Honeymoon Suite

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Honeymoon Suite are a Canadian rock band, based out of Niagara Falls, Ontario that formed in 1982. The band's name was a nod to the fact that Niagara Falls is the unofficial honeymoon capital.

The band was originally formed in 1982 by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Dee (of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada), guitarist Derry Grehan (of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) and original drummer Mike Lengyell, formerly with the Diodes. They soon signed with WEA Canada after they released their song "New Girl Now", which won them an unsigned band contest put on by Toronto radio station Q107.

Dee and Grehan recruited Ray Coburn on keyboards, Gary Lalonde (formerly with Rose and Toronto) on bass, and Dave Betts (replacing Lengyell) on drums.

In 1984, they released their self-titled debut album, which led to four big hits in Canada: "New Girl Now", "Burning In Love", "Wave Babies", and "Stay In the Light". The song "New Girl Now" was the only single to reach the top-50 in the United States.

Their follow up album, The Big Prize, produced by Bruce Fairbairn, was equally successful in Canada, with four more hits: "Feel It Again", "What Does It Take", "Bad Attitude", and "All Along You Knew". Their song "Feel It Again" managed to reach the Top 40 in the US, but "What Does It Take" only reached no. 52, even buoyed by its inclusion on the soundtrack for the John Cusack film One Crazy Summer. In 1989, "Bad Attitude" was featured in the series finale of Miami Vice, played during a driving segment that mirrored one from the series' pilot episode.

In 1986, founding keyboardist Ray Coburn temporarily left the band, replaced by Rob Preuss of Burlington, Ontario-based Spoons.

Also during 1986 the band produced a track for the Charlie Sheen film The Wraith - "Those Were the Days".

In the spring of 1987, the band produced a track for the Mel Gibson film Lethal Weapon - "Lethal Weapon".

In the winter of 1987, the band started work on their third album in L.A. Unfortunately, Johnnie Dee was hit by a car at L.A.X. airport, breaking his leg in several places, and required surgery to insert a ten inch pin to help the leg heal properly. While recovering in hospital, Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald was brought in to help out with the recording sessions; he wrote lyrics and sang back up on "Long Way Back", a forthcoming track for their next album.

In 1988, their third album was finally released: Racing After Midnight, produced by Ted Templeman of Van Halen fame. That album made the top 10 in Canada, but was not successful in the US. Singles included "Love Changes Everything", "Looking Out for Number One", "Cold Look" (European only) and "It's Over Now".

In 1989, the band released their first greatest hits compilation, The Singles, which included the new single "Still Loving You". Coburn rejoined the band in time to embark on "The Singles" tour, which would turn out to be the last tour featuring the band's original line-up until 2007.

By 1991, Lalonde and Betts had left the band, and were replaced by Steve Webster (from Billy Idol's band) on bass and Jorn Anderson from Fludd on drums. That year, they released their fourth album, Monsters Under the Bed. The album featured the singles "Say You Don't Know Me" and "The Road". The album was only moderately successful in Canada and virtually ignored in the US.

The band continued to tour in the '90s, although many line-up changes continued to occur, with only Dee and Grehan remaining as the founding members.

In 2002 they released their first new studio album in 11 years, Lemon Tongue. The album was released under an independent label, and leaned towards a more artistic and adventurous direction than their previous rock releases. The European release of this album was titled Dreamland, and featured many track changes, adding the new songs "Dreamland", "Radiant", "Even Now" and "Just Love Somebody".

In 2006 the band released another greatest hits collection entitled Feel It Again: An Anthology, a 2-CD set featuring most of the band's singles, selected album tracks, and rare and unreleased material.

The band continues to tour Canada and select Northeastern United States cities. In June 2007, the band officially announced the return of a reunited classic line-up of Johnnie Dee, Derry Grehan, Ray Coburn, Gary Lalonde, and Dave Betts. The band has toured extensively throughout Canada, with further dates planned for 2008 and talk of recording a new album together.

