Georgia Satellites

The Georgia Satellites are an American Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, United States. They are best known for their 1986 No. 2 US single “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”. In 1980, Dan Baird (formerly guitarist for the Atlanta band the Nasty Bucks), along with lead guitarist Rick Richards, bassist Keith Christopher (formerly of The Brains), and drummer David Michaelson formed a band named Keith and the Satellites in Atlanta, Georgia. After performing in local bars, the band’s line-up changed. With a new bassist, Dave Hewitt (previously with Babe Ruth), and a new drummer, Randy DeLay, they recorded a six-track demo at Axis Studios in Atlanta. During this time, the band changed their name to Georgia Satellites and played every Monday at Hedgens, a bar in the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead.

“Keep Your Hands to Yourself” was written by the group’s lead singer, Dan Baird, and was released in 1986 as their debut single. The single reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of February 21, 1987, kept off the top spot by “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that the song “rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever.” In the book 99 Red Balloons: And 100 All-Time One-Hit Wonders, Brent Mann wrote that “it’s just a timeless, kick-out-the-jams rock ‘n’ roll number. Dan Baird digs into the song’s vocals with a no-holds-barred zest straight out of a Texas honky-tonk.”


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