To tell the truth, up until 8:03 pm yesterday, I had never hear of Shine nor had I ever heard their first single, Wall of Hate. It was at 8:03 that I came across an entry for this video over at the Internet Movie Video Database. I liked the song so I decided to go with it.
This video was uploaded to YouTube by George Wheelwright, who was a member of the group. In the video’s description, he explains that this was Shine’s first single and that it was released by RCA. He writes that the song did well on college radio and the video occasionally aired on MTV “but alas didn’t set the world on fire, story of a thousand bands i know, but we had a great time…” I’m glad they had a great time because it’s actually a pretty good song. Wheelwright adds that the video was shot around Glasgow. The video has a very 80s, Miami Vice-like feel to it, as does the song.
Today, I’m featuring this video as a way to honor all of the good bands that “didn’t set the world on fire” but who still produced some damn good music. If you get a chance, click on the video YouTube link and let George Wheelwright know that the song is still appreciated.