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Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

HistoryThe band was composed of drummer Don Pyle, guitarist Brian Connelly, and bassist Reid Diamond. They released a string of EPs and singles throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, achieving some success. The group also appeared on many compilation albums, and played on some tracks of Fred Schneider's solo album, Just Fred. The band won a 1992 Juno Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for "Instrumental Artist of The Year." The group disbanded in 1996.After the breakup, Connelly was in a short-lived trio called Heatseekers, and toured and recorded with Neko Case and Her Boyfriends. He currently leads his own instrumental trio, Atomic 7. Diamond and Pyle went on to form another instrumental band, Phono-Comb with Dallas Good from The Sadies and Beverly Breckenridge from Fifth Column. After that group ended, Diamond started Danny & Reid's Motion Machine, and Pyle teamed up with Andrew Zealley to form Greek Buck. Diamond died of cancer on February 17, 2001."Having an Average Weekend" was used in The Ongoing History of New Music episode "Alt-Rock's Greatest Instrumentals" from 2003.In March 2012, it was announced that the band would be reforming for a pair of live performances - in Calgary on June 20, and Toronto on July 14 - to mark beginning of a series of reissues of all of their albums on Mammoth Cave Recording Company. Dallas Good will be replacing Diamond on bass.


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