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The Blasters — I'm Shakin'
Album: Hard Line
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Released: 1985
Length: 2:21
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When you touch my hand and you talk sweet talk
I got a knocking in my knees and a wobble in my walk
Yeah, and I'm tremblin' and I'm shakin'

When you take me in your arms and talk romance
My heart starts doing the St. Vitus' dance
And I'm pantin' and I'm shakin'

Early in the morning time, late in the middle of the night
Whenever this chill comes over me
I wanna hug you with all of my might
And, and I'm sweatin' and I'm shakin'

Chill and fever, I've been told
Makes your head spin around and your feet run cold
I got fever and I'm shakin'

Feel like I been run through the mill
I can't move around and I can't stand still
I'm so jittery and I'm shakin'

Samson was a mighty good man, strongest in his day
And then along came Delilah and clipped his wig
And it looks like you took me the same old way
So, I'm nervous and I'm shakin'

Storm rocks a ship on a sea, the wind shakes the leaves on a tree
I'm like a nervous wreck, I'm all shook up
And that's what you are doing to me
'Cause, 'cause I'm jumpin' and I'm shakin' and I'm jumpin' and I'm shakin'

Shakin', shakin', shakin', shakin', shakin', oh yeah, I'm shakin'
Shakin', shakin', oh yeah, I'm shakin'
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I saw these guys in the early eighties.  They were good.  :)
 treatment_bound wrote:
There really should be more BLASTERS blasted here.

How 'bout "American Music" for starters? 

 


I submitted "I Love You So" for Bill and Rebecca's consideration--no dice. 
{#Devil_pimp}zesty !
 hayduke2 wrote:
this always gets me all shook up

and I'm noivuss  : )

 

Exactly!

And, have been wondering. Are you kin of George Washington Hayduke III?
 Faithful_Fool wrote:
Back in my own Radio Days I played this. KEGR Cable Radio, Concord, CA. 
Fun times! 

 
I was just down the road at KXFM, Santa Maria, CA. Great days! Cheers brother!
 
this always gets me all shook up

and I'm noivuss  : )
Back in my own Radio Days I played this. KEGR Cable Radio, Concord, CA. 
Fun times! 
I'll be seeing Dave Alvin live next month - can't wait, always a great show!
I will never forget rocking to the blasters at Solano Beach's Belly Up in the mid '80s, sweat poring off as I danced my ass off!
 
There really should be more BLASTERS blasted here.

How 'bout "American Music" for starters? 
A bass line with saxes. Oh Bill
 Shmelo wrote:

I love when Jack White covers…anything really. But in this case, the original is just perfect!



 
But the Blasters' version is NOT the original:
Rudolph "Rudy" Toombs (1914 – November 28, 1962), was an American songwriter who wrote "Teardrops from My Eyes", Ruth Brown's first number one R&B successful song. He wrote more successes for Brown, including "5-10-15 Hours", as well as "One Mint Julep" for the Clovers.
He also wrote:
 "I'm Shakin'", a hit for Little Willie John, covered by the Blasters in 1981, Long John Baldry in 1996, Jack White in 2012, and Willy Moon in 2013
 Shmelo wrote:

I love when Jack White covers…anything really. But in this case, the original is just perfect!



 
Second that
Love this! For some reason, I always imagine Frankenstein when this comes on lol!
 Propayne wrote:
Fortunate to have seen them live in their prime - 

Good times... 

 
Me too.
 fredriley wrote:
The honking saxes really make this song. I feel like getting up and strutting down the street with head held high and Jaggeresque pout on my chops. 8 from the footstompin' Nottingham jury.

 
Ha ha ha!!! You put words to my wish to get up and do exactly as you say!!! 
The honking saxes really make this song. I feel like getting up and strutting down the street with head held high and Jaggeresque pout on my chops. 8 from the footstompin' Nottingham jury.
Fortunate to have seen them live in their prime - 

Good times... 
A1 top of the line
Sad to read the story about  Rudy Toombs, the original songwriter:
"He died during 1962, murdered by robbers in the hallway of his apartment house in Harlem."

Why son, that's a Little Wiilie John song. 

Written by Rudy Toombs.

