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- Date of Birth:
- 24 September 1965 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 6' (1.83 m)
Francis Coyote Shivers was born in Toronto, Canada, where as a teenager produced the first Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet single, of which the b-side became the theme to the hit TV show "The Kids in the Hall" (1988). Coyote went on to produce their next two albums before handing the dials over to producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, etc.). Coyote Shivers played guitar in the instrumental rock band Sharkskin (eventually releasing three EPs, and the "Greatest Hits" CD compilation) before moving to Los Angeles with famed record producer Daniel Lanois(U2, Bob Dylan, etc.), who later would produce Coyote's "Sugarhigh" for the Empire Records (1995) soundtrack. He then packed up and moved to Amsterdam, where he bought a boat and lived in the canals until fate brought our hero to New York City to play guitar for The Dave Rave Conspiracy, who went down in rock history as the first non-Soviet band signed to the Soviet state-run record label "Melodyia" just after the fall of the Berlin wall. Soon after The Dave Rave Conspiracy split, Coyote appeared in the film Johnny Mnemonic (1995) with Keanu Reeves, Ice-T, and Henry Rollins, and then went on to star in Empire Records (1995) with Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler and Ethan Embry. You can also see Coyote in a cameo appearance in Smut (1999). Returning to New York City, he enlisted Billy Ficca on drums (Richard Hell and The Neon Boys' drummer, not to mention a member of the seminal New York band Television). Jack Pedler' eventually took over on drums, and along with Dagon Spector on bass, Coyote released his first solo album (the self titled "Coyote Shivers"), critically acclaimed by a diverse spectrum of media, ranging from Billboard Magazine to Screw Magazine, and from Sassy to High Times. Deborah Harry's bass player, Greta Brinkman, eventually took over on bass guitar, until Coyote formed his most recent lineup featuring Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat) on drums, and Casper on bass. Greta went on to then play bass for Moby. After a stint as the opening act on the KISS reunion tour, Coyote began writing songs for his forthcoming second album, releasing limited edition CD singles and the 5-song CD "1/2 a Rock & Roll Record", spending most of his time between Hollywood and New York City. Coyote recently finished starring in Down and Out with the Dolls (2001) directed by Kurt Voss and also starring Lemmy of Motörhead and Inger Lorre of the Nymphs. Coyote also just finished starring in director Luis Aira's Girl in 3D (2004).