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Sunday, December 26, 2010

283. "Shake Some Action" by The Flamin' Groovies

When I first met Gen, she was just coming off of a period during which she'd been rehearsing with a reformed version of her old band Backstage Pass. Backstage Pass never put out a proper album, but its members would go on to release records in other bands (most notably Holly Beth Vincent of Holly and the Italians, Marina Del Rey of Vivabeat, and the drummer Spock whom I was quick to discover had played percussion on the excellent and obscure Rainy Day record, to which I was listening a lot at the time). Gen had played in other bands as well, but not for some time, and the Backstage Pass reunion had gotten her working on music for the first time in a while. One of the things she and the band had been working on was a cover of "Shake Some Action". The reunion unfortunately didn't pan out, which is doubly a shame as Gen also wrote some very good songs during that time (and since).

I asked her to do a song for me for the first time in a while, and she was very keen to do Paul McCartney's "Junk". I really wanted her to play guitar on the track, though, and "Junk" has some pretty weird chords on it, so I suggested reviving "Shake Some Action" instead. Gen had the privilege of being the first singer to record a vocal using my new pop filter, a very useful Christmas gift given to me by Gen herself.

Genevieve Broome ~ Vocal, 12-string guitar
Rex Broome ~ Mandolin, backing vocal

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. I really don't know which version I prefer, both are perfect.