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Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet

Best known for supplying the theme song to the popular TV comedy show The Kids in the Hall, Toronto's largely instrumental trio Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet originally formed in 1984, consisting of members Brian Connelly (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Reid Diamond (bass, lead vocals), and Don Pyle (drums, backing vocals). The band merged punk (à la the Dead Kennedys) and surf (à la the Ventures) sounds together to create a highly original style, resulting in a steady stream of EPs/singles issued throughout the mid- to late '80s. These included such quirky titles as "Love Without Words," "Wow Flutter Hiss '86," "Schlagers!," "Live Record with Extra Bread and Cheese," "Explosion of Taste," and "Reid Does Neil."

By 1989, a local comedy troupe (who were also friends of the band) was given their own TV show, The Kids in the Hall, which used the Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet track "Having an Average Weekend" as their theme song. In 1990, the trio issued their debut full-length release, Savvy Show Stoppers, which was a compilation of material from their earlier singles. Two more releases followed shortly thereafter, 1991's Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham and 1993's Sport Fishin' (the latter of which was recorded by Steve Albini), and the group backed B-52s frontman Fred Schneider on several tracks for his solo album Just Fred. But by 1995, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet had split up. The former members went on to other projects: Diamond and Pyle joined forces once again in Phono-Comb, while Connelly worked with Neko Case's Boyfriends and Atomic 7. In early 2001, Diamond passed away after a battle with cancer. In 2016, Yep Roc Records released expanded and remastered editions of the three Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet albums. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sport Fishin'

1. Unwatchable

2. Spend A Night, Not A Fortune

3. Three Piece Suit

4. Fortune Tellin' Chicken

5. (Relax) You Will Think You Are A Chicken

6. Plastics For 500, Bob

7. That Wuz Ear Me Callin' A Horse

8. The Singing Cowboy

9. Farbs

10. Spy School Graduation Theme

11. Cheese In The Fridge

14. Haig Earl

15. Algoma Reflections

16. We're Not A F**king Surf Band

17. Peas Porridge Rock

18. Honey, You're Wasting Ammo

20. Off Our Back Conrad Black

21. We'll Be Right Back!

22. What I Like About Grease

23. Memories Of Gay Paree

24. Babywetsitself

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Track List: Savvy Show Stoppers

1. Good Cop Bad Cop

2. Musical Interlude

3. Theme From T.V.

4. Zombie Compromise

5. Malfunction

6. Shake Some Evil

7. You Spin Me Round '86

8. Vibrolux Deluxe

9. Run Chicken Run

10. Bennett Cerf

11. Egypt Texas

12. Customized

13. Our Weapons Are Useless

14. Shadowy Countdown

15. Harlem By The Sea

16. Having An Average Weekend

17. Big Saxophone Lie (Bonus Track)

18. Misty (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham

1. Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham

2. Reid's Situation

3. I Know A Guy Named Larry

4. Exit From Vince Lombardi High School

5. Aunt's Invasion

6. Running Meredith

7. Bang Bang

9. In My Room

10. Dewy Drops Of Spring

11. 5 American 6 Canadian

12. Who Painted Whistler's Mother

14. Jackpot

15. D. Tour

16. Hunter S. Thompson's Younger Brother

17. Misogomy & The Object

18. Ben Hur Picked Off In A Gazebo

19. Who's Afraid Of Alyson Hymer/Wow Flutter Hiss

20. You Spin Me Round '86

21. Babakganoosh

22. Siesta Cinema

23. Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham Reprise

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Now I miss Kids in the Hall. :(
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Never knew these guys played the theme song to one of my favorite shows, The Kids in the Hall! Thanks Pandora ^_^
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My tattoo artist turned me on to these guys. Just good weird surf.
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redmash73
Still one of my all time favorite guitar bands. Most people I ask about them don't even know them until I mention they performed the theme to the Kids In The Hall show. They have done much more, but people just don't know this. SAD.
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redmash73
Still one of my all time favorite guitar bands. Most people I ask about them don't even know them until I mention they performed the theme to the Kids In The Hall show. They have done much more, but people just don't know this. SAD.
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redmash73
Still one of my all time favorite guitar bands. Most people I ask about them don't even know them until I mention they performed the theme to the Kids In The Hall show. They have done much more, but people just don't know this. SAD.
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Let's chill some ham baby!
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Classic sound right on the mark
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Great band. Rover and Rusty is the epitome of amazing instrumental rock.
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they also played all of the filler music between skits on Kids in the Hall. great band!
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insanelaughe r
Love them.
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are younkidding me?????????? ? ?
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the Mermen is kind of the best american surf band,of the retro variety.....
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I love them. Thanks to Pandora,I have been exposed to this genera. Shadowy Men however is the best.

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