Cassingle 1989: “It’s Your Shadow” by The Coyote


DIGITAL RELEASE ONLY:  (I have a box of the cassettes for auctioning some day.)

“It’s Your Shadow” CASSINGLE (cassette single) was released to college radio in 1989 to promote the upcoming soundtrack album, Coyote In A Graveyard, recorded at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood for the Rock Opera movie of the same name being produced by New World Pictures.  Michael J Fox performed with the Coyote In A Graveyard rock opera bringing more fame to this Hollywood show written by The Hippy Coyote who fronted the band on lead vocals and Rickenbacker bass.  This revolutionary musical product contained two songs from the album on SIDE-A and the same two songs INSTRUMENTAL (without vocals) on SIDE-B: “It’s Your Shadow,” and “Coyote In A Graveyard.”

The 1989 “It’s Your Shadow” cassingle was a short cassette tape with two songs on one side and two songs on the other side.

Side A:

  • “It’s Your Shadow” 
  • Coyote In A Graveyard”

Side B:

  • “It’s Your Shadow – INSTRUMENTAL”
  • “Coyote In A Graveyard – INSTRUMENTAL”

This is probably the only time in music history when a record company or music artist has released a two-song single that is actually 4-songs since they are all different.  Side-A of the cassingle (single song cassette) were two songs from the soundtrack-rock opera: “Coyote In A Graveyard”

Side-B of the cassingle were the same two songs but mixed without the lead vocals.

This cassingle was released to college radio and tracked by CMJ providing interesting results.  Evidently, college radio audiences PREFERRED:

  • “It’s Your Shadow – INSTRUMENTAL”
  • “Coyote In A Graveyard” (with vocals)

This release was short-lived because Michelle McCarty got pregnant and Richard “Coyote” O’Connor became a Mr. Mom.  Too bad for Shaolin Records as radio stations called requesting another release that Richard had no money to create.  So Shaolin Records was “put into a shoebox,” as Richard explained it.

To further destroy his record company, he followed his wife’s advice to move to Salt Lake City where she claimed to have connections for performing and marketing… that didn’t exist when they moved there.  Even worse, his wife quit Shaolin Records two years after moving to Utah leaving Richard with a handful of diapers and no friends or connections for money, work, gigs, or music production.  That becomes the American Zen ROCK OPERA of 8 LEVELS that ended with Richard parking his Tacoma truck with a blown radiator under her apartment and sleeping in his car.

This CASSINGLE is the highest peak of Shaolin Records when Richard had a half-dozen interns working from his North Hollywood condominium.  Michelle McCarty was one of these interns and helped with bookings and his photoshoot jobs working as a photojournalist in the Los Angeles Newspaper Guild for local magazines and newspapers.  He didn’t know she would quit after they got married and had a kid.

Produced by Richard Del Connor “Richard O’Connor”

Copyright 1989 Shaolin Music.  All rights reserved. ASCAP

Copyright 1989 Shaolin Records.  All rights reserved.

Distributed by Shaolin Communications.


“It’s Your Shadow” (SAMPLE)

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