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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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Rainbow Love, Day 15

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This morning, I was busy freaking out after learning out that Shoes are playing in New York in May. What with buying a ticket to the show, booking Amtrak, finding a hotel and mapping out the best subway route to take, I got to my daily card a little bit later than usual. When I walked over to my table of craftiness, the first thing that caught my eye was the negative of a heart die-cut. Et VOILA, my card. (Day 15 of my Rainbow Love Challenge.)

Xerox Flecs cardstock, Lion Seamaid Ribbon, TPC Hugs and Kisses in VersaColor Black with Hampton Arts Clear Embossing Powder. Distress Inks Barn Door, Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord.

The Idea – It’s About that Time

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Here’s another tune from Yuletunes – a compilation of 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 The Idea and is called It’s About That Time. The first time I heard it, at a Bugaboo Creek restaurant in Atlanta, I shushed my family as soon as I heard the opening guitar sound, I was all “This is a Shoes riff and that might be Jeff Murphy singing.” I already owned the CD, which I hadn’t listened to in its entirety, so started listening to it once we got home and discovered that it wasn’t Jeff singing but it was a Shoes riff. Realized it was from The Things You Do.

I was so jazzed that I immediately emailed Black Vinyl Records with the story and was thrilled to get a response from Jeff himself. 🙂

Hi. My name is Kara and I am a Cicada for Shoes.

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

Nez has some new shoes

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Mike Nesmith posted this picture on his Facebook page on September 18,  along with the caption below. I didn’t know it was possible to love him more than I already do.

Dear Jimmy Choo — A pair of your shoes has followed me home.

I had been shopping for some clothes to wear for The Monkees concerts this November because I only have the variations of my daily uniform of Patagonia nylon pants, LLBean turtle necks and my Merrel cross trainers.

Victoria says that outfit makes me look dumpy and that I should never wear the nylon pants again in my lifetime unless
I just wanted people to run away from me in terror. I take her point. She has great taste. But they are so comfortable I never got around to getting any new duds

So when I had to come up with something to wear for the Monkees concerts, I called my friend Nathalie Santa Fe she agreed to take me shopping. She was a Vogue fashion editor for years and knows her stuff, and she has a beautiful store in Santa Fe that I used to shop at when I lived there.

Nathalie came up with some great ideas that I think will look good on stage. I was just walking around Neiman’s following Nathalie and she pointed these shoes out to me. She had picked them out as a possibility before we got to the store.

And I said, very clearly, “No way. Too outrageous. Just way way over the top.” I mean, they looked OK sitting on the table top in the shoe department with the other shoes you make, but — really? You can’t be serious Jimmy. Sure, some people might think these are gorgeous. But not me. I am much too conservative in my dress. I have never worn glitter, ever in my life.

I would have been happy to give you some business — but not these shoes, and I said no, and no meant no, Jimmy.

Then when I got home I looked up and the shoes were coming down the drive-way. They must have run behind the car all the way from Neiman’s just like a little dog.

Now here they are and they wont go away. I don’t know what to do, what to feed them, where to put them, or anything. And they wont leave me alone. They make me look at them all the time. I put them on and have been wearing them around the house, just to keep them happy, and now I may not be able to get them off.

I am really starting to get a little miffed. You need to tell me what to do about these shoes Mr. Choo. I can’t wear them in the concerts and they can’t stay here. Its your fault and your problem so you need to come fix it.

I’ll keep them safe and warm till you get here. I have place they can stay in my closet for now. And I suppose it will be OK if they need to sleep with me for a few nights, but please hurry! They really sparkle in the sun. Like they are alive and fabulous, or something.

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

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

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