Great Rock/Metal Albums of 1986: Georgia Satellites


Here is one album, which was released in America after I left for the UK, I didn’t miss. It was the debut album from the Georgia Satellites. When I first heard the album, I have to admit that I was blown away for two reasons. One, after a few months in the UK, I found it surprising that a band with a sound such as theirs would make any headway there, especially with all of the synth pop around at the time. The other was that unlike bands such as Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and even ZZ Top, who added keyboards in an attempt to sound more modern, the Georgia Satellites came out with an album which was true, hardcore Southern rock.

Like so many albums I have covered in the past, this debut leads with the big single, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” which reached number two on the US Billboard chart. Even though I don’t pay attention to such things, (I didn’t know the single was that successful until I looked it up the other day,) it was an amazing accomplishment for the band given the musical climate of the time. Listening to the song, I can see why because it is a real feel-good Southern boogie song.

Me being me of course, there is a track on the album which I like better. “Battleship Chains” was also released as a single but wasn’t nearly as successful as “Keep Your hands to Yourself.” It could be because I have “Battleship Chains” on a compilation CD and that I listen to it more, but it is a song that leaves you still wanting to sing along with it long after it’s finished. The power chords might have something to do with it as well.

If I were to break down the album song by song, I’m afraid that I would be repeating myself with each one. In this case, that’s not a bad thing because each song brings that Southern boogie vibe to it. Well, maybe “Can’t Stand the Pain,” might be a little better than the rest with that cool intro. However, with every song you get great chords with a better than solid rhythm section and the vocals of Dan Baird can’t be faulted. As for Southern rock vocalists, he’s right up there with the Van Zants, Barnes, Medlocke and Gibbons. I need to mention Mr Gibbons again because he has a guitar rival in lead guitarist Rick Richards. Another guitarist which has me asking myself why I didn’t notice him more back in the day. My shitty excuse was that it was because there were so many great guitarists at the time, it was hard to keep up with them all.

Track Listing:

  1. Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  2. Railroad Steel
  3. Battleship Chains
  4. Red Light
  5. The Myth of Love
  6. Can’t Stand the Pain
  7. Golden Light
  8. Over and Over
  9. Nights of Mystery
  10. Every Picture Tells a Story


Georgia Satellites

Dan Baird- lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Rick Richards- lead guitar, lead and backing vocals

Rick Price- bass

Mauro Magellan- drums


The sad thing with the Georgia Satellites is that the misinformed trendies will write them off as one hit wonders. Okay, maybe as far as the Billboard charts go but during their short tenure, they put out a couple of good albums, this debut one especially.

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14 Responses to “Great Rock/Metal Albums of 1986: Georgia Satellites”

  1. This is one little ass-kicker of a ballroom brawl kinda album. So F’n Brilliant. Baird is one of the best lyricists ever in my opinion. This one and the third one Salvation and Sin are so good.

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  2. I need to check this out. I remember Battleship Chains when it was out as a single but that as far as I go!

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  3. how u coping with the lack of live music? đŸ™‚

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  4. I keep meaning to check this out. Love Volbeat’s cover of Battleship Chains

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  5. These guys were great and since I am from Georgia, this was huge down there. Home town boys made it big!!

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  6. Great LP this one – Nights of Mystery is an absolute shitkicker.

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