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Georgia Satellites

  • Georgia Satellites [Elektra, 1986] B
  • Open All Night [Elektra, 1988] B+
  • In the Land of Salvation and Sin [Elektra, 1989] C+

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Georgia Satellites [Elektra, 1986]
If you love "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" for its own raunchy self rather than appreciating the alternative it afford to Bon Jovi and Cyndi Lauper, you want this album. Opening the B is a bottleneck rocker that slides as hard as "Happy," and while nothing else matches the inspiration of hit and follow-up, these guys do know how to put out those two-guitar basics. They just don't know why--except to provide an alternative to Bon Jovi and Cyndi Lauper. "Happy," after all, never pretends to be anything more than a change of pace, and because Keith Richards understands its limits, he's lining up a new front man right now. B

Open All Night [Elektra, 1988]
Forget bars 'n' barbeque--the 24-hour eatery of the title tune belongs to Dan Baird's new sweetie ("I just got to know if that thing is open all night"), who shouldn't be confused with "Mon Cheri" ("Her skirt rolled up and I could see she was French"). I know, I know, but trust me when I say their appetite makes up for their boogie recidivism. Sure they'd like to be the Stones, but they're smart enough to know they won't make it and young enough to take their fun where they can get it. B+

In the Land of Salvation and Sin [Elektra, 1989]
No longer content to be known as a boogie animal, Dan Baird shares with us his pain, his songcraft, his abiding respect for Lowell George. Just what we needed--a pretentious boogie animal. C+