1993: IT’S A BUSINESS DOING PLEASURE/AQUARIUS RECORDS
After the death of Paul Hackman it looked like the end of Helix. Paul Hackman & Brian Vollmer had been the writing team behind the last couple of Helix CDs and now Hackman was gone…Vollmer had been writing with Mark Ribler in Brooklyn, N.Y. on a solo CD. It was Vollmer and Ribler who had written “Good to the Last Drop” on the Back for Another Taste album. That song had become a huge hit in Canada for the band and led to a continuation of their writing relationship. However, when Paul Hackman died, Vollmer had a decision to make-and so his solo CD was released as a Helix disc. The album was well received by the critics but alienated some fans. Some fans thought it was some of the best stuff that band had ever written; others thought the album was a right hand turn direct-wise.
Regardless, the CD produced a couple of hits in Canada: That Day Is Gonna Come (a story based loosely around Vollmer & Hackman’s life), Tug o’ War, and Look Me Straight In The Heart (a duet Brian sang with Lee Aaron).
You can read about this period of the band’s history by picking up my autobiography “Gimme An R!” at the merch section of this website.