Den Harrow

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Den Harrow
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Den Harrow (2009)
Background information
Birth name Stefano Zandri
Born (1962-06-04) June 4, 1962 (age 52)
Nova Milanese , Italy
Origin Italy
Genres New wave, Italo disco
Years active 1983–present
Labels Baby Records, Polydor Records

Den Harrow was an Italian new wave project fronted by Stefano Zandri (born June 4, 1962 in Nova Milanese, Italy) a fashion model from Milan, Italy. The name Den Harrow was conceived by the project's producers Turatti and Chieregato, who based it on the Italian word denaro (money).[1][2] Stefano Zandri, however, uses the name Den Harrow as his stage name.[2]

Career[edit]

Den Harrow was a popular project in the 1980s and reached the top ten in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden with hits like "Future Brain", "Mad Desire", "Bad Boy", "Don't Break My Heart", "Day by Day", and "Catch the Fox", all from the first two albums Overpower and Day by Day. The name "Den Harrow" was invented by the producers of the project, which according to them is based on the Italian word denaro (money).

Revealing the truth[edit]

After years of fame and popularity, it was revealed by front-man Stefano Zandri and his producers that Zandri did not actually sing the Den Harrow songs; he was essentially a character who lip-synched to vocals recorded by a number of other singers. Furthermore, since they did not consider Zandri's name and origin to be "trendy" enough, the producers R. Turatti and M. Chieregato concealed Zandri's Italian origin, marketing him as having been born Manuel Stefano Carry in Boston, Massachusetts. This was done so Polydor Records could market him more easily in the English-speaking world, where Italian-produced music was, at the time, viewed with skepticism.[3]

American vocalist Tom Hooker, a.k.a. Thomas Barbey, who was residing in Italy during the Italo disco era, sang most of the songs for the Den Harrow project,[1] including the 1985–1986 European hit singles "Don't Break My Heart", "Bad Boy", "Catch the Fox", and "Future Brain". Another vocalist, Anthony James from England, was contracted to sing the lead vocals on the Lies album (1988), and also provided the lead vocals on songs like "Holiday Night", "My Time", "You have a way". During an interview, Tom Hooker explains why it was decided to be done this way:

There was a small problem, however. He couldn't sing. So the solution was to never let him sing, or to put his voice so low in the mix that it was non existent. He started as an image. He would work on his costumes and clothes and someone else would sing on the records. The truth is, vision is a more developed sense in humans than hearing. People tend to buy and listen what they like to see.[4]

Also according to Tom Hooker, Chuck Rolando's voice was used in the early singles "To Meet Me" and "A Taste of Love". Later on, Silver Pozzoli was chosen to do the single "Mad Desire"; however, Hooker provided the vocals for the album releases of "Mad Desire". Although Hooker continued co-writing tracks for Den Harrow project, the producers wanted to use a higher-voiced vocalist for the 1988 album Lies. Hooker says that Zandri did sing on the 1991 Den Harrow single "Ocean".[4]

Den Harrow in the 1990s and 2000s[edit]

In 1997 Stefano Zandri moved to California to take part in the TV series Sunset Beach. In 2005, he hosted the Italian-language TV show "Radio HARROW" on the satellite TV channel "Match Music". In 2006, he took part in a reality show: the Italian version of "Celebrity Survivor" broadcast on Rai Due. In 2007, via his web site, Zandri released a new song, "FEDEN - Lo so", written and sung by Zandri and his wife.

Dispute with Tom Hooker[edit]

In 2010, Tom Hooker recorded and published on YouTube a press conference-style video in which Hooker, flanked by the co-producer/composer Miki Chieregato, states and demonstrates that he was the vocalist on most of the Den Harrow records, and in which he accuses Zandri of continuing to publicly lip synch to those recordings.[5] He also states that Zandri made threats and insults against Hooker and his family on Facebook for exposing the vocal inauthenticity of the Den Harrow recordings. Hooker asserts that Zandri no longer has permission to publicly lip sync to Den Harrow recordings that use Tom Hooker's voice.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
Overpower 29 20
Day By Day
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Baby Records, Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
13 25 4
Lies
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Baby Records, Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
63
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[6]
The Best of
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Baby Records, Ariola
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
18
I Successi
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: D.V. More Record
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Re-worked compilation albums with new songs[edit]

Title Album details
I, Den
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: S.A.I.F.A.M.
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
Back From the Future
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Do It Yourself
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
ITA
[9]
FRA
[10]
GER
[11]
SPA
[12]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[13]
"To Meet Me" 1983 Non-album single
"A Taste of Love"
"Mad Desire" 1984 15 Overpower
"Bad Boy" 1985 3 17 20 10 11
"Future Brain" 9 17 6 6
"Overpower / Broken Radio"
"Charleston" 1986 8 27 18 17
"Catch the Fox (Caccia Alla Volpe) " 7 27 12 16 8 Day By Day
"Day By Day" 1987 29
"Don't Break My Heart" 8 4 6
"Tell Me Why" 15 22 12
"Energy Rain"
"You Have a Way" 1988 10 56 Lies
"Born to Love" 13 45
"Lies / I Wanna Go"
"My Time / You Have a Way"
"Holiday Night" 1989 38 The Best Of
"Take Me Back" Non-album singles
"Ocean" 1991
"All I Want Is You" 1992
"Real Big Love"
"You and the Sunshine" 1993 7
"Take Me" I, Den
"The Universe of Love" 1994
"I Need a Lover" 1995 Non-album single
"Tomorrow Is Another Day" I, Den
"I Feel You" 1996
"Future Brain '98" 1998 Back From the Future
"Go Away" 1999
"Don't Break My Heart (2001 Remixes)" 2001
"Push Push" 2006 Non-album single
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory, or chart-peaks are not available.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MediaSet TGCom24: Den Harrow: Harrow: "E' vero negli anni 80 non cantavo io"" [It's true that wasn't singing in the 80s]. Mediaset. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Vanity Fair.it: Den Harrow: "Non ero io a cantare le mie canzoni"" [It wasn't me singing my songs]. Vanity Fair (magazine). Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ "revealing_the_truth". striscialanotizia.mediaset.it. 
  4. ^ a b "interview_of_Tom_Hooker". euro-flash.net. 
  5. ^ a b "Tom Hooker responds to Den Harrow's threats". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Charts.de: Den Harrow (albums)". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com: Den Harrow". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com: Den Harrow". Sverigetopplistan. Swedishcharts.com at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  9. ^ For Italian peaks:
  10. ^ "Artiste: Den Harrow (Singles)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). lescharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Charts.de Media Control: Den Harrow (Singles)". Media Control (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ "Schweizer Hitparade: Den Harrow (Singles)". Schweizer Hitparade (in German). swisscharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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