one for the Yellow Bird…

The Shadow- Jan. 9th

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The original artist turns 73 years old today. She does this somewhat traditional song on her In Concert Part 1 album in 1972. The song, well- the highway is calling when summer comes along. The Shadow artist took the song and made it their own. They did it on their debut self-titled release in 1969…

The Shadow- Jan. 8th

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The original artist is turning 68 today, and a birthday is really about this . . . The song, from his 1971 album, his first with RCA and widely considered one of his best works. The Shadow artist is a beautiful, flitting, and floating Aussie and she did this one for the soundtrack to Shrek…

The Shadow- Jan. 7th

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The original artist goes down to Rose Marie’s. This one was never lost in the basement- just recorded there. It’s about a girl though, not a Mexican city. The Shadow artist is a team up. One is a guy that used to pronounce his name with a “Y” instead of a “J”. The other is…

The Shadow- Jan. 6th

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This original Pink Floyd member was born on this day in 1946. After he left the band, he recorded a couple of excellent solo records. After that, he went into seclusion until he passed away in 2006 at the age of 60. This song was originally titled “Wouldn’t You Miss Me”- which actually makes more…