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Laine, Paul - 1990 Stick It In Your Ear

ARTIST: Laine, Paul
ALBUM: Stick It In Your Ear
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 9 60941-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Paul Laine - vocals * Kenny Kaos - guitars * Paul Gogo - keyboards * Scott Brown - bass * Pat Steward - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Step Over The Line * 02 We Are The Young * 03 Dorianna * 04 Is It Love * 05 Heart Of America * 06 Main Attraction * 07 Doin' Time * 08 I'll Be There * 09 Break Down The Barricades


Ambitious Canadian artist who started his career in rock music relatively early. Perhaps wanting to be the next Bon Jovi, Paul Laine began a long and arduous process to rock stardom by working on, and releasing a bunch of demos in varying degrees of quality during the late eighties. By constantly reworking the material as access to money and technology would allow, the demos gradually started to interest labels as the quality got better. By 1989, Elektra had signed Paul up, Bruce Fairbairn, also a local Vancouver resident would produce. All Paul had to do was get a band together.. which he did. The debut album 'Stick It In Your Ear' was released the following year. A massive collection of tunes in the vein of Danger Danger, Bon Jovi and Hardline would result..

The Songs
Starting out with 'One Step Over The Line', the opener sounds slightly overplayed and over-extended. Not a great choice for starting off the album in my opinion. However the triumvirate of 'We Are The Young', Dorianna' and 'Is It Love' are absolute killer tracks, but all different in their own way. 'We Are The Young' is as the title suggests, a bit of an anthem. Initially it growls with menace early on but the crashing climax toward the end sends the arrangement into overdrive, thanks to Kenny 'Kaos' Loney's guitar-work. With 'Dorianna' we are blessed with a fantastic commercial sounding song, this one has got everything! While 'Is It Love' starts off restrained and develops a fair sense of amped up electrical attitude along the way. Woah! Even this early on in his career, you could probably tell with the pairing of 'Heart Of America' and' Main Attraction' that Danger Danger was very much on Paul's mind. These two could easily sit on their 1989 debut with ease. Production-wise and arrangement-wise the party-flavour reeks of DD. 'Doin' Time' however, sees Paul and the boys groove on over into Cinderella territory, the Tommy Keifer induced vocals swagging a couple of glasses of Jack Daniels along the way I bet.

In Summary
Despite getting out on the road with the likes of Kim Mitchell, the album died a death at the box office, and Laine was forced to go off and do other things. However, the quality was enough to interest certain parties to re-release the album again with extra tracks (yeah, the fact that the debut had only 9 tracks always grated with me!), and then of course Paul became the new voice behind perennial AOR favourites Danger Danger, but that's another story in itself.. Paul is currently part of the Shugaazer project on Atenzia Records, but to be honest, his foray into melodic rock is far more appetizing than modern rock. Unfortunately it doesn't pay as well.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 11:19:07
Paul lent backing vocal support to fellow Vancouver-ites Young Gun on their demo. The album was later released by Escape Music under the Fury monicker.
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