The Payolas (or Payola$) were part of Vancouver’s new wave movement of bands and active in the Canadian music scene for a decade in the 1970s and 1980s. They disbanded in 1988, but reformed again from 2003 to 2008, issuing a new EP in 2007.
Through several lineup changes and name changes (the band also played as Rock and Hyde and more), the Payolas core members remained Paul Hyde and Bob Rock, who together wrote virtually all of the band’s songs. As well, Rock engineered and mixed virtually every Payolas recording.
Although in the 1980s the Payolas always seemed poised for a big international breakthrough, the band never quite broke out despite their artistic growth and popular success in Canada. They were, however, one of the most prominent and successful platinum-selling Canadian bands of the early 1980s.
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