Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hyts - Backstabber

Here at ERV, we realize that there is a wide range of videos that could be considered rare, and we try to run the gamut.  In fact we even put some not-so-rare stuff up occasionally (the cover songs, for instance).  However, there can be little doubt that "Backstabber" is rare by any definition, and I suspect that most of our readers have never heard of the band or the song.

Hyts were a foursome out of California who signed to Gold Mountain Records in the early 1980s.  The band was made up of Pat Little (lead vocals, guitars), Stan Miller (bass), Tommy Thompson (keyboard, guitar) and Roy Garcia (drums).  Their self-titled debut album was released in 1983, and had a minor hit, "Backstabber" that reached #48 on the rock charts (it did not chart in the Hot 100).

The video is something else.  A "Psycho" inspired schlockfest, complete with a lead singer singing in the shower, dancing skeletons, and dancers who transform into mother (complete with knives) ... it really has to be seen to be believed.  Oh, and did I mention that the guitarist and bass player have matching outfits?  [I also love the video clip that it comes from, as it starts with a promo for a Duran Duran concert ... cool, old MTV].

At any rate, Hyts went on tour to support the record, but had to stop when drummer Roy Garcia was injured (he fell off the stage).  The follow up record (Looking From The Outside) was delayed by the label, and when it was finally released in 1986, it did not sell well.  The band was subsequently dropped by the label and faded from view ... until now.

As an aside, I don't believe that anything from the band was ever released on CD, much less digital download, so as far as I know, the only way to listen to their music is via old vinyl.  As of this writing, there were a few copies of both the album and single available on eBay.


  1. I saw this video ONCE on MTV, and later that week when I saw the single at Tower Records, I went ahead and bought it. Not the greatest song, but kind of fun. It made it onto a few mix tapes I made, with the reaction always being, "What the hell is this???"

    1. Corky, I had the exact same reaction to the video -- "What the hell is this???" seems like a totally appropriate reaction.