The Shady Daze: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 28, 2022

369) The Shady Daze — “I’ll Make You Pay”

This B-side of the Chicago garage band’s debut single (‘67) is one minute and fifty six seconds of pure mayhem, pure teenage romantic revenge fantasy. Garagebill says:

[B]eware, it sounds like your house is being demolished. Between the crashing cymbals which sounds like glass and appliances shattering, and the buzzy fuzzy guitar which sounds like a chainsaw wrecking the walls, this should be the theme song of every wrecking crew!

And Gilesi says that it is “an up-tempo fuzz monster that radiates an effortless cool.” (

“I’m thinkin’, thinkin’ about the way I’ll bring you down. You hurt me and made me up and look like a clown. You thought your fun and games were really gonna end up in favor of you. You lied when you said you loved me, you know it’s something you never do. Now I’m gonna make you beg for love, so I can do all the things that you deprived me of. I’m talkin’, talkin’ about the way I’ll say goodbye. I’m leavin’, leavin’ now and you know why. You hurt me so bad, you made me so sad, girl I got to leave now, you’re drivin’ me mad. I’m through with all the fun and games that you thought would last. Now I’m gonna make you beg for love so I can do all the things you deprived me of.”

I’m not sure these lyrics are all that coherent. How do the Daze think that making a lover beg for love is going to let her wounded ex do all the things she deprived him of? No matter — the teenage years can be confusing!

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