The Shades – Ward And June Never Understood… E.P. 12″

Thank you Chris Renna! Without you I would never known how great this forgotten gem is. Chris had Nova Lust as a mystery track at his trading site: Nova Lust well words can hardly describe what a total blaster, killer and monster track that is. It´s THE typical sound of american punk to me. Clever and hook laden. And that sneering american accent that is unmistakably from Texas(thoughl I´ve heard people in Saint Paul/Minneapolis sounding like rednecks out of Texas, like Bob Mould). It got a killer organ too that makes the song jump and swing back and forth. For fucks sake listen!!

Dial Another Hit and Snowy Day continues in the same vein while Beaverworld and Hook In Your Heart make babys with The Rezillos. 

Country: USA
Year: 1980
Label: Ray Gun
Format: 12″
Nova Lust.mp3
Night 2.mp3
Dial Another Hit.mp3
Snowy Day.mp3
Hook In Your Heart.mp3

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19,170 Responses to The Shades – Ward And June Never Understood… E.P. 12″

  1. Ah, wonderful! This MONSTER always makes me think of HYPNOTICS – of course it should be the other way round. Totally essential and obscured!

  2. Michael says:

    This is great! Nova Lust kinda reminds me of The Homosexuals’ Neutron Lover.

    Thanks for the post

  3. haziman says:

    This is a great record (at least most of it). Thanks to you I finally have a good quality copy.

  4. Sulis says:

    Great stuff. Are you sure this band was from the US? Or are they from Canada? Vancouver Complication comp. has a song by a band called The Shades. It has an organ player, too.

  5. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Yes I´m sure. The back of the sleeve doesn´t come out good when taking photos with my mobile phone but it will tell you they´re from Texas/USA.

  6. Sulis says:

    It does indeed. Well, silly me. Great post anyways.

  7. sunshine says:

    the shades were from Austin tx. I have a few flyers with them,maybe with the Next.

  8. Marc says:

    Good stuff, just what I like. This 12″ also comes on blue vinyl. For anyone wanting more: check out the Shades 7″ ep with 4 different tracks, 1979 Nuhuevo records. Get it?, Nuhuevo!
    Also a year after the June Clever 12″, singer “Lisa Franklin” with some help from another Shade “Joe Zavaletta and 4 new guys; release a double 7” under the name “Dark Motive”. 1981 Dark Motive records, out of Austin Texas. It’s more of the same keyboards and guitars.
    thanks –
    Keep up the good work.

    • The aforementioned 7″ WAS definitely recorded in Austin, TX. in 79′ self-produced and self-published by “The Shades” featuring Lisa Franklin (Vox+keys) Joe Zavealetta (Gtr+vox) Chris Bailey (Gtrs) Byron “Bucky” Davies (Bass) and Bevis M. Griffin (Drms+vox)…this line-up was notably among the “first-wave” of the great Texas punk-movement and was featured as the opening act for The Clash at the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters on their first 1979 U.S. Tour.

  9. chud says:

    This was 1980? Initially, I thought, “sounds like Iggy (or James Williamson or Scott Thurston) may have listened to “Nova Lust” before they cut “New Values”….hmmm.”, but New Values was ’79 so maybe it was vice versa? Or just synchronicity…

  10. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    No more records will be posted until this has 21 comments praising the greatness of it.

  11. Patrick says:

    Um, Bob Mould has a wicked Minne-soot-ah accent.

  12. I would say that Snowy day is the hit of the record. That song reminds me of… Fuck! I can’t remember what song it sounds like. Been listening to it for a few days now and I just can’t figure out what song it reminds me of. It might be something from the 60s thanks to the organ but I don’t know. Cool record anyway.

    I guess this comment is #12 so just 9 more to go…

  13. Why 21 by the way? Are you getting religious or are you just hooked on magic numbers at the moment?

  14. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Number 22 is such a shitty film so I need 21 comments to break the spell that that movie has on me. Snowy Day got a quiet ordinary and classic riff going maybe that’s why?

  15. Martin says:

    What about Catch 22 or 21 grams?

  16. I tell you, I start to hate the people who visit our blogs.

  17. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Martin, please don´t make it harder for me now!

  18. Yeah, what the fuck is up with these guys? I hate them too!

  19. Charlie M says:

    This is great.
    Chris Renna’s top 200 webpage is spot on. His other pages are funny and scathingly dismissive of the worst kbd tendencies too!

  20. Anonymous says:

    the organ solos in night II are so sick

  21. Yeah Charlie M, totally agree. Funny thing is that my old bands first 7″ EP is on that Top 200.

  22. Larz Gustafsson says:

    Brilliant band!
    They´ve got the beat!

