[one_half]Shake Some Action was the first album by the newly reconstituted version of the Flamin’ Groovies, who had returned from a five-year hiatus during which lead singer Roy Loney departed the band, leaving guitarist Cyril Jordan as its de facto leader. During that period, the Groovies had released three singles, all recorded in 1972 while the band was living in the UK, under contract to United Artists Records, and being produced by Edmunds. Two of the songs from those sessions (the title track and “You Tore Me Down”) eventually ended up on this album. The band drastically reshaped their musical style, stripping down the blues and rockabilly influences of their previous work in favor of a more retro, guitar-oriented power pop style emulating that of the 1960s British Invasion scene. The new band took to wearing velvet-collared three-piece suits and Cuban heels in an attempt to recreate the fashion sense of the era. In an interview with ZigZag magazine, Jordan stated that the band “just wanted to get back to the flash of that era, which were the best years, as far as I’m concerned.”
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