Shame, Shame

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Shame, Shame
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 6, 2010 (2010-04-06)
GenrePsychedelic rock, indie rock
Dr. Dog chronology
Shame, Shame
Be the Void

Shame, Shame is the sixth album by psychedelic rock band Dr. Dog.[1] It was released on April 6, 2010.[2] It was the band's first release on the ANTI- record label after moving from Park the Van.

Album information[edit]

The band hoped to more accurately recreate the energy of their live shows on the album. "We were taking those experience on stage as reference points, rather than shedding them when we go into the studio, which is what we would always do," co-frontman Scott McMicken said. “We chose a batch of songs that are a little darker, or a little bit more heart-on-your-sleeve kind of stuff.”[3]

The album also contains the most emotional lyrical content of the band's career. On Dr. Dog's website, McMicken said of the song "Jackie Wants a Black Eye": “It’s one of the most literal songs that I’ve ever written, and it was important for me because I had been in a bad state for awhile." Toby Leaman, the other frontman, also claims that "Station" is the only song he has ever written about touring and "leaving over and over again."[4] McMicken wrote "Shadow People" in his West Philadelphia apartment. He described the song as a "full-on West Philly diary."[5]

Many of the songs have been in the works for years. In an interview with, McMicken said that "Station" and "Unbearable Why" had been originally recorded for other albums, and "Where'd All the Time Go?" is actually eight years old.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club(B+)[7]
Consequence of Sound4.5/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound8/10 stars[9]
Paste Magazine(4.1/5)[11]
Pitchfork Media(6.7/10)[12]
Press+14.5/5 stars[13]
Spin3.5/5 stars[14]
TORO4.0/5 stars[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.

  1. "Stranger" - 3:44
  2. "Shadow People" (with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) - 4:13
  3. "Station" (Drumming provided by Tommy Bendel) - 3:11
  4. "Unbearable Why" (Drumming provided by Gregg Mervine) - 3:13
  5. "Where'd All the Time Go?" - 3:55
  6. "Later" - 3:09
  7. "I Only Wear Blue" - 3:43
  8. "Someday" - 3:21
  9. "Mirror, Mirror" (Guest vocals by Eliza Jones) - 2:50
  10. "Jackie Wants a Black Eye" (Guest vocals by Jackie Jugan and John Balzarin) - 3:05
  11. "Shame, Shame" (with Jim James of My Morning Jacket) - 5:16

iTunes/Deluxe Download bonus tracks

  1. "It"
  2. "What A Strange Day"
  3. "Oh Man"
  4. "Take Me Into Town"
  5. "Black-Red"
  6. "Nobody Knows Who You Are"
  7. "The Sound"[16]


Dr. Dog is:

  • Toby Leaman - bass, vocals
  • Scott McMicken - lead guitar, vocals, mellotron, banjo
  • Frank McElroy - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Zach Miller - keyboards, piano, mellotron, air organ
  • Juston Stens - drums, percussion, vocals, mellotron (left in 2009, replaced by Eric Slick)
  • Eric Slick - drums, percussion on bonus tracks


  1. ^ "AOL Radio - Listen to Free Online Radio - Free Internet Radio Stations and Music Playlists". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Rock Lobster". Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  4. ^ "Dr. Dog » About". Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  5. ^ "Shadow people". Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  6. ^ Westergaard, Sean. "Review: Shame, Shame". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  7. ^ "The A.V. Club review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  8. ^ "Consequence of Sound review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  9. ^ "Drowned in Sound review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  10. ^ "One Thirty BPM review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  11. ^ "Paste Review: Dr Dog Shame, Shame". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  12. ^ "Pitchfork review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  13. ^ "Press+1 Review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  14. ^ "Spin review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  15. ^ "TORO review". Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Shame, Shame (Deluxe Edition) by Dr. Dog". 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2015-06-10.

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