Coney Hatch

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Coney Hatch

Coney Hatch

 

Named after a remote English lunatic asylum, Coney Hatch was formed in Toronto in 1980 by singer/bassist Andy Curran, Steve Shelski on guitars and drummer Dave Ketchum. By the time guitarist Carl Dixon left the band Firefly to join them in February of '81, Coney Hatch had already became a staple of the southern-Ontario bar circuit.

The band's turning point came later that year when Kim Mitchell, who was still with Max Webster at the time, saw them playing in a Toronto bar. Liking what he heard, he helped the group work out a deal with his and Rush's label, Anthem Records. Their debut came out the next summer and immediately shook the roofs off the FM radio stations. Produced by Mitchell, their self-titled record pulled no punches, from the frantic fret-work of "Devil's Deck", to the pounding backbeat of their swansong, "Monkey Bars", a twisted tale of life on the road. The group's only ever single, "Hey Operator" also showed Dixon's penchant for writing tight, smooth metal-ballads (the song was also covered the next year by Aldo Nova), while the inclusion of synthesizers in "Stand Up" showed their versatility. On its way to gold status, the record helped support the group's tours outside the province and before long most of Canada knew Coney Hatch.

OUTA HAND was released in '82. Made from the same ingredients as its predecessor, critics quickly jumped on the group for not evolving ... growing . But the fact is Coney Hatch were not 'artistes' . Faster than lightning licks from Dixon and Curran's less than refined vocals had become the norm.

Their third album, FRICTION came out in the summer of '83. From the lead off track "This Ain't Love" to the powerful rhythms of "The Girl From Last Night's Dream", it was strike three as far as the critics were concerned but a third straight home run as far as the fans were concerned. "Burning Love" and "State Line" were further evidence of Coney Hatch's musicianship and packed crowds from coast to coast proved the critics wrong.

Unfortunately Anthem couldn't seem to promote them properly and dropped the band after FRICTION. The group did get back together for a series of gigs in '92 to promote the release of the anthology, CONEY HATCH - BEST OF THREE. No one said they were the next Guess Who or Rush. And no one's going out on a limb to say how fantastic they were. But although Andy Curran and Carl Dixon have both gone on to successful solo careers, the magic that was Coney Hatch has never been shown by either alone. Coney Hatch on the other hand has gone down in history as arguably one of Canada's most promising heavy acts that didn't get the respect they rightfully deserved.

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Discography

Coney Hatch
Coney Hatch (1981)

Devil's Deck
You Ain't Got Me
Stand Up
No Sleep Tonight
Love Poison
We Got The Night
Hey Operator
I'll Do The Talking
Victims Of Rock
Monkey Bars

Outa Hand
Outa Hand (1982)

Don't Say Make Me
Shake It
First Time For Everything
Some Like It Hot
To Feel The Feeling Again
Love Games
Too Far Gone
Fallen Angel
Music Of The Night
Love Games

Friction
Friction (1983)

This Ain't Love
She's Gone
Wrong Side Of Town
The Girl From Last Night's Dream
Coming To Get You
Fantasy
He's A Champion
State Line
Burning Love

Best Of 3
Best Of 3 (1993)

Devil's Deck
You Ain't Got Me
Hey Operator
Stand Up
Hey Operator
Monkey Bars
Where I Draw The Line
Don't Say Make Me
Shake Me
First Time For Everything
Some Like It Hot
To Feel The Feeling Again
This Ain't Love
Wrong Side of Town
Girl From Last Night's Dream
Fantasy
He's A Champion
Fuel For The Fire


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