Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Can't believe I never com...
I saw Priest live in 2005...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

gdazegod
12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1980 Articles » Shakin' Street - 1980 Shakin' Street
 
Shakin' Street - 1980 Shakin' Street



ARTIST: Shakin Street
ALBUM: Shakin' Street
LABEL: CBS (UK, Europe), Columbia (USA)
SERIAL: CBS 84115, NJC 36499
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2004, Bad Reputation (France), 640443 (with additional bonus tracks from 'Live & Raw)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Fabienne Shine - vocals * Eric Lewy - guitars * Ross The Boss Funicello - guitars * Mike Winter - bass * Jean Lou Klinowski - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Compromise * 02 Solid As A Rock * 03 No Time To Loose * 04 Soul Dealer * 05 Susie Wong * 06 Every Man Every Woman Is A Star * 07 Generation X * 08 So Fine * 09 I Want To Box You


Background
The French outfit Shakin' Street return for Round Two with 1980's 'Shakin' Street'. Fronted by the exotic Tunisian born Fabienne Shine, this band had the focal point at the front of the stage, giving them a headstart as a guaranteed live attraction. There's a certain amount of charm and naivety about their sound. Sure it's from the late great 70's and the influence of that pop/punk era is apparent for sure. However, when they get it right, they line-up alongside a band like Storm (the Jeanette Chase fronted version) with ease, though without the Queen influences. Melodic nonetheless. It's ironic that era bands such as The Damned, The Clash, and from an American perspective The Dictators all seem to have rubbed off onto Shakin' Street, though with Blue Oyster Cult mentor Sandy Pearlman at the helm, guidance of a melodic kind was always going to rule the roost. When the band decided to move to New York to take advantage of the good work done on 'Vampire Rock', ex Dictators guitarist (and future Manowar stringbender) Ross 'The Boss' Funicello joined them, replacing Armik Tigrane who stayed behind. Musically the band have stayed close to their good-time hard rock vibe, which contains lots of energy, a unique French flavour, and in some cases a boogie quotient accentuated by the likes of AC/DC, Krokus and Status Quo, who were all thereabouts on the scene at the time. Many longtime fans will recall Shakin' Street's appearance on the 1980 CBS Compilation 'Killer Watts', where they were joined by that other French institution, the 'revolutionary kings' Trust. But to be honest, their offering on that album, the title track 'Solid As A Rock' is not the best tune to be heard on this album.. surprisingly enough..


The Songs
Take a listen to the reworked 'Nothing To Loose' (first heard on 'Vampire Rock') for pure rollicking energy! Even the opener 'No Compromise' and the cool Euro-metal of 'Soul Dealer' have more appeal. The latter could pass for early Accept (their Brain Records material). Fabienne really lets go on 'Every Man Every Woman Is A Star' as we move into the middle of the song, while a faint Lee Aaron holler or two could be detected on 'Generation X'.


In Summary
Despite encouraging sales with this album, the band found it dificult to maintain momentum, especially away from home. They certainly had the talent and a sound which stood them apart from many others in the same field. Shakin' Street never made it to album number three, though many of the band members are still recording music, including Shine, Lewy, and of course Funicello. The album itself, saw a re-release on Bad Reputation Records. Fans of period hard rock would be wise to throw caution to the wind and shell out a couple of bucks on Ebay, now that it is available.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
 
Comments
#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:34:07
oh fabienne, fabienne you're ' SO FINE' great lp. Has been reissued with the live in the raw lp, magic!
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:04:38
A Blast from the past this one - finally re-issued on the Bad Reputation label with the 'Live & Raw' album as bonus tracks. Forgot how good this one was, from the crunching riff of 'I Want To Box You' to mega commercial tracks like 'Susie Wong' and 'So Fine'. Regarded by many as one of the best French hard rock cd's of all time - maybe, but i think Trust - 'Repression' would give this a good run for it's money!
#3 | reyno-roxx on July 16 2008 15:23:56
A superb album. As for French hard rock bands, I loved early Trust (always sounding better with French lyrics than the English versions) - 'Repression' is one of my favourite albums of alltime - but the greatest French hard rock band just has to be Warning. I wish the third album, 'Metamorphose', would get a long overdue release on CD. Amazing guitar work.
Blaspheme, Sortilege and H-Bomb were all great bands too.
Curiously, the Spanish bands, such as Baron Rojo, Obus, Panzer and Santa, always sounded better singing in their native tongue too.
#4 | sabace on July 22 2008 15:08:09
talking of great french bands OCEAN were pretty hot!
#5 | reyno-roxx on July 22 2008 16:39:39
Absolutely! How could I forget Ocean? The self-titled album of 1981 vintage is absolutely fantastic. Managed to get the CD version a few years ago with the bonus A+B Live material on it as well.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Thunderstone - 2002 Thunderstone, Bronz - 2010 Carried By The Storm, Michael Learns To Rock - 1993 Colours, Best Of 2010 - 2011 jeffrey343, Bad Boy - 1984 Electric Eyes, Headpins - 1985 Head Over Heels, Blinding Tears - 1986 Blinding Tears, Fiona - 1992 Squeeze, GTR - 1986 GTR, Rudd, Phil - 2014 Head Job, Czakan - 1989 State Of Confusion, Blue Steel - 1981 Nothing But Time, Logan, Johnny - 1989 Mention My Name, Taylor, Lydia (Band) - 1981 Lydia Taylor Band, Orange Crush - 2001 Songs For Ophelia (EP)
Tags©
Rick Springfield Actors And Actresses Kenny Stewart Cheap Trick Cage Wounded Bird Stardrive Hinterland Steely Dan Silent Majority Max Demian Band Jimmy Barnes Runner Zoid Xeron Fraze Gang Ragdoll Mamas Pride Wounded Bird White Honey Amaze Me Long Island Records EP Rapid Tears David Glen Eisley Hall And Oates Nick Gilder Yesterrock Little River Band LRB April Wine Z Plan Roadstar Ken Hensley Headless Innuendo
All Tags
Search DDG