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The other '80s Czech connection: Neal Schon and Jan Hammer



We start off the week with a video from those two Wild & Crazy Czechoslokian Guys. OK, it’s not the Festrunk Brothers (Steve Martin and Dan Aykrord) from Saturday Night Live, but it Jan Hammer and Neal Schon and their 1982 video for No More Lies.

In full disclosure, only Hammer is a Czech as Schon was born born at Tinker Air Force in Oklahoma. Hammer fled the motherland in 1968 when things become unsafe in the Eastern Bloc.

Despite being born on opposite ends of the globe, Hammer & Schon would combine for two albums in the ‘80s in between Journey albums. No More Lies is a rocker from their second album that spent one week on the mainstream charts and gained some MTV airplay.

Hammer would hit No. 1 on the singles charts in 1985 with the Miami Vice theme, while Schon would eventually hit No. 1 on the singles chart with Bad English in 1989 with When I See You Smile. As strange as it sounds, Journey never had a No. 1 single on the pop charts.

Former Journey drummer Steve Smith has revealed that he has been recording with Hammer & Schon and they are planning on releasing new material to be compiled in a Hammer & Schon box set to be released in the future.

[Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 10:28am]


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