Shake It or Leave It!

Christian D and the Hangovers

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Update: Shake It or Leave It is now availble on our bandcamp page. There's also a t-shirt package deal: $20 gets you the shirt and the digital download. Shirt ships in 5 days, download is immediate.

If you are old fashioned like I am and still like physical goods you can get your CDs here:

Christian D: vocals and guitar Brendan: Lead guitar & vox Mick E. Special: drums & vox Mack Black: Bass & vox Jesse James Dale: Backing vox

Produced, Engineered and Mastered by Jesse James Dale

Photos: Linda Dawn Hammond/ IndyFoto.com

© Christian D 2009 All rights reserved

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  1. 1 Vampire Rocker 02:30 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Life Gets in the Way 03:41
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  3. 3 Shimmy Shorts - Shake It or Leave It! 03:51 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Good Woman 02:56
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  5. 5 Mr. Handsome 02:39 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Sleep my Life Away 02:47
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  7. 7 Child of the East Coast 03:48 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Baby Jane 01:59 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Hot Mess 02:57
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  10. 10 Hillbilly Heroin 01:55
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  11. 11 Cornfed Dames 03:47
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Blue Suede News review of "Shake it Or Leave It!"

Shake It… Or Leave It! showcases the Hangovers upbeat rootsy rock over a compact 12 song, 35 minute set, short and sweet without any filler. And while five tracks are reworked versions of songs from the group’s EP, the new recordings are amped-up and outshine the earlier renditions. Most of the songs tend to follow familiar rock and roll themes of escaping the boredom of everyday life through the pleasures of music, women, and booze. The lusty “Shimmy Shorts”, “Hot Mess” and faithful Cramps cover “Cornfed Dames”, as well as nightlife paean “Sleep My Life Away” and “Life Gets In The Way” certainly adhere to these badboy themes. Two of the best songs on the album stake out new territory. Opener “Vampire Rocker”, storms out of the gate in a fury of pounding drums, fiery guitars and yelped vocals, a horror-themed number with a psychobilly edge. And “Mr. Handsome” is an unexpected change of pace, a sinister serial killer tale featuring some great tremelo-fueled twangy guitar.

Shake It… Or Leave It! teams up the Hangovers with producer Jesse James Dale, to good effect. Dale is the frontman for 2-piece sensation Buzz Deluxe, and has moonlighted with the Hangovers on guitar, so he’s the right man to capture these unruly characters in the studio. The Hangovers’ various different sounds are well represented, their rockabilly-flavoured foundation fleshed out with elements of psychobilly, cow-punk, country, and rock and roll, all recorded with a live energy. Shake It… Or Leave It! is a solid first album for the Hangovers, and you can expect to hear more from this greasy crew in the future.

 

Blue Suede News # 89 Winter 09/2010

-David S. Faris