1980COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Shandi - lead vocals * Paul Hertzog - keyboards, vocals * Tim Pierce - guitar, vocals * Steve Sykes - guitar, vocals * James Rolleston - bass, vocals * Pat Mastelotto - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 Walk The Streets * 02 Show Down * 03 Heart Beat * 04 Tuff Baby * 05 Bottom Line * 06 Mine (Mine, Mine, Mine) * 07 Don't Sweat It * 08 I Yi Yi Yi * 09 Nobody Loves You * 10 Boy CrazyWEBLINKS: www.shandi.org
Check out this excerpt of the blurb written by producer Michael 'The Commander' Chapman that appears on the back sleeve of Shandi's debut. '..Her spontaneity and artistry are awe inspiring. Her personality and attitude are totally confusing. Her soul and her sensitivities are blind and gentle. Her contribution to all our lives will be enormous'.
Err, not quite and I wonder who was smoking what when that was put down on paper? Indeed, the young and all too short-lived Dreamland label had high hopes for Shandi. I remember lots of promotion for this record with its sensual cover along with the Spider
debut, but nothing really came of it and Shandi became the queen of the cut-out bins for a couple years. Yet, Shandi was not new to the ups and downs music biz when she signed to Dreamland. She released one album in 1976 as Shandi Sinnamon
which I have never come across and never really looked for. Oh and in case you are wondering, the rumors she inspired the 1980 KISS song 'Shandi' are unfounded.
She certainly had a helluva back up band for this album with Tim Pierce
and future Mr Mister
and King Crimson
drummer Pat Mastelotto, but of course this is not a progressive rock album. No, this is pop rock circa 1980 with the majority of songs written by Shandi and I have to say I've never warmed to her tunes or this record in general. Yeah, Shandi had the pipes but there is something about her singing that screams 'listening endurance test' every time I play it. Maybe it was just the way the vocals were mixed, but I don't know. Songs like 'Heart Beat' and 'Nobody Loves You Better' will appeal to Spider
and 'Girls Night Out' era Toronto
fans, but both of those bands did this type of thing so much better, it's hard to recommend the Shandi album beyond a limp 'buy if you find it cheap for a dollar or less' suggestion.
According to Shandi's web site, this album almost ruined her career and it's no wonder why. She did manage to rise above it all with one of her songs appearing on the 'Flashdance' soundtrack. Since then, her music has been heard in several other films and has released quite a few albums in a variety of styles, even going so far (bravely I might add) to release a CD 'Leather And Pearls' which includes tracks from this album and unreleased material recorded during the same period.
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