Slow Children (acoustic) plus Special Guest Jules Shear

Slow Children (acoustic) plus Special Guest Jules Shear

Wed. March 22, 2017

8:00 pm

HiFi

This event is 21 and over

Slow Children
Slow Children
Slow Children are Pal Shazar and Andrew Chinich.

Slow Children' were one of the things that poor Humbert Humbert was hoping to avoid hitting while driving his car through the American terrain of the book Lolita. Lolita was a novel thet both Andrew Chinich and Pal Shazar loved. Andrew named the band, rightfully so. It was really his baby as it began with Pal singing his songs. He'd been a published songwriter at 17 with a major label album to his credit. And Pal? Around the time she met Andrew, one of her illustrations of Patti Smith had been used as the centerfold for the indie rock magazine 'Back Door Man.'

Two years and about a hundred co-written songs later, Slow Children record their first single for Jet Records, a label owned by Sharon Osbourne's dad Don. Produced by Jules Shear and Stephen Hague of Jules and the Polar Bears, the single caught the ear of Ensign Records man Nigel Grainge who signed the band in 1980. Two albums, 'Slow Children' and 'Mad About Town' were sent out into the world, stirring up a lot of attention at L.A.'s main rock radio station KROQ, who continues to play their song 'President Am I' whenever someone is running for office or shouldn't be.

Slow Children was mostly a songwriting and recording experience. There was limited touring but a lot of adventures. Recordings were done in London, L.A. and the Bahamas. A video was shot in Nassau with Pal swimming in a dolphin tank, which on screen appeared to be a tiny Pal in a cocktail. Photographs were taken by Robert Mapplethorpe. A group named themselves 'Pal' after them.

Eventually Andrew and Pal ended up living in two different countries, which did not stop the songwriting process but did limit the amount of songs they produced. As with many groups, the material for what would have been the third record was exceptional by their standards but unable to make it to vinyl. There was talk from their label RCA about making an EP which Pal and Andrew found offensive. In time Slow Children grew up and away from one another. Pal began to write songs on her own.

Fast forward to 2010. Pal and Andrew reunited and began writing together again. A few years and forty songs later they went back into the studio to make their third record. Slow Children's 'cottoncloud9' was recorded in Woodstock (Chirp Studios and Coldbrook Productions). The long awaited follow up to 'Mad About Town' will have a 2016 release.
Jules Shear
Jules Shear
Jules Mark Shear (born 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He wrote the Cyndi Lauper hit single "All Through the Night" and The Bangles' hit "If She Knew What She Wants", and charted a hit as a performer with "Steady" in 1985.

Shear has recorded more than 20 albums to date. He made his first appearance on vinyl with Funky Kings (along with two other songwriters, Jack Tempchin and Richard Stekol). After their second album was rejected by the record label, he formed a new band, the critically acclaimed (but commercially unsuccessful) pop group, Jules and the Polar Bears. This band, with Shear writing and singing all songs, would release two albums (Got No Breeding and fəˈnet̬·ɪks), merging a tight rock sound with the emerging synth-pop of the early 1980s. Their third album was rejected by their record label but released as Bad For Business in 1996, long after the band had broken up. With Jules and the Polar Bears finished, Shear bounced back with several solo albums. The first, Watch Dog, was produced by Todd Rundgren, and featured such players as Tony Levin on bass and Elliot Easton of The Cars on lead guitar. During the sessions, Shear and Easton struck up a friendship, based on their shared musical tastes, which would lead to various collaborations later on. The album featured the original version of "All Through the Night", which Cyndi Lauper would eventually turn into a top-five hit. The album's opening number, "Whispering Your Name", would reach #18 in the UK Singles Chart when Alison Moyet recorded her version of it; Moyet also performed the song on Top of the Pops. Shear then released an EP, Jules, which contained selections from Watch Dog on one side, and two mixes of a club-style dance number, "When Love Surges", on the other side. Shear's next full-length album, The Eternal Return, was a highly polished, synthesizer-heavy effort, produced by Bill Drescher (of Rick Springfield fame). The album opened with "If She Knew What She Wants", which The Bangles would make into a hit. It also featured what would prove to be Shear's only hit single under his own name, "Steady" which he wrote in collaboration with Cyndi Lauper. The single reached #48 in the U.S.

Shear would go on to form two more bands, Reckless Sleepers and Raisins in the Sun. He also conceived (and hosted the first 13 episodes of) the MTV series Unplugged.[2]

His songs have been more commercially successful in the hands of other artists, notably Cyndi Lauper, whose recording of "All Through the Night" reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, and The Bangles, whose recording of "If She Knew What She Wants" reached number 29 in 1986.[3] In 1988, singer/songwriter Iain Matthews (still using the spelling "Ian" for his first name at the time) recorded an album of Shear's material, Walking A Changing Line: The Songs of Jules Shear, with synthesizer-dominated arrangements. Some of these Jules Shear songs had been previously unreleased. Matthews had previously recorded Jules Shear songs on other albums.

Shear was the subject of a song by 'Til Tuesday, "J for Jules", after the end of his relationship with that band's singer, Aimee Mann. Shear co-wrote the title track of that album, Everything's Different Now, with Matthew Sweet, and collaborated with Mann on the album's leading single, "(Believed You Were) Lucky", which performed respectably, reaching #30 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and #95 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He described his Sayin' Hello to the Folks as a "mix tape" of his favorite songs. "I felt like recording songs that I like a lot that I didn't write," he told Paste's Eliot Wilder in 2004. "I thought it would be good to record songs that didn't have a life but should've had a life. This is my attempt at giving them a life." He and Stewart Lerman, the album's producer, selected 12 songs from an original list of 60. These included covers by Todd Rundgren ("Be Nice to Me"), James Brown ("Ain't That a Groove"), Bob Dylan ("In the Summertime") The Dave Clark Five ("I've Got to Have a Reason") and Brian Wilson ("Guess I'm Dumb").[4]

In January 2013 Jules and his wife, artist/songwriter Pal Shazar, released Shear Shazar. Produced by Julie Last, this is the first time Jules and Pal have made a full album together, though the two had recorded duets on Shear's albums before, such as "Here S/He Comes" on The Eternal Return and "Dreams Dissolve in Tears" on The Great Puzzle. This was followed later in the year by another Shear solo album, Longer to Get to Yesterday. In 2014 Shear Shazar followed up on their debut with the five cut EP Mess You Up.
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