Artist: Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet

Album: Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham

Appears On (Mixes): The Boys And Girls Are Lifting Up Their Plates

Song Notes: Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet are probably most known as "That Canadian Surf-Rock Band What Did The Theme To Kids In The Hall". And, well, as things to be most known as, that's pretty good—the theme to Kids in the Hall is great. (It's called "Having An Average Weekend", and it's on Savvy Show Stoppers.) Likewise, Brian Wilson is most known as "That Crazy Guy In The Beach Boys What Band Did The Theme To Problem Child". (This is not true. Or, rather, it's true that the Beach Boys did indeed do the theme to Problem Child, but that's not what Brian Wilson is most known as. But it's got a great, you know, writing bit. That echo and repetition thing. You know. And I don't think Brian Wilson himself had anything to do with the Problem Child theme. Which is good, because it, like the similar-era "Kokomo" is goddawful.)

Anyway, though before I totally get confused and forget what I was saying—this is a cover of the old Beach Boys song. This is one of my favorite Beach Boys ones—one of the really, really sad ones from Brian Wilson -- and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet do a great version of it. This is from the record Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham, which also has a cool bonus track ("Thank You For Buying The CD") which has the line "Thank you for buying the CD/You care more about sound/Than how big things are around" (since, you know, you got the CD instead of the LP). There's also a cover of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" on here, and "5 American 6 Canadian" is a re-working of "Brazil". I dig surf-rock quite a bit, and this is some great stuff. Unfortunately, they've been broken up for a while, and Reid Diamond (the bassist) died in 2001. Some members formed Phonocomb, who put out a record with Jad Fair of Half Japanese, which was pretty good, but they were the jerks who unplugged Jad's guitar when they played shows, so boo to that. Still, though, even though they were jerks to Jad, they make pretty awesome records, so check this out. - Rev. Syung Myung Me


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