Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Shakin' Stevens-The Bop Won't Stop (1983)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: July 16, 2013

That's right, Shakin'! The bop won't stop and it ain't gonna be stoppin' anytime soon! I knew I'd have my second stint with the Welsh rocker eventually after getting all those thrills and spills from that "Let's Boogie" album—especially that "A Little Boogie Woogie (In The Back Of My Mind)", which continues to spin around in my head like a super nitro-charged Ferris wheel without its axle), but having returned to my 80's flashback and still wanting to explore those artists who are still largely unfamiliar to me, I felt like shakin' things up and gettin' my boogie on again with the rocker's 1983 album, "The Bop Won't Stop". And right off the bat, I was jammin' to the album's extremely dancey title track, which got me into the rollicking rock n' roll spirit in a flash! "Diddie I", the rocker declares on the album's funky third track. I really like this one because of how the tempo speeds up momentarily to play in step with the singing of the words 'knock on your door', simulating that someone's knocking on the door for real. Me always being a sucker for those sad bluesy ballads, I managed to hold back the tears while wrapped up in the melodic beauty of "Don't Be Two Faced". The title is simple and to the point and speaks a whole lot of truth, the aching lyrics voiced by the Welsh rocker pushing forth its meaning to the receptive heart. A special moment for me occurred on the album's sixth track, "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)". That's because this song features the voice of one of my favorite female rockers divas of all time: Bonnie Tyler. Always, always a pleasure to hear this lady sing! After the high-energy rock n' roll thriller, "Brand New Man", I was snapped to attention by "Cry Just A Little Bit", because I know I've heard this song a gazillion times by another artist; the melody and the lyrics are just waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too familiar! But who that artist is? That's what I can't figure out, and I'll probably kick myself once I find out. And I had the same mentality tuning in to "A Love Worth Waiting For". Somebody's performed that classic, too—a bunch of people, actually. Make that two kicks in the head? Despite the memory lapse, I enjoyed the great performances that Shakin' delivers on both. Snazzy piano playing and rock n' roll often go hand in hand, and here on this album, I praise the skilled musician jammin' on the ivories on "Livin' Lovin' Wreck", "A Letter To You" and another extremely dancey number, "As Long As", which also has a marvelous trumpet solo midway that jazzes things up a bit. Shakin' Stevens has certainly gotten me stirred up with these oldies, and I look forward to the next time I shake things up with him again:

1. The Bop Won't Stop
2. Why Do You Treat Me This Way?
3. Diddle I
4. Don't Be Two Faced
5. Livin' Lovin' Wreck
6. A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love) [duet with Bonnie Tyler]
7. Brand New Man
8. Cry Just A Little Bit
9. As Long As
10. A Love Worth Waiting For
11. Love Me Tonight
12. It's Late
13. It's Good For You (Baby) [B-side of "It's Late"]
14. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night
15. A Letter To You [Single]
16. Come Back And Love Me [B-side of "A Letter To You"]

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