Elliot Schneider | Lightning Strikes Me

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Lightning Strikes Me

by Elliot Schneider

The Beatles meet Smoky Robinson in a telepathic, dreamy love song that actually rocks...
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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Salon.com’s renowned columnist Cary Tennis reviews Elliot Schneider

Review: Elliot Schneider & The Banned
V.I.S. Club - April 1986

Elliot Schneider’s gold lame shirt and spandex pants, his Jagger moves and Elvis Costello delivery, his frizzy hair and his Bob Dylan nose make it impossible to classify him, categorize him, deny, defy or crucify him. Everything about him invites skepticism; you know right off he’s either a total flake or a total genius.
His songwriting runs from the straight rocking of “Splendid- I’m Suspended,” about a rebellious high school troublemaker, to the spine-chillingly touching ballad “ Ready and Willing,” a declaration of explosive love that Costello would have been proud to write.
Schneider’s surrounded himself with players who take his direction with alertness and conviction; when he leaps they soar with him, and when he drops to his knees their playing follows him down. If he wasn’t so professional his acrobatics would seem foolish, dated and juvenile, but instead his flips, splits and windmills punctuate the music, and he uses them to conduct the Banned. It’s exciting to see not just a frontman, but a genuine bandleader in action.
I especially enjoyed it when Eric, The Banned’s teenage ace drummer, started soloing on “Satisfaction” and couldn’t stop; Eric’s got the power and madness of a Keith moon and a precision Moon would have paid money for. As the solo hammered on and on, Schneider eventually gave up trying to bring the band back into the song, instead choosing to stand in the shadows like a jazzman listening to one of his players reach new heights.
The true test of a great showman and a great band is how you feel after the show. I gave Schneider the ultimate test- I was fighting with my girlfriend when we walked in, and by the time the first song was over we were happy again. Schneider deserves to be widely heard and acknowledged.
Cary Tennis
Calendar Magazine, April 1986



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