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The Georgia Satellites




The Georgia Satellites - Greatest and Latest - 2001 - Disky

A very underrated , and not very prolific band, The Georgia Satellites, created some great rock & roll music with a Southern slant. Their sound is very much in the style of Little Feat, although less sophisticated. They are best known for their 1986 top five hit single "Keep Your Hands to Yourself". The original band were only around for five or so years in the eighties, but were definitely overshadowed by the post punk/new wave genre. This band had some success, but should have been taken more seriously.They never really "got off the ground" the way they should have. "Greatest and Latest" is an excellent compilation album, and contains some unusual but good cover versions of songs by Joe South, Chuck Berry, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and Ronnie Wood. The album is full of great Rock 'N' Roll, and is very enjoyable. There is another 20 track GS compilation, "Let It Rock: The Best of the Georgia Satellites" available, which includes a great version of John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night/Rockin' All Over the World " and fourteen of the tracks are written/co-written by the great songwriter, Dan Baird. Their s/t "Georgia Satellites" album is well worth buying, and there is info on the band's "In the Land of Salvation and Sin" album @ TGS/ITLOSAS

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. Games People Play - South, Joe
2. Hippy Hippy Shake - Romero, C.
3. Running Out - Rivers, T.
4. Let It Rock/Bye Bye Johnny - Berry, C.
5. Deep in the Heart of Dixie - Price, R.
6. Anna Lee - Price, R.
7. Don't Pass Me By - Starkey, R.
8. Hand to Mouth - Richards, R.
9. Battleship Chains - Anderson, T.
10. Six Years Gone - Baird, D.
11. Slaughterhouse - Richards, R.
12. Can't Stand the Pain - Richard, R.
13. My Fault - Wood, R.
14. Shaken Not Stirred - Richard, R.
15. She Fades Away - Richard, R.
16. Rain - Lennon, John

BAND

Dan Baird Vocals, Guitar
Mauro Magellan Drums
Rick Price Bass, Guitar
Rick Richards Guitar, Vocals

SHORT BIO

At a time when rock & roll didn't care about its roots, the Georgia Satellites came crashing into the charts with a surprise hit single to remind everybody where the music had come from. The hit single, 1986's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever. The Satellites weren't a back-to-basics roots rock band, either — their straightforward sound borrowed equally from Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Faces, Little Feat, and AC/DC, with a Southern backwoods bent. At their best, the Satellites were just a damn good rock & roll band, driven by the classic yet fresh songwriting of lead singer/guitarist Dan Baird. On the strength of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," their first major-label album sold well, but the follow-up, Open All Night, did not; radio and MTV had treated the band as a kind of novelty — a bunch of hicks kicking out rock & roll offered a break between the slick pop-metal of Bon Jovi and the introspective pop of Peter Gabriel. By the time they released Open All Night in 1988, no one was interested, even if the album was only slightly weaker than the debut. After one more album, 1989's In the Land of Salvation and Sin, the band called it quits. Guitarist Rick Richards joined Izzy Stradlin's Ju Ju Hounds three years later; Baird pursued a solo career and had a small hit in late 1992 with "I Love You Period." In 1996, he helped form the Yayhoos after releasing his second solo album. The Yayhoos have two albums, the most recent being 2006's Put the Hammer Down. During the mid-'90s, the Georgia Satellites reunited without Baird. They released Shaken Not Stirred in 1997. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com

BIO (Wikipedia)

