Shoes News

Shoes Appear On New Release By The Flashcubes, On Big Stir Records! 

A new cover version of Tomorrow Night by The Flashcubes has just been released on Big Stir Records and it features contributions from Shoes, in the form of backing vocals and additional harmonies, main vocals (2nd Verse) and lead guitar!  The Flashcubes put their new spin on the song and asked the guys from Shoes to make their contributions.

Tomorrow Night was originally recorded by Shoes in 1977 and appeared on the BOMP! 7" single, b/w Okay, that was released in 1978.  Shoes then re-recorded a new version…

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SHOES To Be Included In New "The State of Sound" Exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum 

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL entitled "The State of Sound: A World of Music From Illinois" will include SHOES and display a custom guitar made for the band by Hamer Guitars in 1979. Hamer was a custom guitar builder located in Wheeling, IL.  The exhibit will run from April 30, 2021 through January 23, 2022.  The exhibit will feature artifacts and mementos from a large range of musical genres.

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"Birth of A Band..." Book re-released for 40th Anniversary Edition of Present Tense Album 

In commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the original release of the Present Tense album, the book; "Birth of A Band, The Record Deal and The Making of Present Tense" by Jeff Murphy is being re-released as a special 40th Anniversary Edition with more photos and a new Epilogue to the original book from 2007.  While the main body of the book remains largely the same as the original release, there have been tweaks, corrections and additional text and photos added with updates current to early 2020.  In…

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New Vinyl 7" Single From Spain! 

A new 7" vinyl single of 2 songs from the Ignition album is set to be released on June 15th by the Spanish label; You Are The Cosmos.  The single features "The Joke's On You" for side A and "Wrong Idea" for side B with a color picture sleeve.  This limited edition import release will be distributed in the US through Get Hip Recordings and other outlets.

Elektrafied Box Set Now Available As An Import! 

The NEW "Elektrafied: The Elektra Years 1979-1982" 4-disc, 90 track box set from Cherry Red Records UK is now available in the US as an import!  We'd like to encourage folks to purchase from their local indie record shop or favorite online indie music vendor, whenever possible.  Folks like:

     Kool Kat Musik :

     Collectors' Choice Music :

     Music Millennium…

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New SHOES box set coming in March 2020! 

Our friends at Cherry Red Records in the UK have put together another great box set of Shoes archival and previously unreleased tracks called; "Shoes Elektrafied-The Elektra Years 1979-1982".  The 4 disc, 90-track collection includes the 3 Elektra album releases of Present Tense, Tongue Twister and Boomerang along with the home 8-track demos for each of those songs.  Also included is the 6-song live EP, "Shoes On Ice" and a scattering of rare and unreleased tracks.

We don't know who will be importing the…

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Shoes and Cheap Trick 

On June 7th Cheap Trick played a show at the Genesee Theatre in their old stomping grounds of Waukegan, IL.  John and Gary (Jeff was out of town) decided to go to the show and pop backstage before the gig to say "Hi".  Singer Robin Zander came over to chat and persuaded the boys to come out on stage during the encore to sing backing vocals on "Surrender".

Black Vinyl Shoes Anthology 1973-1978 is finally out! Read some early reviews. 

The BVS Anthology box set started shipping on friday, 8/31/18 and the pre-order sales on Amazon helped it to bounce into their top 300 of the Best Sellers Ranking in CD Releases!

Not being released domestically, the initial reviews are from UK publications.  Here's one from Loud As War:

But here's a stateside review from the All Music Guide:

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