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The Dollyrots Cover Shoes Cruel You

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When The Dollyrots were making Barefoot and Pregnant and had it up at Pledge Music, I pledged at the “Cover a song for me” level. I requested that they cover the song Cruel You by Shoes. I think I’ve made my love of Shoes quite clear on this blog. One of the first bands in heavy rotation on MTV, one of the best Power Pop bands ever etc etc.

I just got the music file this morning from Kelly. OH. MY. GOD. It is AMAZING. I put together a video for it, using Facebook pics and album art. Please have a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

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Shoes – This Christmas

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I’m not one for Christmas songs. If I worked in a mall and had to listen to 6 weeks of traditional songs, I’d probably lose my mind. There are exceptions to this – if I’m in a store and I hear a song from the Yuletunes Christmas compilation, I’ll stand under a speaker and listen to it all. I’ve been known to hush my family in a restaurant when I hear a track.

Yuletunes features Holiday themed pop songs. It was produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes fame and you can buy the CD from the band’s website – Shoeswire.com. It’s chock full of sing along, dance around tunes.

Here’s a review of the CD I found – “Original pop/rock songs with a Christmas theme. Melodic, harmony-laden, power-pop Christmas songs from some of the best bands in the genre. A holiday classic. You’ve probably heard these at the mall over the years and didn’t even know it. –CD Baby”

One of the songs is by Shoes and is called This Christmas. It very well might be my favorite song from John Murphy.

Things’ll get better
Doesn’t seem like it now
But they always do
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

The heart is a river
It carries you off as it takes you down
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

How often we’re only in need of a place to leave the pain
When Christmas surrounds us
We see the snow replace the rain

Love is a riddle
Like a new toy that’s ruined it gets thrown away
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

How often we’re only in need of a place to leave the pain
We’re anxious for Christmas
But without love it’s not the same

Things’ll get better
(Things’ll get better Things’ll get better)
Doesn’t seem like it now
But they always do
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas
(I hope you get just what you want this Christmas)
I hope you find yourself
I hope you find yourself
(I hope you get just what you want this Christmas)
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas
(I hope you get just what you want this Christmas)
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

35 Years – The Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012

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Shoes and Real Gone Music announce the upcoming release of “35 Years: The Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012”, a 21-song chronicle of both indie and major label recordings by Shoes.

http://www.realgonemusic.com/news/2012/8/14/shoes.html

Shoes – The Joke’s On You

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A new video is up from Shoes’ new album Ignition. The Joke’s On You.

The Joke’s On You
Lyrics by Shoes

Composed by Jeff Murphy

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You might find another noble cause
To hang upon your wall
And fill your hallowed halls

But in time your words will seal your fate
So I’m picking up the pace
And laughing in your face

‘Cause the joke’s on you
That’s the way it goes
When everybody knows
That the joke’s on you

I don’t need to say
That it’s funny how things change
Your point of view
When the joke’s on you

Now the joke’s on you
Strange to think that how
It’s not so funny now
That the joke’s on you

I was your amusement for a while
Now you can’t crack a smile
I’m laughing all the while

You can’t see the forest for your needs
Despite your desperate pleas
It just occurred to me

Now the joke’s on you
It’s right before your eyes
It comes as no surprise
That the joke’s on you

Now you know
That it’s funny how love goes
From hot to cold

When the joke’s on you
That’s the way it goes
When everybody knows
That the joke’s on you

Now the joke’s on you
The joke’s on you

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Jeff: lead/backing vocals, electric 12-string guitars, acoustic guitar
Gary: backing vocals, electric guitars (includes lead)
John: backing vocals, bass

Follow Shoes on Twitter – @ShoesWire
Like Shoes on Facebook – Shoes (Official)

An amusing review of Shoes Ignition

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Just saw this posted as a link on Facebook. Most interesting start to a review of Ignition that I’ve read yet.

“I was never much of a fan of Shoes. For me, listening to Murphy and the boys was the equivalent of going out to eat at the Olive Garden. It’s okay for a change, but I always leave craving something a bit more substantive.

If the old Shoes was a trip to the Olive Garden, their new release, “Ignition”, is an invitation to dine at the Vatican. With the Pope. And he lets you wear the funny hat.”

Thank you for the very early morning laugh, Richard Rossi.

For the full review – http://orangemen44.com/2012/a-review-of-shoes-ignition-or-start-me-ups-evil-twin/

Buy Ignition.

Shoes – Hot Mess Video

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Another video is up from the new Shoes album Ignition. It’s for Hot Mess. Do you like cats? You’ll like this video

Hot Mess
Lyrics by Shoes

Composed by Murphy/Klebe/Murphy

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She’s got good motor skills
When she’s stuffed to the gills
So honey say what you will

She’s no stranger to pain
She sleeps in the rain
‘Cause she’s got nothin’ to gain

Ooh she’s a hot mess
Been tryin’ to pin her down
Such a hot mess
She’s bound to be makin’ rounds

She’s a hot mess

She does her personal best
With stains on her dress
She’s a reliable wreck

She’s been payin’ her dues
With her skanky tattoos
And her sensible shoes

CHORUS

She lets her juices flow
When she’s layin’ low
Cuz that’s how she rolls

She’s got a lopsided grin
When she don’t know where she’s been
She’s my possible kin

CHORUS

She comes across as a man
With her spray-on tan
But she don’t give a damn

She wears her hair in a bun
When she gets the job done
She takes no shit from no one

CHORUS

She’s a hot mess
Couldn’t care less
Makes a hot mess

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John: lead vocal, bass, handclaps
Gary: electric guitars
Jeff: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars (includes lead), handclaps

Follow Shoes on Twitter – @ShoesWire
Like Shoes on Facebook – Shoes (Official)

Shoes – Head vs Heart

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Another video is up from the new Shoes album Ignition. It’s the opening track – Head vs Heart.