The Georgia Satellites is a Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for their 1986 top five hit single "Keep Your Hands to Yourself", and draw inspiration from Chuck Berry, Little Feat and AC/DC, among others. Formed in 1980, a lineup of Dan Baird, Rick Richards, Dave Hewitt (Bass), and drummer Randy Delay recorded a six-track demo at Axis Studios in Atlanta. For a short period of time from 1981 to 1982 drummer Randy Delay was replaced by a new drummer, Keith Christopher (formerly of The Brains). Christopher left the band in 1982 to perform with Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush. Jeff Glixman, who had produced the likes of Paul Stanley and Kansas, was enlisted to produce. Soon after the demo was recorded, the band broke up in the summer of 1984. However, while the band felt they weren't making any progress on their musical path and had moved on, their English manager took the demo to a small Yorkshire record label, Making Waves, who liked the material and released the demos as the Keep The Faith EP in 1985 (Kerrang #113). The press response to the EP was positive and prompted the band to regroup in the United States. Baird had been playing with the Woodpeckers in North Carolina, while Richards remained in Atlanta with the Hell Hounds, who included both Mauro Magellon (drums) and Rick Price (bass). With Baird essentially joining the Hell Hounds, the Satellites were reborn and American record labels started taking notice of the band. By 1986 only Elektra Records was willing to sign the band, who then reunited with Glixman to record their debut full-length album at Cheshire Sound Studios in Atlanta. The album, Georgia Satellites, was their most successful album, featuring the track "Keep Your Hands To Yourself." The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart, topped only by Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," It went into extremely heavy MTV rotation. Other minor hits included "Battleship Chains" (#86) and "Can't Stand The Pain." In 1988, the band recorded a cover of The Swinging Blue Jean's 1964 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake" for the movie Cocktail. Released as a single, the song made it to #45 on the Billboard chart. During the year the band released their second album, Open All Night, which included a cover of the Ringo Starr song "Don't Pass Me By," though the album didn't build on the success of the debut. A single, "Open All Night" backed with "Dunk 'N' Dine," failed to chart. A third studio album, "In The Land Of Salvation And Sin," was released in 1989, which included re-recordings of "Six Years Gone" and "Crazy" from the 1985 EP. Though the album received very positive reviews, it, too, failed to do well commercially, and Baird left the band in 1990 for a solo career. The band's 1993 compilation Let It Rock: The Best of the Georgia Satellites included a selection of the best tracks from the three studio albums and bonus material that had been released on the Another Chance EP (1989): "Saddle Up," "That Woman" and "I'm Waiting For The Man." Also included was a live version of Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock." The 1997 album Shaken Not Stirred didn't include Baird or Magellan who were replaced by drummer Billy Pitts and keyboardist Joey Huffman, with the two "Ricks" handling lead vocal duties. The album was a mix of re-recordings of their earlier material and eight new songs: "Running Out," "Let It Rock (Bye Bye Johnny)," "Deep In The Heart Of Dixie," "Anna Lee," "My Fault," "Shaken Not Stirred," "She Fades Away," and "Rain." Following the album's release Huffman soon departed and the band split again. After a brief sabbatical following the departure of Baird, The Georgia Satellites returned in 1993. Led by original band members Rick Richards (lead guitar and vocals) and Rick Price (bass and vocals), with Kenney Head on keyboards and Todd Johnston on drums, they continue to perform. Mauro Magellan joined "The Crashers" after moving to Wisconsin in the early 1990s. Mauro played on both of Baird’s solo albums and has since performed periodically with Dan Baird, most recently joining Baird on the road as a member of Dan Baird & Friends, also occasionally known as Homemade Sin. In addition, Dan Baird performs as a member of the country group Trent Summar & The New Row Mob. Along with his commitment to The Georgia Satellites, Richards also plays with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin in his band, The Ju Ju Hounds. They have recorded seven albums, not all released.

9 comments:

A.O.O.F.C said...

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prin said...

OMG! I was wondering when you'd get around to these guys! There are two songs on this planet that I 1) don't care if I ever hear again and 2) will send me straight into the ozone if I hear them. Having been a bartender in hole in the wall bars in the south in the late 80's where every drunk with a quarter would first stop at the juke box and play these two songs then come order up a beer, I am especially sensitive to these two songs: "keep your hands to yourself" and Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying too close to the Ground." The latter is especially painful as one entire New Years Eve an apparently rich drunk came in with a proposition--He would buy rounds for the house as long as that song played on the jukebox...OMG The Pain! it took awhile but eventually we got drunk enough or some did to actually howl along with the jukebox. At this point he had his cabbie he had hired for the night take him to another bar. I have always wondered just how many other bars he hit and ruined their new years celebrations before he actually passed out. :)

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hey, prin/c. Your story is the funniest thing I've heard over Xmas. Sorry for laughing....NOT!! These are like scenes from a modern day Midnight Cowboy movie! I get the feeling that you very slightly dislike certain songs! (lol x 1000,000)! Great story prin/c. If you have any more songs that you have "fond memories" of, please let me know. THEY WILL BE POSTED ON COCOA IMMEDIATELY!! (Ho! Ho! Ho! x 1,000,000....sorry prin/c...he says with profund sincerity!!)....still laughing!...Havw a great 2009, prin/c, and ttu v.soon!

prin said...

:) so glad i could give you a laugh! I'll be sure and let you know the next time you post about a group/song that stirs a memory.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi! prin/c...I am going to try and be very serious, now so...HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER!!!!!better go before I....Oh! my aching ribs...sorry, prin/c, but your eloquent and beautifully written story stimulated the ventromedial part of my frontal cerebral lobe to such an extent that I....gotta go...I see people coming in white coats....30 mg Diazepam...all is calm....all is bri.........!!!!

prin said...

*ahem* i suspect that it wouldn't be quite so funny if you hadn't experienced something so very similar for yourself...let's hear your *drunks* story :)

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi!prin/c..The effects of the 'ol DIO's have dissipated, and those lovely people all in white have let me out of the "fruit farm" for new years day! I have some stories of "drunks". I was in fact, a "jolly toper" many moons ago, and overimbibed all too frequently! Thankfully, those days are long gone, but the truth is I had no bad "experiences" of drunks. I had a "riproaring" time making other peoples lives a misery. I can't elaborate too much on blog, but I'll mail you. I've some "funny" stories, which may be funny now, but at the time, I must have been a major PITA. If anybody is reading this, please take it easy on the "soup" over the next few days, and don't be a remorseful idiot....I'll mail you soon, prin/c

Anonymous said...

Good stuff. If I could make a suggestion. Would it be possible to just post by artist instead of by year. My arm is falling off with a whole bunch of excessive clicking. I find something I want to look at, then when I go back I ain't where I was. More clicking to get back there.
It's so much more easy to view the posts when listed by artist instead of having to look in each year to see who is there.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, Anonymous. Thanks for your comment and suggestion. It's something I've been meaning to do for a long time. I;m trying to develop a suitable widget to but your idea into practice. All the best, and come back soon