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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Freakin' Awesome, These Rock Sirens!

Ladies and gentlemen...

boys and girls of all ages!

Welcome to Fräulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities
here in Jupiter, Florida. I'm Shady Dell Toledo,
strongman of the troupe. Find a seat. You're in
for a treat. For the next FIVE SOLID HOURS my
Freak Show family and I will present, for your
edification and delight, a trio of female-fronted
rock bands guaranteed to mystify & mesmerize.
And now, without further ado, here she is, just
back from her tour as headliner at top cabarets
 from Paris to Berlin, the star of our show...
the one and only Elsa Mars!

Thank you for the standing ovation,
my lovelies. You are too kind. Tonight
you will meet three young and talented
rock singers- Dorothy, Mixi and Taylor.
I taught them everything they know.


Our first act of the night is Dorothy,
a sexy, boozy, dark and dangerous band
from Los Angeles, California, led by singer
Dorothy Martin. Dorothy was ranked #14
on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Best New
Artists of 2014. In the fall of that year,
Dorothy recorded a cover of a song by
hip hop artists Kanye West and Jay-Z
on their joint album Watch the Throne.
Here in a live performance is Dorothy
the band and "No Church in the Wild."

"No Church in the Wild" - Dorothy
(recorded fall of 2014, live at the
SXSW Festival, Austin, TX, Mar. 2015)



I'm Dandy Mott, a bored, spoiled rotten
ultra rich kid slash frustrated wannabe
actor and budding serial killer.

Some people call me a monster.
I wouldn't have to be if they'd
just stop breaking my rules and
ruining my good times. By sheer
coincidence, "Monster" is the name
of our next tune. Another LA-based
band, Stitched Up Heart, fronted by
Alecia 'Mixi' Demner, plays blend
of hard rock and goth heavy metal.
In June of this year Stitched Up
Heart released their major label
debut album Never Alone which
includes the single "Monster."

"Monster" - Stitched Up Heart
(April 2016 single from the
June 2016 album Never Alone)



I'm Gloria Mott, Dandy's mother.

They say nothing good ever happens
after midnight. That's especially true
when Dandy is around. He's basically
good boy but he can be a handful at
times, like when he's butchering people.
Dorothy retakes the stage now to perform
their debut 2014 single "After Midnight"
released three months ago on the
band's debut album ROCKISDEAD
which peaked at #129 on the
Billboard 200. Note that it
is not the J.J. Cale song
covered by Eric Clapton.

"After Midnight" - Dorothy
(June 2014 single from the
June 2016 album ROCKISDEAD)


BETTE (right): Hi, we're Bette and Dot Tattler,
the conjoined twins who entertain
in Elsa's Freak Show.

BETTE: My sister is all excited about this
band because they share the name Dorothy.  

DOT: I'm so excited I almost dozed off!

BETTE: I love Dorothy Martin.
She's got Bette Davis eyes!

DOT: Moving on, "Raise Hell" is
another single from Dorothy's 2016
album ROCKISDEAD. According
to Wiki, the song has been used in
promos for Pandora, HBO shows,
Levi's, Acura, Orange Is the New
Black and Now You See Me 2.

"Raise Hell" - Dorothy
(single from June 2016


I'm Desiree Dupree, another member
of the Elsa Mars troupe.

Those glorified Doublemint Twins
(above) got nuthin' on me, child.
I can triple your pleasure! Now
let's enjoy an encore performance
by the LA-based hard rock/metal
band Stitched Up Heart featuring
feisty lead vocalist Mixi Demner.
Released as a single in late 2015,
"Finally Free" cracked the top 20
on the Active Rock Radio chart.

"Finally Free" - Stitched Up Heart
(Dec. 2015 single from June
2016 album Never Alone)



I'm Jimmy Darling aka the Lobster Boy.
Shady Dell's my pa but he's ashamed
to admit it.  Far as I'm concerned
he can go pound sand! 

Dorothy the band is back for another shot,
this time to perform their 2016
non-album single "Get Up."

"Get Up" - Dorothy
(2016 non-album single)


I'm Ethel Darling aka The Bearded Lady.
I'm Jimmy's mother. Dell is his dad, but
a poor excuse for one. Dell was in the
wind soon after Jimmy was born. Now
he's back workin' for Elsa and stirrin'
up a heapa trouble.

Jimmy has potensho. If the boy can learn to
control his drinkin', his fightin' and his killin'
 he'll go far in this world.  "Dark Nights" is
another track from Dorothy's summer 2016
album ROCKISDEAD. The video is one of
 the funniest things you're ever likely to
see. If you've got the time, it's worth
watching from beginning to end.
Be sure to read the crawl at
the bottom of the screen.

