Honestly – Harem Scarem (Official Music Video)

Published on April 1, 2018


Honestly” is a single released in 1992 by Canadian glam metal band Harem Scarem. The song appears on their 1991 self-titled debut album. The song charted at #68 on the Canadian singles chart and also had a music video shot for it. The music video starred American actor Judge Reinhold as the male love interest.

Harem Scarem is a Canadian hard rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Harem Scarem achieved popularity in Japan and their native Canada in the early 1990s. The band was active from 1987 to 2008 and again from 2013 after reforming. Throughout their career, they released 14 studio albums, plus numerous live and compilation albums.

In 1991, Harem Scarem released their self-titled debut album, which charted at No. 68 on the Canadian album chart. The band scored a hit single from the album; “Slowly Slipping Away”, which charted at No. 25 on the Canadian single chart. They also managed to chart two minor hits; “Honestly” and “Love Reaction”. The following year, Harem Scarem was able to gain some notoriety when 8 songs from their debut album Harem Scarem were predominantly featured in the Canadian teen series Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High’s farewell TV movie, School’s Out.

Harem Scarem released their second album in 1993, Mood Swings, which had a harder sound to it than their previous album. It also featured the recorded vocal debut of drummer Smith on the song “Sentimental Blvd”. A fan favorite, Mood Swings charted at No. 83 on the Canadian charts. The album’s leadoff single was “No Justice”, which managed to chart at No. 59 in Canada, while the other two singles failed to chart. Mood Swingscaused the band to gain popularity in Japan, and the band’s previous album was quickly issued in that country the following year. This was followed by a live and acoustic EP, appropriately titled Live & Acoustic.

In 1995, the band released their third album Voice of Reason. The album introduced a change in the band’s musical style and was darker in sound than the first two albums. The song “Blue” was released as a promotional single and had a music video for it, however, it failed to chart. Bassist Mike Gionet departed after Voice of Reason for personal reasons and was replaced by former Blu Bones member Barry Donaghy.

The next two albums, Karma Cleansing (which was released as Believe in Japan) and Big Bang Theory, saw Harem Scarem modernizing their sound. Barry Donaghy also made his lead vocal debut with Harem Scarem on “Sometimes I Wish” from Big Bang Theory. Both albums and the singles from them again failed to chart. In 1998, the band released their last commercial single “So Blind”.

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