Flamin' Groovies

Shake Some Action

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A latter-day formation of the Flamin' Groovies laid down this rock & roll anthem on its Dave Edmunds-produced 1976 album of the same name. The Groovies' minimal, roots-of-rock style fit right in with the stripped-down punk rock coming out of England at the time, though it was not meant to compete with the new, underground sound. Rather, it was an attempt at a real Top 40 single reminiscent of a British Invasion tune, with all the right elements: great chorus, gigantic guitar riff, and a drum sound recalling the iconic Phil Spector sound. Cyril Jordan co-wrote it with Chris Wilson who'd become his songwriting partner after Roy Loney's departure from the group in 1971. Alas, the shimmering jangle-rocker failed to crack the charts, but its abiding spirit-of-rock & roll vibe forever canonized the group and the song into the hall of all that's great about rock & roll. Teenage rebellion is rock's stock-in-trade and it remained the Groovies' musical raison d'être throughout the course of its long career. A few covers of the song exist, most significantly Cracker's straight-ahead version for the 1995 soundtrack to Clueless.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Shake Some Action 1976 Aim Records 4:34
Groovies' Greatest Grooves 1989 Sire 4:30
No Image 1989 Aim Records 4:30
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Connoisseur 4:30
D.I.Y.: Come Out and Play: American Power Pop I (1975-78) 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 4:33
Teenage Kicks: 46 Classic Punk & New Wave Tracks 1995
Various Artists
PolyGram 4:31
Best of Flamin' Groovies: Oldies But Groovies 1997 Aim Records 4:43
Poptopia! 70's Power Pop Classics 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:33
Psychedelia: San Francisco Legends 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 4:31
Absolutely the Best 1999 Fuel 2000 / Varese 4:33
Backtracks 1999 Renaissance Records 4:33
16 Tunes 1999 Skydog
Slow Death [Norton] 2002 Norton 3:36
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Olla / Only Lovers Left Alive Ltd. 2:20
Sneakers and Rockfield Sessions 2004 Aim Records 4:36
Teenage Kicks 2004 Akarma 4:33
20 Greats from the Golden Decade of Power Pop 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varèse Sarabande 4:31
100 Greatest Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:33
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:33