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The Vincent Black Shadow (aka TVBS) is a ska/horror punk/metal/pop/psychobilly/Alternative Rock band formed in 2006 in Vancouver, Canada.

The original lineup consisted of Cassandra Ford (lead vocals), Mary Ancheta (keyboards), Robbie Kirkham (guitar), Anthony Kirkham (drums/percussion), and Nim Vind (bass guitar). Cassandra Ford was replaced by Nikki Hurst in 2010.


Fears in the Water (2006, album)El Monstruo (2008, album)Head in a Box (2008, EP)The Finest Crime (2011, EP)


Their official website can be found here.

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  • Big Damn Heroes: A guy in the music video for "Metro." He's shown acting heroic throughout most of the video, but then there's the Talky Bookend at the end:
    Some guy: Who are you?
    The Hero: I'm the guy that's gonna save your ass. (Something villainous pulls him backwards through the window in the next moment.)
  • Fanservice: Cassandra Ford gets several costume changes throughout any TVBS music video. This allows the band to use some of her costumes as expository artistic props, like the orange flamenco dress she wears in part of "Don't Make Me So Mad" and the red gown from "Broken," while also showing their lead vocalist in one of her signature Dominatrix-esque minidress outfits at least part of the time in every video.
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  • Gangsta Rap: "Never Saw It Comin'"
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Nobody can seem to decide whether TVBS is pop or metal.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Metro." The word "monster" does appear in the lyrics of "El Monstruo," but it's not in Spanish.
  • Title-Only Chorus: "Don't make me so mad, don't make me so mad, don't make me so mad so mad. Don't make me so mad, don't make me so mad, don't make me so me so mad."
    • Also "We Might Make This Last" and "They Still Want You."
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Control."

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