Pal Shazar

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Pal Shazar
BornDecember 24, 1952
OriginUnited States
GenresRock, folk, new wave
Occupation(s)Vocalist, Songwriter
Years active1979–present
LabelsVarious, including RCA Records (1980-1982)

Pal Shazar is an American singer/songwriter. She was a founding member of the 1980s new wave pop group Slow Children,[1] and married one of the band's producers, Jules Shear, in the late 1980s.


Slow Children released two albums on the RCA Records label, the self titled debut in 1981 and Mad About Town in 1982. Shazar released several CDs, starting in the 1990s, on various labels.

Shazar co-wrote several songs with Matthew Sweet for his album Inside (1986), and wrote lyrics for Sara Lee for her album Make It Beautiful (2000).

Shazar is also a painter; an example of her work is featured on the cover of The Waterboys' Dream Harder album, and she has self-published a book of lyrics and art, Pal Shazar: The Illustrated Lyrics, in 2008.

Shazar was featured on the cover of photographer Linda Troeller's book The Erotic Lives of Women, which included photos that were also used for the graphics of Shazar's 1997 album Woman Under the Influence.

In May 2011, Shazar's first novel, Janitor, was self-published. It is an erotic story as told by the title character. The man's point of view is also expressed in the accompanying CD of 13 songs that illustrate every chapter. An excerpt from the book was previously published in a Penthouse feature "Women's Erotic Fiction".[citation needed]

In 2013, she self-published Pal Shazar's La Strada, a collection of 42 paintings, inspired by the 1954 film of the same name.

In January 2013, Shazar and her husband, singer/songwriter Jules Shear, released Shear Shazar. Their follow-up EP was released in 2014.[citation needed]


Slow Children albums[edit]

Pal Shazar CD albums[edit]

  • Cowbeat of My Heart - 1991
  • There's a Wild Thing in the House - 1995
  • Woman Under the Influence - 1997
  • Safe - 1999
  • Shazar No. 5 - 2002
  • The Morning After - 2006
  • Psychedelicate - 2009
  • Janitor - 2019
  • Blondes Prefer Gentlemen - 2020

Pal Shazar CD EPs[edit]

  • The Requiem Tapes - 1994
  • Promo CD - 1995
  • Penny for Your Thoughts - 1996



  1. ^ Gimarc, George (1997-10-28). Post Punk Diary: 1980-1982. Macmillan. pp. 143–. ISBN 978-0-312-16968-8. Retrieved 12 August 2011.

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