Men On A Shadowy Planet
Members- Don Pyle (drums), Reid Diamond (bass), Brian Connelly
Formed in 1984
Instrumental since 1985
House band for The Kids in
the Hall show during entire series run
Released 3 albums (which
are still available) Released many
7-inch 45s (which are not still available)
Announced their breakup on
January 1st, 1996
The members of Shadowy Men
on a Shadowy Planet have since been part of a few different bands,
Phono-Comb (with Reid and Don) was one of them.
bought some instruments. We started playing them. We got a rehearsal
space. Ken stopped singing with us. We were offered a show. We
picked a name. People clapped.
made a single. We played a lot. We made another single. We played
on the west coast. We made another single. We played on on the
east coast. We made another single. We toured all of Canada. We
made another single. We did one song for 'It Came from Canada
Vol. IV". We did the soundtrack to Ron Mann's documentary.
It was called COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL. It won a Genie. We did
the soundtrack to MYSTERIOUS MOON MEN OF CANADA. It won a Genie.
We did a song for SOUNDS (U.K.) magazine. It was on their album
'Beautiful Happiness'. We did a recipe for papiιr machι. IT was
on the Boys and Girls Club of Canada's Celebrity Cookbook. We
made two rock videos. They got shown on TV a lot. They were on
the U.K. CND benefit video with Morrissey and they Pet Shop Boys.
We never got to meet them. We toured across Canada. We made another
compiled them into an album. We called that album SAVVY SHOW STOPPERS.
We signed to Glass Records of London, England. Glass went bankrupt.
We signed with Cargo Records of Montrιal, Canada. They didn't.
They put our album out. They put a cassette out. They put a compact
disc out. It went to number one on the national campus charts.
It got a great review in '
' magazine. People bought it. We went on tour. We travelled the
Toronto-San Diego dogleg. The tour was an 'unqualified success'*.
We saw Marty Balin at Haight-Ashbury. We got to know Saskatoon.
We continue to do music for the KIDS IN THE HALL TV series. We
haven't seen Lorne Michaels this year.
Records of Washington asked us for a song. We gave them one. They
put it on their lunch pail box set. K Records of Washington asked
us for some songs. We gave them four. The put them out as 'Music
for Pets'. We did some photocopying. We bought a dog. It ran away.
Quoted from the film "New York, New York" and not said
in reference to us or out tour."
an Average Weekend" is the "theme song" for The
Kids in the Hall show. The song is on their first album. The album
IS still in print and can be purchased at Amazon.com.
Shadowy Men used to play before the KITH began their show.
Shadowy Men often ended their set with "Having an Average
Weekend." As time went on, the sound of "Having
an Average Weekend" signaled to the crowd that the KITH were
about to begin. The two begin linked.
Brian, and Reid knew each other back in Calgary. Brian
also plays on Bruce's Shame-Based Man.
bumper music you hear during the KITH show is being played by
Shadowy Men. One of the more memorable bumper snippets from the
show (if you've heard it), is the rockin' version of Having an
Average Weekend. This version was a heavy metal spoof of themselves
which was released on a promo single for Sport Fishin'. Since
this single is not for sale, I've made it available in RealAudio
you ordered something directly from Shadowy Men (at least during
the time period when I did), Don would enclose photocopies of
press clippings. Here's the text
to the ones I have.
Rolling Stone- "Hot
Picks." (April 18, 1991)
"Shadowy Men Come to Light With Surfing Sound." With
some info about their KITH show gig. (Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 1991)
Record review of Savvy Show Stoppers. (September 28, 1990)
Men Cut Cool Debut." (August 2-8, 1990)
"Wipeout." Give a great sense of what they're all about.
(July 12, 1990)
Shadowy Page on a Shadowy Web.
are all the pictures I have related to Shadowy Men on a Shadowy
Click to see larger version. Also, see
Shadowy Page on a Shadowy Web.
Fishin' - The Lure Of The Bait, The Luck Of The Hook (1993)
The Lights, Chill The Ham (1991)
Show Stoppers (1990)
It's A Wonderful Record! (1993)
Fishin' Accessories (1993)
& Squeegie (1992)
Of Waking Up Tired (1991)
For Pets (1991)
Does Neil (1988)
Of Taste (1988)
Record With Extra Bread And Cheese (1987)
Flutter Hiss '86 (1986)
Without Words (1985)
Having an Average Weekend
RealAudio file of an "alternate" version of the "KITH
theme" which appeared as bumper music during the last season.
(56K modem recommended)
Shadowy Page on a Shadowy Web
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