Todd In The Shadows - You can't see his face, but you'll hear his opinions on pop music.

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Meet Todd Nathanson, AKA Todd In The Shadows. Since 2009, he's been making videos talking about some of the biggest pop songs on the charts. All while doing two gimmicks: 1. Playing the song to be covered on his keyboard before the video starts. And 2. Never showing his face which started out as part stylistic choice and part not wanting his videos and his working on them to bleed into his personal life off camera.

Todd eventually joined TGWTG and would soon become part of the regular fabric, appearing in two of Channel Awesome's anniversary films, joining up with fellow video producer Lindsay Ellis as part of her producer collective Chez Apocalypse, and generally became known as one the go to guys on Channel Awesome when it came to music (along with Rap Critic) before leaving in 2018 in the midst of the #ChangeTheChannel saga. He has since returned to YouTube where he started, and has developed a decent following of over 300K subscribers and $6K a video on Patreon as of this post.

During his time at CA: the only real eyebrow-raising thing was the GamerGate controversy of 2014, where Todd would claim that JewWario, import gamer and later revealed to be a sexual deviant who killed himself in 2014, would be against GamerGate if he’d lived: (https://mobile.twitter.com/shadowtodd/status/523546108329734144?lang=en, http://archive.md/NvjmW), (https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sd72gm, http://archive.vn/uRSX5) along with defending Sarah Nyberg, who opposed GamerGate and was found to be a general creep who hit on an underaged family member. (https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAc...ma_rabidly_antigg_eceleb_todd_in_the_shadows/, http://archive.vn/5Yuu4)


Outside of his pop reviews, he also has some other things he's got on his channel:


  • One Hit Wonderland: "Where Todd takes a look at bands and artists known for only one song". (His words). One Hit Wonderland is where Todd looks at various one hit wonders both popular and obscure and looks at the careers of the artists behind the wonders to see if they deserve fame and recognition beyond their one hit.
  • Trainwreckords: This show takes a look at albums that derailed if not completely destroyed the careers of artists that were either on the upward swing or at the height of their careers, along with explaining the how and why regarding things going horribly wrong.
  • CineMadonna: What Todd described as his "Disneycember or History of Power Rangers", this was where Todd would talk about the filmography of Madonna, who he felt represented musicians appearing in bad movies or musicians being actors despite having no right to be there. It ended in 2016 with a review of "I'm Going To Tell You A Secret".
    (yes, I'm aware that's A League of Their Own I posted, but it's probably Madonna's best film. And I like it)
  • Top 10 Worst and Best lists for every year, which he's done since he started. He's also done worst of lists for the years 1976, 1987, 1991, and 2004.
  • Todd also has a podcast called Song vs. Song, where he and Dany Roth of SyFy talk about songs that cover the same subject matter and debate which is better (https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZPOSfyq3NwIsGGTPY1I10)

Overall, Todd has done pretty well for himself, especially for someone who left Channel Awesome. And Billboard did a profile on him, helping to cement him as one of the top music guys on YouTube, or at least one to watch. (https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8548829/todd-in-the-shadows-interview-youtube-critic)

Useful Links:
Todd's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaTSjmqzOO-P8HmtVW3t7sA

Todd's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShadowTodd

Todd's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/toddintheshadows

Song vs. Song Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/songvssong
 
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Paleololicon

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Where's the entertaining bits? Pretty sure Todd has some cringe from Twitter. Why didn't you include his queen of hotdogs and abortions gf, Lindsay? What about the time he tried to use his rapist friend's death to disavow GamerGate? Why is none of this in the OP?

Are you Todd and just trying to advertise your work?
 

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Honestly Todd doesn't seem threadworthy. Even to this day he's only remembered as that cuck who used to have a thing with Lindsay, so needless to say a thread all to himself probably won't work, even if you crammed in every single one of his Twitter rants.

I guess you could say Todd is overshadowed by his former lady ;)
 
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Honestly Todd doesn't seem threadworthy. Even to this day he's only remembered as that cuck who used to have a thing with Lindsay, so needless to say a thread all to himself probably won't work, even if you crammed in every single one of his Twitter rants.

I guess you could say Todd is overshadowed by his former lady ;)
This is more of talking about his videos because if anything, some may wanna talk his music
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Where's the entertaining bits? Pretty sure Todd has some cringe from Twitter. Why didn't you include his queen of hotdogs and abortions gf, Lindsay? What about the time he tried to use his rapist friend's death to disavow GamerGate? Why is none of this in the OP?

