Summer of ’88 comes and another one of my favourite spins (on cassette) was “The Georgia Satellites” when they dropped the follow up to the platinum selling self titled debut.
“Open All Night” is a great title for an album and look at that cover as its like the four dudes that make up the band are up all night as well.
Dan Baird as you all know was the driving force on all three of the Satellite major label releases not only singing and playing guitar but was also the main songwriter.
I’m always surprised as how much pressure it must have been on guys like Baird back in the day to produce hits.
‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’ was the biggie hit back in ’86 so come ’88 what batch of Georgia Fried Sizzle Rock could Dan come up with?
Out of the albums eleven tracks, Dan wrote eight along with two cover tune’s, Ringo Starr’s ‘Don’t Pass Me By” and Whole Lotta Shakin Going On.” Lead slide guitarist Rick Richards contributes Hand To Mouth which is a borderline Stones tune.
Baird though seals the deal on this album with his songs especially as he is a very crafty lyricist.
Open All Night has the band zipping around almost in ZZ Top land whereas second song in Sheila is the perfect example of Bairds lyrics.
There ain’t a lot to do
And after work I just ride around
Looking out for something new
When I saw you standing in a drugstore
Trying on your diamond ring
Had to run in jump through the front door
Grab your hand and start to sing about”