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P.J. Powers & Hotline


Hotline - Help (1982)
Hotline - Help (1982)


  1. Help (Lennon/McCartney) [5.32]
  2. Feel So Strong (Powers) [3.58] with Steve Kekana
  3. Give Me Your Love (Powers) [6.33]
  4. You're So Good To Me (Powers) [3.57] originally released on Burnout
  5. Baby It's You (Bacharach/David/Williams) [3.15]
  6. Burnout (Powers/Coakley/van Dyk/Brettell/Lieberman) [3.56] did not appear on the Burnout album, despite it's title.
  7. One More Night (Powers) [4.08] originally released on Burnout
  8. Feel So Strong (reprise) (Powers) [1.10]


Release information

November 1982, MFM (distributed by Gallo), ML4654

This album was released in Italy and Netherlands as "Feel So Strong" with a different cover and a slightly different track listing.


'Help' literally gives me a shivering chill -- possibly the best Beatles cover I've ever heard, certainly one of the few at the top.

Kurt Shoemaker, September 1999

'Help' was released on CD in an edited version on The Best Of P.J. Powers & Hotline in 1991, however the full-length album version is the one to hear...

Brian Currin

You're So Good To Me ... I'm not supposed to be alone with you..." sings the 21 year-old P.J. Powers (born Penelope Jane Dunlop in Durban in 1960). Is he married? Or is she? Possibly a same-sex liaison, or more likely the lyrics refer to an inter-racial relationship which was illegal under the Apartheid system of the time. A powerful song which never fails to stir the emotions.

'You're So Good To Me' was a South African #8 hit in February 1982.

Brian Currin


John Samson, SA Rock Digest, Issue #114, July 2001

P.J. Powers (dubbed "Thandeka", the loved one, by her fans) was born Penelope Jane Dunlop in Durban on the 16th July 1960 and has been making a name for herself in the music world since 1979 when she sang in an all-girl group Pantha which also included Debbi Lonmon (later of Little Sister) on guitar.

When John Lennon sang 'Help me if you can I'm feeling down', it was difficult to believe that he really wanted help as it was sung to the standard Beatles upbeat, cheeky grin moptop sound. When P.J. Powers wraps her nicotine stained vocal chords around this classic, your guts start tingling, then you realise that your guts have been wrenched from you and you're left wandering where the hell that tingling sensation is coming from. You also wonder how you can possibly help someone who has just delivered such a powerful, passionate and emotional plea.

The title track to Hotline's second album which also opens the album sets an incredibly high standard and one feels that after that, the rest of the album is bound to disappoint, but it doesn't. Following close on its heels is the hit single 'Feel So Strong' sung in collaboration with Steve Kekana. P.J.'s Bonnie Tyler vocals act as a counterpoint to Steve's fragile falsetto, weaved around a swirling organ sound, this is pop perfection.

There are more blazing rock tracks to follow. 'Give Me Your Love' pounds along at pace, while 'You're so Good To Me' with it's hushed, almost whispered verses and lungs-in-overdrive chorus make you want to grab your lighter and rush to the nearest stadium.

There are hints at the Afrorock sound that the group, and in particular P.J. as a solo artist would embrace later on, but on the whole this is pure rock. Some highly charged guitar and drum work accompanied by the textured keyboard sounds from Bones Brettell form the solid pedestal on which the voice of P.J. is proudly exhibited.

'Help' is a rock album that cries out to be heard, at times full on stadium rock; sometimes hints of Fleetwood Mac or a Foreigner ballad show through, and there are pauses for a few pop sensibilities, but the power and passion of the delivery, both vocal and instrumental, make this a South African classic.

P.J. Powers & Hotline