We are excited to bring you a Like Totally 80s interview with
mega-star Corey Hart. Corey hit the music scene in 1983 with his
debut album, "First Offence," which included the hit song
"Sunglasses at Night." He was just 21. He went on to release
albums between 1985 and 1998 and continued to top the charts in Canada
throughout the 90s. This multi-talented 48 year old singer-songwriter
speaks four languages and plays just about anything that makes music.
In our interview, we hear not only about his time at the top of
the 80s music charts, but we get to catch up with Corey and
learn what he's been up to since then.
How old were you when you wrote
your first song? Did you know at that age that’s what you wanted to do?
I was 14 when I wrote my first song. It
was called "Thank-You." But I knew music was gonna be my life purpose
more like 11.
Is French or English your first
My first language is English but I am
completely fluent in Spanish and French. I also speak a little Russian.
How did you get your start? We read
that you sang for Tom Jones when you were 13 and that you got your break
a few years later when you met Billy Joel; how did that come about?
Yeah I auditioned for Tom Jones when I
was 12. I was so nervous my legs were shaking all through the song.
I sent a tape of a few of my early songs to Billy Joel and his band
members when they were playing a concert in Montreal. I got a call later
that night after the show to come down to Long Island and work with
them. Pretty cool.
Did record companies encourage you
to write your own songs, or did they try to put you together with a
Record companies I went to see in the
early days knew that I wanted to be a solo singer-songwriter. Cause I
told them over and over again!! At times this frustrated them :) but
overall my record labels have been very supportive of my songwriting
One of our readers wanted to know
if you ever thought that your music would have the impact that it has
had on people?
I never take for granted the wonderful
gift my fans have unselfishly given to me over the years by expressing
through letters or at my concerts how much my songs have meant to them.
This is the highest tribute a writer can ask for. I didn't realize until
later how much of an impact or connection I made with them through my
What was your inspiration for the
song "Sunglasses at Night?" We understand that it was added to the album
First Offence after the album was finished.
It was raining for almost 2 months
straight when I recorded my first Album in Manchester, England. No need
for Sunglasses. :) When I got back to Canada I had this image of
"Sunglasses At Night" 'cause I ended up wearing them sometimes in the UK
at night. I begged the record company to let me go back to England and
record this new song. Sure glad they did.
How much creative involvement did
you have in the production of the award-winning “Sunglasses at Night”
video? Can you tell us a little about it?
Rob Quartly was the video director. A
gentleman & friend of mine. Rob used to call me 'superstar' and I in
turn called him Idol-maker. We both worked on the concept for the clip.
It was my first Vid so I had no idea what I was doing :) but he was the
perfect guy to work with.
What advice would you give to
someone that is experiencing early success like you did? I am thinking
of your young countryman Justin Bieber.
Don't believe in the rock star
mythology. It's a dangerous drug and you need to remember that you are
not a god or superhero just a musician that has been given the chance to
live his dreams. Stay humble Mr. JB.
The 80s have made an enormous
return to mainstream culture in the last 5 or so years. What do you
think accounts for this?
The 80's were a very cool decade. I was
in it. :)
What was your favorite movie from
Hmmm. How about Rain Man ...
and on that theme for my son Rain, Karate
What are you up to now? Any chance
that you would tour?
I have a label called Siena with a new
talented artist named Marie-Christine releasing her first CD in May
2011. The single is a song called "Totally Random." But mostly I am
raising 4 children with my beautiful wife Julie. I may tour again when
the kids are older but right now I am a 24/7 Dad.
Tell us a little about your family.
Do any of your kids seem to want to follow you into music?
My daughters are India, age 15, who plays
tennis and draws; Dante, age 13, who plays tennis and writes poetry; and River, age
11, who plays wicked tennis :) and loves to paint. My son Rain, age 7, ...
no tennis for him (Thank God!). He loves music like The Beatles and Tae Kwon Do. He's the Karate
Kid 4! Oh yeah and then there is our dog Summer, a Whippet, who rides like the wind.
– Peace, Corey Hart
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"Sunglasses at Night"