  23. dev_akm says:

    Thanks a ton for posting this!

    A high school buddy of mine played with this band for a while, as did the great Danny “Texicalli Grill” Young. It’s a great LP with a lot of nostalgia for me, being an old Austin punk, but my copy is badly disintegrated, so thanks again!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Awesome posting – criminally underrated, almost forgotten & extremely obscured, but just G_R_E_A_T!!!

    Reminds me a lot of The Hypnotics and ISM.

    All the songs are catchy and they have it all!

  25. Dick Lazer says:

    Hello Folks,

    Thanks for all the great comments.

    My my, its been nearly 30 years since Lisa Franklin and I recorded these songs… but listening to the MP3 files took me back in time, so many great memories. I have the original LP’s somewhere, but I very much appreciate the comments. We played Austin on the drag, mostly at Raul’s (now gone). What a time that was… We drifted apart and we all grew up.

    I bet know one knows that our manager was Robert Draper (grandson of Leon Jaworski) who is now a very successful writer, first at Texas Monthly, Then GQ, and now on his own… wrote a book on George Bush.

    We had another EP, with a couple of my favorite songs, one of them was “Laurie Two-Tone”. I have it somewhere .. would anyone be interested in listening to the MP3 files if I can convert them?

    Thanks again… you made my YEAR!!

    Joe Zavaletta (Dick Lazer)

  26. Thomas says:

    Just send it to Peter and he can post your favourite tracks from the Ep, too.

  27. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Hi Dick! Thanks for stopping by but the most thank you for making such a killer record!! You don’t want to know how long it took to finally get me a copy of this. I’ve heard a couple of tracks from the EP but didn’t like it that much but would like to hear them again so if you send over some mp3s I would be forever grateful: info at or just hit the contact link in the left hand bar.

  28. Jay Thurston says:

    Should we call him Joe or will Dick be sufficient?? :)

  29. Jay Thurston says:

    “I’m just a Wally in a Beaverworld!” That has got to be the funniest fucking lyrics I have ever heard…

  30. DeliciousVomit says:

    Definately feelin the Ism comparison. Speakin of the Hypnotics, any chance of you puttin either of their records on here? Indoor Fiends is killer and i’ve never heard the second one

  31. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Erich over at GoodBad has posted the Indoor Fiends LP so go grab it.

  32. anon says:

    they’re vancouvee. found em on a comp with k tels and was excited

  33. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    No anon that’s a different The Shades. There where several Shades around this one where from Texas. Just check the back of the sleeve.

  34. Marky Desade says:

    I agree very funny lyrics.
    Mark Richardson aka
    marky desade of theHypnotics

  35. Dj Gaz Le Rock says:

    FUCK!Nova Lust is AMAZEBOX!!!

    Thanks for this one KBD!

  36. Stella says:

    Is there any chance for posting the “Laurie Two-Tone” EP or get those mp3s you mentioned above? I loved this band since they started in Austin and I’d really love to hear it again.

  37. jambo says:

    I rented the apartment below The Shades when they were writing and recording this effort. Lisa and Joe would run down and ask me to come up and listen to works in progress. What a treat. I would help schlep their equipment to gigs at Rauls. I remember when Joe got his red Ovation? guitar. he was jazzed. Anybody know where Joe and Lisa are now? Good times……..JR

  38. jambo says:

    well shit I guess I should have read all the posts before I wrote one. Hey Joe! Its JR from down stairs at the rental on woodrow. Me and Jimmy lived below yall. What a trip, is right. I was talking to my wife about those days and did a search and presto! Internet. So glad Al gore invented it. I think its time to get the band back together…..Upload more stuff when you can.
    Jim Bechtol
    AKA J. R.

  39. ck bailey says:

    I realize I’m way late checkin into this thread, but… i was the lead guitar player in the original lineup of The Shades. I played on the first 4-song EP, & co-wrote “Beaverworld” w/ Lisa Franklin & Robert Draper (who was responsible for those lyrics) as well as “Hook In Your Heart”(which I wrote w/ Lisa but was not credited for) on the one under discussion here. I was amazed to see a posting here by Joe Zavaletta, who I had totally lost track of. Lisa, too–I was back in touch w/ her briefly in the late 90’s when she moved by to Austin for a while, but have no idea where she is now or how to get in touvch w/ her. If anyone has any idea where she can be contacted, I’d appreciate some clues, as there has been some interest in maybe reissuing the original band’s recordings in full (there are 11 tracks, only 4 of which have been released). & Joe, if you happen to see this, get in touch w/ me!

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