Hai Hai

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Hai Hai
Studio album by Roger Hodgson
Released 1987
Recorded Nevada City, California
Genre Dance-pop, pop rock, synthpop
Label A&M
Producer Roger Hodgson, Jack Joseph Puig
Roger Hodgson chronology
In the Eye
of the Storm

(1984)
Hai Hai
(1987)
Rites of Passage
(1997)

Hai Hai is the 2nd solo album by ex-Supertramp singer/guitarist/keyboardist Roger Hodgson, released in 1987. Co-produced by future No Doubt and Black Crowes producer Jack Joseph Puig, and recorded at Hodgson's 48-track home studio in Nevada City, California, the album is a merger of Supertramp-styled progressive pop-rock and extensive use of Los Angeles session musicians and late-1980s synthesizer technology.

Hai Hai featured ten songs, all of which were written by Hodgson, with the exception of "Land Ho", an old Supertramp song (at the time never released on an album but only as a single), which Hodgson co-wrote with his long-time partner Rick Davies in 1974. Hodgson had previously recorded the song in 1983 for his solo album In the Eye of the Storm, which was never released.[1]

Background[edit]

Hodgson was unable to fully promote or tour behind Hai Hai, having sustained injuries to both of his wrists in a fall a week after its release.[2] After that accident, Hodgson stopped his musical career for a while. He returned to the public in 1997 with live shows and a live album, Rites of Passage, but would not release another studio album until 2000's Open the Door.

Hai Hai was re-released in Canada on November 14, 2006.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [3]

Allmusic panned the album in their retrospective review. They declared Hodgson's decision to abandon progressive rock and experiment with other genres a disaster, since he failed to fully commit to any of these genres, resulting in songs that are musically very basic and uninteresting. They also commented that the lyrics "are at times juvenile and embarrassing... he may have been trying to say something, but the poetry reads like a bored high school student wrote them." They added that the album's over-reliance on electronics and technology made the already uninspired songs sound cold and soulless.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Roger Hodgson, except where noted.

  1. "Right Place" 4:15
  2. "My Magazine" 4:30
  3. "London" 4:11
  4. "You Make Me Love You" 5:09
  5. "Hai Hai" 5:28
  6. "Who's Afraid?" 4:57
  7. "Desert Love" 5:26
  8. "Land Ho" (Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson) 4:06
  9. "House on the Corner" 5:30
  10. "Puppet Dance" 5:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Roger Hodgson - Vocals, Synth Bass (1), Synclavier Drums (5), Keyboards (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10), Piano (6), Synths (6, 10), Guitars (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10), 12-String Guitars (7), Bass (7), Backing Vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
  • Omar Hakim - Drums (1)
  • Joseph Pomfret - Drums (1, 4, 6, 7, 8) [this is a pseudonym for Hodgson himself; Joseph is his second name and Pomfret his mother's surname]
  • Robbie Buchanan - Synths (1), Synth Programming (4, 6, 10), Synth Bass (5), Rhodes (6), Keyboards (3, 4, 5, 9)
  • Dan Huff - Guitars (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Lenny Castro - Percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
  • Ken Allardyce - Harmonica (1, 5), Rhythm Guitar (3), Backing Vocals (3, 8)
  • Anni McCann - Backing Vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
  • Jeff Porcaro - Drums (2, 3, 4, 6, 9)
  • David Paich - Synth Bass (2), Hammond Organ (2), Synth Brass (2)
  • Willie Hines - Backing Vocals (2)
  • Brad Lang - Backing Vocals (2)
  • Steve Porcaro - Synth Programming (2)
  • Nathan East - Bass (3, 6)
  • Larry Williams - Saxophone (3), Synth Programming (7)
  • Mikail Graham - DX7 Seetar Solo (3)
  • Claire Diament - Backing Vocals (3)
  • Albhy Galuten - Synclavier Drums (5)
  • Bruce Albertine - Synclavier Drums (5)
  • Rhett Lawrence - Fairlight Programming (5, 8, 10), Synths (10)
  • Eric Persing - Synth Programming (5, 6)
  • Carlos Vega - Drums (7, 8)
  • Leland Sklar - Bass (8)
  • Marc Russo - Saxophone (8)

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 163

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 177–192. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Andy (2007-09-28). "Supertramp star plans tribute to city colleague". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  3. ^ a b Hai Hai at AllMusic