"Dark Nights" - Dorothy
(from June 2016 album


We're Amazon Eve and Ma Petite...
two more members of Elsa's family.

You first met The Pretty Reckless in vol. 1
of Rock Jeopardy. The hard rock/alt rock
and post-grunge band features the ballsy,
bluesy vocals of Taylor Momsen who, as
an actress, played Jenny Humphrey on
the CW network TV series Gossip Girl.
Just yesterday, October 21, Taylor and
The Pretty Reckless released their 3rd
studio album Who You Selling For.
Here they are with the lead single
from the album "Take Me Down."

"Take Me Down" - The Pretty Reckless
(July 2016 single from Oct. 2016
album Who You Selling For)

The show's over, folks...
but the fun has just begun.

I'm Twisty the Clown...

and I'm waiting to play with you
in the woods outside your house.

Don't keep me waiting!







  1. you took these pix at the RNC convention in cleveland this past summer, didn't you? ;-)

    rock on, shady, rock steady!

    1. Hi, anne marie!

      Thank you for rockin' the block with me this morning, dear friend! I hope you enjoyed the easy listening sounds of Dorothy, Stitched Up Heart and The Pretty Reckless along with my preview of American Horror Story, Season 4: Freak Show .

      Ha! Good one! Come to think of it... Twisty the Clown bears a strong resemblance to one of the candidates. :)

      But seriously now, it is against my policy to politicize my blog the way so many others, particularly those on the other side of the aisle, have a habit of doing. I am not going to tell you who I am voting for, anne, but I am willing to offer this vague hint:

      She will win... and she will make a great president.

      America is great...
      ...because America is good.

      When they go low...
      ...we go high.


      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend anne marie. I'll be dropping by your Saturday Night Dance Party shortly. Have a super weekend!

  2. Another television show post— how many in a row is that— lol? And it is yet another series that I haven't been watching with you— but now you've got me curious. The strong man in that first picture looks familiar— is he the guy who played Vic a few years ago on The Shield? The Siamese twins look familiar too and so does the bearded lady— but I can’t think of their names. I have to admit— Freak Show looks like an entertaining series and I can see why you would like it.

    On the music side— all three of those women have strong voices— and they and their bands really know how to rock. I remember Pretty Reckless from last year’s post— but the other two are new to me. I’m surprised I never heard of them. I laughed out loud at Dorothy’s Dark Nights video with its clever captioning. I can’t even pick a favorite in this post. All three bands are terrific and will keep us rocking through the weekend— and far beyond!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for joining the party! I hope you got your freak on. :)

      Yessum, good eye, the Freak Show strong man is actor Michael Chiklis who played Vic Mackey on The Shield. Along with that series and AHS: Freak Show, Chiklis also starred as The Commish and in the TV series No Ordinary Family plus the comic superhero movie Fantastic Four.

      Two heads are better than one, and the conjoined twins of Freak Show prove it as they outsmart, out play and outlast most of the other human oddities in the troupe. The twins are played by Sarah Paulson, the fine actress who so capably played the role of Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson. Sarah won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in that critically acclaimed miniseries and also won two Critics’ Choice awards, one for Freak Show and the other for Asylum (season 2 of American Horror Story).

      The bearded lady is veteran actress Kathy Bates who won the Best Actress Academy Award for Misery, received an Emmy nomination for her role in Freak Show and won the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy for AHS season 3: Coven.

      Then of course there is Jessica Lange (Elsa Mars) winner of numerous awards over her distinguished 40 year acting career. Jessica has been nominated for her work in four seasons of American Horror Story. She won the Critics’ Choice Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in AHS: Coven and an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in AHS 1: Murder House.

      I’m thrilled to know that you enjoyed these lady rockers. Dorothy and her band have a sense of humor and that video with the crawl is hilarious. Did you notice that the last minute of the vid is nothing but Dorothy contentedly eating her snack? I love it! Apart from her talent as a comedienne, Dorothy Martin is quite a find – a beautiful young woman with powerful pipes and hard rock sensibilities. In voice and style Dorothy has been compared to Grace Slick.

      I am also very impressed by Mixi and her band Stitched Up Heart. Theirs is the most refreshing combination of hard rock and metal I have heard in quite some time and I predict they will be around for quite a while.

