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Hoffner, Helen - 1992 Wild About Nothing



ARTIST: Hoffner, Helen
ALBUM: Wild About Nothing
LABEL: Magnet Records
SERIAL: 4509-90820-2
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Helen Hoffner - vocals * Dominic Miller - guitar * Pino Palidino - bass * Bob Marlette, Michael Scherchen - keyboards * Vinnie Colaiuta - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wild About Nothing * 02 Summer Of Love * 03 Sacrifice * 04 Holy River * 05 Is There Anybody Out There * 06 Perfect Day * 07 Lovers Come, Lovers Go * 08 Whispers In The Wind * 09 Papa's Car * 10 Say A Prayer * 11 This Is The Last Time


Background
'Wild About Nothing' was the debut studio album by British singer Helen Hoffner. Released in 1992, Helen and her team assembled a high quality list of musicians, recorded in London with Hugh Padgham and Helen's musical compadre Simon Burton. Signed professionally at the age of 16, Helen had traversed her career through a number of bands including The Astronauts and The Marines. By the early 90's, plans were afoot to place Hoffner as a solo artist, signed to Warner Bros offshoot label Magnet, production started in early 1992 for an eventual release later that year. Of particular interest to me, keyboard duties were co-handled by Bob Marlette (Burns Sisters, Neal Schon), and to be honest his appearance was the major reason why I bought the CD back in the day.


The Songs
For me, only a handful of tracks do it for me. The title track and opener 'Wild About Nothing' is one of those. A moody scene setter, the intro definitely has the Marlette trademark all over it. 'Summer Of Love' was the single from the album and as I point further on, was a successful song in Scandinavian territories. 'Holy River' takes on a groovy personality. You won't be transcended to exotic new age locations like Goa, but you get the idea.. hippies, sages, yogis and all that. 'Is There Anybody Out There?' stumbles upon a rock and anthem pairing which works, while 'Lovers Come Lovers Go' touches the heartstrings amid some very AOR sounding parts. 'Whispers In The Wind' reverts to ballad territory, its followed by the sassy/bad girl tale of 'Papa's Car' (foolin' around on the backseat of papa's car). 'This Is The Last Time' is reasonable pop/rock, a declaration of 'no more'.. 'this is the last time, you wreck my bed, this is the last time that you'll mess my head'.


In Summary
What was unusual about the album was its apparent success in Norway and in particular Finland. 'Summer Of Love' went to #1 in Norway, did well in Finland, the album eventually going gold there as well, placing at #2 on the Finnish album charts. Musically, 'Wild About Nothing' is probably not a definitive AOR album despite Marlette's involvement. However the jangly pop/rock will appeal if artists like Belinda Carlisle are your cup of tea. There is a bit of confusion as to the albums actual release. I have a CD which definitely says year of release was 1992. However, other online sites like RYM say 1993. For this article, I'll stick with 1992 thanks. Beyond 1993, Hoffner disappeared off the map, and its unclear where she ended up. Anyone with additional info, please drop us a line (refer our Contact page).


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