Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Songoftheday 3/17/15 - I got a little change in my pocket goin' jing-a-ling-a-ling...


"Keep Your Hands To Yourself" - Georgia Satellites
from the album Georgia Satellites (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is by the southern rock band Georgia Satellites, who came together in the early 80s under lead singer Dan Baird, with a Stones-esque bare-bones bar-band rock sound and straight-forward and sometimes overly sexual lyrics. They released their self-titled debut album in 1986, and their first single, "Keep Your Hands To Yourself", sounded like a remake of something recorded in the early days of rock and roll. Written by Baird and produced by Jeff Gixman (who produced hit albums for arena rockers Kansas in the 70s), the song was a comic take on a guy pleading to "get some" to be shrugged off by his girl until he ties the knot...


"Keep Your Hands To Yourself" went all the way to the runner-up position on the American pop chart in February of 1987, also doing the same on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. The song would end up being their only single to make the top-40; their follow-up from the album, "Battleship Chains", only nicked the chart at #86 (though it went to #11 on the rock chart). In 1988, the band released a second album, Open All Night, but while the title track climbed to #6 on the rock radio list, it missed the pop chart altogether. The Satellites had a slight resurgence with a remake of "Hippy Hippy Shake" for the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail, which stopped short of the top-40 at #45 in 1989, but the royalties probably kept them fed for awhile. Baird would dissemble the group, going solo and nabbing a top-40 pop hit with "I Love You Period" in 1992. The Satellites still tour with guitarist Rick Richards handling the singing.

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Here's the band gettin' it on for MTV's New Year's Eve Ball...


Florida country singer John Anderson covered the song on his Country Til I Die album in 1994...


Finally, let's go back to the Satellites in Germany in 1988...


Up tomorrow: Northeastern arena rockers are prepared.


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