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Shape of Things to Come" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil from the film , performed by the fictional band Wild in the Streets Max Frost and the Troopers on their 1968 album . The song was also released Shape of Things to Come without vocals by Davie Allan and the Arrows. The song was a mere 1 minute 55 seconds in length.
Others who have performed the song include
Slade,  Rich Kids, Vacuum, Aorta, Third Rail, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Glad, The Pointed Sticks, The Ramones, the Fuzztones, The Urinals, The Diodes, Mod Fun and Marshmallow Overcoat. More recently, the song has been released by Thee Dirtybeats, Toxic Reasons, Hammer and the Nails, and Janelle Monáe. 
Success [ edit ]
The song was produced by
Mike Curb for the exploitation film , where it was lip-synced by Wild in the Streets Christopher Jones. A young Richard Pryor portrayed the drummer in Jones' band.
The song originally appeared as the first track on the
A side of the Shape of Things to Come LP.
It was subsequently released as a single on Tower 419; it was backed by "Free Lovin'" (written by
Guy Hemric and Paul Wibier). The single peaked at #22 on the  during the week of October 26, 1968, and peaked at #2 on the Canadian charts for two consecutive weeks during the second and third week of October, 1968. Billboard Hot 100 The song remained on the US Billboard charts for total of 9 weeks. 
In popular culture [ edit ]
The song was used in the
Mexican television show Ensalada de locos among sketches. In 2006, the Max Frost & The Troopers version of the song was used in an advertising campaign by
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