Shadowy Men From Toronto

Among post-1980 instrumental groups, there are few that can best the Canadian Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and for too long their albums have been out of print. This tragedy is being remedied by Mammoth Cave Recording Co. which is planning on re-releasing the trio’s three albums: Saavy Show Stoppers; Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham; and Sport Fishin’: The Lure of the Bait, the Luck of the Hook. The label is currently taking pre-orders for Saavy Show Stoppers, with plans to release the other two albums later.

In related news, drummer Don Pyle has also recently authored a book featuring his concert photography during Toronto’s punk heyday: Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto’s Punk History 1976-1980. Here are two excellent examples of his work. For those of us in Toronto, Pyle’s photos are also on display on the walls of Thirsty and Miserable, Kensington Market’s best bar.

It would seem appropriate to end this post with Shadowy Men’s classic theme to that timeless Can-Con fave Kids in the Hall.

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