Monday, September 6, 2010
"And when we’re dancing face to face, it takes me out of time and space. In images I can’t erase. Every time I go to pieces. Go, Go, I go to pieces." Paul Janz was all over Canadian pop radio when his debut entitled, High Strung, was released in 1985. He was getting as much airplay as our other favourite, Canadian sons like Bryan Adams and Corey Hart. For whatever reason, his popularity seemed to fade in comparison to his peers. He continued recording until the early nineties and then took up theology which he now teaches. Paul has to have one of the most fascinating biographies of any Canadian artist I have read about to date. He was born in Alberta but spent most of his years growing up and learning music is Switzerland. He studied opera music and worked with the symphony among other things. He even had some success in a band called Deliverance in the seventies before deciding to move back to Canada. Go To Pieces is a great upbeat pop song with layered vocals and an addictive chorus. Paul's first label, A&M, re-released the song on a retrospective entitled Presence, in 1992. Both albums aren't widely available. At the time of this blog, Ebay and Amazon had copies of each ranging in price from $15 to $250. You can watch the video for the song, Go To Pieces, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw9FUiGWwIU). As always, you can hear this song and others that I blog about each day on Live 365 (www.live365.com/stations/raisedoncndnradio). Thanks for reading and enjoy!