Originally known as Keith and the Satellites, the Georgia Satellites are an American Southern rock band based in Atlanta, Georgia. They rose to the international stage after releasing their 1986 self-titled debut album that featured one of their best-selling single track, ‘Keep Your Hands to Yourself,’ which was listed as No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band later released two more albums,’ Open All Night (1988) and ‘In the Land of Salvation and Sin’ (1989), before they went on a musical career break in 1990. The Georgia Satellite resurfaced in 1993 and has continued to perform live and release some great hits.
The band’s most recent album is the 1996 studio album,’ Shaken Not Stirred,’ which features re-recording of the Satellites’ older track releases and eight new songs. Throughout the band’s career, they have experienced a number of lineup changes, such as replacing their drummer and bassist. Vocalist and lead guitarist Rich Richards is the only constant member of the Georgia Satellites band. According to AllMusic, the band’s current lineup includes bassist Bruce Smith, drummer Todd Johnson, lead vocalist Rich Richards, and Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Fred McNeal. Read on to learn more about the 10 best Georgia Satellite songs.
10. All Over But The Cryin
The track ‘All Over But The Cryin’ is a song by the Georgia Satellites’ that was recorded in 1989 and featured in their album titled ‘In The Land of Salvation and Sin.’ This song was released on Elektra Records and produced by Joe Hardy, better known for his traditional music recording style. He has previously produced recordings by Steve Earle and ZZ Top. The song has superb vocal performances and is an underrated track. Thom Jurek from AllMusic gave this song 3 out of 5 stars, describing it as the band’s most innovative and consistent recording. As of 2022, the band’s 1989 album ‘In the Land of Salvation and Sin’ is their most recent album to contain original music released by the Georgia Satellites.
9. Open All Night
The track ‘Open All Night’ is a catchy, hard rocking’ track by the American Southern rock band and featured in their second album, Open All Night. The song was listed as No.77 on the Billboard 200 Hit Songs list and is today considered one of the band’s greatest hits. The album was recorded and produced by Jeff Glixman under the label Elektra Records. The St. Petersburg Times commented on this track, claiming that while the band’s lead singer Dan Baird’s original songs are derivative, in the song ‘Open All Night’ he adds an appealing, colorful, country boy slang and roadside imagery to add a more authentic sense of Southern rock to the song.
8. Battleship Chains
According to Stlyrics, the song ‘Battleship Chains’ is the most underrated song by the Georgia Satellites. This track was originally written by Terry Anderson and re-recorded by his band, The Woods. The song was later re-sang and made famous by the Southern American band- The Georgia Satellites in 1986. Moreover, this track appeared on their debut album, In the Land of Salvation and Sin, and reached No.86 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. Hippy Hippy Shake
The song ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ was originally recorded by Chan Romero, a rock’ n roll music artist. Chan was 17 years old when he wrote this song. The Beatles and Davy Jones also re-recorded it. A cover version of this song was done by Little Tony, an Italian rocker who was very popular in Italy and the UK. In 1959, The George Satellites did their version of this song, adding their amazing rock vibe. ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ was placed No.45 on the US Hot 100 and No. 63 on the UK singles chart.
6. Down and Down
The song ‘Down and Down was recorded by the Georgia Satellites on January 12, 1993. This track is a fun guitar-driven rock and roll beat, making it the perfect option for all rock’ n roll fans. ‘Down and Down’ is also featured in the band’s second album- Open All Night. Their fans also received this song well, with some claiming that it has catchy lyrics and is among the decent track songs released by the band.
5. Whole Lotta Shakin
The track, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ was sung and recorded by the American Southern rock ‘n roll band – The Georgia Satellites. The song was released in 1988 and featured in their album Open All Night. Some of this song’s lyrics are “…well c’mon over baby, whole lotta shakin’ going on….”
4. I’m Waiting for The Man
The song ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ was composed by Lou Reed and released on May 15, 1987. This track was first released on the Velvet Underground & Nico band’s 1967 debut album. The Georgia Satellites re-recorded this song in August 1987. During this almost six-minute song, you will hear the amazing lead vocals by Dan Baird and backing vocals by Rick Price. The song’s lyrics try to describe a man’s effort to obtain heroin in Harlem. In one of the reviews, this song was described as one of all-time classic rock’ n roll songs.
3. My Baby
The track ‘My Baby’ is a song recorded by the Georgia Satellites and featured in their 1988 album Open All Night. The song lyrics include, “There ain’t nothing like my baby….”
2. Keep Your Hands To Yourself
The track ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’ is one of the debut singles by American Southern rock band the Georgia Satellites. This song was composed by the band’s lead singer, Dan Baird, who released it in November 1986. The song reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 21, 1987. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who refuses to have intimate relationships with her boyfriend until the two become married. The song’s video begins with the band riding down a highway while remembering how Dan and his finance prepared for their wedding. Baird is seen dressed in a tuxedo and kissing his new bride after being forced by her father to carry a shotgun. The couple is now seen in a flatbed now with tin cans tied to the back and ‘just married’ painted on the rear of the car.
1. Don’t Pass Me By
According to Musicvf, the track ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ was originally sung by The Beatles and featured in their 1968 album known as White Album. The song was later re-recorded by the Georgia Satellites and featured in their 1988 studio album titled ‘Open All Night.’