19 Mar 2007
The Hood revealed 
Not much is known about The Hood. They recorded material for the Salvation! movie soundtrack which appeared on the Factory Australasia-only FACT 182 album and also on the FAC 182 12" single. Both were released in 1987. The 12" single was also available as part of a 4x12" white label promo set in a custom-printed clear plastic sleeve (includes FAC 169, FAC 182, FAC 196 & FAC 197), and it was also available as a single white label test pressing.

John Hood fills Cerysmatic in with a few other details:

"The Hood was first with Sire, then PVC/JEM, Crepuscule, Factory and Giant/Dutch East. The FAC stuff was all for Salvation, including a 12" and the soundtrack, all of which were produced by Arthur Baker. The non-FAC stuff (Cooler Than Thou LP & 12" & Tough Guys Don't Dance 12") was all produced by Ivan Ivan, with contributions from Roli Mosimann, and a remix by John Robie. Anna Domino, the dame responsible for the name, sings on and covers Stand Apart."

Check out what The Hood is up to now with the following URLs:

thugsinatra.com
therealjohnhood.com
theviewfromherenow.blogspot.com

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