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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, December 28, 2015

New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady - Mamma Mia, I Love Maria: The Queen of Metal Takes Us To the Brink of 2016!


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Due to my strong personal convictions,
I wish to stress that this film in no way
endorses a belief in the occult 
— Michael Jackson (Intro to Thriller)

Due to my convictions (for littering,
loitering and jaywalking), I wish to stress
that this post containing heavy metal music
in no way endorses Satan worship, evil-
doing or premarital hand holding. 
- Shady Del Knight

For the past month or more
I've been listening to stuff like this:




Christmas carols and old gold
doo-wop are fine and dandy...


...but I reserve the right to rock, and a few times
every year I do just that. What better time than
now when we're celebrating the end of 2015?

I am therefore proud to prevent present Part 1
of a new five part series saluting my favorite
band of the new millennium, In This Moment,
a Los Angeles based Gothic industrial metal
band formed in 2005 by guitarist Chris
Howorth and one of the leading ladies
of modern metal, Maria Brink.

That's Maria below.


I can't wait to take her home to meet mama!

So enamored am I of Maria and her band
that I would like to share with you some of
their best songs and videos. Every post in the
series will be anchored by In This Moment
and will include performances by other
exciting acts that have come along
in the new millennium.

It's New Year's Rockin' Eve at SDMM
and you've got a front row seat to watch
the wrecking ball drop. If you're ready and
think you can handle cutting edge metal and
intense images, then watch, listen and ROCK!


CLEA
(TOKEN VANILLA SONG/VIDEO)


Don't say I never gave you anything.
For the faint of heart, the easy listening crowd,
those who don't like their music too hard and heavy,
I give you the English girl group Clea.  In the fall
of 2005, Clea gained their third top 40 hit on the
 UK chart with "We Don't Have To Take Our
Clothes Off (to have a good time)," a cool
cover of the song made famous in 1986
by U.S. R&B singer Jermaine Stewart.

"We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" 
 Clea (from 2005 album Trinity)





MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

Just think.  Back in the day when I lived in
Central PA, I might have babysat for itty-bitty
Chris Motionless. Don't look at me that way.
Anything's possible! Now all grown up, Chris
leads Motionless in White, a goth industrial
metal band based in Scranton. Formed in
2005, Motionless in White was heavily
influenced by Marilyn Manson and
Rob Zombie. You can hear it in
their tunes and see it in their vids.


"A-M-E-R-I-C-A" is a single released in the spring
of 2013 from the band's second album Infamous.
Hurry...hurry...hurry! Let the sideshow begin!

"A-M-E-R-I-C-A" - Motionless in White 
(single rel. April 2013, video rel. June 2013
from November 2012 album Infamous)





IN THIS MOMENT


I'm feelin' 100% pure adrenaline as I introduce
"Adrenalize," the second single released from
Blood, the 4th studio album by In This Moment.
Blood dropped in the summer of 2012 and
cracked the top 20 on Billboard's
Active Rock chart.


The graphic and delightfully disturbing video
you are about to see, directed by Robert John Kley,
was filmed at Linda Vista Community Hospital in
Los Angeles. Since it closed in 1991, Linda Vista
has been used as a filming location and as a site of
paranormal investigations. The abandoned facility
was the setting for an episode of the TV series
Ghost Adventures. Watch what happened
when the facility was haunted big time
by Maria and her mates!

"Adrenalize" - In This Moment 
(Feb. 2013, from August 2012 album Blood)



NEW YEARS DAY


What better way to celebrate New Year's Rockin' Eve
than with New Years Day? Formed in 2005, this band
from Anaheim, California, started playing pop punk
but later adopted a harder and heavier rock style
which it calls "Hauntedmansioncore." Me likey!





On "Angel Eyes," a single released from the second New Years Day album Victim to Villain, founding member and lead singer Ashley Costello teamed up with Chris Motionless.







"Angel Eyes" - New Years Day 
featuring Chris Motionless of Motionless In White
(From June 2013 album Victim To Villain)





IN THIS MOMENT

Let's go out in a blaze of glory with another
killer kut from featured band In This Moment.
"Sick Like Me," the first single released from
the band's 5th studio album, Black Widow,
was a solid hit, reaching #12 on the
U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.


