Back Door Men

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Back Door Men
Back Door Men Cover.jpg
Studio album by Shadows of Knight
Released 1966
Recorded 1966
Studio Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, IL
Genre Garage rock
Length 43:27
Label Dunwich
Shadows of Knight chronology
Back Door Men
Shadows of Knight
Singles from Back Door Men
  1. "Bad Little Woman"
    Released: August, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Back Door Men is the second album by The Shadows of Knight. Both this album and its predecessor, Gloria, were released in 1966 and are considered to be seminal garage band albums. As noted by one reviewer, "The original LP version of this album, the second by the legendary white Chicago garage punk/blues outfit, was one of the most sought-after artifacts of mid-'60s punk rock. Back Door Men was a loud, feedback-laden, sneering piece of rock & roll defiance, mixing raunchy anthems to teenage lust (Gospel Zone', 'Bad Little Woman'), covers of Chicago blues classics (Willie Dixon's 'Spoonful', Jimmy Reed's 'Peepin' and Hidin'), raga rock ('The Behemoth'), folk-rock ('Hey Joe', 'Three for Love', 'I'll Make You Sorry'), and a blues-punk grab off of commercial Top 40 ('Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day'), all on one 12" platter. What makes the record even more startling is that every one of these tracks, however far afield they go from one another, works.".[1]


Back Door Men was recorded at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago IL, in late 1966. The album was recorded as a quick follow-up to the Shadows of Night # 10 debut release Gloria. By the time of this recording, Warren Rogers and Joe Kelley had traded instruments and David Wolinski had been added on keyboards. "Bad Little Woman", a cover of the Belfast band The Wheels, backed by "Gospel Zone" was released as the first single, but only charted as high as # 91. A second single, "I'm Gonna Make You Mine", a non-album cut backed by "I'll Make You Sorry" did only slightly better at # 90. A third single at that time, "Willie Jean"/"The Behemoth" did not chart. As with their first album, production was credited as "Produced for Dunwich Records" instead of crediting a specific producer.[2] The original album incorrectly lists Dino Valenti as the composer for "Hey Joe".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bad Little Woman" (Herbie Armstrong, Victor Catling, Rod Demick, Brian Rosbotham, Tito Tinsley) – 2:37
  2. "Gospel Zone" (Tom Schiffour) – 3:19
  3. "The Behemoth" (Harry Pye) – 2:34
  4. "Three for Love" (Joe Kelly) – 3:11
  5. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts) – 5:42
  6. "I'll Make You Sorry" (Kelly) – 2:42
  7. "Peepin' and Hidin'" (Jimmy Reed) - 3:01
  8. "Tomorrow's Going to Be Another Day" (Tommy Boyce) – 2:23
  9. "New York Bullseye" (Pye) – 2:43
  10. "High Blood Pressure" (Huey "Piano" Smith, Johnny Vincent) – 3:38
  11. "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon) – 2:57

Bonus tracks on LP and CD reissue, 1998[edit]

  1. "Gospel Zone" (Single Version) (Schiffour) – 3:20
  2. "Willie Jean" (Single) (Traditional; arranged by Harry Pye) – 2:50
  3. "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" (Single) (William Carr, Carl D'Errico, Carole Bayer Sager) – 2:30[3]




Chart performances[edit]


Year Single Chart Position
1966 "Bad Little Woman" Billboard Hot 100 91[4]


  1. ^ a b Bruce Eder. "Back Door Men - Shadows of Knight | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  2. ^ Liner notes
  3. ^ "The Shadows Of Knight - Back Door Men (CD, Album)". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - The Shadows of Knight". Retrieved January 30, 2018.