The fruit of the reunion will be the new CD “Clifton Hill”, produced by Tom Treumuth (who produced the debut self-titled Honeymoon Suite album in 1984) and named after the famous landmark in the centre of the tourist activity in Niagara Falls, was released by Italian melodic rock record label Frontiers Records on October 10th 2008. The new album is described by guitarist Derry Grehan as "somewhat of a return musically to the sound that we had in the 80's". Oddly enough, Gary Lalonde and Dave Betts definitely do not appear on the new cd according to the credits which disappoints many long-time fans. It is unclear if Ray Coburn appears on the cd as the keyboardist credited is another Canadian musician named Ray Cockburn.
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Honeymoon Suite - Honeymoon Suite album art Honeymoon Suite Honeymoon Suite (Album) WEA, WEA US 1984 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - The Big Prize album art Honeymoon Suite The Big Prize (Album) WEA Canada 1985 Sell This Version
KB621 Honeymoon Suite - The King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Honeymoon Suite The King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Album, Promo) DIR Broadcasting KB621 US 1986 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Lethal Weapon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Michael Kamen, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton And Honeymoon Suite Michael Kamen, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton And Honeymoon Suite - Lethal Weapon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Warner Bros. Records Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Racing After Midnight album art Honeymoon Suite Racing After Midnight (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Canada 1988 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Monsters Under The Bed album art Honeymoon Suite Monsters Under The Bed (Album) WEA Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - 13 Live album art Honeymoon Suite 13 Live (Album) Interplanet Music Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Lemon Tongue  album art Honeymoon Suite Lemon Tongue (Album) Wildfire Music Inc Canada 2001 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Dreamland album art Honeymoon Suite Dreamland (Album) Frontiers Records Russia 2002 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - HMS Live album art Honeymoon Suite HMS Live (Album) Frontiers Records Italy 2005 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Clifton Hill album art Honeymoon Suite Clifton Hill (Album) Frontiers Records Russia 2008 Sell This Version
Series #38Show #3 Honeymoon Suite Jim Ladd Hosts Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #38Show #3 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Honeymoon Suite - New Girl Now album art Honeymoon Suite New Girl Now (Single) WEA Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Wave Babies album art Honeymoon Suite Wave Babies (Single) WEA UK 1984 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Burning In Love album art Honeymoon Suite Burning In Love (Single) WEA US 1984 Sell This Version
HSIV 1000 Honeymoon Suite - New Girl Now / Open Ended Interview album art Honeymoon Suite New Girl Now / Open Ended Interview(12", Promo) WEA HSIV 1000 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Feel It Again album art Honeymoon Suite Feel It Again (Single) Warner Bros. Records Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - All Along You Knew album art Honeymoon Suite All Along You Knew (Single) WEA Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - What Does It Take album art Honeymoon Suite What Does It Take (Single) WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd., Warner Bros. Music Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Stay In The Light album art Honeymoon Suite Stay In The Light (Single, MiniAlbum) WEA US 1984 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Bad Attitude album art Honeymoon Suite Bad Attitude (Single, Maxi) WEA Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Feel It Again / One By One album art Honeymoon Suite Feel It Again / One By One (Single) WEA UK 1986 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Lethal Weapon album art Honeymoon Suite Lethal Weapon (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Lookin' Out For Number One album art Honeymoon Suite Lookin' Out For Number One (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Honeymoon Suite - Love Changes Everything album art Honeymoon Suite Love Changes Everything (Single, Maxi) WEA Canada 1988 Sell This Version

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MrNatNick

MrNatNick

February 2, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I have, sitting next to me, a copy of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem prog. no. 862-5 5-3-1986 with lists 'Feel it again' at #35. The info above listed them as only entering the top 50 in the U.S. with "New girl now". Was "Feel it again' never a single?
Spinecrawler

Spinecrawler

August 5, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
A Cassette Single Or Album Containing the Extended 12 '' Mix Of "Lethal Weapon" Should Be Listed Here,It Was Released In Canada I Believe
impalaboy

impalaboy

April 22, 2013
I attempted to add the Japanese 3-inch single for Love Changes Everything to the existing listing but somehow I managed to create a new listing. Does anyone know where I went wrong?
Spinecrawler

Spinecrawler

April 2, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
three albums are not listed,in the album section,"Lemon Tongue"(2002)","Dreamland"(2002)(European Version Of Lemon Tongue),Monsters Under The Bed (1991)

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