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The Shapes


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1. The original The Shapes released their “Part Of The Furniture” EP in 1979, which contained such memorable tracks as “Wot’s For Lunch, Mum? (Not Beans Again)” and “(I Saw) Batman (In The Launderette)”. They recorded a session for John Peel’s BBC Radio One show, and played gigs supporting The Killjoys, The Cure and The Fall.

After releasing their second single “Airline Disaster” b/w “Blast Off!” on Terri Hooley’s Belfast-based label Good Vibrations, they self-imploded. However, John Esplen persuaded them to release “Songs For Sensible People” on Overground Records in 1998 , and in 2007, US label/Chuck Warner Hyped2Death included “(I Saw) Batman (In The Launderette)” on Messthetics # 103.

2. The Shapes are a currently active indie-rock band from Brooklyn, NY. Formed in 2004, The Shapes have self-released one self-titled EP (2005) and also composed the theme song for the popular A&E Television show “Dallas SWAT”. Its members are Mark Allen (vox/guitar), Tonia Samman (vox/guitar), Brent Gonzales (guitar), Dmitry Dodin (bass), and Ian Hendrickson (drums).


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