      Taylor Momsen’s soulful, smoky voice gets me every time and I love “Take Me Down,” the lead single from the just released Pretty Reckless album Who You Selling For. “Take Me Down” rises to the level of all time classic around the 3 minute mark when the female backing singers join Taylor for the soul shouting finale. It’s doesn’t get any better than that!

      All of these performances are great but my Pick To Click for this post is Stitched Up Heart. They absolutely crush it!

      Thanks again for checking out the Freak Show characters and for listening to the latest nuggets I pulled from the rock quarry. Have a great weekend, Kathryn!

  3. Hi Shady!

    More bands you have sold me on! I really liked Dorothy the most. I love her style and voice. I have to install iTunes on my new laptop and when I do, I'll see if I can buy these performers on iTunes. :)

    I really like the Freak Show series as well. I love the music you choose and present to us. They will definitely keep me rocking through the weekend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for dropping by! You are my second Philly area friend to visit so far this morning! :)

      I'm delighted to know that I have turned you on to some new bands with this post. Dorothy Martin has been called bad-ass which, in rock, is a very good thing. I call her the real deal - a female lead vocalist who represents the whole package: voice, looks, genuine rock sensibilities and even a great sense of humor.

      You seem to be telling me that you are already watching or have already seen Freak Show. If not, then I'm glad I aroused your interest and hope you'll give the series a try along with the other sensational seasons of American Horror Story.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend JM, and have a wonderful weekend!

    2. Hi Shady,

      I haven't watched it yet, just because I get up very early for work on week days. I may see if the library has their DVDs... or at least I can inter-library loan the DVDs. I definitely do want to give the series a watch!

    3. Knowing you as I do, dear friend Jessica, I'm sure you will love every season of American Horror Story, Scream Queens and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series! :)

  4. You can bring back Lobster Boy and teh Bearded Lady anytime.
    Very familiar with Pretty Reckless.
    Actually, there are quite a few female fronted rock bands right now.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy!

      I should mention Evan Peters, the fine actor who plays Jimmy Darling aka Lobster Boy in Freak Show. Evan has been thrice nominated for Supporting Actor awards for his roles in multiple seasons of American Horror Story. You might also be interested in knowing that Evan played the mutant Quicksilver in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and the 2016 sequel X-Men: Apocalypse.

      My CD collection is filled with female-fronted rock and metal bands, my favorite music category in recent years.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment Alex!

  5. Ok, I'll start with WOW! Fantastic! I don't know too many words to appropriately describe how marvelous this was! I had to take notes! All of these singers were great! They have strong, bluesy voices, and don't require the assistance of 8-10 dancers behind them to pick up the slack. When Dorothy wasn't doing the grunge, growl voice thing on "No Church in The Wild", her voice was amazing, sort of taking you back to Janis Joplin, and, Heart! And, she certainly projected more energy than (well, I don't want to be too critical, so I won't mention names!) I don't think I can talk about all of them, because I liked them all-"After Midnight" and "Get Up"-Wow again! What a selection! These ladies project not only a great talent, but, lots of energy and capable of entertaining without all the theatrics! And, your help (hosts), did such a good job, love your son, Lobster Boy, Shady! Cute guy!

    And, then, just when I didn't think I could pick a favorite, you close with "Take Me Down"! OMG, how great was that! Cool back up singers, and the instrumentals rocked!

    It's about time some of this better, new blood came to the forefront, we're missing out on some good talent! Thank you for this entertaining post, "Shady Del Toledo"! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with not too many 'clown' nightmares, lol! See you soon!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! How's the Scootster this weekend? :) We are enjoying delightfully breezy and cooler weather here on the Gulf Coast of Florida!

      You tossed around words like WOW and fantastic, but I could say the same about this comment of yours, Suzanne. Thank you very much for all the compliments on the post!

      Clearly I am a big fan of the American Horror Story series. As it was with From Dusk Till Dawn, AHS is a TV show that I was reluctant to follow but did so after repeated arm twisting by a friend. I'm so glad I didn't miss it. The cast is first rate, a mix of seasoned veteran actors and exciting newcomers, and the horror pulls no punches - it hits you right in the gut. I highly recommend the first four seasons of AHS, the only ones I have watched so far. Emma Roberts, star of Scream Queens, also appears in multiple seasons of AHS. The Freak Show strongman's name is Dell Toledo (played by Michael Chiklis) so I decided to tack the name Shady onto the front of it. :)

      I couldn't be happier that your ears agree with mine on these ladies of rock and metal. I was blown away when I first heard and watched these eight performances. I agree that Dorothy Martin's bluesy rock style is reminiscent of Janis Joplin and Ann Wilson. She has also drawn comparisons to Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane. If you haven't done so yet, watch Dorothy's "Dark Nights" video from beginning to end and follow the funny crawl at the bottom of the screen. I have never seen such a funny way of breaking the 4th wall in a music video, and Dorothy's comedic acting is must see.

      Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless just released their new album yesterday and "Take Me Down" is the first single released from it. I'm glad you agree that the song goes into orbit when the background singers join Taylor in a rave-up in the closing minute. I sampled all of the songs on Who You Selling For and it is a mix of rocking tracks and more subdued, introspective and mellow songs. Hard line rockers like me don't like it very much when artists take their foot off the gas. We expect pedal to the metal from start to finish. Therefore, I doubt that I will buy this new album of theirs.

      Twisty the Clown will give you nightmares, that's for sure. I urge you to watch Freak Show and see what I mean. I must caution you that this and other seasons of American Horror Story are too intense for children Scootie's age.

      Thank you again for being such a kind and supportive friend, dear Suzanne. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  6. Loving this post, Shady! I've been meaning to check out Freak Show on Netflix and hope I'll have the time one of these days. What a stellar cast! It even has a German character; cool! ☺ What's not to like about Michael Chiklis, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates et al? And the music! This is exactly the kind of stuff I can sink my teeth into (vampire pun intended ;) ). Smoky, sultry, sexy vocals and a driving rock beat. I had a fabulous time with this one. Thanks for the entertainment. Looking for more from these bands online. Cheers!

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for coming down today. I appreciate it so very much, dear friend!

      Thank you also for the enthusiastic, congruent thumbs-up on both aspects of the post - the TV series and the female rockers presented. I highly recommend the first four seasons of American Horror Story. Many of the same fine actors and actresses return season after season in different roles and with different settings and story lines. It's a wonderful series!

      Re: the music. I'm very happy that you and I are finally in sync here on SDMM! Oops, I just named a famous pop group. Please forgive the Freudian slip! :) I am genuinely thrilled to know that your ears matched mine this time around. I was hoping they would. This post should reassure you that I did not fall asleep in the cave and allow the body snatchers to transform me into a hardcore pop fan to the exclusion of everything else. :) I still love my rock and metal and these dynamic women and their bands kick butt all over town.

      Your happiness is mine, Debbie. When I invite my friends over to Shady's clubhouse I like nothing better than to show them a good time and leave them happy, smiling and energized. Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      P.S. - I hope I can count on you to leave at least 10 comments on every post from now on! :)

    2. You can keep In Sync. :P I'll take more Dorothy, though. Fabulous band! Yes, I am glad to know you haven't abandoned the rock genre. :) Sad to say, American Horror Story isn't available on Canadian Netflix. I'll definitely check it out when I'm in California though. I also know of a website that offers many TV shows and movies for free.

    3. Hi again, Debbie!

      Did you watch Dorothy's "Dark Nights" video, the one with the funny crawl, all the way through to the end where she eats her snack? It's hysterical! Imagine, a fine rock band with a sense of humor. I hope they go far.

      You will have to do some serious AHS binge watching in California:

      season 1: Murder House

      season 2: Asylum

      season 3: Coven (guest starring Stevie Nicks!)

      season 4: Freak Show

      season 5: Hotel

      season 6: Roanoke

      season 7: coming in 2017 (with many of the Freak Show characters returning)

      Thanks again for being such a kind and supportive friend, Debbie, and have a super week ahead!

    4. Comment # 2 ☺ To be honest, the scrolling at the bottom of the video seemed a bit silly to me, although I definitely agree about word censorship. One of my pet peeves! It's just language and has no power unless you assign power to it. Most annoying of all is when they bleep out words on TV. It totally breaks the flow of dialogue, but I digress. Looking forward to some U.S. Netflix binge watching!

    5. Hooray for comment #2. (Actually it is comment #3 but who's counting? :)

      I totally agree about censorship. I don't buy "clean" versions of albums because I want to hear what the artist intended to say (sing). Nor do I like the process of bleeping words out of TV programs. The three series I have featured in the last few weeks here on SDMM have realistic dialogue. Explicit language is sometimes used but not merely for shock value.

      You will enjoy watching this troupe of versatile actors playing different characters in various seasons of American Horror Story. Dylan McDermott, the actor who starred in The Practice, is in season 1 and 2. In season 1: Murder House, Dylan is joined by actress and women's rights advocate Connie Britton, known for her Emmy nominated roles on Friday Night Lights and Nashville. She was also nominated for her role in Murder House.

