Retro Done Right

15 Nov

Shannon and the Clams “Done With You,” couldn’t be more retro if it tried, but with lead singer Shannon Shaw at the helm, with her raspy and cutting edge voice tearing apart her heart, the tune also carries a raw quality that catapults it into modern territory.

The song itself is mainly the simple chorus repeated over and over again. Yes there are verses, and it is on those verses that Shaw and the modernity of the track come out to shine, but it’s the chorus that is the main feature. With lots of drawn out notes and a slow ballad beat that seems straight out of the 1950s, the song shares a bit of resemblance to The Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You,” but with a much more simply constructed concept.

The wailing in the background behind Shaw’s masterful and soulful verses help bridge the gap between two very different eras. Play this for someone who grew up in the 50s and they will probably wonder why they don’t remember this song. It’s that good and that authentic.


  • I Wanna Go Home (2009)
  • Sleep Talk (2011)
  • Dreams in the Rat House (2013)
  • Gone By The Dawn (2015)

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