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Robert Hazard

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In 1979 Robert Hazard recorded a demo of the song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. Which was later re-recorded by Cyndi Lauper, who made the song a hit in 1984. This was followed in 1981 by demos of the songs “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction”. These two songs received extensive radio airplay in Philadelphia. Around this time, Kurt Loder from Rolling Stone magazine chanced upon a performance by Robert Hazard and the Heroes at a Philadelphia club. Loder was so impressed by the band’s show that he wrote a full page article about them in the November 1981 issue of Rolling Stone. In the article, he predicted that the “limousine life” could not be far away for this band from Philadelphia.

In 1982, Robert Hazard and the Heroes released their highly anticipated debut record. The self-produced and self-titled five song EP quickly sold over 300,000 copies in the Philadelphia area. Soon thereafter, the record caught the attention of the recording industry and the band was signed to an eight album deal by RCA. RCA released a remixed version of the EP nationally and Rolling Stone magazine gave the record four stars.

In late 1982, Robert Hazard removed The Heroes from the marquee and replaced two of The Heroes, John Lilley and Rob Miller with new band members. The band’s new line-up performed “Change Reaction” and “Escalator of Life” on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV show. Around this time, Cyndi Lauper recorded the ‘80’s anthem “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. (See VH1 VJ talk about the song.) Her version was a huge hit, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard charts in 1984.

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  • Misawa1983

    Saw Robert Hazard and the Heros play in 1979 in Lancaster, PA., at a place called "The Village" located next door to the Lancaster Police Station. Met my future wife there that evening, and he (Robert) kicked ass that night, and was very friendly guy to meet.

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Cokefloyd

    - escucharI Escalator of Life me hace sentir que deberás ya tengo mis años!!!!

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TurdHeart

    If I'm not at Wal-Mart, you can find me at the Human Mall.

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • AClicheGuevara

    I had the opportunity to see him live last summer... just not the same.

    20 Jun 2007 Reply
  • chinashopgirl

    This, my friends, was my first 45 record. I'm amazed I stumbled across this.

    3 Mar 2007 Reply

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