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Simon Says - 1991 Spin This

ARTIST: Simon Says
ALBUM: Spin This
LABEL: Indie
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Johnny Zatylny - lead vocals * Darryl Stevens lead guitar * Tim Higgins - guitars * Wayne Higgins - bass * Matthew Coull - keyboards, hammond, backing vocals * Alan Knight - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Love Thing * 03 Let Me Know * 04 When I See You Standing There * 05 Why In This World * 06 Love Don't Come Easy * 07 The Promise


Is this the rarest slab of AOR emanating from Canada? Well if you happen to live over at Heavy Harmonies, then you might come away with that impression. These guys only released the one Mini CD (seven tracks), and if you discount the intro (all of twelve seconds), then it's actually six tracks. Produced by April Wine's Gary Moffet, the Montreal based band released a lovely little CD with nods in the direction of The Works, Glass Tiger, Honeymoon Suite and fellow AOR indie Surrender.

The Songs
Bypassing the 12 second intro, we slam right into the fantastic opener 'Love Thing' which fuses all of the above bands into a one melodic package. Gotta love the 'love thing'. 'Let Me Know' with its persistent keyboard lines and vocal choruses zooms into the vacant space left behind by the likes of The Works and Wall Of Silence. The first ballad 'When I See You Standing There' evokes memories of Glass Tiger.. that can only be a good thing right? I think so. Simon Says deliver some punchy keyboards at the start of 'Why In This World', which could be a track from fellow Canucks The Arrows just quietly. 'Love Don't Come Easy' is more of that Wall Of Silence style, while the closer 'The Promise' is the second ballad, an acoustic effort which highlights Johnny Johnny Zatylny fantastic vocal, in the style of Glass Tiger once again.

In Summary
This is pretty rare out there on the open market, with only 500 copies pressed onto CD and onto cassette each according to keyboardist Matthew (Mc)Coull. In the where are they now stakes, singer Johnny Zatylny is perhaps the most successful, having moved to Germany to play the role of Freddie Mercury in the tribute band MerQury. According to his MySpace page he is also involved with a Dresden based rock band called Nash. A good singer, while Simon Says only flickered briefly, they were a great little band. In December 2008, the band reformed for a reunion concert, and there was even talk about releasing retrospective songs on a forthcoming CD. Now wouldn't that be something? Check them out!

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