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Published on Dec 29, 2011
In 1983, The Shakers were one of the most popular and successful New Wave bands in the Albuquerque bar scene. Members included Nancy Howell (lead vocals), G. Douglas Pierson (guitar), Kevin Hughes (keyboards and guitars), Eric Benjamin (bass), and Dennis Painter (drums). The band, which played New Wave covers mixed in with all original dance-friendly tunes, enjoyed a huge following of night clubbers who favored high energy rock and pop in an era of The Cars, Thomas Dolby, The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson, and Men at Work. The music video for Don't Talk About Love was obviously made on a shoestring budget, but the essence of the band's sound, Nancy and Eric's always entertaining stage presence, and the exciting arrangements are all evident in this 1983 clip. The video was filmed at the now defunct, but Nationally known super hotel, The Western Skies. Keyboardist Kevin Hughes wrote the song and directed the video. Wild man Eric Benjamin passed away unexpectedly in 2011, but is remembered fondly by his bandmates as one of the reasons the band was so successful, along with Nancy's phenomenal voice and delivery.