SP-6-5025 Here's The World For Ya
Produced by David Foster
Released on 1985
US CHART POSITION #144
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K RONOMYTH 4.0: FOSTER’S CHILD. In his immortal quest to suck the soul from rock & roll, David Foster produced the fourth album from fellow canuckleheads, The Payola$. Excuse me, Paul Hyde & The Payolas. Once a source of brash new energy, the Payola$ had drifted dangerously into the Bryan Adams/Rick Springfield sector of bright, bouncy and romantic 80s pop: “It Must Be Love,” “Stuck in the Rain.” For a guitar/bass/drums outfit, Here’s The World For Ya has a lot of horns, synthesizers, choruses, even a harmonica solo. Of course, no one hires David Foster to sit quietly behind the booth; his is the active hand in the puppet hole. In an hilarious twist of the English language (no, really, I’m only kidding), Hyde is the lone visible member in the mix. Bob Rock cowrites the material as usual and gets off a few quick solos, but it’s hard not to hear this as a Paul Hyde solo album with David Foster as the prime collaborator (especially on the power ballad, “Here’s the World.”) Tellingly, the band disbanded after this, with Rock and Hyde releasing the next album under their own name (as opposed to, say, Duck and Cover). Despite all of the distracting surface gloss, Hyde and the Payola$ still have enough talent/charisma to make the formula work. “All That I Want” (shades of Big Country) and “Never Leave This Place” (Madness this time) are the kind of payoffs I expected; “Cruel Hearted Lovers” is a guilty pleasure too. But mostly it’s a case of style over substance, a smoothing over of once-prickly punks who morphed from new wave to new romantic to neutered studio rock.

TRACK LISTING

  1. STUCK IN THE RAIN    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde)    3:50
  2. YOU'RE THE ONLY LOVE    (Bob Rock/David Foster/Paul Hyde/Miriam Nelson)    4:08
  3. IT WON'T BE YOU    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde/David Foster/Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance)    4:13
  4. CRUEL HEARTED LOVERS    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde/Miriam Nelson)    4:24
  5. IT MUST BE LOVE    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde/Miriam Nelson)    4:38
  6. LITTLE BOYS    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde)    4:28
  7. ALL THAT I WANT    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde)    4:06
  8. HERE'S THE WORLD    (Bob Rock/David Foster/Paul Hyde/Miriam Nelson)    4:27
  9. RHYTHM SLAVES    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde)    4:28
  10. NEVER LEAVE THIS PLACE    (Bob Rock/Paul Hyde)    4:10

CREDITS

ALEX (A-TRAIN) BOYNTON -- bass
PAUL HYDE -- vocals
BOB ROCK -- guitars
CHRIS TAYLOR -- drums

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