Frozen Ghost

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For the film with this title, see The Frozen Ghost.
Frōzen Ghōst
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Frōzen Ghōst
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1985 (1985)–1993 (1993)
Labels WEA Canada
Atlantic (USA)
Past members Arnold Lanni
Wolf Hassel
John Bouvette
Phil X
Sammy D. Bartel

Frōzen Ghōst was a Canadian rock band formed in 1985 in Toronto by Arnold Lanni and Wolf Hassel who were previously with the band Sheriff. The band received a Juno Award for "Most Promising Group of the Year" in 1987.

The group placed five songs in the Canadian top 40 between 1987 and 1992, including "Should I See" and "Head Over Heels". "Should I See", an anti-censorship song, also became a minor hit in the United States, reaching number 69 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles in 1987. The video for that song was nominated at the 1987 Juno Awards for "Best Video of the Year".


The group was formed out of the ashes of the band, Sheriff, who had disbanded after an (at that point) unsuccessful run on the music charts. Sheriff rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Arnold Lanni and bassist Wolf Hassel decided to form a new group, and Frozen Ghost was born.

On their first two albums, Frōzen Ghōst and Nice Place to Visit, the band were originally a studio duo, with Lanni singing lead vocals and playing all the guitar and keyboard parts, in addition to being credited as the sole songwriter, while Hassel played bass. Their first two albums featured guest musicians, such as Derry Grehan, lead guitarist of Honeymoon Suite. The drums, however, were sequenced on a computer rather than being played by a human drummer. While Lanni may have programmed the drums himself, the actual programmer is uncredited and unknown.[citation needed] On their final album Shake Your Spirit, there were three official additions to the band: John Bouvette, who was on drums and percussion, Sammy De Bartel on keyboards and Phil X who played the guitar and did some vocals. Phil X was also credited on the album Nice Place to Visit for being a guitarist, but was not considered an official band member until the final album was released.

Frōzen Ghōst disbanded in 1993, following their final album Shake Your Spirit.

Lanni would go on to become a successful producer for acts such as Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven and Thousand Foot Krutch. Hassel would resurface in 1996 with the band, Erin Cody and the Drum[1] and later appeared on a 2003 album by Toronto-based blues musician Brian Gladstone.[2]

Hassel rejoined his former Sheriff bandmates, Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi on December 30, 2011 for an onstage performance by Curci and DeMarchi's post-Sheriff band, Alias, which ultimately led to his joining Alias as a permanent member in 2014.




Year Song Canada US Hot 100 US MSR Album
1987 "Should I See" 27 69 4 Frozen Ghost
"Promises" - - -
1988 "Yum Bai Ya" 92 - -
"Round and Round" 19 - 44 Nice Place to Visit
"Pauper in Paradise" - - -
1989 "Dream Come True" 34 - -
1992 "Head Over Heels" 16 - - Shake Your Spirit
"Cry (If You Want To)" 36 - -
"Shine on Me" 69 - -

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