Tony Ham… I was at that show. I was fifteen at the time and got my Breaking Glass album signed.
SON’S & LOVERS (EXPANDED EDITION) Hazel O’ Connor
Had this on vinyl back in the day and reviewed it the first time round! So here we are 37, can it really be so, years later! and this newly remastered expanded release. The original 12 tracks are augmented by 5 bonus tracks and the album now clocks in at a shade under the hour. Sons & Lovers followed up the huge success Hazel had been enjoying with the Broken Glass soundtrack and glorious hits ‘Eighth Day’ and ‘Will You’.
However S&L was in fact written before BG and showcases Hazel’s talent for her observational ability to turn experiences into great songs. ‘Decadent Days’ which kicks off the album and became a top ten hit was the result of Hazel’s experience of attending a fledgling New Romantic Club in London and clocking the poseurs and ‘people looking very bizarre’ as she put it. As it says in the sleeve notes and indeed as she herself has been keen to point out over the years S&L is very much a bridge between Punk and New Wave.
I’d agree with that wholeheartedly, along with Toyah and Siouxsie that’s exactly where i’d put Hazel at the forefront. There is so much to recommend this album, ive always loved the biting track ‘Zoo’ the short and snappy ‘Gigolo’ where mention must be made of the sax playing of Wes Magoogan’ he is so rhythmic in his playing and again on the glorious ‘Do What You Do’, also in the lineup was Andy Qunta of course with his deft keyboard strokes. As aforementioned the original 12 tracks are all present and correct and have been bolstered by 5 bonus tracks ‘Ain’t It Funny’ ‘Time is Free (original version)’ 2 mixes of D-Days and a spirited rendition of Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’ recorded live at the Dominion Theatre in December 1980 featuring a young Simon Le Bon. It might be 37 years and unmistakeably 80’s but S&L still stands up well unlike so much else from that era, but then Hazel is a unique performer. This SFE deluxe digi-pack sounds great and the accompanying booklet is informative with some great photo’s.
In conclusion as Andy Q and Wes are of course well known to SMART members, what are your recollections guys?
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Til next time……………….Colin
Alan Esdaile… I see your in the video but were you not on the album Steve Kinch?
Tony Ham… Got this on vinyl.
Andy Qunta….Late 1980 – back cover of the Sons and Lovers album, I believe! Still wearing my PN Club T shirt! That’s where Factory did residencies in Munich in ’74 & ’75!
Peter Fisher…. saw HazelO’Connor with Andy and Wesley at Norwich University (81?), having moved to Norfolk from London in 1979, and I believe I grabbed a word or two with a surprised Andy afterwards….support believe it or not was Duran Duran, still sporting new romantic hair and costume, just before they got big, and they were awful….Hazel and the band were great!
Mick O’Dowd….Used to know Wes. The Will You single is on my alltime favourite list and I used the instrumental version (TV theme for Ennals Point?) as a run out groove at the end of my shows in the late 80’s/90’s. great stuff!
Tony Ham…. saw Hazel O’Connor at the Oasis Club in Rye in 1980.She played there twice, I went the second time. I got my copy of Breaking Glass signed, still got it, I was 15 at the time.
Michael Mepham…. I saw that too! Great gig!
Yvonne Cleland….I saw it too. My then boyfriend was doing the sound! RIP Derek Bolland xxx
A live performance of the track ‘Will You’ from the film ‘Breaking Glass’. This features Wesley Magoogan playing the famous sax piece in it’s entirety.
Matt Thomas comment ….Dare i say it – but i think a better version than The Stranglers
Wesley Magoogan commented….This was a good laugh.
Gary Kinch commented….’onarary ‘astings band.