      Thank you for expanding the thread, dear friend Debbie!

    6. You`re right and this is comment #4. ☺ Explicit language is part of life and therefore realistic. This is peculiar to North America. It only has "shock value" if one considers it shocking, yes? Have you ever watched British shows on Netflix? That's how normal, everyday TV is in Europe. No bullshit censorship. How long can we keep this going? ☺

    7. Hi, dear Debbie!

      Mrs. Shady and I have watched many British TV series over the years including Doc Martin, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax and Downton Abbey, but I can't think of any that contained particularly salty language. Which ones were you thinking of? (A question requires an answer in the form of another comment.:)

      You know how very much I appreciate connecting with you, Debbie. At the same time I hope you know that I was kidding when I told you I expect 10 comments from you on every post. That said, it feels good to have a genuine friend in this world, someone with whom I have a lot in common, the important issues that go beyond music such as animal rights and women's rights. I believe that you are one of those people. Michele is another.

      Thank you very much!

    8. Of course I knew you were kidding. ☺ I'll be spending much less time online this week, as I have to get organized for my trip. To answer your question, three series that come to mind are the Australian original of "Rake" (Greg Kinnear starred in the short-lived American version), Gillian Anderson's "The Fall", set in Northern Ireland and "Spotless", about two French brothers in London running a crime scene cleanup business. Great shows, all! Nice to know you and Michele are also friends. She and I met in 2014 during the April A-Z challenge and bonded over dogs and music. Have a good week.

    9. Mrs. S and I watched the Greg Kinnear U.S. version of Rake and enjoyed it. We were disappointed when it was canceled. I'll have to look into those other series and tell her about them. She and I are both lovers of series produced in the UK. Along with the shows that I mentioned previously we would also highly recommend both the U.S. and Australian version of the miniseries The Slap. Both are excellent and uncensored.

      Thanks again for your kind visits and interesting comments, dear friend Debbie.


  7. Wow! That was a nice variety of hard-hitting hits! I actually liked all of them but my favorite was "raising hell"! Dorothy really reminded me and sounded like Joan Jett.

    I loved seeing the old freaky freaks from my favorite American horror story, "Freak show." I had forgotten how much I enjoyed watching that show. My favorite "freak" was "Ma petite.""My least favorite? Tie between bad boy and quite the baby , Dandy & Twisty the clown! I'm getting nightmares thinking that about them!

    That was a fun assortment of headbanging/hair swishing hits. Thanks for sharing, Shady!

    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you, dear friend, for coming over to hear three female-fronted rock bands that I call (wait for it) ...freakin' awesome! :)

      Yessum, bad-ass Dorothy Martin can be compared to a number of great lady rock stars of the 60s, 70s and 80s. She's bringing great, no-nonsense rock back alive! Dorothy possesses genuine rock sensibilities. It's in her genes (and her jeans). You can tell by the way she belts out her songs flanked by her bad boy band. Did you notice that one of their numbers, the first one, was performed live at the SXSW Fest in Austin?

      I know that you are a big fan of American Horror Story. You are the friend who hounded me until I finally gave the series a try and I thank you for coaxing me into it. All four seasons I have watched so far are top notch. I love Ma Petite, too. Her doll like features and squeaky little voice are endearing. Dandy and Twisty are two of the most terrifying villains I have ever seen in TV or in the movies. Both actors are fabulous! Imagine running into Twisty while you are out taking a walk! :)

      I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the music and the salute to Freak Show. Thanks again for stopping by, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  8. ... me know it has nothin 2 do with your post, friend Shady, but have to get my 2 pence worth anyway ... so, here it is ... your video clip "After Midnight" got me remembering the movie Round Midnight" ... ya ... Love, cat.

    1. "Round Midnight" I meant to say ... I positively and absolutely hate spelling and punctuation mistakes ... among other things ... smiles ... Love, cat.

    2. ... unless me wannit dat way, of course ... smiles ... Love, cat.

    3. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for making the long journey from Western Canada to be here today, dear friend. You must be weary and in need of a rest, so please be seated. :)

      While I encourage friends to stay on topic, I don't care what people express here or what topic they choose as long as they remain respectful. Anything is better than leaving a generic, meaningless, hit & run, Twitter tweet comment. You have been coming through for me when you comment, dear friend cat, and I am grateful.

