Paul Hyde

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Paul Hyde
Birth namePaul Reginald Nelson
Born (1955-05-21) 21 May 1955 (age 67)
Yorkshire, England, UK
GenresPunk, new wave, folk, rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active1978–present
LabelsA&M, Capitol/EMI, Broken Records, Bongo Beat

Paul Reginald Nelson (born 21 May 1955), known by the stage name Paul Hyde, is a British-born Canadian musician and record producer. Born in Yorkshire, Hyde emigrated to Canada as a teenager.


Hyde in the Payola$, Phase One (1978–1988)[edit]

With guitarist Bob Rock, Hyde formed the Payola$ in 1978, taking their name from the U.S. radio scandal of the 1950s.[1] Rock would also start engineering and producing at Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver, where Payola$ relocated from Langford, British Columbia.

The band's major-label debut, the Introducing Payola$ EP, was released on A&M in 1980. The band had made a few DIY recordings in 1979 before signing to A&M. Their other A&M releases were 1981's In a Place Like This, 1982's No Stranger to Danger and 1983's Hammer on a Drum.

In 1985, Hyde was a co-writer of the No. 1 Canadian charity single "Tears Are Not Enough" by Northern Lights. He also sang in the song's chorus. For Here's the World for Ya (1985), the band changed its name to Paul Hyde and the Payolas, but disappointing sales resulted in their being dropped by the label. The team resigned with Capitol/EMI and put out one album, Under the Volcano (1987), as Rock And Hyde.

These attempts to increase radio play in the U.S. by changing their band name met with limited success, although they gave Hyde his only two US Hot 100 entries. Rock and Hyde went their separate ways in 1988: Hyde became a solo artist, and Rock an hard rock/metal producer including of Metallica and Rockhead.

Hyde out of the Payola$ (1989–2002)[edit]

In 1988, with Murray McLauchlan and Tom Cochrane, Hyde recorded a benefit single and video for UNICEF called "Let the Good Guys Win". In 1989, Hyde's solo single "America is Sexy" reached No. 28 on the RPM 100 Singles chart of 23–28 October.

In December 1988, the song was ranked as No. 23 of the top 25 Cancon songs of the year. The single was from Hyde's debut solo album, Turtle Island, which appeared on the RPM Top 100 Albums chart in 1989.[2] Some of the album's other songs were co-written with his first wife, Myriam Nelson.

Despite the respectable chart success of the song, there was to be an eleven-year gap between Turtle Island and Hyde's next major label album. During this interval, he completed an album for the small Broken Records label: Love and the Great Depression was released in 1996.

Rock produced Hyde's 2000 EMI Music Canada album, Living off the Radar, which included some songs that the two co-wrote for the project. in 2002 Hyde released The Big Book of Sad Songs, Volume 1 on the small Bongo Beat label.

Hyde in the Payola$, Phase Two (2003–2008)[edit]

Hyde and Rock reunited again as Payola$ in 2003 for a gig in Vancouver, after which they decided to write more material together. Linus Entertainment released a Payola$ Live DVD in 2005.

Payola$ performed at EMI's post-Juno Award party April 1, 2007, in Saskatoon after Rock was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The line-up included the final 1980s configuration of band personnel, drummer Chris Taylor and bassist Alexander "A-train" Boynton.

The Payola$ became active again as recording artists when the long-time musical partners released a seven-track CD EP, Langford (Part One), on July 17, 2007, through EMI Music Canada. Named for the Victoria, British Columbia suburb where Hyde and Rock met, the EP has a cover featuring Belmont Secondary School in Langford, which they attended together.

The Payola$ ceased operation in 2008. Rock and Hyde have not announced whether they will be working together again or whether they will complete the full album that was supposed to follow their 2007 CD EP Langford (Part One).

Hyde's solo career resumes (2009–present)[edit]

Hyde released a second album for Bongo Beat on 20 October 2009, called Peace Sign. In January 2018, Hyde released a third album for Bongo Beat called No Gods, Just Men, which is currently a digital-only release.


Solo albums[edit]

  • Turtle Island (1989)
  • Love and the Great Depression (1996)
  • Living off the Radar (2000)
  • The Big Book of Sad Songs, Volume 1 (2002)
  • Peace Sign (2009)
  • No Gods, Just Men (2018)

Personal life[edit]

Paul has three children with ex-wife Myriam Nelson. He has a son and twin daughters.


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: The Payola$". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  2. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums". RPM Magazine Volume 50, No. 24 October 14, 1989.

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