Shawn Smith in NYC
|Born||October 28, 1965|
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 2019 (aged 53)|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Labels||Epic (Sony) & Redline Entertainment (Brad & Satchel)|
Sub Pop (Pigeonhed)
818 Music & Establishment Store
Sound Vs. Silence/Gator Records (solo albums)
The Diamond Hand
From the North
Power of Wings
The Twilight Singers
Mother Love Bone
Shawn Smith (October 28, 1965 – April 5, 2019) was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was a member of several Seattle alternative and indie rock bands, such as Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed and The Twilight Singers, as well as a solo artist.
Smith cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences. Other influences he noted are Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Andy Wood and Chris Cornell.
Smith was born in Spokane, Washington in 1965 and attended high school in Bakersfield, California, relocating to Seattle in 1987. He befriended drummer Regan Hagar while both were working at Tower Records in the late ‘80s. The pair formed Satchel shortly thereafter, and eventually, formed Brad with Stone Gossard and Jeremy Toback. In an interview from 2014, Smith said that the main songwriters in Brad were he and Gossard.
Brad would go on to release five studio albums during their career (Shame, Interiors, Welcome to Discovery Park, Best Friends?, and United We Stand) and Satchel would issue three studio albums (EDC, The Family, and Heartache and Honey), while both bands would share credit for a compilation (Brad vs. Satchel).
Smith's only major chart hit came in 1999, when the British techno group Lo Fidelity Allstars remixed the Pigeonhed song "Battle Flag" and released it as a single. The song, credited to "Lo Fidelity Allstars feat. Pigeonhed", reached #6 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in July 1999.
In 2005, Smith unveiled a musical project called "The Diamond Hand" involving many musicians. He also has worked with Thaddeus Turner (formerly of Maktub and many other projects including Brad) under the name Forever Breakers.
"From the North" was Shawn's newest band with core members of Malfunkshun (Regan Hagar, Kevin Wood, Cory Kane) and the lyrics left by the late Andrew Wood. Since 2006, the band has also been billed as "Power of Wings" and "Von Nord" (allegedly meaning "From the North" in German; whereas this actually reads "vom Norden" or "aus dem Norden"). Hagar has since been replaced by Seattle drummer Mike Hommel. The band changed its name in July 2008 to All Hail the Crown and planned to release new music under this banner.
Also in 2008, Smith appeared on the album Lotuk by Arsenal (Belgian band). Smith was interviewed for and featured throughout the 2009 book, Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music. On April 14, 2010, the four surviving members of Mother Love Bone reunited for the first time in 20 years, with Smith serving as frontman, as part of a sold-out "Brad and Friends" evening at Seattle's Showbox.
- Let It All Begin (1999)
- Live at the Point (2000)
- Shield of Thorns (2003)
- The Cedarwood EP (2007)
- The Diamond Hand (2008)
- Sunshine (2011)
- SKELETON KEYS - A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989-2003 - Volumes 1-7 (2011)
- Grass and Sky EP (2013)
- Kid Bakersfield (2013)
- The Secret Life of People EP (2016)
- Shame (1993)
- Interiors (1997)
- Welcome to Discovery Park (2002)
- Brad vs Satchel (2005)
- Best Friends? (2010)
- United We Stand (2012)
- EDC (album)|EDC (1994)
- The Family (1996)
- Brad vs Satchel (2005)
- Heartache and Honey (2010)
- Monument (2010)
All Hail The Crown discography
- All Hail The Crown (2011)
- Deer Lodge George Jones (2014)
"Shake It (Like You Just Made Bail)", a song that remained unreleased until Shawn Smith made it available in digital format in 2007, was featured in the background of the cocaine scene of the "Proshai, Livushka" episode of The Sopranos (third season, 2001). "Leaving California" and "Wrapped in My Memory" from Smith's solo album Shield of Thorns were both featured prominently on the "Long Term Parking" episode of The Sopranos (fifth season, 2004). Yet another Shawn Smith related song has been featured on the show: Pigeonhed's "Battle Flag" appeared on the "46 Long" episode (first season, 1999) and was later included on "The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series".
"Battle Flag" has also been featured in a season six episode of NBC's prime-time medical drama ER, season three episode eleven of Showtime's drama Queer as Folk (US), as well as a season one episode of The WB's Smallville. It has also been featured in the film Coyote Ugly and the trailer for Charlie's Angels.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 3, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- Australian Channel V radio interview Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Interview with Robert Pally Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- [dead link]
- Prato, Greg. "Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music'". Toronto: ECW Press. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
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- "Lo Fidelity Allstars Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
- "Shawn Smith | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
- "Seattlest Interview: Kevin Wood of Malfunkshun, From the North: Seattlest". Seattlest.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- The Shawn Smith Collective Archived September 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "Arsenal - Lotuk Documentary part.1 (Shawn Smith)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
- Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music: Greg Prato: 9781550228779: Amazon.com: Books
- Hay, Travis (April 15, 2010). "Mother Love Bone reunites, Shawn Smith shines: Brad and friends, Satchel, Hank Khoir @ Showbox at the Market 04.14.10 - guErRillA candy with Travis Hay". Blog.seattlepi.com. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
- Young, Alex (April 6, 2019). "R.I.P. Shawn Smith, singer of Seattle rock band Brad dead at 53". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 7, 2019.