      Turns out your comment is indeed related to the content of the post because one of the songs reminded you of an 80s movie. I was not familiar with 'Round Midnight so I went to IMDB and looked it up. I read that it is the fictional story of an alcoholic sax player struggling to survive on the New York jazz scene in the 50s. He gets an opportunity to play in Paris and relocates. Now comes the key part of the plot summary:

      (In Paris) "like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin."

      May I assume that you have seen this movie? Does it mean a lot to you? Is it a favorite?

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, dear friend cat, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    4. Yes ... very much a favourite, friend Shady ... as does "Nell" ... I stopped watching movies after that cuz I am convinced that here won't be anything better ever ... o, well,except, maybe ... "The Bridges of Madison County" ... and "The White Masai" ... all in essence what my life is about so far ... Let's leave it at dat, hmmm? ... meouw ... Love, cat.

    5. Hi again, cat!

      I have seen the Jodie Foster - Liam Neeson film Nell along with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County. I admire your taste in movies.

      Thank you once again for sharing your thoughts. Take care and please come back soon, dear friend cat!

  9. Loved the Freak Show theme Shady! That was one of my favorites in the franchise. I also really liked Asylum. I haven't gotten into Roanoke yet. Are you watching it? What's it about this time?

    I really like Dorothy. She has a great voice! Loved No Church in the Wild! And Raise Hell was great too -- loved the video as well. Dark Nights was funny with that crawl.
    I bet they kicked ass at SXSW!

    I didn't like the first Stitched Up song: too much screaming, but I didn't mind the second one.

    And I also really liked Take Me Down by Pretty Reckless. Good stuff.

    Excellent installment here Shady. Really good stuff. I like! Thanks for turning me on to Dorothy. Love her voice. I'll be checking more by her/them.

    Happy Sunday! Enjoy the day my friend. Talk soon,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you very much for coming by this morning to listen to these freakin' awesome lady-led bands! :)

      I'm happy to know that you are already familiar with Freak Show and other seasons of the outstanding TV series American Horror Story. I haven't started watching Hotel or Roanoke yet but I will be soon. Did you read that they are bringing back several characters from Freak Show in season 7 next year? I hope Ma Petite is one of them. Isn't that tiny doll-like woman amazing?

      I was going to ask if you saw the Dorothy band at the music festival in your city. I'm sorry you missed them. I'm thrilled to know that you liked what you heard and saw and that you took the time to watch their hilarious "Dark Nights" video. I have watched it a dozen times now and still laugh all the way through it.

      You know that I love gothic heavy metal scream queens and that's why Stitched Up Heart is my favorite of these three acts, the band I am most eager to add to my collection. I highly recommend The Pretty Reckless album Going To Hell. It's wall to wall rock. Their new album Who You Selling For is a mixed bag, hard rock tunes along with more mellow songs.

      I'm delighted to know that you had fun here this morning and found a lot to like, dear friend Michele. Have you taken your mother back home yet? I pray that your life is getting back to normal in the wake of your recent loss. Not a day goes by without me thinking about you and wondering how you are doing.

      Have a great week and God bless!

    2. I haven't taken her back home yet. We still have a lot to do here but will be taking her back on 11/6. I'm hoping that she comes back with me on the 17th. Don't know if we can get her house packed up in that short time period as we probably won't arrive there until 11/8. But my brother and sister-in-law will be there to help so with all of us working, I'm sure we can get a lot done.

      Thanks for thinking of me. That's so nice to know. My Dad came to me in my dream last night. He was eating Captain Crunch cereal and spilling it all over the place and I was picking it up. Typical as I was always picking up after him. I always told him he was the messiest eater I ever saw! :) I miss him dearly and cry daily. It's tough. I just wish I had him back...

      Thanks again for keeping us in your thoughts. You're an angel! XOXO

    3. 11/8? Don't forget to vote, dearie! :)

      I sure do hope that you can convince your mother to come live with you. If you can make that happen there would be peace of mind for all concerned.

      It pains me to know that you are aching for your dad. It is a measure of how much you loved him. I hope it gets a little easier for you day by day. Friday was my dad's birthday. He would have been 103! Be thankful that your father didn't pass away on Christmas Day as mine did.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with me, dear friend Michele!

    4. Big hugs, Michele! ♥ Hope everything goes well.

    5. Debbie, I cherish the friendships I have with you and Michele! :)

    6. Thanks Debbie! I'll be thinking of you too at the end of the month. I think you'll probably experience a lot of emotion. I can only hope that it's cathartic and that it heals your heart.

