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Bad Habit - 1989 After Hours



ARTIST: Bad Habit
ALBUM: After Hours
LABEL: Virgin
SERIAL: 7243 8 39425 2
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bax Fehling - vocals * Hal Johnston - guitars, keyboards * Doc Pat Shannon - keyboards * Stevie Rose - bass * Jaime Salazar - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Living On The Edge * 02 Rainbow * 03 Do't Stop * 04 Play The Game * 05 More Than I * 06 Never Find Another You * 07 Coming Home * 08 Rowena * 09 Winner Takes It All * 10 More Than A Feeling

WEBLINKS: www.badhabitvip.com


Background
A discussion on Scandinavian AOR would be incomplete without mention of Malmo based outfit Bad Habit. Timing their run through the 80's and dodging hair-metal bullets along the way, this classy five-piece straddled the fence between hair-metal and AOR, ending up like a cross between Danish boys Fate, Norwegians Da Vinci and fellow Swedes Glory. They did have an intriguing sound, enhanced by Hal Johnston's Brian May like guitar lines. Signed to Sony/CBS for a 6 track demo called 'Young And Innocent' released in 1988, the band traded labels and moved to Virgin Records for the release of their debut album in 1989 called 'After Hours'.


The Songs
Bad Habit's credentials are given rock-solid endorsement on their opening cut 'Living On The Edge'. A racy number with a swag of keyboard and guitar melodies competing with each other. 'Rainbow' follows a path similar to Da Vinci and features a gorgeous chorus. 'Do't Stop' is a blatant attempt at party rock, while an album like this would be incomplete without a soaring ballad of which 'Never Find Another You' fits the bill perfectly. One of the best moments here is the melody drenched 'Rowena', for which there is a video for it. 'The Winner Takes It All' is another racy up-tempo affair, and to end the album, the band deliver the Boston classic 'More Than A Feeling'. Quite cheeky of them to pull this out on a debut record. Not a pinch on the original mind you (but what is?), though it's admirable nonetheless.


In Summary
Bad Habit soldiered on for a few more years, but pulled up short as the onslaught of grunge took over. To their credit, the band reconvened in 1995 for the 'Revolution' album, plus 1998's 'Adult Orientation' album. Hal Johnston (aka Hal Marabel) also participated in the pop/metal outfit Arena who were prominent during 2003. By 2005, Bad Habit had signed to Frontiers Records for the release of their 'Hear-Say' album. It seems the band are still a going concern, which is good news indeed.


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#1 | jeffduran on January 22 2008 18:11:31
'Rowena' is a classic! As strong as that cut is somehow the rest of the platter seems to peter out. Not as strong as a Fate or Glory's debut imo. neutral
#2 | reyno-roxx on January 23 2008 10:05:11
I always felt they spoilt this record by over stretching themselves with the cover of 'More Than A Feeling'. It should've been used as a single B side instead.
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 22:52:11
Up there with the Other classic Scandie AOR bands Alien, Treat, Talk Of The Town etc, although 'Living On The Edge' is a blatant Honeymoon Suite rip off all the way thru. Great cd though.
 
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