shyShy – Broken Heart (Harris/Kelly) b/w Give It All You’ve Got (live) (Harris/Kelly) 1990

This cracking tune has all the hallmarks of a hair metal band hailing from the Sunset Strip. And had the production been better on Broken Heart this could and should have been the big hit the hard rocking  Birmingham boys deserved.

Sadly the band had a number of run-ins with producer Roy Thomas Baker during the making of their 1989 album Misspent Youth. As a result Broken Heart and the bulk of that record’s better tracks lacked the polish to take the Brummies to the next level.

Up until the early 90s Shy always seemed the band most likely to challenge the likes of Dokken, Ratt, Cinderella and Posion as the UK’s answer to MTV-friendly pop rock. That it never really happened is nothing to do with a lack of effort – Tony Mills and guitarist Steve Harris put their hearts and souls into establishing Shy as serious contenders.

In 2009 the band are still chasing wider recognition and a new record is mooted for anytime soon. If it’s anything like Misspent Youth, for all it’s production gremlins, then expect a real treat.