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There are a number of bands under the name The Shades.

One is a band called The Shades formed in 1996 in Cork city, Ireland. Members included Ray Scannell and Graham White (founder members of earlier incarnation Smooth). They were strongly influenced by the likes of Portishead and Massive Attack. Their debut album Explosive was released on Grade Records in 2004.

Another band is a punk band from Austin, Texas who released a 12” EP in 1980 called Ward & June Never Understood on the label Ray Gun. The group consisted of Lisa Franklin and Joe Zavaletta. Their manager was Robert Draper.

Another band are a 7-piece soul and hip-hop group from Auckland, new Zealand and consists of members from One Million Dollars, The Hot Grits and Ddub.

Band Members:
Ben Anderson (vocals, saxophone)
Finn Scholes (keyboards, trumpet)
Tam Scholes (guitar)
Alistair Deverick (drums)
Cass Fresh (bass)
Mimsy Cable (vocals)
Jellphonic (raps)

Another band under the name The Shades were concieved in the creative breeding ground of Walter Jeffermenko’s Stiener Primary School class. Piecing together the thick organ sounds of the enlightened despot and the genius of the caveman; the band played its first decent show in 2003 at St. Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel. The heavily 70s influenced tunes were recorded the following year on Sole Believer, the Shades’ first Compact Disc. Other shows have included Federation Square, Vodaphone Arena and The Cornish Arms.


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  • iconan

    A warm sound of the soul which we have heard too many times, but it's still a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. Garage-Psych. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

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  • Theelongplayer

    "Strollin' After Dark" is by a late 50s/early 60s band also called The Shades. It's on one of the "Songs the Cramps taught us" compilations. The french Shades (the ones on the pic) suck.

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ark88us

    The ones i'm listening to are a Texas band from the early 80s

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Loucoocachu

    The Shades (the ones I'm listening to) are kiwi... and they are a fusion of jazz, funk, soul, hip hop. Kick it!

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Saoirse

    yeh, explosive is by an Irish band - unfortunately i don't have know any details about them! Great song tho :)

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • kud0s

    This is not the band i'm listening to, it's another band by the same name from Ireland

    19 May 2007 Reply
  • dane33 hes emolisus

    22 Nov 2006 Reply
  • dane33

    Ethan bums em x

    8 Nov 2006 Reply

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