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A three-chord party-starter with a punk-blues accelerant

Violent Shiver

By Benjamin Booker, streaming at soundcloud.com

Johnny Kidd (of the buccaneering proto-rockers Johnny Kidd and the Pirates) used to get quivers down his backbone, the shakes in his thigh bone and the shivers in his knee bone.

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In short, he was Shakin' All Over. Doctors now would probably suspect hypothermia or perhaps a rheumatoid condition, but back at the turn of the sixties, who knew?

Fast-forward to 2014 and we have Benjamin Booker, a young rocker and a real good roller from New Orleans.

His debut single is Violent Shiver, a rough-and-tough, three-chord party-starter with a punk-blues accelerant and a few tasty retro-R&B licks for kicks. Warning: Not to be confused with the Alabama Shakes, a related and compatible condition.

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