Best of The Couch Sessions: We’re STILL Missing Remy Shand!
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Since the Couch Sessions crew will be busy this week in Austin for SXSW–with little time to blog–we decided that this was the perfect time to highlight some of the best interviews, posts and podcasts that we’ve ever dropped on the site in our 5 years of existence. We’ve dug through the archives to find some of the very best content imaginable, showcasing some posts that you have grown to love, as well as some that you might have missed.
We will be back on Monday, March 22nd with a full roundup of the SXSW madness, including our showcase which takes place Wednesday, March 17th.
This Remy Shand post is still one of the most popular posts we’ve ever did, and gets comments even to this day. Remy, where are you??
Originally Posted: February 2006
Remember Remy Shand?
In 2001, Shand dropped The Way I Feel on Motown, which he recorded in his Winnepeg, Canada bedroom. The first single, “Take A Message,” got a considerable amount of airplay on MTV2 and Much Music (back when I got Much on my cable box).
Most of the songs on “Take A Message” were written when the dude was still in high school, and they draw the new comparisons to Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye. This album was a rare gem with tracks such as “Take A Message” and “Rocksteady” that embraced the soul masters without trying to copy them.
Shand got some cred from the likes of Esthero, Badu, D’Angelo, and others. Although the album went platinum in his native Canada, lack of radio airplay and label promotion sent Take A Message to the discount bin in the US.
His website lists that his last appearance was in 2003. Let’s pray to God that he’s producing music somewhere and not working at a McDonald’s. Can y’all Canadians clue us in on what’s goin’ on with this dude? Someone needs to ressurect this dude’s career like Robin Thicke.