The Groovies began in the late 60s with a garage rock sound, when bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Moby Grape were getting snatched up by labels. By 1976, however, one band leader (Roy Loney) had departed and another (Cyril Jordan) had taken over. The sound of the Groovies became less about trashy blues and rockabilly and more about guitar-fueled British Invasion pop.
That’s the moment that this little masterpiece “Shake Some Action” was born.
Dave Edmunds produced the Groovies’ fourth studio album Shake Some Action, and the title track is an enduring power pop classic. The band eschewed the hippie culture of SF for a skinny-tie mod-suit look that fit their new, focused songwriting style.
The opening lick– drenched in reverb — has a huge hook, followed by a simple repeating lead line that brings you right into the song. It’s at once muscular and wounded, and is full of bright shimmering guitars, a thumping drum beat, and understated vocals. And it never gets old.
Bruce Eder, in The All-Music Guide to Rock says the new direction had the band rocking “louder and more passionately than any British Invasion band had played since 1964. The sound was a complete anachronism in the mid-’70s, but it got them noticed and earned them a cult following.” 
And that’s about all they got. The late 80s and 90s featured “countless repackagings, anthologies, and lousy bootlegs — the band ended up in Australia, now reduced to Jordan and a bunch of unknowns (with the exception of longtime bassist George Alexander), shamelessly covering ’60s material and living off the band’s legend.” – John Dougan, AMG
..and one bonafide classic Great Song.
The Great Songs series so far: