THE GEORGIA SATELLITES Keep The Faith LP/CD 1985
Tell My Fortune / Red Light / Six Years Gone / Keep Your Hands To Yourself / Crazy / The Race Is On.
Produced by Jeff Glixman.
The Georgia Satellites: Dan Baird: guitar, vocals / Rick Richards: guitar, vocals + Dave Hewitt: bass / Randy Delay: drums.
In 1980, Dan Baird (formerly guitarist for the Atlanta band, the Nasty Bucks), along with lead guitarist Rick Richards, bass player Keith Christopher and drummer David Michaelson formed a band named Keith and the Satellites in Atlanta, Georgia. After performing in local Southern bars, the band's line-up changed. Dan Baird became lead singer and guitarist and Rick Richards became singer and lead guitarist. With a new bassist, Dave Hewitt and a new drummer, Randy Delay; they recorded a six-track demo at Axis Studios in Atlanta. During this time, the band changed their name to Georgia Satellites and played every Monday at Hedgen's, a beer-stained bar in the otherwise tony Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead.
Jeff Glixman who had produced, mixed and remastered artists such as Paul Stanley, Kansas, Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen and Black Sabbath was enlisted for production. However, soon after the demo was recorded, the band broke up in the summer of 1984. Drummer Randy DeLay later performed with the Tony Sarno Band and the Hell Hounds around the Atlanta music circuit, before dying of cancer in 1993.
Yet, while the band felt they weren't making any progress on their musical path and had disbanded, their English manager, Kevin Jennings, took the demo to a small Yorkshire record label, Making Waves, who liked the material and released the demo as the Keep the Faith EP in 1985. 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. Richards remained in Atlanta with the Hell Hounds, which included both Mauro Magellan (drums) and Rick Price (bass, formerly of The Brains). With Baird essentially joining the Hell Hounds, the Georgia Satellites were reborn and American record labels started taking notice of the band.
In 1986, the group signed with Elektra Records and reunited with Glixman to record their debut full-length album at Cheshire Sound Studios in Atlanta. The album, Georgia Satellites, was their most successful LP; featuring the track "Keep Your Hands to Yourself". The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped only by Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer". It went into heavy rotation on MTV. Other lesser-known songs included "Battleship Chains" (#86), written by Terry Anderson and "Can't Stand the Pain", but the Georgia Satellites never had another Top 40 hit. That same year the MTV Video Music Awards came into being. Mary Deacon won for Best Art Director on the music video "Keep Your Hands to Yourself".
In 1988, the band recorded a cover of The Swinging Blue Jeans' 1964 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake" for the movie Cocktail. Released as a single, the song reached No. 45 on the Billboard chart. During that year, the band released their second album, Open All Night; which included a cover of the Ringo Starr-written Beatles song "Don't Pass Me By", although the album was not as successful as their 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. Although the album received very positive reviews, it too failed to do well commercially, and Baird left the band in 1990 to pursue 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". Source
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