Shake City - 2009 - Shake City
1. One Good Reason
2. Hot Love
3. Betty Blie
4. Get It While It's Hot
6. Little Lianne
7. Lust And Love
8. Psychedelic Ride
9. Sweet Dreams
10. Can't Get Over You
11. Game Of War
12. Bad On Wheels
Fortunately, J.J. has sent me some albums from the Eönian vault. One of these Hollywood hairspray acts is called ‘Shake City’ and these guys definitely shake things up!
Shake City was founded in 1987, when former Warrant vocalist Adam Shore was replaced by Jani Lane when the latter started climbing the ladder to mainstream success.
Anyway, since Shore was part of the formative Warrant in the early days, Shake City uses the same kind of formula.
So, what’s the difference between those two? Heaviness! Overall Shake City shows us a more aggressive vibe than Warrant, but the sappy harmonies and the ‘tender bad boy’ image stays intact.
But screw Warrant for now, because it’s time to quake.
First of all; Shake City’s artwork is pretty unoriginal, but hey, which album of the late 80’s didn’t had this kind of covers? So that’s a big plus! And why not? To be honest, I rather enjoy myself with some cool sleazy pictures instead of some ‘fancy’ modern graphic design.
It’s obvious these rockers stay loyal to the time period when they were on their peak, and that’s NOT 2009!
Let’s start with the current KISS drummer Tommy Thayer's co-written killer tracks "One Good Reason" and "Hot Love". These songs suck you right into where you really want to be; the Sunset strip club circuit in 1987.
"One Good Reason" starts off with a bluesy Cinderella-type guitar intro and kicks me in the crotch with its Poison-influenced riffs and vocals right away. Damn, my glam-balls still hurt but I’m begging for more!
Shake City smashes my mouth with the second track called "Hot Love". It’s a real foot stomper which shows some similarities to Bon Jovi’s "Bad Medicine".
"Betty Blue" is a fast-paced rock anthem, where Adam Shore uses his voice in a certain way that makes him sound like Kik Tracee vocalist Stephen Shareaux. Besides that, some parts of the composition are a variation of Kik’s "Don’t Need Rules". Definitely an ear catcher!
"Get It While It's Hot" is a blues ballad and has a lot of potential.
On the other hand, "Submarine" slaps me in the face with a typical Glam Metal song; nothing wrong with that.
"Little Lianne" is a very sensitive ballad as we know it and to me, L.A. Guns might have been influenced by this song when they wrote "The Ballad Of Jayne".
Next is...Love Bomb Baby! O no...It’s called "Lust & Love" but I swear that our eyes would be scratched out by Tigertailz’s hit song.
I skip some of the Shake City songs. Trust me; the entire disc rocks like hell!
So, the last one I’ll discuss is "Game Of War". Why? Well, because Jani Lane penned this track in his early Warrant career. It would fit perfectly in Warrant’s repertoire. Unfortunately for the Down Boys this song is Shake City’s!
Okay, it’s clear; I’m dealing with a ‘supposed to be’ classic album. I can’t get my head around the fact that Shake City never achieved a 10 on the Richter scale rating when they were on their way to become rock stars. Therefore, I’m very glad Shake City blesses us with this release.
Hey to all you Glam boys and girls; this is what Glam is all about!
Written by Jesse Gorvette