The band's name was a reference to the payola scandal in the United States in the early 1960s. The group was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia and recorded mostly at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound. Through several lineup changes and name changes (the band also played as "Paul Hyde and the Payolas" and "Rock and Hyde"), the Payola$ core members remained Paul Hyde and Bob Rock, who together wrote virtually all of the band's songs. As well, Rock engineered and mixed virtually every Payola$ recording.
Although the band always seemed poised for a big international breakthrough, The Payola$ never quite broke out despite their artistic growth and popular success. They were, however, one of the most prominent and successful Platinum selling Canadian bands of the early 1980s.
Vocalist Hyde, a British emigrant, met guitarist Rock during high school in Langford B.C. They joined with drummer Taylor Nelson Little and sax/bass player Gary Middleclass to form a pop-punk band. The Payola$ were formed in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Bob Rock had started his career as a recording engineer at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, B.C.. At their gigs and in local music ...