The Payolas were a collaboration of a couple of high school buddies: Bob Rock (originally from Winnipeg and who would later gain fame as one of the most successful producers in the world) and Paul Hyde (British born but living in Langford, BC). Their biggest hit came early with this track from their 1982 album, No Stranger to Danger, which was produced by David Bowie’s favourite guitarist, Mick Ronson. They might have been much bigger had it not been for their name. “Payola”—the illegal practice of paying a DJ money in exchange for spinning a song—was a dirty, dirty word in American radio circles and no one wanted to touch the band. What if they had started with another name?