Keep Your Hands to Yourself – The Georgia Satellites

georgia satellitesThe Georgia Satellites were a southern rock band that first formed in the early 1980s. Guitarist Rick Richards and bassist Rick Price were part of an Atlanta-based bar band, The Hellhounds. Lead vocalist and guitarist Dan Baird was in a rival band called The Woodpeckers. Richards and Price knew that Baird’s voice was what their band needed, so they asked him to join The Hellhounds. They later recruited drummer Mauro Magellan, and the original lineup was complete.

At a time when rock roll didn’t care about its roots, the Georgia Satellites came crashing into the charts with a surprise hit single to remind everybody where the music had come from. The hit single, 1986′s “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever. The Satellites weren’t a back-to-basics roots rock band, either — their straightforward sound borrowed equally from Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Faces, Little Feat, and AC/DC, with a Southern backwoods bent. At their best, The Satellites were just a damn good rock roll band, driven by the classic, yet fresh, songwriting of lead singer/guitarist Dan Baird. On the strength of  “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” their first major-label album sold well, but the follow-up, Open All Night, did not; radio and MTV had treated the band as a kind of novelty — a bunch of hicks kicking out rock roll offered a break between the slick pop-metal of Bon Jovi and Peter Gabriel’s introspective pop. By the time they released Open All Night in 1988, no one was interested, even if the album was only slightly weaker than the debut. After one more album, 1989′s In the Land of Salvation and Sin, the band called it quits. Guitarist Rick Richards joined Izzy Stradlin’s Ju Ju Hounds three years later; Baird pursued a solo career and had a small hit in late 1992 with “I Love You Period.”

During the mid ’90s, the Georgia Satellites reunited without Baird. They released Shaken Not Stirred in 1997.

Keep Your Hands To Yourself

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I got a little change in my pocket going jingle lingle ling
Want to call you on the telephone, baby, I give you a ring
But each time we talk, I get the same old thing
Always no huggin’, no kissin’ until I get a wedding ring

My honey, my baby don’t put my love upon no shelf
She said don’t give no lies and keep your hands to yourself

Cruel baby, baby, baby, why you want to treat me this way?
You know I’m still your lover boy, I still feel the same way
That’s when she told me a story ’bout free milk and a cow
And she said no huggin’, no kissin’ until I get a wedding vow

My honey, my baby don’t put my love upon no shelf
She said don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourself

You see I wanted her real bad and I was about to give in
That’s when she started talkin’ true love, started talkin’ about sin
I said honey, I’ll live with you for the rest of my life
She said no huggin’, no kissin’ until you make me your wife

My honey, my baby don’t put my love on no shelf
She said don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourself

  • Audio from the 1986 album, Georgia Satellites:

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