 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Toombs
Great song with silly lyrics. Proves you can have the most abstract perfect words and it means nothing if it don't got that rock and roll!
The real Master Blasters, Steveland!
Brimming with rhythm, power, danger, near-anarchy, androgen... my knees are weak. 

I love when Jack White covers…anything really. But in this case, the original is just perfect!


this would be  ROCK & ROLL, ya think?{#Beat}
 Cynaera wrote:
Gawd, I love his warble!  The Blasters are pretty damned cool.

 
most definately  (got me shoooook up now, an I'm noi-vuss)
 asilbuch wrote:
I too like Jack's version better, he really does sound like a hot mess. Always good to hear the originals. 

 
I'm a huge fan of the Blasters, so I'm partial, but yeah Jack's version is great. Neither one is the original, tho, see video posted somewhere below...
I too like Jack's version better, he really does sound like a hot mess. Always good to hear the originals. 
 lkovathana wrote:

Jack White's is paced a bit faster; more frenetic.  I happen to like Jack White's version better.  The artists who create the sound first though, always get props.  No doubt that this version will go down in history as a great classic.
 

"will go down", Son, it's already there.
Funsies....love the surprise. {#Cheers}
 bluecshells wrote:
I love Jack White's version of this one....he does it justice in my opinion!
 

Jack's version is starting to get played here in Chi. on 'XRT.  It's GOOD!
Rudy Toombs penned this back in the 50's.  I've always loved this song and hoped he was my kin.  Blasters do a great job with it, though. 
ALVINS !!
I love Jack White's version of this one....he does it justice in my opinion!
 dwhayslett wrote:
The record this was originally on came out when I was in college.  I bought it, for reasons I no longer remember.  Absolutely DESPISED it.  Only record I ever tried to take back.  (They wouldn't accept the return, of course.)  For whatever reason, I kept listening to it from time to time.  Somewhere in there, my opinion did a 180; now I love it.

Maybe that was only interesting to me.  {#Mrgreen}
 
I love albums like that. Most Wilco records take me a year or more before I realize how much they mean to me.
 hayduke2 wrote:
Godlike
to me, hearing it changes the day for the better
Jack White's pales in comparision 
 
Jack White's is paced a bit faster; more frenetic.  I happen to like Jack White's version better.  The artists who create the sound first though, always get props.  No doubt that this version will go down in history as a great classic.
Godlike
to me, hearing it changes the day for the better
Jack White's pales in comparision 
 socalhol wrote:

Listening to this, that is all i can think of too......!!
 

That is Too Funny!!
 JrzyTmata wrote:
I'm Mister White Christmas
I'm Mr. Snow...
 
Listening to this, that is all i can think of too......!!
More BLASTERS
Gawd, I love his warble!  The Blasters are pretty damned cool.
Saw them in Santa Barbara in 1982......great show!
I'm jammin wit dis one
Awesome!  It made me stop what I was doing JUST to see who was playing.  :)
LOVE that!
 
 kcar wrote:


Someone Had Blundered. (Apologies to Tennyson). Maybe the person who uploaded it to RP couldn't find the info at the time. 

It came out in '82. I got this album a few years after that... Someone commented here that "I'm Shakin' " never really takes off; the best song on the album—"I Love You So"—definitely does. 

https://www.amazon.com/Blasters/dp/B003P8JMWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1312389540&sr=1-1

 
 

This album



with I'm Shakin' came out in 1981, the year I graduated from college.  I picked it up back when it was released, as I pretty much jumped on anything on the Slash record label back in the early 80's.

 djblitz wrote:
Why does it say you don't know what year this came out?  I'd love to know, a co worker and I are discussing it. :)
 

Someone Had Blundered. (Apologies to Tennyson). Maybe the person who uploaded it to RP couldn't find the info at the time. 

