So John Lennon had a kid (from his marriage to Cynthia Powell). It's not a stretch to figure Julian Lennon must have some musical talent. Is there a record exec who wouldn't listen to his demo? Or sign him? Especially, since Julian's demo arrived only four years after John's murder in '80. Nostalgia cash-in right there.
Turned out to be a smart move. Julian's debut album spawned three hits, the huge ballad "Valotte," the mid-tempo ode to his late father, "Too Late For Goodbyes" and the best of the lot, "Say You're Wrong," which had the least chart success of the three - figures.
Wouldn't you know it, that effort was rewarded by rushing Lennon back into the studio to record "The Secret Value Of Daydreaming." Now, there are a couple differences between Julian and his dad. First, when John was slammed on the creative treadmill he'd been a working musician for over a decade, writing songs between club dates in Liverpool and Hamburg. He also had Paul McCartney, a songwriting machine, to fill in the gaps (and there were many).
On the other hand, Julian was merely the offspring of a legend with no McCartney-level talent to fall back on. Needless to say, Julian's recording career withered. Soon his maudlin, self-possessed songs could only be heard on "quality rock" stations. Too bad.
1986 The Secret Value Of Daydreaming
1989 Mr. Jordan
1991 Help Yourself
1998 Photograph Smile
2011 Everything Changes
Lennon has recorded a handful of albums and there are some compilations. But his debut, "Valotte," is really the only CD that counts. Get that one.