Silence 2 (featuring Gordon Grody)
Silence 2 (featuring Gordon Grody) is not only an obscure band but also one of Petrus most uninspiring efforts as an executive producer. In a time when fast cars and pastel colors of Miami vice reign the television world Petrus produced this studio concept featuring Gordon Grody as lead singer. Despite great ambitions Silence 2 released only one album. Both the planning and timing of the set seemed mindless and it didn't sold many copies either. Most of the albums can probably be found in dark storing rooms of radio stations or in secondhand vinyl shops.
One or two albums?
the fact that Silence 2 released one album, things point out that Silence
2 actually released an album in 82 as well, even though it's uncertain
if the latter release was the same band, and most of all, if it was
a Petrus production. These albums are not in www.jacquespetrus.com possesion
and complete cover information from the two albums can therefor not
be preseted, only the cover information of the 12" can be seen.
All information and art work in this biography are taken from that 12".
If you happen to own the 82 or the 84 albums, please contact www.jacquespetrus.com
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assembled a pretty nice lineup for the release though. He re-used already
known Gordon Grody (left), the former background singer from B. B. &
Q band and the Italians of Paolo Gianolio (Lead guitar), Davide Romani
guitar) and Gabrielle Melotti (Drums), known from Revanche's album in
79. Also, the famous Italian musician Celso Valli played keyboards as
well as arranged the track. One thing that was different from other
Petrus engagements was the use of outside songwriters instead of the
traditionally used ones on B. B. & Q band and Change. The unknown
Eric Kaz and Marvin Morrow wrote the track for April music co. and Kaz
music co. The
track was recorded in the studios in Bologna and Modena in Italy and
mixed both in Italy (same studios) and in New York in US. As engineers
Petrus worked with the same people as most times, Maurizio Biancani
in Italy and Michael Brauer in US. So far all looked interesting and
full of potential.
For the cover design Petrus once again gave the job to Frank Porto, the man behind Change's beautiful cubist covers. This time however, Porto succeeded in the same poor way as the song it self.
...but poor music...
When starting listening to side A of the 12" the first thing that struck your mind is the pop influenced sound that continues right throw the track. The sound it self is very different from the other Petrus production of that year, "Change of heart" with Change. Maybe that was a conscious thought but they were out on deep water. Even though this long version is generously 6 minutes and 50 seconds long the music was not more than an average pop disco track released in a time when the music environment was changing very fast and where there even was much better music to be heard as well.
...lead to an early end
Dispate all the great men behind Silence 2 and all the efforts for this new band they just couldn't make it and no more notes were ever heard from this rare studio concept again.
Discography of Silence 2 (Featuring Gordon Grody)
Please click on the covers below to see a complete list of songs from each record.