It came out in '82. I got this album a few years after that... Someone commented here that "I'm Shakin' " never really takes off; the best song on the album—"I Love You So"—definitely does. 

https://www.amazon.com/Blasters/dp/B003P8JMWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1312389540&sr=1-1

 
 djblitz wrote:
Why does it say you don't know what year this came out?  I'd love to know, a co worker and I are discussing it. :)
 


I'd love to know to.
I like the song, but I kinda wanted it to get better, but I still like the song
Why does it say you don't know what year this came out?  I'd love to know, a co worker and I are discussing it. :)
Never heard this version! Really cool!
Spirited cover of a classic burner! I love to hear the kiddies talk about "swagger" these days, as if they just invented cool.
Oooooo - Blasters!  My world is complete now. Thanks, RP! After hearing David Alvin's version of "Highway 61," I was jonesing for some Blasters, and here they are.  Yum, times ten.

Some Jason and the Scorchers would fit nicely here, too....
That is great. Thanks for digging this up. Little Willie is in the Rock n Roll HOF.

 
ScottFromWyoming wrote:




 

The record this was originally on came out when I was in college.  I bought it, for reasons I no longer remember.  Absolutely DESPISED it.  Only record I ever tried to take back.  (They wouldn't accept the return, of course.)  For whatever reason, I kept listening to it from time to time.  Somewhere in there, my opinion did a 180; now I love it.

Maybe that was only interesting to me.  {#Mrgreen}
 JrzyTmata wrote:
I'm Mister White Christmas
I'm Mr. Snow...
 
I LOVE the Blasters, but you are sooo right here! Hehe!
 countyman wrote:
Little Willie John was the original lyrisist, as far as I researched.
Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band did a great version at their live shows in and around the Pittsburgh area in the 80's and 90's.
Billy still does this at shows nowadays with a new band, when he's not teaching at PITT.

 



Shakity shake shake
 sharkartist wrote:
I'm soooo jittery!
 
...that I'm Shakin'.  Good retro Rock 'n Roll. {#Yes}
 rjewyo wrote:
Saw these guys in Santa Barbara in 1982 with George Thorogood...rockin show!
 
What was your drink progression that night?

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"
Saw these guys in Santa Barbara in 1982 with George Thorogood...rockin show!
Little Willie John was the original lyrisist, as far as I researched.
Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band did a great version at their live shows in and around the Pittsburgh area in the 80's and 90's.
Billy still does this at shows nowadays with a new band, when he's not teaching at PITT.

 ndelcuze wrote:
 First time hearing these guys...
 

I'm sorry to hear that.
 SmackDaddy wrote:
They're playing a tiny little bar a mile from my house on May 22. {#Nyah}

It's just too bad Phil and Dave don't play together anymore, but Phil is the voice and is still with them. So that's the better option.
 

Excellent show by the way. They rocked the house. Definitely worth seeing if you have a chance. This is a great 2-CD set. Also well worth the price.
 mandolin wrote:
...i regret to disparage the energy in this recording, but precious few tracks can avoid being a letdown after sing, sing, sing...

 
Ahmen to that brother!


I like it, like it alot
How fun is this?!?!  First time hearing these guys...they're great!  I'm dancin' in my seat!  The playlist is rockin' this morning!  Woohoo!{#Dancingbanana}
Simply. Smokin!

{#Cowboy}

Kewell tune!{#Cool}


They're playing a tiny little bar a mile from my house on May 22. {#Nyah}

It's just too bad Phil and Dave don't play together anymore, but Phil is the voice and is still with them. So that's the better option.
Love these guys!  THIS is rock 'n roll!{#Dancingbanana}
I'm soooo jittery!


I'm Mister White Christmas
I'm Mr. Snow...
...i regret to disparage the energy in this recording, but precious few tracks can avoid being a letdown after sing, sing, sing...

 guiguy wrote:
Saw them with X in SD in the early 80s; fan-frickin-tastic!
 
I saw them separately, but never on the same bill. I loved The Blasters, and I am still a fan of X.

BTW, Dave Alvin plays in a band with Exene, D.J. Bonebreak, John Doe, and Jonny Ray Bartel called "The Knitters". I saw them at HSB in '07, and they seriously rocked!

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I have that one too. Disturbing cover art until you see Phil Alvin singing!
  even after, it's a little disturbing.  sure does capture it though.
song's a 9 for me.  like the Blasters


blast off baby!
The Blasters, X, Beat Farmers, Plimsouls, Alley Cats:I know I'm leaving some great bands out, the early 80s rocked in LA!

