Signed with A&M Records Canada in March 1980. Initially, in the U.S., the band was handled by I.R.S. Records.
The Payola$ won the top Juno Awards in 1983. In 1984, Hammer on a Drum was nominated for the Best Album Juno.
The Payola$ with A&M Canada staff celebrating their gold and platinum certificates.
Payola was a pay to play radio scandal in the U.S. that began in the 1950s and its effect was lasting. A&M Records in the United States asked the Payola$ to change their name to help increase sales. In 1985 the band took the name Paul Hyde and the Payolas.
- 'Hot 10' Profiles: New Generation of Canadian Talent Bubbling Behind Long-Time Successes. Billboard, February 2, 1985.
|Bob Rock||1980-1985||guitar, vocals|
|Mick Ronson||1982||keyboards, vocals|
|Paul Hyde||1980-1985||guitars, vocals|
|Taylor Nelson Little||1980||drums|
|Taylor Nelson Little|