#1102: Every Little Tear by Paul Janz

Peak Month: April 1990
9 weeks on Vancouver’s CKLG chart
Peak Position #19
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

In 1951 Paul Janz was born into a Mennonite family and his dad was a Mennonite minister. They lived for a few years in Three Hills, Alberta. At the age of four Janz moved with his family to Balen, Switzerland. He was raised on gospel and traditional church music and from childhood sang in a church choir. Early on he was inspired by his upbringing and started to experiment with musical arrangements by the age of ten. When he turned 13 he showed off his emerging skills on the trumpet in a Salvation Army Band. In his teen years he acquired proficiency on drums, guitar and opera with the Basel Conservatory of Music. He also ended up arranging and conducting with the Basel Symphony. He formed a group called Deliverance and based himself in Munich for much of the 70s. The group had success in Germany and scored a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 called “Leaving L.A.” that peaked in the ‘States at #56.

Janz returned to Canada in 1980 and began studying philosophy at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Simultaneously, he pursued his passion for music. In 1981 he took part in the German selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Steine (Stones)“. He finished tenth behind musicians like Taco and Peter Cornelius who’s group, Enigma, had a smash international hit in 1990 called “Sadeness Pt. 1“. Meanwhile, he also got a stint with local Vancouver band, Prism, and also was writing jingles for commercials. Janz’s dream to get a record deal in North America materialized when he landed a contract with A&M Records in 1984. His debut album, High Strung, featured his first single, “I Go to Pieces” that peaked at #19 in Vancouver in June 1985.  A second album in 1987, Electricity, was met with praise, but produced no reciprocal response from the buying public.

Next he released Renegade Romantic in 1990. His debut single, “Every Little Tear” climbed into the Top Ten to #5 on the Canadian RPM singles chart. While it didn’t chart in the USA, it spent 9 weeks on the CKLG chart in Vancouver peaking for two weeks at #19. While the song didn’t have a stellar chart run at the time, it has enjoyed being play listed as an oldie over the past several decades. The single was released as both a 45 rpm and a 12 inch single, as was common at the time. A straightforward ode to a full-hearted commitment to love someone, this uptempo tune kept people tapping their toes in the spring of 1990.

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Every little word you say
Every little breath you steal
Every one just drives me crazy
Baby, it’s the way I feel
I’ll do anything you ask me
Everything I’ll do for you
‘Cause darlin’ you’re my main attraction
You give me such tenderness
I think I love you
Spend my nights just dreamin’ of you
Don’t you want me
Say you need me baby
Take my hand

Every little tear you cry
Every little heartache in the night
You know I’ll be there for you baby
I can’t stop wanting you.

Every little hurt you’re hiding
Every single one you hold
Every little tear you’re crying
Resting in your eyes like gold
Everything’s a stimulation
Every little thing you touch
Ooh, you’re so intoxicating
You give me such tenderness
I think I love you
Spend my nights just dreamin’ of you
Don’t you want me
Say you need me baby
Take my hand

Every little tear you cry
Every little heartache in the night
You know I’ll be there for you baby
I can’t stop wanting you
Every little tear you cry
Every little heartache in the night
You know I love you too much baby
And I’d rather be there with you

Think about it
You could have everything
Think about it
Can’t you see what love can bring
Think about it
Turn around don’t walk away
Think about it
I can’t stop wanting you

 

In 1992 Janz turned his lyrical hand to more spiritual subject matter in his album, Trust. Janz had done missionary work in South America and the album included tunes like “Amazon Rain” which climbed into the Top 30 on the Canadian RPM singles chart. With his shifting musical direction his record label dropped him. Janz subsequently left the music industry in the mid 90’s and finished a B.A. in Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. From there he took at Masters degree in Theology at the University of Cambridge. Upon graduation he took an Associate Professorship in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. Four years later, in 2005, he was hired at King’s College in London as Lecturer in Systematic Theology. He continues to lecture, write and publish on a variety of subjects concerning theology.

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