“They’re a little Tura Satana, a touch of the Donnas, and a lot of the angels thrown in, if one guy were the angel and all of them turned trampy back in the ‘60s. A girl group with 1 guy, or a boy group with 3 girls, whatever you want to call them”– John Waters
This is the first of two Dimple Disc label singles, where Brooklyn’s Baby Shakes take tunes from The Undertones’ songwriters Damian O’Neill and Billy Doherty and stamp their imprint all over them. First up, “Sweet’n’Sour (Part 2)” is a reimagining of a key track from Damian’s 2018 solo LP “Refit, Revise, Reprise” transformed from slinky T. Rex to stomping Sweet glam rock pomp. It’s coupled with a hectic, barn storming version of Billy’s “Really Really”, previously hiding itself on the B-side of the 1979 Undertones single “Get Over You”.
The backing tracks were laid down at Small Town America Studio in Derry by Billy (drums/percussion), Damian (guitar, bass, organ) and Stephen Mailey (guitar) with Baby Shakes (Mary, Judy and Claudia) flying in from New York to add their vocals.
Baby Shakes formed in 2005 out of a series of encounters at such legendary venues as CBGBs and the Mars Bar. Bonding over a love for The Ramones and The Go Gos, and taking into account The Nerves, early Bangles and Motown girl groups, they soon carved out their own sound, riffing on sizzling guitars and melodic tunes all wrapped up in a Brooklyn sheen. Playing and dressed super sharp with an individual twist on both, they toured relentlessly and produced four LPs plus many singles. Japan and Europe have become second homes to them, with each visit winning new friends and fans. They have even played China. Support slots have included such legends as Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, Protex, Guided By Voices and of course The Undertones. UK and Ireland dates have gained them a strong word of mouth fan base, especially in London where they had sold out the legendary 100 Club in a set of dates that sadly had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.