      Thanks Shady, for sharing your space here for us. I cherish you too, dear friend! :)

    7. PS Shady: I'm going to vote tomorrow! We start early voting here in Texas and I'm getting my vote in asap. Glad we're on the same team... I read one of your comments above and it made me smile! :)

    8. That's great, dearie!

      Mrs. Shady and I already voted early, too. So did 104 year old Margaret Schneider, "The Oldest Living Dell Rat." Imagine what it meant to Margaret, who was born the week the Titanic sank, to help elect the first woman president! Keep your fingers crossed for a favorable outcome and hopefully a convincing mandate on November 8.

      God bless you!

  10. Okay, staying on topic.. I can see the rating for Dorothy, because they sound a lot like a young Jefferson Airplane transported to our time and technology (but fortunately Marty Balin missed the flight). Forgive my shortening due to time constraints (RedZone soon on). I'll have to go with the first one as my best. The others, again like Airplane get a bit bluesy and while I have no problem with bluesy rock, it has an unfortunate tendency to make my mind wander. Still, well done.

    SUH I actually liked the vocals better on- apologies to Dorothy and Grace.

    Round two of Dorothy- in spite of my "Bluesy" earlier comment, I liked the more intensely bluesy Dark Nights better. Just shows to go ya, you can't judge by genre.

    Pretty reckless was pretty interesting- with a few obvious modifications, I could see this being a Skynyrd tune. Not bad.

    Ok, kickoff is upon us, and I am out of songs. Well done, even if I can't grok horror as entertainment, the music was good.

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for hopping over on game day, good buddy. I sure hope your team wins. :)

      I'm still interesting in knowing if you saw that article about Starship's "We Built This City" being named as one of the worst recordings ever made. Do you agree?

      I tend to agree with you about blues rock. It isn't my favorite style. I hope you took time to watch the humorous crawl at the bottom of Dorothy's "Dark Nights" vid and stuck around for the ending, too. She can sing AND she can act!

      Hey, I love it when our ears match and Stitched Up Heart is my Pick To Click for this post, too.

      I'm sorry you aren't the fan of horror that I have been all my life. Other than that you and I are practically CLONES! :)

      Thanks a lot for coming to this week's Freak Show, good buddy. Have a safe and Scrappy week ahead!

  11. Wow, Dorothy has a whole lot of voice!!! I'm confused--is that the name of the singer or the band. Although, to be honest, I prefer the vocals on Pretty Reckless. I like husky voices.

    In one of my books I have a story about a bearded lady--always interesting to hear their back stories. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

    1. Hey, Kathleen!

      Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories, dear friend! I'm happy to see you.

      Dorothy is the name of the band and the lead singer, Dorothy Martin, the Hunter Tylo look-alike with powerful pipes and rock sensibilities. (Since you don't watch television, I should let you know that Hunter Tylo was one of the "it girls" on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.)

      Yessum, husky voices abound in this post and I'm glad you enjoyed Taylor Momsen's in particular.

      If bearded ladies and other human oddities interest you then I urge you to break with tradition and watch television :) namely the series American Horror Story and specifically Freak Show (season four).

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Kathleen, and have a wonderful week ahead!

  12. Hello Shady! I'm a bit late as usual but we've been pretty busy getting things ready for the Halloween bash at the Pines this coming Sat. You know I'm not super hot on hard rock but I must admit I enjoyed Dorothy's voice. I like it better than Mixi Demner's. Plus she's a brunette and that always gets a point from me! Your Freak Show and characters are super fun for this last week of October and Halloween on it's way. I know I need to step up my TV watching and get on board with these shows! The clown you pictured is roaming the Creepy Woods, I'm just sure of it..I'll find out if he appears on Saturday! Have a good week and keep up the fun posts!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for staying up late to read, listen and comment. What a devoted friend you are!

      I'm delighted to know you found value in the post. Brunette stunner Dorothy Martin isn't just another pretty face. Woman's got soul along with a robust vocal instrument. Dorothy rocks with the best of them. So does her band.

      Freak Show is a story filled with sweet tender moments and scenes of sheer terror. It is superbly produced and I recommend it along with the other seasons of American Horror Story which is going into its 7th season next year. Jessica Lange is a brilliant actress and has been in all four seasons of AHS that I have watched so far.

      I hope for your sake that Twisty the evil clown isn't lurking in the Creepy Woods. If he is maybe the Yeti will chase him off. :)

      I am still thinking about Eddy and Squeak and how much I enjoyed seeing them on your blog over the years. It breaks my heart to know those two wonderful pets won't be there to celebrate Halloween with you and your family this year. I hope Chubbsie has lots of fun and gets plenty of table scraps.