What a crazy, cool set of music...only on RP {#Music}

The Blasters : I'm Shakin'
James Horner : Sing, Sing, Sing
Ben Harper : Faded
Dire Straits : Single Handed Sailor
Santo & Johnny : Sleep Walk
Arcade Fire : Une Année Sans Lumiere
Delays : Wonderlust


Thanks Bill!

Just bought this cd set. Fantastic start to finish, phenomenal set of music.
The masterblasters
NeilBlanchard wrote:
I have two copies of the original LP! Ha!
Neil

I have that one too. Disturbing cover art until you see Phil Alvin singing!

But for the record (ha!) that isn't their first LP. It's the first one that anyone owns, except for a lucky thousand or so. There was a time when the "first" Blasters album would have been worth a few hundred dollars. Now all those cuts are on reissue CDs so I suppose the market's way down for the vintage vinyl...


Nice transition, Bill.{#Whisper}
heytomkay wrote:
The Blasters will play a free concert in Pasadena, 7/10/08, at the Levitt Pavilion. I'm already shakin'.
Damn, makes me wish I was back in my hometown. That's a great little outdoor bandshell in a nice park. Gonna hate missing that. :grumpy:
The Blasters will play a free concert in Pasadena, 7/10/08, at the Levitt Pavilion. I'm already shakin'.
And I'm NOIVOUS!!!! :shifty:
and I'm tremblin'!
I have two copies of the original LP! Ha! Neil
Vogelfrei wrote:
Very hot!
Absolutely. I thought I was about to hear There Might Be Giants or some other similar band doing a cover of the Heatmiser theme song.
Can't keep my feet still! A solid 8
Saw them with X in SD in the early 80s; fan-frickin-tastic! :cheers:
:puke:
Shake your money maker! :razz:
That's the bass player's Mom's house.
ashleye wrote:
I am shakin..oh yeah!
Me, too!! :dancingbanana:
Evokes me the Blues Brothers.
G'damnit Bill your Friday sets are dynomite! Keep the fantastic music coming!
I am shakin..oh yeah!
Man this day is just a rockin!
skyguy wrote:
Now follow up with some nighthawks for a complete 80's flashback. :guitarist:
Now you're talking!!
sorry , just must be workday giving me the headache then,,,,
Now follow up with some nighthawks for a complete 80's flashback. :guitarist:
I think it's kinda cool...... nigelr wrote:
Sorry, found the transition from James Horner to this one a little difficult..........
This goes up a point or two when you are listening at home with unlimited volume(as opposed to work). Well, it's not exactly unlimited, but...
headache,,,,
Sorry, found the transition from James Horner to this one a little difficult..........
Bill Goldsmith....you... The Blasters - I'm Shakin' 5:04 pm - James Horner - Sing, Sing, Sing 5:00 pm - Dandy Warhols - Plan A 4:55 pm - Ben Harper - Faded 4:51 pm - Dire Straits - Single Handed Sailor sweeeet set!!!! Who woulda thunk it? Thanks!
When I'm asked which band I believe to be the most underrated, the Blasters always comes quickly to mind.
I was hoping I would be the first person to have pictures of the Heat Miser running through his head when this song came on. I guess I got beat to the punch again!
8:41 pm - The Blasters - I'm Shakin' 8:36 pm - James Horner - Sing, Sing, Sing From a 10 to a 2 ... that segue was the musical equivalent of being in a plane crash.
Very nice, its on the list.
This is BIG music. I'll have to nick this.
Vogelfrei wrote:
Very hot!
Ok, this is just awesome.
Rafter101 wrote:
He's mister Heatmiser, he's mister sun... He's mister Heatmiser, he's mister hundred-an-one.
:fire: LOL!
He's mister Heatmiser, he's mister sun... He's mister Heatmiser, he's mister hundred-an-one.
:drummer:
NeilBlanchard wrote:
Gawd, I gotta' get back to listening to my vinyl!
ditto. I don't think I've heard this anywhere but my private collection since ~ 1984. It still sounds great.
Gawd, I gotta' get back to listening to my vinyl! Thanks, Bill!
Vogelfrei wrote:
Very hot!
Excellent visual--the baseline evoked visions of the "Heatmiser" for me too.
P A R T Y !!!!!!!