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Shakin' Street - 1978 Vampire Rock



ARTIST: Shakin Street
ALBUM: Vampire Rock
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: CBS 82610
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2008, Axe Killer (France), AXO808123

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Fabienne Shine - vocals * Eric Lewy - guitars * Armik Tigrane - guitars * Mike Winter - bass * Jean Lou Klinowski - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Vampire Rock * 02 Where Are You Babe * 03 Love Song * 04 Living With A Dealer * 05 No Time To Lose * 06 Yesterdays Papers * 07 Celebration 2000 * 08 Blues Is The Same * 09 Speedy Lady


Background
Shakin' Street are of course that French band who emerged out of nowhere during the late 70's. Just how they got their start remains a mystery. What isn't so mysterious is the assistance received by American manager Sandy Pearlman, better known for his association with other CBS recording artists at the time, namely Blue Oyster Cult. I can, and will take a stab at how Shakin' Street got their accelerated start courtesy of Mr Pearlman.. At the time, the hard rock/punk scene was taking off. In the US, this scene was represented by bands such as The Ramones and The Dictators, the latter were also managed by Pearlman. In France though, Shakin' Street's early days were also part of this developing scene. They appeared in some of the first punk-rock concerts alongside the likes of The Damned. With Pearlman being so close to this scene, he saw what potential Shakin' Street had, so he signed them up to CBS, or least the French subsidiary at least. On the basis of this management association, the band jumped over the English Channel to record 'Vampire Rock' in London. Amid the strong punk scene in UK at the time, the album was released in France only, for whatever reason, a strange decision really because the lyrics were all in English!


The Songs
The album has a spirit of manic energy about it, and though it displays speed and heaviness in places, it is still melodic, especially from a supposed band with punk origins! The lyrics go from the sublime to the ridiculous, but then again, what band hasn't written about nonsensical topics? Highlights include the Shakin' Street standard 'No Time To Lose', a fantastic fun-filled frolic that still sounds great today. 'Where Are You Babe' as an example is both mainstream and commercial, the harmonica and acoustic guitar flurries toward the end accentuate this. Even on rabble-rousers such as 'Love Song', the title track 'Vampire Rock' and the delightfully 'Speedy Lady', the band show that they can foot it in both camps - the punk scene plus the more discerning hard rock scene.


In Summary
Their next album 'Solid As A Rock' was recorded in the USA, whereby the Pearlman influence took shape yet again, by introducing former Dictators guitarist Ross The Boss to join the band. You can read about 'Solid As A Rock' elsewhere on GLORY-DAZE.


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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:39:40
great cover and not bad but get the 1980 release
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:03:23
One of the few great bands to come out of France in the late 70's early 80's. This was their debut album, and has that punkish new wave attitude about it - typical at the time. 'No Time To Lose' also appeared on their next album 'Solid As A Rock'(which is definately worth tracking down now it has been re-issued on cd). As far as i know, this has never appeared on cd except on a slightly dubious looking 2 on 1 which i own, featuring this and the aforementioned 'Solid As A Rock'.
#3 | swazi on March 15 2012 17:07:03
There is a box-set on the market in the meantime, a Collectors Edition. It contains both discs and some live tracks.
http://www.amazon...l_1#disc_2
 
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