Are you Todd and just trying to advertise your work?
I’m not Todd, and I added the Twitter shit to the OP. This is more for people wanting to talk about his videos since there could be some things worth talking about in that.
 

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Where's the entertaining bits? Pretty sure Todd has some cringe from Twitter. Why didn't you include his queen of hotdogs and abortions gf, Lindsay? What about the time he tried to use his rapist friend's death to disavow GamerGate? Why is none of this in the OP?
They broke up a long time ago. Where do you get your Internet autist news?
 

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Love his videos. Those year-end top ten lists will remain bangers. Say what you will about the guy outside his content, but for an ex-CA producer Todd has done remarkably well for himself, continuing to hone his craft as well as pulling in absurd numbers on Patreon.

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That said, I will admit he's the primary reason I don't fuck with what the content producers I watch have to say on social media. As far as I'm aware he hasn't been involved in too much drama since the GamerGate thing, but having not looked at his Twitter feed for almost four years I don't think I've been missing out on anything significant.
 
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Love his videos. Those year-end top ten lists will remain bangers. Say what you will about the guy outside his content, but for an ex-CA producer Todd has done remarkably well for himself, continuing to hone his craft as well as pulling in absurd numbers on Patreon.

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That said, I will admit he's the primary reason I don't fuck with what the content producers I watch have to say on social media. As far as I'm aware he hasn't been involved in too much drama since the GamerGate thing, but having not looked at his Twitter feed for almost four years I don't think I've been missing out on anything significant.
Fair enough. Any videos of his you want me to put in this thread for the record?
 

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Fair enough. Any videos of his you want me to put in this thread for the record?
Uh, nothing in particular, really. I think in your OP you've pretty much covered all the bases.

But if you want something for the thread, you could put in at least one of Todd's regular pop song reviews and maybe one of his recent year-end countdowns since those draw in the most views and thus the most attention (I remember him getting a minor bit of flak over his #1 pick in his best of 2016 video, for instance).
 

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Uh, nothing in particular, really. I think in your OP you've pretty much covered all the bases.

But if you want something for the thread, you could put in at least one of Todd's regular pop song reviews and maybe one of his recent year-end countdowns since those draw in the most views and thus the most attention (I remember him getting a minor bit of flak over his #1 pick in his best of 2016 video, for instance).
Well, here's his most popular video:

And his most popular regular review:

Also, the OP videos are some of his most popular videos in their respective categories/shows.
 

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Well, here's his most popular video:

And his most popular regular review:

Also, the OP videos are some of his most popular videos in their respective categories/shows.
Sure, you could add those to the OP, but I think this post alone covers them well enough.

Todd's content can be divided into six categories: (1) his standard pop song reviews, (2) his top ten worst/best hit songs of [year], (3) One-Hit Wonderland, (4) Trainwreckords, (5) Cinemadonna, and (6) other (occasionally he does stuff like film reviews, but those are pretty rare to come by).
 

ToddleDoddle

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I enjoy his content. His One Hit Wonderland and Trainwreckords series have become the main ones I watch for. His pop song reviews have become less interesting because pop music in general has become pretty forgettable. Current pop music is pretty boring and has been for years. Todd's complained multiple times that he doesn't have shit to talk about.

For me though he will always be associated with introducing me to the world of social justice. I was happily oblivious to it happening until he started losing his shit over gamergate on twitter. I had zero idea what gamergate was, but he started calling people Nazis and he was sounding very unreasonable, so I decided to look into things and realized he was indeed being very unreasonable. Thankfully for the most part he's kept his politics out of his videos.
 

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I remember he was one of those assholes screaming about "Bernie Bros".
He was totally dumbfounded when Trump won as he believed all the pro-Hillary media propaganda. I told him that maybe he should reevaluate his flawed ideology and he blocked me. Good times.
 
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used to enjoy his videos way back, but i stopped watching his shit after he a: complained about what he called the "white guy with an acoustic guitar" trope (despite the video being about Bruno Mars who isn't white) which struck me as unnecessarily bringing race into something that has nothing to do with it. and b: called a musician using just an acoustic guitar for their music "lazy." that struck me as so pretentious i completely stopped watching his content.

might be a bit of an overreaction but i tend to really enjoy acoustic guitar songs. plus i don't believe anyone who's put the time in to learn and get good at an instrument is lazy.
 
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