Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cinderella - Shake Me

While Cinderella's image was hair-metal, their sound was more bluesy, hard rock.  "Shake Me" fits right in with this, and is a spiritual successor to "You Shook Me" (covered by Led Zeppelin) or "You Shook Me All Night Long" (AC/DC).  Now that I think of it, there should be more hard rock songs using the verb 'to shake' -- I propose the ultimate song could just be called "Shake" or "Shaken" or "Shaky."

Moving right along, "Shake Me" was the first song from Cinderella's first album, 1986's Night Songs.  The video does feature another fine example of a supernatural guitar -- it falls from the poster and then magically teleports the attractive young woman right on to the stage at the local Cinderella concert.  Though this is not as impressive as laser beams (or ill-tempered bass, for that matter), it still is pretty cool.  And no, apparently not all Les Pauls can magically teleport young women.

"Shake Me" did not chart, but Night Songs hit #3 on the charts in early 1987, spawned 2 other singles that did chart, and sold 3 million units.  The band went on to sell more than 20 million units in the 80's and early 90's, before the shift to grunge (and problems with lead singer Tom Keifer's vocal chords) ended the bands' run of platinum records.

Cool trivia fact:  Cinderella was discovered by Jon Bon Jovi, who saw them in 1985 at the old Empire Rock Club in Philly. He told his A&R rep about them and soon after they were signed to Mercury/Polygram.

Cinderella's "Gypsy Road" was posted on ERV in June, 2015.

1 comment:

  1. Eighties songs with shake in the title:

    You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC, 1980)
    Shake Me (Cinderella, 1986)
    Shake It Up (Cars, 1981)
    Shakin' (Eddie Money, 1982)
    Shakedown (Bob Seger, 1987)
    Shake Your Love (Debbie Gibson, 1987)

    (Tried to stay with reasonably famous songs released in the 80s).