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The Glam Singles Collection

HELLO

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Covering the years 1972-1977, this has both sides of all 12 of their British singles, including of course the U.K. Top Ten hits "Tell Him" and "New York Groove" (which was covered in the late '70s by Ace Frehley of Kiss). Hello were one of several British glam bands to have some success in Britain while remaining totally unknown stateside. Their music was too unimportant to induce revisionism that would declare this a great oversight. Yet, if only at several decades' remove, it's inoffensive enough generic glam, with the requisite distant and not-so-distant echoes of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, and bubblegum music. Easy-to-sing-along-with (if not terribly memorable) tunes are often wedded to basic stomping rhythms and well-crafted vocal harmonies. It's interesting to find that five of the songs, including "New York Groove," were penned by Russ Ballard, formerly of Argent and before that in the 1960s British Invasion band the Roulettes. If you're looking for the most atypical groove here, it's the Ballard-penned "Ask Your Mama," a light acoustic-flavored pop-rocker on the B-side of their first single.

Biography

Formed: 1971

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Hello was formed in north London in 1971 by teenagers Bob Bradbury (vocals), Keith Marshall (guitar), Vic Faulkner (bass), and Jeff Allen (drums, brother of Ultravox's Chris Cross), originally gigging around the local youth club circuit as a covers band called the Age. It was in this guise that they were discovered by Argent songwriter Russ Ballard and the Zombies' old road manager David Blaylock — then working as a plugger for the Chappell Music publishing company. The pair originally envisioned...
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