Head vs Heart
Lyrics by Shoes

Composed by Gary Klebe

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Time is chasin’ me down
Somewhere I got turned around
You can try as you will
You’ll be the death of me still
‘Til the end, I won’t breathe easy again

Trouble from the start
Don’t go where you wanna go
Head vs. heart
Go where you wanna go

Long gone, never look back
So fast, no time to react
Some things will just never change
Logic is all down the drain
We pretend over and over again

Tearin’ me apart
Don’t go where you wanna go
Head vs. heart
Go where you wanna go

Time is wastin’ away
Vain wait, the name of the game
Everything I thought is true
Lies are the essence of you
In the end, I won’t breathe easy again

Trouble from the start
Don’t go where you wanna go
Head vs. heart
Go where you wanna go

Head vs. heart

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Gary: lead/backing vocals, electric guitars
Jeff: backing vocals, electric guitars (includes lead)
John: backing vocals, bass

Follow Shoes on Twitter – @ShoesWire
Like Shoes on Facebook – Shoes (Official)

Shoes – In On You

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The first official video is up from the new Shoes album Ignition. It’s for In On You.

It was created by Linda Lester with help from John Murphy. Love the theme. I literally squeed the first time I saw it. And it’s stop motion. Oh Em Gee. 1129 frames with Photoshop.

In On You
Lyrics by Shoes

Composed by John Murphy

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You said you hadn’t heard this talk before
But I thought you knew
You said you couldn’t take it anymore
But I wasn’t through

The friends and all the men you used to know
Have moved on years ago
It happens when you least expect it
To close in on you

You didn’t think you had it left inside
What more could you do
No one really cared if you had lied
You know that now too

The trouble is the worst ain’t come down yet
There’s what you want then there’s what you get
It happens when you least expect it
To close in on you

You wait and see
Try to put your trust in me and leave it be

We tend to overlook the mounting cost
Of all that we wagered and what we’ve lost
It happens when you least expect it
To close in on you

Still hopin’ for the end to your sadness
It’s long overdue
So tell me what’s the meaning of all this
When things come unglued

The trouble is the worst ain’t come down yet
There’s what you want then there’s what you get
It takes you from behind
Don’t let it close in on you

You’ll finally see when you put your trust in me
But you made it harder than it had to be

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John: lead/backing vocals, bass, baritone and acoustic guitars, keyboard
Gary: backing vocals, electric guitars (includes lead)
Jeff: backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars

Follow Shoes on Twitter – @ShoesWire
Like Shoes on Facebook – Shoes (Official)

Shoes – Say It Like You Mean It

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A video is up from the new Shoes album Ignition. Say it Like You Mean It.

It features a slideshow of pictures from the Millenium Park, Chicago show on August 10, 2007. All pictures are from Steven and Lisa Gardner.

SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
(Murphy/Klebe/Murphy)

Rollin’ off your tongue
Passin’ through your lips
Words are only words
Without some feeling they can’t be heard

You gotta say it like you mean it
‘Cause I can tell by the tone in your voice
If you want me to believe it
You gotta say it like you mean it

Racin’ through your head
Carefully you choose
The words sent to my ears
They’re so empty and insincere

Wanna hear, loud and clear
Wanna hear, loud and clear

You gotta say it like you mean it
‘Cause I can tell by the tone in your voice
If you want me to believe it
You gotta say it like you mean it

Say it like you mean it
In a way you have before
A lot has come between us
Speak up to save us or the rest’ll take us down

Rollin’ off your tongue
Passin’ through your lips
Words are only words
Without some feeling they can’t be heard

Wanna hear, loud and clear

You gotta say it like you mean it
‘Cause I can tell by the tone in your voice
If you want me to believe it
You gotta say it like you mean it

You gotta say it like you mean it
Words are only words

You gotta say it like you mean it
Words are only words

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Gary: lead/backing vocals, electric guitars, handclaps
Jeff: lead/backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, handclaps
John: lead/backing vocals, bass, piano, handclaps

Follow Shoes on Twitter – @ShoesWire
Like Shoes on Facebook – Shoes (Official)

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A great interview with Shoes about the new album, Ignition. Thanks for good questions Ryan Meehan.

First Order Historians

by Ryan Meehan

Shoes, the trailblazing guitar-pop combo from tiny Zion, Illinois — who in the 1970s prefigured the home-recording DIY boom of the ’90s and beyond — will release their first album of new material since 1994 on August 14, 2012.  Ignition switches on with 15 fresh, vital tracks from Shoes’ three founding members and songwriters: bassist-vocalist John Murphy, guitarist-vocalist Jeff Murphy, and guitarist-vocalist Gary Klebe, plus longtime stage drummer John Richardson. Self-produced and released on the band’s own Black Vinyl Records, Ignition not only carries on Shoes’ cult-heroic tradition of edibly tuneful, harmony-honeycombed guitar pop; it ventures intriguingly beyond those comfortable (though undeniably rewarding) borders as well. Altogether the work of seasoned, mature musicians whose singular trajectory as 100-percent self-taught, self-created recording artists has been outside-the-box since it began, Ignition showcases Shoes at their technical and artistic peak.  We are extremely honored to have Jeff Murphy, Gary Klebe…

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