Shoes is an American power pop band, formed in Zion, Illinois, in 1974 by brothers John and Jeff Murphy, and Gary Klebe and incorporating several different drummers over the years. After a couple extremely limited recordings, they recorded their true debut for national consumption, Black Vinyl Shoes, in Jeff Murphy's living room and released it in 1977 on their own label, Black Vinyl Records. Though it was barely distributed, enough critics and key people heard the record to start a word-of-mouth buzz. Even with the instantly accessible, catchy quality of the songs, they were unable to achieve mainstream success. Among power pop lovers however, their debut and succeeding albums stand as high points of the era. Black Vinyl Shoes is an album whose somewhat primitive production actually works in its favor. Shoes made a record that was about melodies, hooks, and harmonies, and the result was an album that helped kick start the '80s pop revival -- and still sounds fine today.
When MTV went on the air on August 1, 1981, the channel aired four of Shoes' videos: "Too Late", "Tomorrow Night", "Cruel You" and "In My Arms Again", making Shoes one of the first bands to be shown on MTV. So if you likes some good power pop and have never heard of Shoes you might want to take a gander at these tunes.
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