      Thank you again for your kind late night visit and comment, dear friend YaYa. Have a super week ahead!

  13. Visual and auditory overload here! My goodness you laid a lot on us this day! From the Twisty Clown to the Bearded Lady. It's the perfect season for all of it.

    I did love Pretty Reckless!

    1. Hi, Cheryl Lee!

      How are you dear friend? Thanks for coming over for a visit!

      Yessum, I like to overload your senses and leave with with something to think about, something to smile about, a new song stuck in your noggin and maybe even a nightmare or two. :)

      Twisty the Clown isn't evil. He just needs to get in touch with his inner child. :)

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed the single by Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend C-Lee!

  14. Hey Shady,

    I'm sure all these songs are great. I didn't listen to them because my ears hurt from my tonsillectomy. I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the kind words on my page. It's slow going but the reward should be worth it, I hope.

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thanks for coming, dear friend!

      I certainly understand why you can't bombard your sore ears with loud rock music at this stage of your recovery. Maybe you can come back to this post and listen when you are all healed up.

      I wonder what your little girl thinks when see sees mommy in pain. I'm sure you did your best to explain things to her.

      During your convalescence you might try tuning in to Freak Show and the other seasons of the exciting TV series American Horror Story.

      Thanks again, dear friend Ashton, and take good care of yourself!

  15. That looks like a very creepy show. Certainly not one I'd watch. Sorry. Interesting selection of music this time. I was surprised with the first listening, because Dorothy was not screaming at me in the Church in the Wild. So I thought I was safe. Then came Monster. Well, at least you expect a Monster to scream at you, so I'll let it slide. This time. The offerings from Dorothy were not bad at all, and I did enjoy the video for Dark Nights, even though I try not to be a dark person. Dorothy seems to have fun with they're videos. Did you see that? I misspelled their, just to see if you were paying attention. Oh, and you asked me to read the scrawl on the bottom, sorry didn't have time for that. I was busy taking my dog out to do his... business. Thanks for sharing some new music.







    Are you still here?

    My comments ended like forever ago. And here you sit reading nothing but the smilies I keep posting.






    Vote for Pedro

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Good one, my friend! That's the style! I dug your creative comment and appreciate you taking time to watch "Dark Knights" and the other vids. See what I did their? I spelled "Nights" as "Knights" in reference to S.D. Knight. I also used "their" instead of "there" when I asked you that question.

      (Please pause here and sit in silence for 5 minutes while you eat a bologna sandwich. Then continue reading my reply.)

      So anyway, Jeffrey, I am very happy to know that you liked Dorothy Martin's singing. I'm sorry you didn't like Mixi's screaming vocals. I'm used to the sound because Mrs. Shady screams at me 24-7. :) I hope you enjoyed Taylor Momsen. She did not scream. I'm sorry you are yet another friend who doesn't like creepy, scary stuff, and therefore, have no interest in Freak Show.

      Thanks again for joining the party, good buddy Jeffrey, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  16. More new stuff. Hard-rocking stuff. I especially liked the last tune.

    Had to go back to look at the Twisty the Clown picture. You're right about the resemblance. It does look a bit like Hillary, though I think there is a closer resemblance to Chelsea.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  17. Nice!

    Is that because your guy is always scowling, sniffing and spewing hate? Great role model for our children!

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    1. Hey, Mikey!

      Welcome back to SDMM, good buddy! I'm pleased to know you dig these female-led rock bands of the 2010s.

      Thanks for coming, Mike, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. OMG!!! The best post EVER because i'm obsessed with AHS!!! I love this show and i am so excited to know you watch it too. This season is freaky because its based on true story- EEK!
    Pretty Reckless is also one of my fave bands right now. They were in Dallas not too long ago and i was so bummed i wasnt able to make it. They're currently holding number one on the countdown i listen to on Sunday's with that song Take me Down. I was so crazy busy around Halloween preparing for my own party. I am going to do better Shadester, i promise.

    1. Wow, here's another stellar comment from you, dear Holliwood! :)

      I'm thrilled to find another friend who watches the AHS series. It's amazing to watch the same troupe of actors playing different roles with different story lines season to season, isn't it? I haven't seen season 5 or 6 yet but am looking forward to it.

      I'm delighted to know that you dig Taylor and The Pretty Reckless. I hope you get a chance to see them live someday.

      Holli, "read my lips." :) You are a true blue friend and there is no need to apologize about being absent. I know you are out there and it makes me very happy just to know that you think about the Shadester from time to time.

      I cherish our friendship, Holli!


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