Daily Archives: April 28, 2012

Radio VII, side B, track 5: “Shake It Up” by The Cars

Oh, The Cars, no one can copy your sound, thanks in large part to your lead singer’s unique voice.  Remember that song “The Monster Mash” (which I’ll some day soon be writing about as well)?  Remember how he was singing about that band The Crypt Kicker Five?  That’s what I’ve always pictured when I hear this song, like a bunch of characters from “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family” and “Dark Shadows” got together and formed an ’80’s band where there were vampires and werewolves and mummies dressed in red and black leather jackets and sunglasses playing guitar and keyboards and then they literally wheel out the lead singer and he’s this strange, pale crypt keeper who looks dead until the music starts playing and then he starts bopping around the stage rocking out in that eerie, strained, awesome voice.  And how I love the image of mummies and vampires singing back-up, singing “get real hot” in that high voice of theirs.  I would totally not go to one of your concerts due to the amount of monsters who would be in attendance, The Cars, but I bet the YouTube videos would be hella fun to watch.

“Shake It Up”

A’well, dance all night
Play all day
Don’t let nothin’
Get in the way
Dance all night
Keep the beat
Don’t you worry ’bout two left feet
Shake it up
Shake it up
Shake it up
Shake it up

Well, dance all night
Get real loose
You don’t need no bad excuse
Dance all night
With anyone
Don’t let nobody pick your fun
Shake it up
Oo oo
Shake it up
Yeah yeah
Shake it up
Oo oo
Shake it up

That’s right
I said
Dance all night (go go go)
And dance all night (get real low)
Go all night (get real hot)
Well, shake it up, yeah
All you’ve got
Woo!

<awesome guitar solo>

A’well dance all night
And whirl your hair
Make the night cats stop and stare
Dance all night
Go to work
Do the move with the quirky jerk
Shake it up
Oo oo
Shake it up
Yeah
shake it up
S’right
Shake it up

A’well dance all night (go go go)
Get so light (get real low)
Dance all night (get real hot)
Shake it up
All you’ve got
Woo!

Shake it up,
Make a scene
Let ’em know what you really mean
Dance all night
Keep the beat
Don’t ya worry ’bout two left feet
Shake it up
Oo oo
(Shake it up)
Yeah
Shake it up
Oo oo
(Shake it up)
Yeah
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Shake it up, baby
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Oo oo
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Shake it up, baby
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Oo oo
Shake it up
(Shake it up)
Yeah yeah
Shake it up
Oo oo
(Shake it up)

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