the Shakedowns - "On"
The Shakedowns are the best goddamn rock and roll band playing right
now. If everything was right in this world, the Strokes and the White
Stripes would be opening for these guys.
On is one of those albums
that showed up in my mailbox, with me having not the slightest clue as
to what I'd be listening to. I figured that since it was from VMS
Records, it'd be punkish- and it is. However, it's also down and dirty
rock and roll that you can sing along and dance to. Just thinking about
this album makes me want to get so drunk off whiskey and beer that I
end up trying to strip down to my boxers and dance around my apartment.
The Shakedowns have a two-disc set, here. The first disc is their first
album, On, as well as their
first demo, Rock N Roll Makes Me Sick.
The second disc is four songs from their next album, as well as three
Really, though, two discs aside, this whole thing is about On. This is where the band fucking
shines. "Baby You So Mean" starts out as a stompin' rock tune, and then
in the middle, segues into Link Wray's "Chicken Run" in a way that
seems as natural as cigarettes and coffee. "Can't Give Up This Love"
is, of course, a love song... but it still fucking rocks!
Dammit. I'm tired about writing about this. I just want to listen to it
for like, the fiftieth time since it showed up here. Go buy a copy.
You'll have a reason to live again.