I normally love some heavy drumming, but always thought they were too much on this album, presumably down to Glixman. Anyway, happy retirement Dan, saw you in London earlier this year and you were as good as ever.
Many thanks for he music, my man! They were definitely a better fit with those bands than the Bon Jovi clean cut hair bands of the day.
Although that big snare could have been pared back a bit. I suppose there are worse legacies for an album to have. Glenn McDoald: Boom, boom, shake the room! A barnstormer that arrived out of nowhere — and seemingly from another era — on its release in At a time when American heavy rock was split between the party metal of the Jovial-Crue on one side, and the emergent thrash metal scene on the other, Georgia Satellites seemed to hark back to an earlier aesthetic. Ill-concerned with the de rigueur 80s big hair image, sans apocalyptic message of doom, they came just to rock.
You always felt their ultimate aim was not world domination, just a few beers and enough bucks at the end of the night to make it down the road to the next gig.
Two truly great singles are what this debut, and indeed the band, are most remembered for. Battleship Chains is one of those instant classic earworms that sounds like it was already there, and it kind of was, being a cover version of a track written by Terry Anderson, who later also penned Dan Baird's biggest post-Satellites hit I Love You Period. Those two beauties though, can sometimes overshadow the other diamonds hidden in the dirt here: there is granite hard-rock boogie running through Railroad Steel and Red Light ; Myth of Love offers up Petty-esque reminiscence; Can't Stand The Pain wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Frantic Four Quo album, and there is an REM shimmer to semi-ballad Golden Light.
Perhaps best of all is penultimate track Nights of Mystery , which rocks in that quietly lush Muscle Shoals manner only true sons of the south seem capable of capturing. And it all comes to a swirling end with a so-goddamn-authentic-it's-hard-to-tell-the-difference bash at Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story.
There is classic songwriting evident here and there is a real fire to the performances, ably captured via a thankfully gimmick-free production a rare thing in this period of the 80s. Such qualities have allowed the Georgia Satellites self-titled first album to stand the test of time and emerge as a somewhat overlooked classic of the decade, by a kinda forgotten band. Julie Plumpton: Ashamed to say I'd never heard of them. I must have been doing other things when this came out! The whole album is a great rock combination with often hints of redneck.
Nice one and worth a listen. And not to forget the solo stuff from Dan Baird. So the album is the greatest hit from this band but not memorable enough to be called a classic.
Randy Banner: I was just a kid when this came out. A few years later, I picked up Open All Night out of the bargain bin a crime in itself and loved it, so I went back and picked up the debut album.
While not as enjoyable to me as Open , it's still a good listen and a solid debut. While Battleship Chains is enjoyable, Keep Your Hands To Yourself seemed and still does seem a bit hokey and pigeonholed compared to the rest of the album and probably one of my least favourite Satellites songs. During that year, the band released their second album, Open All Night ; which included a cover of the Ringo Starr -written Beatles song " Don't Pass Me By ", although the album was not as successful as their debut.
Although the album received very positive reviews, it too failed to do well commercially, and Baird left the band in to pursue a solo career. After a brief sabbatical following the departure of Dan Baird, the Georgia Satellites reunited in Their current lineup, led by original member Rick Richards lead guitar, backing and lead vocals , along with Fred McNeal lead vocals, rhythm guitar , Bruce Smith bass, backing vocals , and Todd Johnston drums continues to perform live shows.
Baird performs with his band, Homemade Sin, which features three former members of the Georgia Satellites. Mauro Magellan joined The Crashers after moving to Wisconsin in the early s. Mauro played on both of Baird's solo albums and continues to tour with him as a member of Homemade Sin, which also includes bassist Keith Christopher, formerly of Keith and the Satellites. They toured in the early s and have recorded 11 albums.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. The Georgia Satellites. Retrieved September 13, Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. Georgia Satellites. Recording Industry Association of America. Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired. Another Chance Hard Luck Boy I Dunno Days Gone By Bring Down the Hammer Red Light Hand to Mouth I'm Waiting for the Man Live The hit single, 's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever.
By the time they released Open All Night in , no one was interested, even if the album was only slightly weaker than the debut.Nov 12, · While Battleship Chains is enjoyable, Keep Your Hands To Yourself seemed (and still does seem) a bit hokey and pigeonholed compared to the rest of the album and probably one of my least favourite Satellites songs.