Beware! The video you are about to watch,
directed by Maria Brink and Robert John Kley,
will commit assault and battery on your senses.
You will experience the brute force and full
fury of modern heavy metal thunder. If you
are willing to open your ears and mind and
stay with the video, you will be treated to
a beautiful, melodic love song relevant
to our modern world - a song about
passion, intimacy, acceptance,
tolerance, forgiveness and
unconditional love.

Even at my ugliest you always say
"You're beautiful"

Listen now as Maria and her band ask the
musical question, "Are you sick like me?"

"Sick Like Me" - In This Moment
(September 2014, from November 2014
album Black Widow)





I hope you enjoyed New Year's Rockin' Eve,

Shady style. Thank you very much,

dear reader, for your unwavering

friendship and support in 2015.

Have a Shady day and

a happy new year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Have Yourself a Shady Little Christmas! (Secular Sounds of the Season, Pt. 2)


 DREAMING OF A 

 SHADY CHRISTMAS? 

You got it! Welcome back to Pt. 2 of my series
that shines the spotlight on cool secular singles
that were riding the pop chart during the
holiday season in years gone by.


 THE BUCKINGHAMS 

Chicago's Buckinghams band played
sunshine pop, bubblegum rock and
blue-eyed soul. At Christmas 1967
the Buckinghams' girl song "Susan"
was climbing the Billboard chart.


Band members were not happy with "Susan."
They had objected when the producer altered
the track by inserting a psychedelic section
that was highly derivative of the orchestral
crescendo in "A Day in the Life," a song
from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album.


Some radio stations shared the Buckinghams'
dislike of the Beatlesque interlude and banned
"Susan" from their playlists. Keenly aware that
time is money, other stations played a shorter
version with the instrumental passage edited
out. I for one didn't have a problem with
other acts borrowing from the Beatles.
I thought the producer's nod to
"A Day in the Life" was cool.
Plenty of other fans agreed.
"Susan" charted 12 weeks
and brushed the top 10.

 "Susan" - The Buckinghams 
 (Christmas 1967, January 1968, 
 highest chart position #11) 





 THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT 

Two-and-a-half years after they hit the top 10
with their cover of "Gloria," the Chicago area
garage rock band the Shadows of Knight (no
relation to my band the Shadys of Knight)
staged a modest comeback with
two more exciting singles.


The first of these releases, a punk/bubblegum
hybrid called "Shake," made the top 50.


The recording has guitar riffs and melody
that remind me of two other 60s favorites,
"Can't Get Enough of You Baby," waxed
by ? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians,
and "Ain't Nothin' But a House Party,"
the R&B dancer by The Show Stoppers.

 "Shake" - The Shadows of Knight 
 (November thru Christmas 1968, 
 highest chart position #46 




The killer bee side of "Shake" is
the psychedelic instrumental workout
"From Way Out To Way Under."


This psyched out tune remained uncharted but
went for quite a few spins on my turntable.

 "From Way Out to Way Under" 
 The Shadows of Knight 
 (Nov. thru Christmas 1968, 
 B side of "Shake") 




At Christmas 1968 "Shake" was still being played
on the radio when the SOK unwittingly scored a
TKO with “Gloria ’69,” a new psychedelicized
version of their 1966 single.


Released on the Atco label just in time to
usher in the new year, "Gloria '69" is the same
1966 "Gloria" recording with a fuzz guitar
track added to give it a heavier sound.
Essentially, the producers at Dunwich,
without the band's knowledge or approval,
covered the original with a fresh coat of
dayglo paint, hoping the updated sound
would result in another chart hit.


"Gloria ’69" sold poorly and didn't even register
on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart, but the
record was played often on WSBA during my
holiday break from classes at Penn State and
the exposure was enough to get me hooked.
I bought the record and still own it!

 "Gloria '69" - Shadows of Knight 
 (Christmas 1968 thru January 1969 
 uncharted) 




I hope you enjoyed my two-parter,

a selection of AM radio friendly

pop rock nuggets that played

during the holidays in the

mid 60s to early 70s.

HAVE A SHADY DAY AND A

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Santa, You Sleigh Me: Secular Sounds For Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree!


 SANTA CLAUS IS 

 COMING TO TOWN! 

Meanwhile, and you and I are painting
the town. In this post and the next we'll be
dancing to some of the most memorable
secular sounds of the season, records
that reached their peak of popularity
around Christmas time in the
mid 60s to early 70s.

 The jukebox is pumped full of coins 

 and the first 45 is set to play! 


