Alien Shores

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Alien Shores
Platinum Blonde - Alien Shores.jpg
Studio album by Platinum Blonde
RecordedMetalworks Studios, Mississauga, Ontario
GenreNew wave
LabelCBS Canada – 80105
ProducerEddy Offord, Mark Holmes
Platinum Blonde chronology
Standing in the Dark
Alien Shores
Singles from Alien Shores
  1. "Crying Over You"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Situation Critical"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Somebody Somewhere"
    Released: 1986
  4. "Hungry Eyes"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Alien Shores was Platinum Blonde's 1985 follow up to their debut album Standing in the Dark. Released by Columbia/CBS Records Canada in 1985, it contained one of the band's biggest Canadian hits with "Crying Over You" and their only US hit, "Somebody Somewhere". The album reached a high of 3 on the Canadian charts.

This album was the first to feature Kenny MacLean as a full-time bassist and keyboardist. This freed lead singer Mark Holmes to focus on lead vocal duties.

The band enlisted Alex Lifeson from fellow Canadian rockers Rush to perform guitar solos on two songs on the album, "Crying Over You" and "Holy Water". A song entitled "Alien Shore" is the sixth track on Rush's 1993 album Counterparts.

The album was released as a mini-concept album with the b-side (starting with "Lost in Space") containing various songs with a science fiction theme and narrative.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Situation Critical" (Mark Holmes) – 3:31
  2. "Crying Over You" (Holmes) – 3:39
  3. "Red Light" (Holmes, Sergio Galli) – 2:50
  4. "It Ain't Love Anyway" (Holmes) – 3:12
  5. "Somebody Somewhere" (Holmes) – 4:06
Side 2
  1. "Lost In Space" (Holmes, Galli) – 4:04
  2. "Temple of the Newborn" (Kenny MacLean) – 4:02
  3. "Holy Water" (Holmes, MacLean) – 3:41
  4. "Animal" (Holmes) – 4:31
  5. "Hungry Eyes" (Holmes, Galli) – 4:38


Platinum Blonde:

  • Sergio Galli: guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Holmes: lead vocals
  • Kenny MacLean: bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Chis Steffler: drums, percussion

with "special guest musicians":

  • Bruce Barrow
  • Claude Desjardins
  • Lou Pomanti
  • Alex Lifeson: guitar solos on 2, 8
  • Dalbello: backing vocals on 3, 7, 8
  • Earl Seymour: saxophone solo on 5
  • Randall Wyse: vocal chant on 7


Pre-production on 2, 6, 9: