Here we have a bloody superb live concert performance from the total legend that is the one and only Shakin' Stevens on the legendary German pop show Musikladen. When Shakin' Stevens hit the scene in the early 80s, it was a breath of fresh air. Sure, there had been a rockabilly thing going on for a while in the forms of the legendary Showaddywaddy and the absolutely excellent Stray Cats... But Shaky was rockabilly and rock 'n' roll incarnate. He seemed to be the one the old school rock 'n' rollers were waiting for... It was as if the late great Elvis had been reborn or reincarnated as a Welsh milkman! (For the uninitiated, Shaky - real name Michael Barrett - is a Welsh man and used to be a milkman before he hit pop stardom. I wonder if anyone ever asked him for a milk shake!...). Shaky was the absolute creme de la creme of rockabilly as far as I'm concerned. He was so bloody brilliant that Fulchester United even signed him up for some memorable matches with Billy The Fish! Heh heh. Shaky was loved by just about everyone - djs, moms, dads, grannies, teenies and even the New Romantic and gender bending pop crowd (Boy George and Phil Oakey were allegedly fans). Shaky was the real deal and that's what made his otherwise supposedly "outdated" music style work to a very popular demographic. I don't think any modern rockabilly acts out there today in this day and age would be able to pull off the amount of hits and popularity that Shaky had back in his prime - it was amazing enough that he did it in the 80s, the age of electronics, dance music, new wave, new romantics and the dawn of hip hop (to count just a few music genres that occurred bigtime during the 80s).
Early hits are performed here with extreme gusto - and a lot of sweat - such as "Hot Dog", "Marie, Marie", "Shirley", "It's Raining" and the über classic that is "This Ole House". No "Green Door" though. This is a treat for Shaky fans so if you are one - then download, sit back, watch and enjoy! Incidentally, this rip is really fresh - I just watched, recorded and ripped it as soon as it finished transmitting on television!
Musikladen Special - Shakin' Stevens Live
Approx. 29 mins
Let Me Show You How
Baby, You're A Child
This Ole House
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Ripped & encoded by X-Y-Z-Cosmonaut.