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Author Archives: Sam Gallant

SHADOW- Nov. 25th

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The original band makes me feel better. Symptomatically speaking. And musically. This song comes from their second studio release from 1980, billed as a very short record, 17 seconds, but it’s longer than that. The song is about the big picture and the little trees that get in the way. The Shadow artist does this…

5 O’Clock Shadow- Nov. 24th

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The original band is from Minneapolis. They held the torch of rock n roll in the 80’s. This song comes from their biggest album, peaking in ’86- a tune about being the sons of no one. The Shadow artist was a one-time hard-core rocker from New York. He has a sensitive side too and he…

The Shadow- November 12th

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This might seem familiar, and that’s OK. The original artist turns 69 today, qualifying him for Medicaid, but in Canada that doesn’t matter. We are going to take an iconic song from his equally iconic 1972 album. A song about getting old and looking for an organ that is yellow and hard. The Shadow artist…

The Shadow- Nov. 11th

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The original artist is a Beatle and his wife. The song is sung in bed. The Shadow artist shortens this one up (unlike his hair) and does it in his own jangly southern way. That’s all I am saying. Tweet

5 O’Clock Shadow- November 10th

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This Japanese rock star would have been turning 73 next month. He was killed in a terrible plane crash in 1985. The song today was his biggest success in Japan, but also in the rest of the world, it went to No.1 in the US in June of 1963. This is the only Japanese song…

5 O’Clock Shadow- November 7th

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It’s Friday, let’s have some fun. The original artist was a collective of early hip hop pioneers. This one is an iconic song at this point and we are going to hear all 14 minutes of its profound glory. The Shadow artist is a one-man jam-band and he does this one live on occasion. He…

5 O’Clock Shadow- November 6th

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The original artist had some strange sexual proclivities. This British band put this one on their sixth album in 1968 where they renamed themselves the Village Green Preservation Society.  The Shadow artist wants to call you his girlfriend. He does this one on a 2002 tribute to the original artist. Enjoy the Shadow and Tweet

5 O’Clock Shadow- November 5th

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The original artist is a turn-of-the-century, electro-pop band from England. They had a big hit with this song from their second album in 2006- a tune about a young male in an institute of education. The Shadow artist is an original new-wave act from England that wanted to rule the world. They put this one…

5 O’Clock Shadow- Election Day

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The original artist does this one with a lot of cowbell on their massively successful and acclaimed 1997 album. It’s a song about corruption and discrepancy in the most basic foundation of democracy. Voting. The Shadow artist is known for Shadowing. They have done reggae versions of full influential albums including Dark Side of the…

5 O’Clock Shadow- November 3rd

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The original artist is a Cincinnati, Ohio indie rock band. Trouble always seems to find them. This one comes from their 2013 release and is about the past catching up with you while drinking a strange drink they made up. Sounds delicious. The Shadow artist is a stand in. This country crooner is from Nashville,…

5 O’Clock Shadow- Happy Halloween!

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Reg Presley sang for this band- he passed away in 2013. They had a hit with song in 1966. The Shadow artist was a “big star”. He died in 2010. He does this one on his own. Enjoy the Day of the Dead and have a Happy Halloween! Tweet

5 O’Clock Shadow- October 30th

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The original artist is an Australian ukelelist/singer/songwriter. He is relatively new to the biz, he gave up a pro Aussie Football career to pursue music. In his short time on the scene he has made a big impact, especially with this number, a song about ocean currents and singing the wrong lyrics. The Shadow artist…

5 O’Clock Shadow- October 29th

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48 years ago today, the original artist took over the top of the charts with this big hit. The band is an early Latino-Rock group from Bay City Michigan and they were fronted by a rather questionable character. The song- Well, name another one of their hits . . . Exactly. The Shadow artist is…

5 O’Clock Shadow- October 28th

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The original artist is a big band with a big sound that sounds even better on vinyl on WTMD, mono- or stereo. The song is one from their eighth album, released in 1967. Many folks, including the BBC which banned it from play, thought the song was about lysergic acid diethylamide. It’s a New Music…

5 O’Clock Shadow- October 27th

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The original artist was a soft and smooth subway in New York. Their front man passed away one year ago today. This song extolls and condemns the use and abuse of a certain drug.  The Shadow artist was a good friend of the original artist. He put this version out earlier this year on a…

5 O’Clock Shadow- October 22nd

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It seems like everyone has done this song. The Beach Boys, Diana Krall, The Stranglers, Cyndi Lauper, AWB, Alicia Keys, Seal, Aretha Franklin, and more. The original tune is a Burt Bacharach and Hal David number, originally recorded by this artist, because she stopped and picked it up and turned it into a big hit…