Thursday, March 01, 2018

PFR #2PFR was one of those bands who’s commercial success never quite lived up to their artistic potential. They were formed in Minnesota in 1989 by Joel Hanson and at that early point were known as the Joel Hanson Band. By 1991 they had changed their name to Inside Out and signed their first record deal, with Brown Bannister’s new Vireo Records. After they signed they changed the name of the band yet again, this time to Pray For Rain.

Their first album was the self-titled “Pray For Rain” which included a song by the same title and was released in 1992. Shortly after that project came out another band named Pray For Rain threatened to sue, since they had been using the name longer. So the name was changed yet again, this time to PFR.

They recorded five albums, including the best of “The Late, Great PFR” in 1998 which included three new songs. That was to be the last project for the band. But they would get back together from time to time to perform and in 2001 they signed with Squint Records and released “Disappear.” Shortly after Squint was sold to another company and PFR was not taken in the deal.

Pray For RainIn 2004 they tried again, releasing “The Bookhouse Recordings,” which featured three new songs and rearrangements of some of the band’s earlier hits. That album was available exclusively through Family Christian Stores. In 2012 the group got back together for a limited tour and released a live project “Minneapolis” which was available exclusively as a digital download. The next year they announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new record. But shortly after that announcement the band decided to once again split up.

I couldn’t locate any concept or official videos from PFR, but I did find a few fan generated videos from some of the band’s biggest hits. 

Here’s the title track from the 1992 debut project “Pray For Rain.”

From the 1993 album “Goldie’s Last Day,” here’s “That Kind Of Love.”

The first “last” album from PFR was titled “The Late, Great PFR,” and it contained the 1997 hit “Forever.”

And finally, from the band’s only album on Squint, the 2001 “Disappear,” here’s “Missing Love.”

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