Starting In April 1984 "SHY" recorded some demos:
Was I Wrong ? (Brave the Storm)
it All Away (unreleased)
Lonely Man (released 1999 ‘Regeneration’)
Two Hearts (released 1996 -bonus track
- Brave the Storm - Japan)
Then a few months RCA funded some further more
professional demos. so that they could hear the band recorded properly under decent conditions and with more professional
My Apollo (Brave the Storm)
You (released 1998 - Once Bitten, Twice... Neat Records)
Now or Never (Unreleased)
"Shy" Continued writing and recording new material.
Their manager continued the hunt for a record deal and Roy Davis (Ex- "Trouble) bass player joined "SHY". After recording
this was spotted by Peter Robinson from RCA. A
concert was arranged by Barry Keen at Goldiggers in Chippenham and the RCA attended and offered "SHY" a five year , seven
album contract worth just under a million pounds. (signed the summer of ’84) !!!!
A nationwide tour and two Tommy Vance rock shows
followed. Magnum support again. A further tour around the UK. This touring was expensive. The promotion of the band had cost
the Management company over 80K ! When RCA paid the first years advance this was taken to cover the costs..leaving the band
with little money. Then the Management company ran into serious difficulties leaving "SHY" with no manager.
"SHY" continued on to record ‘Brave The Storm’
Hold on (to your love)
The Fires Burning
Brave The Storm
Wild, Wild Woman
Caught in the Act
Was I Wrong ?
- Strangers in Town (b-side of Hold On)
Two videos were also filmed for the promotion of
the singles from the album: "Hold on" and "Brave the Storm" The "hold on" went straight into the charts at No60! And the album
at No65. RCA had not asked for permission to give t-shirts away with the first album and Gallup moved the album to number
The band did a further nationwide tour supporting
UFO. Then a club tour promoting the album.
"SHY" recorded further demos:
Call of the Wild
Don’t Turn your Back on Love
Who Do I turn To ?
Got Me Runnin’
In February 1986 Steve Harris and Tony
Mills were taken to LA to write and soak up the atmostphere. During this time the guys got to work with Don Dokken, Michael Bolton, John Parker (Chicago), Jeff Paris, Michael Thompson, Bob Kulick(Skull), Michael Jay(Survivor)
Michael Des Barres(Power Station) and Duane Hitchings(Rod Stewart).
It was also during this time Tony recorded backing
vocals for the "Cinderella" -"Nightsongs" which sold seven million copies.
After a few months the rest of "SHY" were flown
out to LA to start recording. Tracks recorded were:
Chance (became Break Down the Walls)
Cant Fight the Nights
When the Love is Over
Talk to Me
(became Young Heart)
She’s not So Innocent
The Eyes of A Woman
Follow Your heart
Just Love Me
Another album was released ‘Let Them
Eat Rock’ a complitation album with ‘The Hunter’ a song from ‘Brave the Storm’ other bands on
this album were Judas Priest, Grim Reaper, Mass, Autograph, White Wolf, Gary O, Nick Gilder and The Scorpions.
In the Summer of 1986 "SHY" toured the UK with "Twisted Sister".
At the same time Def Leppard were recording "Hysteria", "SHY"
were recording down the road from them in Soundpush Studios in Holland.
Shy had spend a year writing an album, on both sides of the Atlantic.
It took three months of recording. Then Excess all Areas was born.. This album was toured by supporting Meatloaf on the 20/20
tour in the UK. Then a major European tour with Gary Moore.., Reading Festival with Alice Cooper, NEC supporting Bon Jovi..
In 1987 Neil Levine became "SHY’s" manager. This lasted
a year …