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Shame: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

The first time I saw shame singer Charlie Steen, he was stripped down to nothing but his Racing Green brand underwear (which he had wedged up his behind), as guitar, bass and drums punctuated his emphatic vocals. In this Tiny Desk (home) concert, we find Charlie in a full suit, tie and hat, sitting in a living room atmosphere backed not only by the rest of shame (also seated), but a compendium of violins, horns and more.

All the songs here are from the band's 2021 album, Drunk Tank Pink. It's the sound of this South London post-punk band challenging not only their listeners, but themselves. What a thrill.


  • "Snow Day"
  • "Born in Luton"
  • "Human, for a Minute"

  • Charlie Steen: lead vocals
  • Eddie Green: guitar, vocals
  • Josh Finerty: bass, vocals
  • Sean Coyle-Smith: guitar, vocals
  • Charlie Forbes: drums
  • Freddy Wordsworth: trumpet
  • Campbell Baum: saxophone
  • Kai Akinde-Hummel: percussion
  • Oliver Hamilton: violin
  • Magdalena McLean: violin

  • Producer: Duncan Harrison
  • Directors: Benjamin Brook and Jerry Dobson
  • Camera Operators: Callum Chaplin and Lawrence Jones
  • Sound Engineer: Tom LeBeau
  • Horn and String Arrangements: Josh Finerty
  • Mixing: Josh Finerty and Nina Madley
  • Editor: Benjamin Brook
  • Special thanks to Elliot Lynks

  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Video Producer: Kara Frame
  • Audio Mastering: Alex Drewenskus
  • Tiny Production Team: Maia Stern, Josh Rogosin, Gabrielle Pierre, Bobby Carter
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
  • Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

    In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.
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