In this special BONUS episode of BackStory, Brooklyn's Black Taxi tells us the story behind their song "Shoeshine." Here's a note from their team:
Black Taxi is one of the best new bands to come out of The Big Apple. Their music was recently featured on NBC's The Chase and they finished their first national tour in fall 2010. They are an amazing live act - so be sure to check out their upcoming shows in Cambridge, MA at Tommy Doyles on January 22, 2011 and in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on Jan. 29th. They have sold out Bowery the last two shows, so be sure to purchase your tickets early. For more information visit www.blacktaxi.com.
Shoeshine is a song written by lead guitarist Bill Mayo and sung by frontman Ezra Huleatt.Mayo wrote the song while on an Amtrak train home to New York City from Cape Cod, where he had been working at a golf tournament.Amused by the wealthy golfers and their mistresses partying around him, he created an account of a successful man leaving his wife and family for a tramp.The golf reference in the song is a direct result of his working the tournament, and far too fun and symbolic to leave out of the chorus.
When Adam Hootnick approached Black Taxi about doing a music video for “Shoeshine,” his interpretation was slightly different, but interesting—that this man who left his wife and family was actually just a lunatic, whose visions of a former life were just a delusion.It made for a really unique video.
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