So many theories and few answers. The band behind Hands to Heaven disappears in a couple of years. What’s the real story?
Sure. But for every Supertramp, there are two acts that Jerry dumped after one or two albums.Contrast this "2 and done" album experience with an earlier era, when A&M was still independent and H&J gave greater leeway for artists to develop. Supertramp's first two LPs were not great sellers, nor did they yield a single that did well. The 3rd release, 'CRIME OF THE CENTURY' got some FM airplay and minor singles. But A&M believed in them and allowed the band to persevere until they finally hit the big time.
Did they ever have a tour in the USA? That could be the main reason the album stalled at 34. A foreign band needs to promote a tour with a band that has a name to get their music to a larger audience.This one's pretty simple. A singles band that didn't move albums. At a time when the single was on life support. ALL THAT JAZZ had three top ten singles and still stalled at #34. Three years to a follow-up and PEACE OF MIND made #116. By that point Herb & Jerry had sold A&M to Polygram, but with those numbers, Jerry would have dumped them anyway.
They never toured the U.S.Did they ever have a tour in the USA? That could be the main reason the album stalled at 34. A foreign band needs to promote a tour with a band that has a name to get their music to a larger audience.
I never bought any of the singles but I bought the album beacuse of the singles. I never saw the followup but heard Say A Prayer on the radio but its airplay did not last anywhere near the length of time of airplay for the first three singles.They never toured the U.S.
They did tour the UK twice, but they were arguably less successful there. While ALL THAT JAZZ peaked at #22 there as opposed to #34 here, “Hands To Heaven” was their only single to do better than #45 in the UK…peaking at #4.