Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet existed originally between 1984 and 1995, and released three albums and twelve singles, appeared on numerous compilations (including the formative It Came From Canada series), toured extensively throughout North America and England and were one of the first Canadian bands to record a Peel Session for BBC D.J. John Peel. They beat David Foster and Liona Boyd out of one of the two JUNOs they were nominated for, backed B-52’s vocalist Fred Schneider on his Just Fred album, and scored a couple of feature films and the television series Kids in the Hall.
CBCs Grant Lawrence called them Canada’s Best Instrumental Band of All Time, The Constantines’ Bry Webb claims (erroneously) that they never wrote a bad song, and they were finalists in The Toronto Star’s poll of Best Toronto Band Ever. They are the creators of the song often referred to as Canada’s second national anthem – “Having An Average Weekend”, their song used as theme to the Kids In The Hall series.
The reconstituted Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet’s founding members Brian Connelly and Don Pyle are joined by extended family member Dallas Good of The Sadies playing bass guitar for the foreseeable future, and are gearing up for an exhaustive reissue campaign of their music. Yep Roc records of North Carolina will release a deluxe box set of four LPs, followed by individual albums, CDs and for the first time, digital download, beginning in April of 2016 and setting the stage for a glut of live shows following that. The live shows the reanimated band have done have been overwhelmingly successful and reveal how the band’s stature has grown since first disbanding.
We don’t know how long they are back for but they are here NOW!
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