Hello People – The Handsome Devils (Used Vinyl)
Original 1974 Canadian first pressing on ABC Records.
Vinyl Condition: VG+
Sleeve Condition: VG+
Some light ring wear on sleeve.
Hello People was a rock group that was created in New York City in late 1967 by producer Lou Futterman. The Handsome Devils is their gift studio album, released in 1974.
The idea for creating the group stemmed from Marcel Carné's 1945 film Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis). Etienne Decroux, the father of French mime, plays the part of Bapties's father in the film. During the sixties, Decroux taught painting to a group of musicians. Since these musicians learned to paint so quickly, Decroux reasoned that musicians could also learn mime and apply it in some new way to create a new form. The manager of the musicians Decroux taught, Lou Futterman, decided he would implement this new concept, and put together a new group of musicians who would perform in mime makeup and do mime routines between songs, never speaking a word to the audience.
Two of the original group, Greg Geddes and Ronnie Blake, were recruited from the music department at Western Connecticut State University (called, at that time, Danbury State College). They later added Peter Weston, also from W.C.S.U. Peter and Greg sang most of the lead vocals for their 1968, second album, Fusion. Greg also contributed as recording engineer for the group, a career he later followed after ending his touring with Todd Rundgren.
The Hello People were considered part of the late 1960s early 1970s anti-war music groups and were featured on both the Tonight Show (Johnny Carson) and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. "Anthem", one of their most popular tracks from their album, Fusion, was banned in several cities due to the anti-war lyrics that had made it popular.
The band were the main focus for TEAC's 1974 Homemade With TEAC LP, with the band members being interviewed about, and demonstrating their process of home recording, including overdubs and track-syncing, teaching amateur Audio Engineers how to make Home Recordings using the Teac/Tascam reel-to-reel 4-track decks. TEAC's album was released in 1974 just prior to their own album, "Handsome Devils" which contained some of the songs recorded for Teac but produced by Rundgren. The LP charted in 1974 at #145 in Billboard. The 1975 single from that album, "Future Shock", charted at 71.
Hello People performed as Todd Rundgren's back-up band and background vocalists, and did solo spots on some of his early tours in the 1970s. They also were part of his Back to the Bars 1978 tours, singing background vocals and doing mime routines.
A1 Future Shock
A2 Finger Poppin' Time
A3 Take The Love In Your Body
A5 Ripped Again
B1 Listen To Your Heart
B3 Cry Baby
B4 Just One Victory
B5 How High Is The Moon
B6 Save A Dance For Me