Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Shiver and Shake" by The Silencers

Song#:  0265
Date:  07/26/1980
Debut:  96
Peak:  81
Weeks:  5
Genre:  New Wave, Power Pop

Pop Bits:  Lead by Frank Czuri, Pittsburgh's Silencers formed in 1979 and recorded a demo that landed them a deal with CBS Records before the group had even started to perform live. Luckily, their live shows were well received and they gained a solid following in the region. It was enough to push this song from their debut album "Rock 'n' Roll Enforcers" onto the national chart. It didn't hang around for very long and unfortunately neither did the group. Despite having a popular video that was played on MTV's first broadcast day and a little chart action, the group's follow-up album "Romantic" went nowhere and the group fizzled and faded after that.

ReduxReview:  I had seen that they were influenced greatly by Joe Jackson and that style of new wave. I think you can really hear that influence on this song. It's a good song and is probably their best moment from what I've heard. This should have gotten a lot more attention.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Prior to joining The Silencers, Frank Czuri was a member of another Pittsburgh band, The Jaggerz. Lead by Donnie Iris, the group had a #2 hit in 1970 with "The Rapper." It was their only major hit. Czuri join the band in 1973 and left before the band called it quits a few years later.


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