Oct 192013


Sounds of the hall in roughly 33 1/3 minutes!

It’s around the 21-mile mark when your mind starts playing tricks. “Only 5 miles left” you tell yourself. You’ve run 5 miles plenty of times during your marathon training. No problem. It’s then your body reminds you that those training runs of 5 miles were not preceded by 3 hours of running.

I’m wondering if this is how a band feels with 2 weeks left of a 6-month tour.

Shape Up


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RTH Saturday Night Shut-In, episode 117: Get In Shape by Mr Moderator on Mixcloud

Playlist (after the jump):

The Shape I’m In – The Band
The Shape Of Things To Come – Slade
The Shape Of Things To Come – The Headboys
Shapes Of Things – Jeff Beck (w/ Rod Stewart)
Weird Shapes – Surfer Blood
Shape Shifter – Lene Lovich
Pull Shapes – The Pipettes
Bent Out Of Shape – The Teardrop Explodes
Can’t Shape Up – The Wonderstuff
The Shape Is In A Trance – Thurston Moore


  10 Responses to “Rock Town Hall’s Saturday Night Shut-In: Get In Shape”

  1. 2000 Man

    Congratulations on running so far! I enjoyed the show, too. I haven’t heard Slade in a long time and I keep picking up some of their albums when I’m shopping. I haven’t figured out what to think of this yet.

  2. cliff sovinsanity

    Slade is very, very hit and miss. I feel the same about Thin Lizzy. I like the rock but I don’t like the racket. Also, like most anthemic hard rock bands of the 70’s their ballads are atrocious.

  3. What, no Bend Me, Shape Me by the American Breed?!

  4. cliff sovinsanity

    A little too “on the nose”.
    Also, I’m a little worried that the Pipettes song might get my Back Office pass revoked.

  5. ladymisskirroyale

    Uh oh, then we’re both going out because I own that Pipettes album.

  6. ladymisskirroyale

    Another enjoyable show, Cliff. Thanks for hosting.

    I haven’t heard that Wonderstuff track in probably 20 years. (And another album I own, on vinyl, even, although I think I warped in during a move or some such thing. Hence not listening to it for such a long time.) What is it about that drum beat? The shape of many an English band circa 1989/1990. Did the Americans go in for it, too?

  7. There are more great songs about shapes than I would have imagined. The Headboys song made me want to hear more by them. Where are they from? When are they from?

    That Lene Lovich song was both terrible and charming. If it had been a Mystery Date my initial impression was it was something Captain Sensible had been involved in.

    The Pipettes song was catchy. I could live with that one. Is that something out of England circa 1989? Again, if this was a Mystery Date the sexist in me would have speculated that these women were produced/seduced by Paul Weller and Mick Talbot.

  8. cliff sovinsanity

    I dug The Headboys song out of a compilation featuring obscure late 70’s new wave/power pop one hit wonders. Scottish band who came and went.
    Good call on the Lene Lovich song.
    The Pipettes are the project of a British songwriter. Their first album is glorious pop revival of 60’s era girl group and Motown sounds for the new millenium. Unfortunately, a few girls either jumped ship or were fired and their second album was bland pop.

  9. cliff sovinsanity

    I guess you can call that drum beat the “baggy trousers” because so many bands of that era used that beat. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (Kill Your Television), Inspiral Carpets (Draggin Me Down), Jesus Jones (Real, Real, Real), Charlatans UK (Indian Rope), even Blur (There’s No Other Way) on their first album.
    I can’t think of one US band to use it but I’m sure I’ll be able to dig up a Canadian or Aussie band.
    The Wonderstuff might have been the first to use that beat. They were so big, but are now so completely forgotten.

  10. ladymisskirroyale

    The Pipettes, “We Are the Pipettes,” 2006 Memphis Industries.

    Here’s another song from the same album:

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