And then they were two.  The Reds® founding members Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen were presented with a situation, not unfamiliar.  Constant adversity, but with this change, the loss of Tommy Geddes (drums), and Jim Peters (bass), the band found a new "brother in arms" with producer Mike Thorne (Wire, Soft Cell, Nina Hagen) the bands' actual first choice to produce their A&M self-titled album debut.  Thorne's production captures the delicate balance of the keyboard textures and slashing guitars without losing the essence of the bands' heart and soul. 

The evidence is on the new five song extended play album, Shake Appeal, named after the track on the "Raw Power" album, recorded by one of their musical influences, Iggy Pop.  The results are best exemplified on tracks "Laughing," "Waiting For You" and the closer "Beat Away" which has a booming Joy Division feel propelled by Shaffer's haunting vocals and disturbing lyrics.  “Waiting For You” was in the Tri-Star film, Band Of The Hand (as well as the film sountrack music by Shaffer and Cohen), and included on the MCA Records film soundtrack album.

While this particular recording does not have the raw energy of the earlier Reds® recordings, Shake Appeal is something along the lines of a David Bowie / Iggy Pop collaboration in power and overall ambient effect, but a track on the second side  "Till The End" will remind you of The Doors and Jim Morrison with a dub / delay breakdown in the middle section and a very danceable groove.  (In 2013, Shake Appeal was rereleased by Tarock Music in the USA, and Warner Music Group in all other worldwide territories.)

Director, Michael Mann, used three tracks in his ground breaking show, Miami Vice, because Shake Appeal was then, and still is, the definitive sound and atmosphere of the 1980’s.  It’s time to listen to Shake Appeal again with today’s ears.

 

∎ Shake Appeal was re-released in 2013 worldwide by Warner Bros, and in 2014 by Tarock Music in the USA.