This rock ‘n’ roll quintet was influenced by the Stooges, Rolling Stones and Blue Öyster Cult, and took their name from a song by the MC5. Formed in Paris, France, in 1975 by Fabienne Shine (b. Tunisia; vocals) and her songwriting partner, Eric Leví aka Eric Lewy (b. Eric Jacques Levisalles, 1955, Paris, France; guitar/vocals), the band was completed by Mike Winter (bass), Armik Tigrane (guitar) and Jean-Lou Kalinowski (b. 1959, Paris, France; drums). Signing to CBS Records, they debuted in 1978 with the average Vampire Rock, a selection of predominantly up-tempo rockers, notable only for Shine’s unusual vocals. Ross ‘The Boss’ Funicello (b. Ross Friedman, New York City, New York, USA, ex-Dictators) replaced Tigrane for the second album. Released in 1980, this was a vast improvement, with a denser sound and more abrasive guitar work brought through in the final mix.
Funicello subsequently left to form Manowar with Joey DeMaio in 1981, but Shakin’ Street carried on for a short time with ex-Thrasher guitarist Andrew ‘Duck’ McDonald, before finally disbanding. Their second album proved an undiscovered classic of the metal genre and became much sought after by collectors. A reunion concert, featuring Shine, Lewy, Winter, Kalinowski, Funicello and Norbert Krief of Trust, took place in 2004.