April 29th, 1979, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Michael Holman met for the first time at "The Canal Zone" party, and decided to start a band together. Gradually, they invited various Downtown artists to join the group; first Shannon Dawson, then Wayne Clifford, then Nick Taylor and eventually Vincent Gallo. In 1981, Basquiat named his industrial sound band, Gray. Jean named the band after Gray's Anatomy, an important reference source for his later paintings and the perfect name to capture the haunting, machine-like ambient music the band wrote and performed.
Grays Shades Of... Anthology is a reissue of the bands previously limited self-released album, plus unreleased material and remixes from: Todd Rundgren, Hank Shocklee, King Britt, Sal P (Liquid Liquid), Deantoni Parks, Tewz, Free The Robots and The Gaslamp Killer with features from Amir Yaghmai and Kool Keith!