Mammoth Cave Recording Company, the upstart label that is possibly the most exciting thing to come out of Alberta since the Albertosaurus, will begin a reissue program in September 2012, of the three Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet albums. Each album will be released as it's ready, at approximately six-month intervals commencing with Savvy Show Stoppers - the collection that compiles the band's first five singles. Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham and Sport Fishin' will follow.
Savvy Show Stoppers has been remastered by Peter J. Moore from the original 1/4" tapes and will be released on deluxe 180 gram black vinyl with gatefold sleeve, and for the first time ever, digitally (that's where they make numbers sound like music - we're not sure how that works either). This release features new gatefold art, liner notes by the drummer of legendary Pacific Northwest music group Girl Trouble, Bon von Wheelie, and the addition of a bonus song from the band's sixth single - a split with the Quinto Sisters.
Eighteen years after their last reverb trail dissipated, the remains of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet will reconstitute for two live performances this summer. Founding members Brian Connelly (guitar) and Don Pyle (drums) will be joined for these shows by extended family member Dallas Good, of The Sadies, playing bass guitar. S Men bass player Reid Diamond died in 2001 after a battle with cancer, so it is an honour to have long-time friend Dallas playing his parts.
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet existed originally between 1984 and 1994, 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, were one of the first Canadian bands to record a Peel Session for BBC D.J. John Peel, beat David Foster and Liona Boyd out of one of the two Juno's 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. I'm sure there's more but you can ask when you see them.