August 13 1986/Kim Mitchell/Haywire
Oh man the song of summer of 86 has to go to Akimbo with Patio Lanterns! I mean this song was played all over radio and the vid was plastered as a heavy rotation video at MuchMusic. Shakin Like A Human Being was the album of choice in those early weeks leading up to Akimbos appearance in Tbay for me and my good pal TBone. The albums opener was a great rocker complete with ZZTop fuzzy synth Get Lucky Boys And Girls but wait the rest of it was a little softer tamer Akimbo. Well that’s alright I mean Akimbo had been putting out slabs of vinyl since Max Webster and for me personally I only got his first release when Akimbo Alogo came out and quickly purchased the 5 song Ep which to this day is still my fav Akimbo release. You want a great guitar 5 song workout check out the Kim Mitchell Ep from 1982! But hey Kim built up a back catalogue of material so if he wants to chill,that’s cool too…..
Well come show time and openers Haywire came out and I just remember only Bad Boys as that was the single off there debut album but the rest of there set just drifted by me I mean at the time they were a 1986 fashion disaster. I mean they all wore super baggy pants and looked like they just got off the Wham tour bus! Now before I upset all you Haywire fans out there I will post at a later date of a bar show I caught back two yrs later in May of 88 that restored some faith….but back to 86…..
And now ladies and gents…Kim and his 3 amigos and what a good band and great show. Akimbo did not disappoint I mean he had strewn across the back of the stage wait for it…PATIO LANTERNS! Just a cool laid back show he played a bunch of tracks from Shakin like In My Shoes,Alana Loves Me,That’s The Hold and from his earlier works ,Lager And Ale,Go For Soda and many other staples. The one song I wish he had played which of the 5 times I have seen him since has never played is Rumour Has It. You want a great guitar workout that tune is it! But at the time Kim was flying high solo wise,selling tickets,selling cassettes(bought my copy of Shakin that way) and wearing his OPP cap…and oh yeah ….He was Shakin Like A Human Being…….
Now the vid is not from Shakin but rather it’s a tune he did in Max Webster and also redid on his self titled solo Ep . It’s a great rock n roll track…….
Also check out Mikeladano.com for a little info regarding a soon to be released book on Max Webster written by Martin Popoff…….