Buy Billy’s third album Shake
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After the heat of my Naz departure had cooled a little, Karin at Polydor was keen on me doing a third solo album.
She had done promo work for Growin’ Up Too Fast with me in 1984. I began writing and demoing the songs required. Despite her positive opinion of them being “some of the best songs you’ve ever written,” market changes in general meant rock was not being heard, played or signed any more.
Eventually I decided to give it one year of concentrated effort, using every contact I could and exploring alternate possibilities: Tony Rocker, gigs with The Spiders From Mars (which led to a single deal for All The Madmen being offered and knocked back) and even an audition for The Wildhearts, which I was particularly crushed to lose out on, being too old. Eventually I took an HGV driving test and got a ‘real’ job.
Shake has been made possible by various advances in technology enabling the artist to record and deliver their product to the public without record company involvement or financial support. Barry and Kenny were my record company for Shake and without them….
Hopefully, future recordings will be made available in this way (past and present recordings too!) In the meantime, it’s great to finally see all the hard work come to such a perfect album – I’m well chuffed!
Shake track listing:
Hammer Comes Down
Take My Hand
Nobody Calls Me That
Colour My Love
Money & Girls
Don’t Keep Me Waitin’
One In A Million
Get Inside Of You
Bonus track: Dream On (1979 demo)