Side one merges Thorpe's melodic instincts with his sense of musical
abandon and spotlights him as the fiery rock & roller he's always been.
On songs like 'Just the way I like it', 'Rock until you drop', and 'No
rules on the road' Thorpe builds webs of blues-inflected guitar lines
against which he details the live-fast, love-hard rock ethic with gutsy,
streetwise vocals. The ballad 'You touched me' underscores Thorpe's
emotional and technical range as a vocalist, while 'Let me outta here'
is a powerful song with a universal sentiment about being trapped in a
job, a city, a romance.
Stimulation - 1981
- Just the way I like it (Thorpe/Proffer) 3:49
- No rules on the road (Thorpe/Payne/Proffer) 4:52
- Rock until you drop (Thorpe) 4:50
- You touched me (Thorpe) 3:45
- Let me outta here (Thorpe) 3:56
- Syndrome D.O.A. (Thorpe) 5:51
- L.K.O. (Thorpe) 3:39
- Face in the mirror (Thorpe) 3:29
- Stimulation (Thorpe) 5:17
Side two of Stimulation represents a significant departure for Thorpe
as he experiments with exotice dance rhythms - from the reggae-African-
acoustic blues stylings of 'Syndrome D.O.A.' to the reggae-funk throbs of
'L.K.O.' to the high tech rock/R&B of 'Stimulation'. The latter is a
musical and lyrical blend of automation and sensuality inspried by the
jargon in the instruction book for a drum computer Billy used on the album.
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