Shape of Things to Come (song)

Shape of Things to Come (song)

"Shape of Things to Come" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, most famously performed by Max Frost and the Troopers on their 1968 album "Shape of Things to Come". The song was also released 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, Aorta, Third Rail, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Pointed Sticks, The Ramones, the Fuzztones, The Urinals, The Diodes, and Marshmallow Overcoat. More recently, the song has been released by Gary Moore and Toxic Reasons.


The song was prominently featured in the exploitation film "Wild in the Streets", where it was lip-synced by 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'". The single went to #22 on the Billboard charts during the week of September 28, 1968, and peaked at #2 on the Canadian charts for two consecutive weeks during the second and third week of October, 1968. [] The song remained on the US Billboard charts for total of 9 weeks.

In popular culture

As of June 2006, the Max Frost & The Troopers version of the song is being used in an advertising campaign by Target Stores.

External links

* [ "Shape of Things to Come" guitar tabs]

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