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The irony of the Shivers original

Written by Roland S Howard in 1978 at the age of just 16, “Shivers” is one of the most popular cult hits in Australian music. In fact, it’s my favourite Australian song. Many consider “Shivers” the reason for the Boys Next Door/Birthday Party and Nick Cave’s success. The “Shivers” original, performed by Howard’s band the Young Charlatans, appears to have an entirely different meaning behind the song. In later years, both Howard and Cave distanced themselves from the song. But there’s no doubt that “Shivers” is an enduring underground masterpiece about the adolescent pain of being in love.