Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Can't believe I never com...
I saw Priest live in 2005...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

gdazegod
12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1981 Articles » O, Gary (O'Connor) - 1981 Gary O
 
O, Gary (O'Connor) - 1981 Gary O



ARTIST: O, Gary (O Connor)
ALBUM: Gary O
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12157
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gary O'Connor - vocals, guitars * David Landau, George Doeing - guitars * Peter Wolf, Jai Winding, Richard Landis - keyboards * Bryan Garafola - bass * Craig Krampf - drums * Jim Haas, Stan Farber, Jon Joyce - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 All The Young Heroes * 02 Pay You Back With Interest * 03 California Goodbye * 04 I Believe In You * 05 Suzanne * 06 The Way You Look Tonight * 07 Just A Little Love * 08 Nightrider * 09 Been A Long Time


Background
I never got into Gary O' a.k.a Gary O' Connor and his earlier band Aerial. The two albums the band recorded were just too all over the map for my tastes with moments of power pop brilliance followed by dodgy hard rock on the debut 'In The Middle Of The Night' and quirky although not all that clever new wave on their final album 'Maneuvers', the group never quite latched onto their own sound. Perhaps this is why O'Connor wasted no time getting back in the studio, signing to Capitol and releasing his self titled debut which is definitely more focused, rooted in 60's British pop and is all the better for it.


The Songs
'All The Young Heroes' is a fine start with stabbing keyboards recalling Prism at their best and ready made for early 80's radio airplay, but it's a cover of The Hollies 'Pay You Back With Interest' that actually charted, especially in the U.S where it hovered just outside the Top 40. While it really doesn't add anything to the original, it's a good version in its own right and it was nice to hear something related to The Hollies who were always underrated in the America, on the airwaves again. In Gary O's native Canada, the song was also a hit, but even bigger was side one's closer 'I Believe in You'. A bit surprising and maybe another example of 'Canadian Content' radio rules run amuck, the song is not much to get worked up about. Just a drippy ballad more in keeping with the kind of stuff Burton Cummings was doing back then and getting 'hits' with, so maybe that explains it? Side two rocks a little harder with 'Suzanne' blazing the same roots pop territory as Marshall Crenshaw and while 'Just A Little Love' has all the earmarks of the ever influential Cheap Trick, the albums final cut 'Been A Long Time' is the best tune on the album. A sweet ballad, sounding like a long lost Paul McCartney track played by Badfinger, it's a song I never grow tired of hearing and is a perfect close to a very good album.


In Summary
Gary O' released one more record in 1984; 'Strange Behaviour' which produced a couple more Canadian hits, but nothing else has been heard from him since. Supposedly he has continued his song writing activities, although I am unaware of anything he's done of note in recent years. Anyone know?


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Gary O 
 
Comments
#1 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 10:59:27
Still own this record. I've always been impressed with the songs on it, especially 'All The Young Heroes' and 'Pay You Back With Interest'.
#2 | rkbluez on February 20 2012 21:12:26
Had this on vinyl a long time ago...and would love to see it come out on CD though I know the chances of that are slim...but not impossible.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Conductor - 1982 Conductor, Artension - 2003 New Discovery, Mose Jones - 1978 Blackbird, Taff, Russ - 1985 Medals, Broken Toyz - 2001 Out Of The Box [Demo], Crysys - 1981 Hard As Rock, Vital Signs - 2002 Vital Signs, Shem - Demos (1988), Wendy And The Rockets - 1983 Dazed For Days, Molly Hatchet - 1984 The Deed Is Done, Marillion - 2001 Anoraknophobia, Sandalinas - 2008 Fly To The Sun, Tobruk - 1985 Wild On The Run, Santa Ana Winds - 2016 Santa Ana Winds, Mc Queen Street - 2003 2
Tags©
The Boyzz Benedictum Baal Roulette (Sweden) Bryan Adams Hotwire Trickster Voyager (Australia) Unruly Child Little Caesar Saga Nigel Olsson Ava Blue Cartoon Styx Lulu Rock Candy Records Starcastle Jay Gruska Michael Clark Various Artists Ian Cussick The Law Helloween Hot Chocolate John Norum Iron Maiden Cheryl Dilcher Casanova (Germany) Black Star Riders Cheap Trick
All Tags
Search DDG