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Coney Hatch - 1982 Coney Hatch

ARTIST: Coney Hatch
ALBUM: Coney Hatch
LABEL: Mercury, Anthem (Canada)
SERIAL: SRM1-4056, ANR-1-1037
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2005, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY005


LINEUP: Carl Dixon - vocals, guitars * Steve Shelski - guitars * Andy Curran - vocals, bass * Dave Ketchum - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Devils Deck * 02 You Ain't Got Me * 03 Stand Up * 04 No Sleep Tonight * 05 Love Poison * 06 We Got The Night * 07 Hey Operator * 08 I'll Do The Talkin' * 09 Victim Of Rock * 10 Monkey Bars

WEBLINKS: www.coneyhatch.com

Isn't it a ghastly cover? It's fortunate the same cannot be said about the music, which is superb hard edged commercial radio rock, prime time 1982. A very talented mob are Coney Hatch, sourced from the wider Toronto area. The band, named after a London lunatic asylum, were spotted by noted Canadian songwriter Pye Dubois at the legendary Toronto bar The Gasworks. Pye then put the band onto his partner in crime Kim Mitchell (of Max Webster fame), and the rest, well.. you the know the rest.

The Songs
Mitchell handled the production duties for the debut album, which raised a few interested eyebrows from not only Canada, but the US and UK as well. At the time, the band enjoyed the twin vocal talents shared between Dixon and Curran, though I have to say I prefer Dixon's the best. There are some excellent tracks on here which still stand the test of time for me at least, namely 'Devils Deck', and the fast melodic flow of 'We Got The Night'. An anthem for 1982 if ever there was one. The quirky 'Monkey Bars' deserves a mention, very much like a Max Webster tune, but written well before Mr Mitchell came into contact with the band. 'Hey Operator' was a commercial attempt (covered by Aldo Nova the following year on his 'Subject' opus), as was 'You Ain't Got Me'. Elsewhere, songs like 'Love Poison', 'Victim Of Rock' and 'Stand Up' all demand 'ear attention'.

In Summary
The band were fortunate enough to tour extensively with headliners Judas Priest that year, and earned enough accolades from fans all over. Coney Hatch could quite easily lay claim to be the forerunner to bands such as Honeymoon Suite and Harem Scarem, such was their influence. They released two more albums including the brilliant 'Friction' from 1985, voted by many Melodic Rock punters as being one of the top 20 AOR albums of all time. Personally, I'm not so sure about that claim, but it's pretty close. A review of that one will no doubt end up on this site at some stage..

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#1 | ekrechting on August 14 2006 20:33:30
When it comes to the vocal performances, putting it as 'I prefer Dixon's the best' is really an understatement. I never understood why the singing was divided between Carl Dixon and the bland uninspiring performance of Andy Curran.

However, from the three albums it's easy to make a 'Dixon-only' compilation... Wink
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:42:08
Mega Kim Mitchell produced debut, and one that ranks up there with the very best. How this didn't manage to sell by the bucketloads is a mystery aswell as being a crime in itself. The re-issue on cd a few years back also featured an excellent bonus track - 'Dreamland'. One of the best cd's ever to come out of Canada and i don't say that lightly - ESSENTIAL.
#3 | sabace on July 26 2008 14:15:08
great songs and excellent guitar!
#4 | Nick C on August 23 2008 12:28:52
Ghastly Cover....shock! I bought this on the sleeve alone (says loads about my taste then) also the guys on the back had long hair...oh yeah and the fact that Kim Mitchell produced it too!
But what a brilliant album...not always the case when I buy judging by covers (take a bow Whiteface), Instatnt hit at Clarkson acres!
#5 | rkbluez on January 25 2012 11:22:48
The best of the Coney Hatch albums in my opinion...love their so heavy but so melodic approach...love Steve Shelski's blistering guitar breaks...he should of gained a lot more attention as the guy could rip it up with the best of them...Essential Canadain Hard Rock of the highest order...this should of been a huge seller.
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