 BULLET 


Christmas 1971: "White Lies, Blue Eyes" by
Bullet was #1 with a bullet on my turntable.
Our good friend Music Mike is here
to intro this rockin' relic!

 "White Lies, Blue Eyes" - Bullet 
 (Christmas 1971, highest chart pos. #28) 




 THE MAGIC LANTERNS 


From Music Mike we switch to Magic Lanterns,
an English one-hit wonder group featuring the
rousing vocals of lead singer-songwriter
Jimmy Bilsbury. At Christmas 1968,
The Magic Lanterns cracked the
Billboard Top 30 with the pop
rock nugget "Shame, Shame."

 "Shame, Shame" - The Magic Lanterns 
 (Christmas 1968, highest chart position 
 #29 Hot 100/#17 Cash Box/#3 Canada RPM





 THE KNICKERBOCKERS 


On their top 20 hit single "Lies," the New Jersey
pop/rock band the Knickerbockers successfully
imitated the sound of the Beatles.


One hit wonders in terms of the top 40 singles,
the Knicks might have been more successful
if they had released "Lies" a year or two
earlier. By late 65 and early 1966 when
"Lies" was on the chart, the Beatles'
"cute period" was coming to an end.
The Fab Four were transitioning away
from standard boy-girl love songs and
dance tunes and producing music with
greater depth, maturity and complexity.
Enough armchair speculation! "Lies" is
a groovy record and that's the truth.

 “Lies” – The Knickerbockers 
 (Christmas 1965, highest chart pos. #20) 




Now let's hear from the first of three great
Chicago area bands (in addition to Chicago)
that released records in the mid to late 60s.


All three had hit singles on the chart
during the month of December - one at
Christmas '66, one in '67 and one in '68.


 THE CRYAN' SHAMES 

The Cryan' Shames performed a smooth,
ear pleasing blend of pop rock and
garage and achieved a string of hits
in their home market of Chicago.


In the summer of 1966 the Cryan Shames
reached the top 50 nationally with a cover
of the Searchers hit "Sugar and Spice."
During the Christmas season that year
the Shames released the follow-up,
"I Wanna Meet You."


It was a groovy record and played often
on WSBA radio in York, yet it lasted
only 4 weeks on the chart and stalled
at #85. That's a cryan' shame!

 "I Wanna Meet You" - The Cryan' Shames 
 (Christmas 1966, highest chart pos. #85) 




Stay tuned! I'll introduce

the other two Chi-town

bands in my next post.

Can you guess their names?

(Chicago isn't one of them.)


See you then!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Today's Lesson: Cher and Cher Alike! (Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 9)


 Welcome to volume 9 of Echoes

 my 17-part salute to Phil Spector 

 and the producers, arrangers 

 and recording artists  

 influenced by him. 

The stars of this episode include Sonny and Cher
and I'll bring them out shortly. But first, as my
warm-up act, a young lady who sounds a lot
like Cher. Maybe that's because it is Cher,
recording early in her career as Cherilyn!

 CHERILYN 


Early on, Cher found work as a backing singer for
Phil Spector's Crystals, Ronettes and Darlene Love.
Sonny and Cher released singles as Caesar and Cleo
but those platters came and went almost unnoticed.
In 1964, using the stage name Bonnie Jo Mason,
Cher waxed "Ringo I Love You." The 45 fizzled.


Later that year, using her birth name, Cherilyn,
Sonny's singing sweetheart released one of the
greatest examples of a Spector sound-alike
recording. Penned and and produced by
Bono and performed by his teenage
girlfriend and future wife, here is
the scintillating "Dream Baby."

 "Dream Baby" - Cherilyn 
 (December 1964, uncharted) 





 SONNY AND CHER 

Sonny Bono landed a recording contract with Atco
for himself and Cher and the duo cut the Spector
soundalike single "Just You." The record failed to
attract much attention until the Sonny and Cher
release "I Got You Babe" rocketed to the top of
the chart. It was a game changer. Suddenly,
Sonny and Cher were hot and fans couldn't
get enough. "Just You" was given new life
and rode the chart to the top 20.

 "Just You" - Sonny and Cher 
 (Sept. 1965, highest chart pos. #20) 





 P.J. PROBY 

Plain and simple, this next recording is a
masterpiece, one of the finest and most
dramatic examples of Spectorian production.


