From 1988 and Hancock gets sample crazy. Beat Dis drums and Bill Laswell on production and remix
A definite P-Funk arrangement and the full 12″ is great (and long!) getting quite electro with keyboard player Michael Beinhorn, Bootsy Collins, Mico Wave (Michael Lane) and Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner (Ohio Players) who does the vocals.
With Goth overtones this opening track came late to my ears. Released in 1982 this 5 tracker gathered earlier singles which get a remix from UK Producer Neil Kernon.
A chance meeting between a journalist from Rolling Stone and Hazard propelled him and his band, The Heroes to a bit of media coverage. All songs were written and produced by Hazard with the bad comprising of Jerry Weindel (keyboards), John Lilley (guitar and The Hooters), Ken Bernard (drums), Michael Pilla (guitar) and Rob Miller (bass and The Hooters.
The lead off track is definitely more synthy as it settles into a more Pop oriented New Wave sound, a bit generic really. “Hang Around With You” is almost Rock n Roll as is “Out Of The Blue” but has some New Wave keyboards in there.
The uptempo cover of Dylan’s of “Blowing In The Wind” is on my Monday cover list. Interesting !
First release on Arista and going into full Emulator / Fairlight mode. Jet Setting and wheeling and dealing, a heroin trafficker . A gentle tempo that unfortunately drags on the 12″ mix. Quite Prefab Sprout-like
“Easy Way” is much better, more experimental and funkier. Work that sampler!
Here is the re-upped page for his next single, again another great B-side.
No. 1 (Extended Version)
From May ’85 and going down the coffee table jazz movement. Smoother production, real bass (Graham Edwards – Nick Heyward, Go West) saxophone (Andy Hamilton), female backing vox, drums (Blair Cunningham – Haircut 100) and Anne Dudley arranging the strings.
That piano outro pre-empts the stuff he did with ACT.
Two qualities B-sides. “Chasing The Dragon” goes for Oriental sounds and Y.M.O. influences, it could be Bill Nelson!
“Trust Me” is a remix by Dave Allen. Sampled and treated guitar and bass and it goes into AON territory. That mad trumpet / Fairlight solo !