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|Released||September 29, 1987|
|Recorded||Nevada City, California|
|Genre||Dance-pop, pop rock, synthpop|
|Producer||Roger Hodgson, Jack Joseph Puig|
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Hai Hai is the second solo album by ex-Supertramp singer/guitarist/keyboardist Roger Hodgson, released in September 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.
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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 in 1974 with his long-time partner Rick Davies. Hodgson had previously recorded the song in 1983 for his solo album In the Eye of the Storm, but it was never released.
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. After that accident, Hodgson stopped his musical career for the next decade, returning to the public in 1997 with live shows and a live album, Rites of Passage. His next studio album, Open the Door, was released in 2000.
In the song "Hai Hai", backmasking is used 13 seconds in. When played in reverse, a whisper says "what happened to you?"
Hai Hai was re-released in Canada on November 14, 2006.
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.
All songs written by Roger Hodgson, except where noted.
- "Right Place" 4:15
- "My Magazine" 4:30
- "London" 4:11
- "You Make Me Love You" 5:09
- "Hai Hai" 5:28
- "Who's Afraid?" 4:57
- "Desert Love" 5:26
- "Land Ho" (Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson) 4:06
- "House on the Corner" 5:30
- "Puppet Dance" 5:16
- Roger Hodgson - Vocals, Synclavier Drums (5), Keyboards (3, 4, 5, 7-10), Piano (6), Synthesizer (6, 10), Synth bass (1, 4), Guitars (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10), 12-String Guitar (7), Bass (7), Backing Vocals (1, 3-5, 8-10)
- Dan Huff - Guitars (1, 3, 5, 6-10)
- Ken Allardyce - Harmonica (1, 5), Rhythm Guitar (3), Backing Vocals (3, 8)
- Nathan East - Bass (3, 6, 9 & 10)
- Leland Sklar - Bass (8)
- Robbie Buchanan - Synths (1), Synth Programming (4, 6, 10), Synth Bass (5), Fender Rhodes Piano (6), Keyboards (3-5, 9)
- David Paich - Synth Bass (2), Hammond Organ (2), Synth Brass (2)
- Steve Porcaro - Synth Programming (2)
- Larry Williams - Saxophone (3), Synth Programming (7)
- Mikail Graham - DX7 Seetar Solo (3)
- Rhett Lawrence - Fairlight Programming (5, 8, 10), Synths (10)
- Eric Persing - Synth Programming (5, 6)
- Albhy Galuten - Synclavier Drums (5)
- Bruce Albertine - Synclavier Drums (5)
- Omar Hakim - Drums (1)
- Joseph Pomfret - Drums (1, 4, 6-8) [this is a pseudonym for Hodgson himself; Joseph is his second name and Pomfret his mother's surname]
- Jeff Porcaro - Drums (2-4, 6, 9)
- Carlos Vega - Drums (7, 8)
- Lenny Castro - Percussion (1-6, 8-10)
- Anni McCann - Backing Vocals (1, 3-5, 8-10)
- Willie Hines - Backing Vocals (2)
- Brad Lang - Backing Vocals (2)
- Claire Diament - Backing Vocals (3)
- Marc Russo - Saxophone (8)
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|1987||The Billboard 200||163|
|1984||Australia (Kent Music Report)||88|
Source: "Hai Hai", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 19th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai_Hai.
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- ^ Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 177–192. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7.
- ^ Coleman, Andy (28 September 2007). "Supertramp star plans tribute to city colleague". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- ^ a b Hai Hai at AllMusic
- ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 140. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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