Those who know me well will be terrified to hear that I am not, in fact, the biggest Shoes fan I know. That honor goes to a fellow who lives out near Buffalo, a musician and recording engineer whose obsession dwarfs my own. Anyway, courtesy of PJ I offer this vintage Shoes pic, which he sent me asking me to guess the date.
In the studio.
I'm going with California 1980, for the simple reason that there were only four albums made with four Shoes, and one was made in Zion, one in England, one in California, and one in Chicago, nocturnally. Ergo, only one of those sessions was likely to feature the kind of skin color clearly in evidence on both Gary Klebe (second from the left) and Skip Meyer (far right) here. QED: the Tongue Twister sessions. I remember on my little ShoesNews postcards (and yes, I still have the vast majority of them in a box somewhere) a note that Skip Meyer finished all his drum parts in like two weeks and spent the rest of the time on the beach. (Note the paleness of the Brothers Murphy here: we Irish generally know better that to court disaster in the sun.)
Update: Jeff Murphy just wrote to assure me that yes, as we all suspected, I AM A GODDESS.
Well, not exactly. But my guess was right, if that helps....