Here the former stage Elvis and biggest selling singles artist of the decade shows a darker (not to mention hammier) side, a-breaking and entering in a coat he borrowed from Kirsty MacColl, and does that thing with his legs that I’m sure used to seem a lot cooler back in the day. He looks at a few pictures, nearly faints on the stairs, has a quick frame of snooker, as you do if you’re sneaking around your stalkee’s mansion, and you need to make a clickey-clack sound, and magically finds himself wearing the shiny jacket from the Shaky album cover, before beating a hasty retreat when the lord and lady return.
These were bountiful times for Shaky’s fans - in May 1981, “You Drive Me Crazy” hit the top 5 before his previous single “This Ole House” had said goodbye to the top 20. The week after “…Crazy” dropped out of the chart follow-up single “Green Door” was number one. The song “Green Door” ousted from the number one spot? “Ghost Town”. Stand aside, misery and social commentary, good time rock n roll is back.