Hazel O’Connor’s second album followed her career defining movie role in, and soundtrack album for, the feature film ‘Breaking Glass’ and included songs written mostly before that project. “Sons And Lovers” – produced by Nigel Gray (who by then, had been the producer of material for both The Fall and The Police) – is referred to by Hazel as being: “really my first album of songs, but it had to wait to be recorded after I’d completed Breaking Glass”.
This expanded edition of Hazel’s landmark post-punk album contains three versions of the lead UK top ten single ‘D- Days’; the album version, the better known Tony Visconti remixed version and the lesser known alternate ‘New’ version dating from 1981. ‘D-Days’, also known as ‘Decadent Days’ had been inspired by Hazel visiting a fledgling New Romantic nightclub in London’s ‘West End’ and viewing the poseurs and “people looking very bizarre” of that new musical movement. In many ways, ‘Sons & Lovers’ is very much a bridge between ‘punk’ and the ‘new wave’.
Watch Hazels’ Full Interview With Iain Mcnay of Cherry Red here: https://youtu.be/eouVo9Y_Xs0