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Georgia Satallites/In The Land OF Salvation And Sin(1989)


Plain and Simple these guys Kicked Ass! Only about a year later after this album was released The Satellites called it a day but Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Dan Baird released in 1992 the classic Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired but that’s getting ahead of ourselves….

Back in 1989 though the Boys along with Baird/ Rick Richards(guitar) Rick Price(bass) and Mauro Magallen(drums) released this Fantastic Slab Of Southern Fried Rock served with a shot of Jack Daniels with a swift kick up the backside!

When it comes to these Satellite’s people always talk about the self titled debut from 1986 that featured the enormous selling single Keep Your Hands To Yourself.

Fair enough that’s what got these guys on the Musical Map and back in Hair Metal 86 with all of your Talk Dirty like tunes mixing it up with the Carrie singles of the world come these Red Neck Rockers wearing Levi Strauss clothes/Greasy hair/Riding around in the back of pick up truck’s and Loud guitars  breathing  Smokey Fresh Air in a genre that’s polluted with Crap Rock. These fella’s show up on the door step,kick the door off the hinges and toss a party!

1988’s Open All Night had some real good tracks like Sheila,Dunk N Dine, and the title track but lost a little steam but that problem was fixed when these boys put out Salvation And Sin!

Salvation And Sin is 14 Tracks Of Blitzing Rock….

1 I Dunno 3:10
2 Bottle O’ Tears 3:52
3 All Over But The Cryin’ 5:11
4 Shake That Thing 5:12
5 Six Years Gone 3:09
6 Games People Play
Written-By – Joe South
7 Another Chance 4:33
8 Bring Down The Hammer 4:23
9 Slaughterhouse
Written-By – Rick Richards
10 Stellazine Blues 4:11
11 Sweet Blue Midnight 6:26
12 Days Gone By 3:34
13 Crazy
Written-By – Gina Webb
14 Dan Takes Five

I Dunno blasts off at rocket speed and Dan being the main songwriter writes wicked tales of the Good and Bad side of relationships as I Dunno is just that! Richards blasts a quick lightening bolt of a solo and Good Times/ Bad Times /I Dunno/Just Pick Up The Dice And Baby Let It Roll sings Dan! Yee F’n Haw!

Bottle O’ Tears is a great tune that features the ying and yang of vocal play between Richards and Baird! This song oozes Cool! Too get a good feel of this Georgia Fried satellite tune I posted a live clip from 1989 speaking of which I reviewed these guys when they showed up to Tbay (Dec 1989) and basically took mine and Tbones hearing and obliterated it! Fantastic Show  ….Anyhoo enjoy the vid and check out Rick Richards mic stand instead of guitar pics he has 3 smokes taped to his mic stand! That’s Rock N Roll Swagger!

Baird can write cool lost love ballads like All Over But The Cryin that doesn’t lag and that’s thanks to Mauro’s drumming as he pushes it out of any chance of  bordering on wimpy!

Another strong feature of the Satellites is that when they cover tunes like Games People Play they make it sound their own which is a plus for these guys. Bassist Price handles the lead vocals on this track while Richards plays some wicked cool slide geetar action!

The party can’t always be rocking Another Chance features acoustic and mandolins guitars while each guy in the Satellites takes a line(not that kinda line!) vocally and it shows that these guys can shift gears at a moments notice!

SlaughterHouse is an under 3 minute Blitz of guitar riff action that features Richards doing double duty both singing and playing the slide rock guitar action…..

As you all know by now how I dig end of the album Gems well let’s give a shout out to the last track on the album Dan Takes Five which barrels out of the gate with a heavy like an AC/DC opening barrage of guitars and drums and this song is just is so good and for Dan its therapeutic  as it’s basically him writing about himself going through his divorce….I posted the lyrics below talk about autobiographical but delivered with a SledgeHammer! Watch…I mean Crank the vid!

