November 29, 2004

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Artist: Payola$


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Paul Hyde (guitar, vocals)
Robert "Bob" Rock (guitars, vocals)
Taylor Nelson Little (drums)
Gary Middleclass (bass, saxophone)
Larry Wilkins (bass; replaced Middleclass)
Chris Livingston (keyboards; replaced bassist Wilkins)
Lee Kelsey (keyboards, vocals; replaced Livingston)
Chris Taylor (drums; replaced Nelson Little)
Alex Boynton (bass; replaced Wilkins)

Langford, British Columbia's Payola$ started life as a punk band after expatriate Brit Paul Hyde introduced fellow guitarist Bob Rock to the new musical genre emanating from the UK while they both attended Belmont High School. They recorded the singles "Money For Hype" and "China Boys" on two separate independent labels which led to a contract with A & M Records. A & M released a four song 12" EP simply titled 'Introducing Payola$' in 1980.

The full-length 'In A Place Like This' was released in 1981 featuring a remixed "China Boys" as a moderately successful radio hit in Canada on the heels of a national tour, though its follow-up, "I'm Sorry", was mostly ignored. Wilkins soon left and was replaced by Bond keyboardist Chris Livingston who took up the slack of the vacant bass position.

But it was the 1982 album 'No Stranger To Danger' that established the band as a force to reckon with. The album's first single, "Eyes Of A Stranger", won 'Single Of The Year' at the 1983 Junos. Three other Junos followed that year - including one for 'Most Promising New Group'. The award is considered the kiss of death and the band had a difficult time following up their immediate success with the non-LP single "Soldier" and "Romance" not achieving nearly the radio play the label expected.

However, the first single from the follow-up LP, 'Hammer On A Drum', called "Never Said I Loved You" featured a duet with Rough Trade's Carole Pope, which helped the band keep its radio fires burning. Two follow-up singles, "Where Is This Love" and "I'll Find Another", allowed the band to tour and push the album to moderate sales figures.

Still, A & M Records were disappointed the album did not duplicate the 'No Stranger To Danger' album's success stateside so they gave the band an ultimatum. They wanted a change in musical direction as well as their name; A & M in the US had a hard time trying to sell the name Payola$ to radio broadcasters who were still sensitive to the 1950's Alan Freed scandal of the same name.

The band became Paul Hyde And The Payolas and were put under the studio guard of multi-talented producer David Foster. Though the album delivered the goods and produced several radio hit singles like "Stuck In The Rain" and "You're The Only Love", the band was at its wits end having to compromise musically and with their identity. The Payolas were let go by A & M Records and subsequently split up in 1986.

Paul Hyde and Bob Rock continued their long-term songwriting partnership and changed their name to Rock And Hyde releasing the album 'Under The Volcano' on Capitol Records in 1987. They toured with a reformed line-up of Payola$ members and had three hit singles released before going their separate ways. Hyde has continued on as a solo artist originally with EMI and currently on the Bongo Beat label while Bob Rock became a world renowned record producer for the likes of Motley Crue, Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cranberries and Rockhead (whom he was the guitarist for) among others.

In 2007 The Payola$ reunited to tour a new 7 song EP called 'Langford' under the pretext of a full-length album. But the album has yet to materialize.

with notes from Wayne Baldwin.



Singles
as PAYOLA$
1979 Money For Hype/Top Twenty (N.B. - UK) NB-10
1979 China Boys/Make Some Noise (Slophouse)
1980 Introducing Payola$ [4-song 7" EP] (IRS - UK) IR-7701
1980 Jukebox/TNT (Faulty - UK) 0024
1980 China Boys/Rose (IRS - UK) PFP-1001
1980 China Boys/Jukebox (A & M) AM-494
1981 I'm Sorry (I Only Did It For The Money)/You Can't Walk Away (A & M) AM-545
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger/Soldier (A & M) AM-576
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger/Soldier [12"] (A & M) SP-23502
1982 Soldier/Mystery To Me (A & M) AM-592
1982 Romance/Pennies In Gold (A & M) AM-597
1982 Romance/Mystery To Me (A & M - UK) AMS-8241
1983 Never Said I Loved You/Soldier (A & M) AM-623
[duet with Carol Pope]
1983 I'll Find Another (Who Can Do It Right)/Christmas Is Coming (A & M) AM-627
1983 Christmas Is Coming/I'll Find Another (Who Can Do It Right) [12" Green vinyl] (A & M) SP-12084
1983 Where Is This Love?/I Am A City (A & M) AM-635
1984 Wild West/Perhaps Some Day (A & M) AM-648
2006 The Bomb (EMI)

as PAUL HYDE AND THE PAYOLAS
1985 Stuck In The Rain/Rhythm Slaves (A & M) AM-677
1985 You're The Only Love/Never Leave This Place (A & M) AM-682
1985 Here's The World/Never Leave This Place (A & M) AM-692
1986 It Must Be Love/Little Boys (A & M) AM-2761

as ROCK AND HYDE
1987 Dirty Water/There's Always Someone Tougher (Capitol-EMI) B-73019
1987 I Will/What Children Say (Capitol-EMI) B-73027
1987 Talk To Me (Edit)/How Far Will You Go (Capitol-EMI) B-73042
1987 Middle Of The Night/[same] (Capitol-EMI) PB-44070

Albums
as PAYOLA$
1980 Introducing Payola$ [4-song EP; different cover] (A & M) SP-23500
1981 In A Place Like This (A & M) SP-9052
1982 No Stranger To Danger (A & M) SP-9070
1983 Hammer On A Drum (A & M) SP-4958
1998 Between A Rock And A Hyde Place: The Best Of Payola$ (A & M) SP-9134
2003 The Best Of The Payola$: The Millennium Collection (Universal) 846427
2007 Langford (EMI) 009463-94321-25

as PAUL HYDE AND THE PAYOLAS
1985 Here's The World For Ya (A & M) SP-5025

as ROCK AND HYDE
1987 Under The Volcano (Capitol-EMI) V-15284
1987 I Will (Album Version)//I Will (Radio Edit)//What Children Say (Capitol-EMI) S-75195

Video
as PAYOLA$
1979 China Boys
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger
1982 Romance
1983 Where Is This Love

as PAUL HYDE AND THE PAYOLAS
1985 You're The Only Love
1985 Never Said I Loved You
1985 It Must Be Love

as ROCK AND HYDE
1987 Dirty Water
1987 I Will
1987 Talk To Me

Compilation Tracks






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