"I Can't Make It Alone," a Goffin-King song,
is performed by underrated singer/songwriter
P.J. Proby along with the Blossoms, backed
by the group of veteran West Coast studio
musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.
The elements were spun into golden wax
by crack producer/arranger Jack Nitzsche.
The resulting single runs more than four
minutes. That TRT didn't fly very well in
the "time is money" universe of top 40
radio. DJs who skipped over this gem
didn't know what they were missing
and neither did their listeners!

 "I Can't Make It Alone" - P.J. Proby 
 (Nov. 1966, highest chart pos. #131) 





 THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 

Up next, in all its Spectorian splendor,
an exciting release by the blue-eyed
soul duo The Righteous Brothers.


This Philles single was a doublesider.
"Hung On You," the killer bee side of
"Unchained Melody," spent 7 weeks on the
chart and cracked the top 50. Over the years
"Hung On You" grew on me until I found myself
playing it more often than “Unchained Melody.”

 "Hung On You" - The Righteous Brothers 
 (August 1965, highest chart position #47, 
 B side of "Unchained Melody") 





 SEND IN THE CLONES! 


 DON AND JUAN 

In April 1962, Don and Juan (Roland "Don" Trone
and Claude "Juan" Johnson) achieved a top 10 hit
with "What's Your Name." Subsequent releases by
the Brooklyn R&B duo fell far short of that mark.


The last record Don and Juan made before splitting up
features soaring Righteous Brothers style vocals and
top notch sound by EmBee, the production company
named after Detroit record moguls Irving Micahnik
and Harry Balk, the co-founders of Twirl Records. 
Released in 1965, this one should have been a hit.
Instead it languished in obscurity and missed the 
chart entirely. That's "The Heartbreaking Truth."

 "The Heartbreaking Truth" - Don and Juan 
 (October 1965, uncharted) 





 I hope Volume 9 

 has you feelin' fine. 

 We'll do it all again 

 in Echoes Volume 10. 

 Please join me! 

Have a Shady day!

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Bigger the Badder - Exploitation on a Budget in the Village of the Giants!





 FIRST CAME 

 THE 

 AMAZING 

 COLOSSAL 

 MAN! 









 THEN CAME 

 ATTACK 

 OF THE 

 50 FOOT 

 WOMAN! 






 NOW HERE COMES 

 THE GREATEST 

 SCREEN SPECTACLE OF ALL! 

 WINNER OF 50 ACADEMY AWARDS 

 INCLUDING BEST PERFORMANCE BY 

 A BIKINI TOP IN A SUPPORTING ROLE! 



 TOMMY KIRK... 

 JOHNNY 
 CRAWFORD... 

 RONNY 
 HOWARD... 

 BEAU 
 BRIDGES... 

 JOY HARMON... 




 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 BASED ON H.G. WELLS' THE FOOD OF THE GODS! 


 SEE TEEN DELINQUENTS 

 GOBBLE THE GOO...  

 ZOOM TO SUPER SIZE...  

 BURST OUT OF THEIR CLOTHES...  

 AND BUST UP A TOWN! 





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 SEE OPIE TAYLOR CRY FOR AUNT BEE 

 WHEN HE ENCOUNTERS A KITTY KAT 

 THE SIZE OF A KABLE KAR! 





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 IT'S A LITTLE BIT DAVID LYNCH... 

 A LITTLE BIT RUSS MEYER... 

 AND A WHOTE LOTTA JACK NITZSCHE! 



 "The Last Race" - Jack Nitzsche 
 (Giants Dance scene, Village of the Giants





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 SEE FREDDY "BOOM BOOM" CANNON 

 (AT THE SAME FOUNTAIN USED IN 
 THE HIT TELEVISION SERIES FRIENDS) 

 ROCKING OUT IN THE SUMMER HEAT 

 DRESSED IN A CARDIGAN SWEATER! 

 "Little Bitty Corrine" - Freddy Cannon 
 (scene from Village of the Giants





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS 

 WHERE SIZE MATTERS 

 AND THE MEAN TEENS 

 ARE WAY TOO BIG 

 FOR THEIR BRITCHES! 

 COMING SOON TO THIS THEATER! 




 Happy 

 birthday, 

 Freddy 

"Boom Boom" 

 Cannon! 



 75 years young today! 


 "Odie Cologne" - Freddy Cannon 
 (Live on American Bandstand May 2, 1964) 




Have a Shady day!