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When Doves Cry:
Sea Shanty Style

The Shark Alley Hobos pay tribute
to the Purple One with this sea shanty infused version of When Doves Cry!

 

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Sally Brown

a traditional sea shanty

Performed by the

Shark Alley Hobos!

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Men of the Cloth

the new single
by the Shark Alley Hobos
is here!

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Listen to Men of the Cloth Here!

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SHARK ALLEY HOBO GIGS:

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Off the Deep End: a Musical Tribute to Jaws available now at:

Shark Alley Hobos Music Store
CDbaby
Amazon.com

...and at our live shows of course!

Review of the new album in the Marin Independent Journal

Press Play: Shark Alley Hobos pay tribute to Jaws

 

LOCAL REVIEWS

 

This week: “Off the Deep End,” Shark Alley Hobos, sharkalleyhobos.net, available June 2 at Amazon and iTunes 

Hear them live: Album release show from noon to 3 p.m. July 11, Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley; free

This may be the most ingenious album Press Play has reviewed so far this year. The Shark Alley Hobos, a Marin band that specializes in sea shanties, has written and recorded “Off the Deep End,” a musical tribute to the movie “Jaws.”

The band is headed by singer-songwriter Che Prasad, a pathologist at Marin General Hospital. The idea for the album was sparked two years ago, when Prasad and his musician brother Mikie Lee went to England to take a songwriting course from Ray Davies of the Kinks.

“One of our assignments was to write a song about our favorite movie,” Prasad says. “Mikie and I both independently chose ‘Jaws,’ which Ray found very intriguing.”

The rest of the band members must have been intrigued as well because once the Prasad brothers came home, their bandmates agreed to each write an original “Jaws” tribute song.

The result is a rollicking good time of an album with some biting satire and clever references to the Steven Spielberg-directed classic, including the folky “Quint’s Lament” by John Howard; the fingerpicked acoustic ballad “What I Do” by Mikie Lee Prasad; the New Orleans vibe of Chris Franklin’s “The Water’s Fine,” and Prasad’s scary “The Deep End,” which opens the album, and “Ode to a Celluloid Masterpiece,” which brings it to a lisping close with a nod to comedian Ernie Kovacs’ 1950s character Percy Dovetonsils.

The band throws in a couple of tunes from “Jaws 2” — “Show Me the Way to Go Home” and a medley of “Downtown” and “Spanish Ladies.” You don’t have to have seen the “Jaws” movies to enjoy this album, but it helps. And you have to admire a band that would record an entire album about a movie whose central character is a mechanical shark.

 

New Jaws Tribute Album by the Shark Alley Hobos! Available June 2, 2015! Stay tuned...

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The Shark Alley Hobos have been entertaining Bay Area audiences with songs of the sea for years. Their raucous St. Patrick’s Day gigs have become as legendary as their outlandish birthday party appearances.
 
While years of sea faring have taken their toll on the band members, they have remained a tight crew, bound by a common obsession: sharks and the movie Jaws. Knowing it would be a cold day in Davy Jones’ Locker before they were asked to write songs for Jaws: The Musical, they decided they should pay tribute to the movie that has haunted their dreams since 1975.
 
And so we have “Off the Deep End with the Shark Alley Hobos: a Musical Tribute to Jaws”. Their original songs bring back traumatic memories of the film that helped shape their lives. The opening tune “The Deep End” vividly recalls the imagery that was imprinted on their impressionable brains upon first watching the movie. “Here’s to Swimmin” is destined to be a new sing-a-long favorite at their shows and beach bonfires. The haunting “Quint’s Lament” will send shivers up your timbers. A New Orleans vibe permeates “The Water’s Fine”. Get ready to compare scars as you listen to “Mary Ellen Moffit Broke my Heart”. “Harpoon, a Knife, a Gun” remembers the mechanical shark that just wanted to be a real fish. “She Was the First” is a funky take on a Great White’s infatuation and hunger. The terror instilled in kids lives in the seemingly innocent “Marco Polo”. Everyone has a say in the fatalistic ballad “Just What I Do.” As added bonuses, the “Downtown/Spanish Ladies Medley” brings back memories of Jaws 2 and Robert Shaw, while “Show Me The Way to Go Home” recreates the sing-a-long made famous by the movie and infamous by the Shark Alley Hobos. Finally, as a bizarre ending only the Hobos would dream up, “Ode to a Celluloid Masterpiece” not only pays tribute to Jaws, but to Ernie Kovacs’ beloved cult character from the 1950s, Percy Dovetonsils.
 
Get your sea legs, grab a friend, and set sail on a musical tribute as only the Shark Alley Hobos can deliver…