IT’S A BUSINESS DOING PLEASURE 1993 AQUARIUS
This was initially supposed to be Brian Vollmer’s solo album but when Paul Hackman was tragically killed in a traffic accident coming back from a western Canadian tour it became a Helix album. Guesting on this disc was Lee Aaron & Kim Mitchell, among others. This album would turn out to be a mistake, as it was radically different musical direction for the band. But you know what they say-hindsight is 20/20 vision! Even though the album produced several Top 40 hits, it was a major failure and fans rejected it. Ironically, a whole new legion of fans was attracted to the new sound. The band toured Canada with a line-up which included Brent Doerner, Greg Fraser from Brighton Rock, Daryl Gray, Greg “Fritz” Hinz, and Brian Vollmer but there was a general feeling of hopelessness. Brent eventually packed it in once again to be replaced by Mark Chichken of The United Snakes (a Windsor band) and Greg Fraser departed after an on stage fight with Vollmer at the Back Alley in Calgary. It was after this album that Vollmer would fire his longtime manager William Seip, who owned the name. For some time the band could not play because of this, but eventually Daryl went to Bill and was able to make a deal to lease the name so the band could go out and play dates. After some years Seip gave the name back to Vollmer. They remain friends to this day.