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Volume 91, Issue 21
Thursday, October 2, 1997
This Corey is no Lost Boy
By Lisa Weaver
Whatever happened to those crazy Coreys that we remember so well from the '80s? Last time anyone checked, Corey Feldman was in drug rehab and Corey Haim had disappeared from the teen flick scene, probably now working at a strip club somewhere. It is at least reassuring to know that the Canadian Corey is still alive and doing well. Corey Hart, once every Canadian girl's heartthrob, released his seventh album last year and is performing in London at Centennial Hall tonight.
This Canadian singer/songwriter is an extremely private person. The songs on his latest, self-titled album are intensely personal and are almost autobiographical in nature. This is not to say that his listeners can't access the emotions in the songs. "I write about personal events or personal experiences that I go through," says Hart, "but they're pretty universal, once you take away the names."
Hart began his musical endeavors around the age of 15, by experimenting on the family piano. "I think I was pretty much a loner when I was a kid," Hart admits. "I felt it was a good way of communicating and getting out my thoughts." He talks about music as though it was his only comfort through his teenage years.
"It was a good friend for me," he says nostalgically. Hart is very certain of where his inspiration came from. "I was listening to early Billy Joel," he says, meaning the music that was contemporary to his own time. "I would say he was a pretty significant influence. I think that's why I ended up on the piano."
Hart reminisces that the years between 1984 and 1988 seemed like both a curse and a blessing to him. What exactly does he mean? "Well, I think that in those years I sold a lot of records and did a lot of touring and basically realized all my teenage childhood dreams. And the years that followed, when records didn't sell as well and tours didn't go as well, people just compared it to that three or four year period when things just went incredible. So that's why it was a little bit of both," he says, summing up the bulk of his musical career in a minute. But Hart is not bitter. "I have no complaints," he admits. "Its just the way things went."
Hart recorded an amazing six albums between 1983 and 1990. After this hectic period he didn't have any more material and didn't force himself to write. So he took a lengthy six-year hiatus.
"During that period I did a couple of projects in music but they were fairly limited. I just reacquainted myself with my family, my friends and just kind of hung out in Montreal." Hart seems very positive about the affects of such a long break. "I don't think the break affected the way I wrote," he admits. "I just think that after not having written or recorded for four or five years, when I did get back finally to where I could start writing again, it was with a lot of passion and a lot of enthusiasm."
Hart's latest album is filled with soulful ballads and a mood which echoes an exotic world music feel. Despite all the personal songs on the album, Hart recorded the 1961 Everly Brothers hit "Love Hurts." "Actually, it wasn't my idea to record it," remembers Hart. "I've only recorded one other cover song in my career on my third album I did "Can't Help Falling in Love"." The song was suggested by the album's executive producer Vito Luprano, who signed Hart to Sony. Hart was reluctant to record the song, although he liked the Nazareth version. After he finally recorded his own version, he decided to use it.
Hart has plans to start recording a new album in late winter which will be released in the near future. Although he is eternally optimistic about his career, Hart is not ready to make any promises he can't keep. "I just take it one day at a time." It looks like this Corey will be the one to keep his career alive into the next decade.
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