Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Payola$

If you're from Canada you're going to tell me the Payola$ aren't a "Lost Band". They signed to A&M in 1980 and scored hit singles with "Soldier" and the Juno award winning "Single Of The Year", "Eyes Of A Stranger" in 1983. But the success was limited to Canada. In the U.S. they had a tough time getting on the radio. Eventually they were pressured by the label to change their name and direction. The band became Paul Hyde And The Payolas and the album "Here's the World for Ya", produced by David Foster, contained a few slick radio singles but lacked sales. They were let go by A & M Records and split up in 1986.

Primary members/songwriters Paul Hyde and Bob Rock stayed together, changed their name to Rock 'N' Hyde and released an album on Capitol Records in 1987. Hyde continued on as a solo artist while Bob Rock went on to produced hit records for Motley Crue, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Cher, Metallica, Aerosmith and more.

"Christmas is Coming" is from the 1983 A&M album "Hammer On A Drum".

Get the "The Best of the Payola$" here.

Go to the download page to get The Payola$ - "Christmas Is Coming"


Blogger fueltank said...

Hooray for the Payola$! Part of the problem might have been... marketing. I saw them open for ZZ Top, of all things. Clearly the majority of the people there where not about to entertain the thought that some crossover might be musically enlightening.... they finished their set and got off the stage as quickly as their contract would allow.

Great band, espcially in the early days. China Boys was great pop and a good early video as well.

What about Pointed Sticks ?

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Hyde and the Payols$ were big in their home country ... Canada. They still get a lot of airplay in the Great White North. They have a greatest hits package so it is easy to find their music. Very underated, too bad they never broke out of Canada. If you like New Wave, you will enjoy their music.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing, look for the song "I Will" it is very good, but not on Greatest Hits CD.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprised you didn't mention that "Eyes of a Stranger" made it onto the "Valley Girl" Soundtrack!


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