1988 - An In Between Year

Once again, this was an in-between year for the band where we tried to write the next album, punctuating it with short tours through showcase clubs in the United States.

Paul and I actually took off for a month to cruise the States in a van in hopes that being "out there" would give us inspiration for some new material. It did. In Cincinnati we wrote "Rockin' Roller Coaster" and "High Voltage Kicks".

I had also started to write with Marc Ribler, who lived in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn, New York . I met Marc through Barry Bergman, who also managed Bob Halligan, who wrote "Rock You" and co-wrote a couple of other songs with Paul.

The first song we wrote together was "Big Bang Boom" which was recorded for the "Back for Another Taste" album, but didn't quite make it (eventually the song ended up on the "Half-Alive" album). The next two songs we wrote, "Midnight Express" and "Good to the Last Drop", did end up on the album.

We had lost our U.S. deal with Capitol Records by this time and once again we knew there was a lot of pressure on the band to come up with a big album.

At the end of the year we ended up doing a 3 night gig in Port-O-Prince, Trinidad (get more details in the "Facts" section of Planet Helix).

The Juno Awards
Paul Hackman, Anne Murray, Brian Vollmer & Daryl Gray
Brent & Fritz Shop for New Threads