Shane Fenton & the Fentones

I'm a Moody Guy

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Before the glammy, leather-clad home-wrecker Alvin Stardust, there was the pout and pompadour of Shane Fenton. Fenton's upswing hairdo and rakish gabardine were the perfect accessories to his persona as a less dangerous Gene Vincent -- his act emphasized the puppy dog eyes over the hint of danger. "Well I got no friends/And if I had/If I had I know I'd treat 'em baaaaaad" -- "I'm a Moody Guy" is without question a gem of the pre-Beatles pop era. It's the title track here, accompanied by his three other chart appearances and a clutch of solid album tracks. Highlights include "Cindy's Birthday" with its plaintive reverb guitar and shimmering strings; "Walk Away," which sounds like Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, and a surf instrumental all at once; and the "Rave On" rewrite "Why Little Girl."

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