The Payolas (or Payola$) were part of Vancouver's new wave of bands and active in the Canadian music scene for a decade from the late 1970s. In 2007, they became active again, releasing an EP of new material (Langford Part One) and touring.
The band's name is a reference to the payola scandal in the United States in the early 1960s. The group was based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and recorded mostly at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios. Through several lineup changes and name changes (the band also played as The Payola$, Paul Hyde and the Payolas and Rock and Hyde), 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.
Between a Rock and a Hyde Place: The Best of the Payolas
Between a Rock & a Hyde Place: The Best of Payola$ is a greatest hits album by the Payola$, released in 1987 after A&M had dropped the Payola$ from the label and after the band had rebranded themselves as Rock and Hyde and released Under the Volcano through Capitol/EMI.
All songs by Bob Rock and Paul Hyde except as indicated
1. "China Boys" – 3:19
2. "In a Place Like This" – 3:56 (P.Hyde)
3. "Soldier" – 4:15
4. "Romance" – 3:33
5. "Eyes of a Stranger" – 4:54
6. "I'll Find Another (Who Can Do it Right)" – 3:37
7. "Where is this Love" – 5:54
8. "Never Said I Loved You" – 3:18
9. "Stuck in the Rain" – 3:50
10. "You're the Only Love" – 4:08 (B.Rock/D.Foster/P.Hyde/M.Nelson)
11. "It Must Be Love" – 4:38 (B.Rock/P.Hyde/M.Nelson)
12. "Here's the World" – 4:27 (B.Rock/D.Foster/P.Hyde/M.Nelson)