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White Heat - 1989 We Never Heard Of You Either



ARTIST: White Heat
ALBUM: We Never Heard Of You Either
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: BFZK-80138
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jim Galloway - lead vocals, guitar * Allen Hunnie - guitars, vocals * Russ Goozee - bass, vocals * Wayne Young - keyboards, vocals * Alec Friesen - drums

Guests: Rick Santers - guitars * Gil Moore - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 White Heat * 02 Crazy For You * 03 Rollin' With The Thunder * 04 Paranoia * 05 Got To Win Your Love * 06 All Thru The Night * 07 Fire * 08 When You're Gone * 09 Listen Closely * 10 Sometimes


Background
Here's another band from the Canadian prairies. They only stuck around for the one album, and made a little indentation in what was a congested market at the time. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, these guys combine elements of Def Leppard hair metal, with Canadian AOR/rock in the shape of Boulevard, Glass Tiger and Honeymoon Suite. With a big label behind them, the sound on this album is a million bucks, all thanks to Rush side-arm Terry Brown, and you would've thought that CBS Canada could have done more to promote this band. Apart from the odd review in UK publications at the time, I don't recall seeing any videos for this band, nor any indication of any 7' single releases, though I understand there was one.


The Songs
White Heat certainly know how to rock out, and give us an indication of their ability on the self titled opener. Things get very interesting for AORsters when we get to 'Crazy For You', a mammoth track with intense synth layers lifting this one above the norm. Keeping the focus on big sweeping arrangements and pumping lines is the classic 'Rollin' With The Thunder'. Think Honeymoon Suite and Sing Sing on steroids. I kinda liked 'Paranoia' too, played in the same vein as the previous two tracks, though stripped back a bit - no doubt courtesy of the song title. 'Got To Win Your Love' allows the band to change direction, going down the hi-tech dance/pop route. It's surely easy enough to dance to.. lol! Back into 'rock mode' is the uptempo 'All Thru The Night', with zany keyboard effects and an altogether racy sound. The ballad 'When You're Gone' has all the hallmarks of gigantic power-ballad, atmosphere, dynamics, emotion.. you know the drill. The pick of the bunch for me lies toward the end of the album with 'Listen Closely (Now)' - pure AOR attempt in the same sound/style as the classic Diving For Pearls. the band finish with the lovely 'Sometimes' with reference points including Glass Tiger and Irish maestros Silent Running.


In Summary
According to my research on one of the band members, one of their songs made it into the Canadian top 40 during 1989. Not sure which one, no doubt the details will turn up one day. These days, Allen Hunnie runs a successful audio studio in Winnipeg, Russ Goozee is now a movie director - you might see his name among the credits of several popular movies. A good album to have in the collection, it won't set the world on the fire but there are some excellent songs that more than make up for it.


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#1 | jeffduran on July 02 2008 13:25:37
'When You're Gone' I believe was the single off this..Not to be confused with the pre-Firehouse band.
#2 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 17:59:30
Good Album
#3 | swazi on February 02 2010 17:46:37
GREAT album!
#4 | TheMurf on March 17 2010 20:44:00
One of the best album titles too.
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 22 2016 15:51:12
IT was because of this group Firehouse had to change their original name. Very Def Leppard sounding.
 
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