Payola$









Payola$

Payola$

was a New Wave band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the late 1970'ís and the early 1980's. They became active again in 2007 so they are not finished yet. The Most of the groups songs were recorded at the Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver. They changed the name of the band a few times and changed their lineup of members several times. The different names they used for their group was, {Payola$, Paul Hyde and the Payolas, and Rock and Hyde. The core members of the band were Paul Hyde and Bob Rock. These two wrote nearly all of their songa. Rock also engineered and mixed nearly every Payola$ recording.

Payola$ was one of the most popular and successful band in Canada in the early 1980's with some platinum records. The band did not ever breakout internationally although they were successful and had a lot of talent. Paul Hyde was a vocalist and a British emigrant. He met guitarist Bob Rock in high school in Langford, B. C.. Drummer Taylor NelsonLittle, and sax, bass player Gary Middleclass joined Hyde and Rock and formed their pop punk band. The Payola$ was formed in Victoria, B. C., Canada. Bob Rock had also started his career as a recording engineer at Little Mountain Sound Studios. The band sold their singles at their gigs and at local music stores. The singles were China Boys, and Money For Hype. The band was noticed by A&M Records and the group released 4 songs in 1980. The EP with the A&M Record label included a new release of the song, China Boys, as well as early versions of Jukebox, Rose, and the anthem, TNT. The bandís EP got enough attention to warrant a full album. Laurence Wilkins replaced Middleclass on bass. Their album, In A Place Like This, which was released in 1981, was a huge success. Bob Rock had produced the album.

Chris Taylor later replaced Taylor Little and the band released their next album which was called, No Stranger To Danger, which was produced by Mick Ronson. The album was another success. The album was a mixture of reggae, pop, punk, and new wave. From the album came the hit single, Eyes of A Stranger, which earned a Juno Award for Best Single of the Year. Bob Rock also received a Juno Award for his recording work on the album. The group met their most success in 1983 when they released their album called, Hammer On A Drum. The album gave the group much critical and popular acclaim. From the album came the singles, Where Is This Love, Iíll Find Another, Never Said I Loved You (a duet with Carole Pope), and Christmas Is Coming.

The group continued to record for a while and are back in business this year. They have released a total of 15 singles, 7 Eps and albums, and 2 compilations.