“Dan Takes Five”

Stuffed my heart in a bag slammed the back door
if I get home it’d be a home no more
took off runnin in the middle of the night
I was aimed for anything that felt half right
look out baby I’m gone a little ride
I see my name written on the center line
moon looks good air is cool
every bone been broken in the Golden Rule

Well I’m flyin through Dothan with radio
Taylor’s Ole Time Opry’s playin Hank Snow
sing’s my nightmares in his song
I say I’m with ya man I’m just movin on
look out baby your wish came true
you got your freedom the house and the whole F.U
I got the thangs that I need
I took the car my pride and three pairs of jeans

My brain is bleedin got nails in my spine
but I ain’t gonna stop ‘fore that empty line
radio’s fadin road’s like a snake
it’s two in the mornin’ and I’m wide awake
look out baby Gates of Eden got closed
but New Orlean’s open see the pretty lights glow
I’m goin in to get myself lost and found
it didn’t take too __damn long to tear a good thing down

It may not be ideal
but at least we’re not running at the mouth
I-10 to San Antone
woke up and went south
fleeced at the border
for thirty five and some change
but that’s a small price to pay
runnin from the pain
look out baby I’m gone a little ride
there’s a brush fire on the highway
gonna burn both side
wish I could throw our sins
in the flame and smoke
I’ll call you up if and when I reach hope

Wowzers what a way to end this album! From I Dunno to Dan Takes Five and everything  in between this album Smokes!

Dan Takes Five In Thunder Bay!

Georgia Satellites/Dec 1989/Thunder Bay/Community Auditorium


Woo hoo, it’s December 1989, it’s snowing outside, and here comes the Georgia Satellites from the warm confines of Atlanta to kick our asses! And that they did. Come showtime me and TBone walked into our local community auditorium and out of about 1500 seats I would like to say  600 people were there or so…pretty good turnout considering the Satellites were basically playing bars throughout Canada as Dan Baird(singer/guitarist) acknowledged from the stage!

Basically, the Satellites stage set up was a drum set, few amps, and a huge Confederate Flag! At the time the Satellites were plugging there latest release In The Land Of Salvation And Sin and it’s a very good record and also there second kick at massive radio airplay with Hippy, Hippy Shake (Tom Cruise movie Cocktail soundtrack song)sung by Guitarist Rick Richards( who would be once again 4 yrs later be in Tbay with an Izzy less Ju Ju Hounds)…any-hoo the Boys from Atlanta came out blazing with the opening number called I Dunno and blazed right into Battleship Ship Chains, Don’t Pass My By, Myth Of Love, All Over But The Crying, and one song that is like an ACDC runaway locomotive slamming into the Satellites tour bus at the tracks entitled Dan Takes 5 which is a cooker, also played was Games People Play(sung by bassist Rick Price) Can’t Stand The Pain( with some cool slide and lead vocal from Rick Richards) Railroad Steel followed up with of course Hippy Hippy Shake and Keep Your Hands To Yourself.

All these years later, three things stand out to me….in no red neck order comes…..

1-Off the current album (Salvation & Sin) they played the song Another Chance which they all dropped their electrics and Mauro the drummer came from around his kit and they did an acoustic version complete with acoustic/mandolin guitars and the Mauro took over a bit on the mic… The other three guys just laughed at him like look folks he sings!!!….probably the first show I ever saw (1989) where the band just pulled off a move where they just shut it down for a bit during a show to, go,acoustic-like a good full year before Tesla rang up the cash registers with the Acoustical jams…..

2-LOUD LOUD LOUD….one of the loudest rock shows in Tbay I have attended! These guys just cranked their amps to 10 and just blew us away…

3- Red Light…when the Satellites came on for the encore they asked us if we had any requests and since we were sitting above the stage on the right side they could hear us and within a millisecond TBone hollered Red Light…Baird acknowledged and the band tore into it…after the show as we’re driving home, I asked TBone what made that tune(Red Light) pop into your noggin? Simple he said they have a line in the song that goes ” got Van Halen wailing on the stereo 8 track” ….uh huh….well played TBone ..well played…..