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Heyman, Richard X (feat. Peter Noone) - 2000 Heyman Hoosier & Herman (2000)


RICHARD X HEYMAN (FEAT. PETER NOONE) - HEYMAN, HOOSIER & HERMAN (2000, TURNUP RECORDS)
Richard X. Heyman - lead vocals, guitars, drums, piano, organ, keyboards
Peter Noone - lead vocals
Andy Resnick - lead guitar, background vocals
Nancy Leigh - bass, background vocals
Lez Warner - drums


Background
I've been a fan of Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits for as long as I can remember, definitely long before I began buying records that's for sure going back to when I was a wee lad hearing their songs on my parent's car radio. Their extensive catalog is filled with pop riches from the Graham Gouldman penned 'No Milk Today' to 'There's a Kind Of Hush' and the dandy 'Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter' a well as other sweet chart toppers too numerous to mention here. For this reviewer, Herman's Hermits and thier squeaky clean image were everything that made British pop music in the '60s so delightful and they continued to release excellent singles well into the early '70s. Shame on those of you who don't own a 'best of' from the band! After the Hermits split, lead vocalist Peter Noone went solo for a period as well as releasing an excellent power pop album in 1980 with his band The Tremblers called 'Twice Nightly' although during the '90s he kept a lower profile making occasional live appearances, releasing nothing new to the public. That's why this little CD trickled out with little fanfare at the turn of the decade and was such a big surprise for Noone/Hermits fans coupled with Richard X. Heyman; a New York power pop genius releasing albums that go unnoticed by most, but those in the know hang on his every note. Featuring outtakes from his 1998 album 'Cornerstone' as well a cut written by Heyman and sung by Noone; 'Heyman, Hoosier & Herman' is under 18 minutes long, but crams more ideas in that short period than most CD's with triple the run time.

The Songs
'Hoosier (Girl)' with vocals from Noone is one of the best pop songs your likely to hear in this decade. I know that's a broad statement but once you give it a listen, you'll understand where I'm coming from. Top notch jangle pop written like it was the mid '60s and updated for the modern times, it's melodic burned in your brain catchy and absolutely criminal it was so overlooked by radio. Noone's vocals are as wonderful as ever and I only wish the duo had recorded more material together. According to a recent interview with Noone, that might be a possibility. As stunning as this song is, the remaining Heyman material is top notch. His vocals are Warren Zevon meets Elvis Costello and his knack for melody is a wonder to behold. From the happy-go-lucky 'Holding On', the breezy piano pop of 'A Little Drive' to The Left Banke baroque of 'Until The King Comes Down', Heyman is a pop treasure that in a perfect world should be on the top of the charts with a handful of Grammy's to his credit.

In Summary
This disc is still easy to find and a 'must' have for any power pop collector worth his or her salt. While your at it do yourself a favor and pick up a Herman's Hermits CD and the recent reissue of The Tremblers album which we will review here in due time. All pop music at its very, very best.

Track Listing:
01 Hoosier (Girl)
02 Holding On
03 A Little Drive
04 Why Can't She See Me?
05 Until The King Comes Down
06 Monk's Hollow
07 World Of Difference

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