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Shivaree (band)

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Shivaree (band)

Shivaree was an American alternative pop/rock band formed in 1997 consisting of Ambrosia Parsley (vocals), Danny McGough (keyboard), and Duke McVinnie (guitar). Shivaree is best known for the song "Goodnight Moon", released in 1999 and appearing in Dawson's Creek and Kill Bill: Volume 2. Shivaree officially separated in 2007 after a very brief promotional tour of their last album Tainted Love.


The band takes its name from the Cajun term, "shivaree", which means, roughly, a noisy mock serenade for newlyweds. It is most commonly used along the Mississippi River, and to the west of it.

They have produced four full-length albums (with one not receiving a North American release due to contract disagreements) and have approximately 500,000 combined sales.. They credit numerous other musicians in their work and are usually joined by two or three other collaborators when performing live. The band have mentioned their use of primarily Southern ideas and memes, and cite William Faulkner as an influence. After contract disagreements with their previous label, it appeared that the group would split up after their second album. However, an EP and another two albums later followed.

Their most well known song, "Goodnight Moon", was featured in Seasons 3 and 6 of the television series Dawson's Creek, Silver Linings Playbook and played over the closing credits of the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Volume 2. It also plays through the closing scenes and the end credits of the film, Ni reprise ni échangée, the French comedy-drama with the English title, Monique, and was used in a commercial for the Norwegian clothing shop Cubus. Most recently, their song "Little Black Mess" was featured in the Weeds episode "Only Judy Can Judge."

Shivaree released a total of four full-length albums, two EPs, and eight singles (some of which included unreleased songs) in their ten-year musical career.

Band members

Shivaree's band members were vocalist Ambrosia Parsley, keyboardist Danny McGough and guitarist Duke McVinnie. Parsley was due to release her solo debut album in the spring of 2011. McGough and McVinnie continue to work with other artists by playing and producing separately.



  • I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head for Making Me Live in this Dump (Oct 19, 1999)
  • Rough Dreams (Jun 17, 2002) - NOT released in USA due to disagreements with record label.
  • Who's Got Trouble? (Jan 11, 2005)
  • Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fight Songs (Jul 31, 2007) - album of covers


  • Corrupt and Immoral Transmissions (EP - 2000)
  • Breach (EP - 2004)


  • "Goodnight Moon" (1999 & 2000) MV
  • "Bossa Nova" (2001) MV
  • "John 2/14" (2002) MV
  • "After The Prince And The Showgirl" (2002)
  • "I Close My Eyes" (2005) MV
  • "New Casablanca" (2005) MV - radio promo CDR only, no official single release.
  • "2 Far" (2005) - remake of "Gone too Far" from their previous album "Rough Dreams".
  • "Cold Blooded" (2007)

MV indicates that a music video was made for the song as part of promotion.

Non-Album Studio Recordings and Alternate Versions

  • "Scrub" and "My Boy Lollipop" - were released on the "Goodnight Moon" Maxi single in 1999 and then again on the Corrupt and Immoral Transmissions EP in 2000.
  • "Funeral Song for a Dog" - was released only once on the "Bossa Nova" maxi single in 2001.
  • "You Don't Know What Love Is" - was recorded during Shivaree's debut album but never released. A 55-second clip was available in an EPK posted in October 2010 on Ambrosia's official Facebook page.
  • "The Snake" - was released only once on the "John 2/14" maxi single in 2002.
  • "Bossa Nova (Allskate Mix)" - was released only once, on the "Bossa Nova" single in 2001 and was the mix used in the music video instead of the album version.
  • "Bossa Nova (Album Edit)" - was released on the "Bossa Nova" single in 2001. Its similar to the version on I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head..., but with an alternate ending. Although titled "(Album Edit)," it's not the same track.
  • "I Close My Eyes (Breach Edit)" - was released on the Breach EP in 2004 and on the one-track single of the same title. Almost identical to the album version, but with a slight difference in instrumentation and with an extended ending.
  • "I Close My Eyes (Radio Mix)" and "(TV Track)" - were never officially released. These mixes only appear on a very rare two-track radio promo single.

Official Live released tracks

  • "Goodnight Moon" (Live) - was released only once in the "Corrupt and Immoral Transmissions" EP in 2000.
  • "I Don't Care" (Live) - was released in the "Corrupt and Immoral Transmissions" EP in 2000

and then again in the "Bossa Nova" single in 2001.

Live Covers and Live Unreleased songs

  • "Stroll" (Live) - was NEVER released on CD. It is only a live performance at Le Ciel in Grenoble, France on April 25, 2005. This song was released by Ambrosia Parsley in her 2013 solo album "Weeping Cherry" but was titled "Skin and Bones".
  • Great Balls of Fire (Live) - was an unofficial promo release of "The Black Sessions 2002" (The Black Sessions are performances of the live music broadcast on the French Radio station France Inter. These are recorded in front of a live audience and featured on a Cest Lenoir show. A French Radio DJs name is Bernard Lenoir [Lenoir means black in English]). This was released in a CD of only 2500 copies to local radio stations and shops in North America and Europe. Only 2,500 copies were made of this CD.
  • "Tonight You Belong To Me" (Live) - was an unofficial promo release of "The Black Sessions 2002". This was released in a CD of only 2500 copies to local radio stations and shops in North America and Europe.
  • "Get Out And Get Under The Moon" (Live) - was NEVER released on CD. It is only a live performance at Le Ciel in Grenoble, France on April 25, 2005.
  • "Heaven" (Live) - Duo with Nada Surf for the emission on "Musicplanet2nite"

in Arte on 03.10.2002 but was NEVER released on CD.

  • "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion" (Live) - a cover of 'The Kinks' performed in OuiFm radio(AccousticSession+Interview in Paris) March 25, 2005. was never released.
  • "Hold Me Right" (live) - only performed on tour but never released.


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