Monday, April 4, 2011

Artist: Tuuli, Album: Travoltas/Tuuli Split 7" Single, Song: Spf 5 Million

Tuuli were an all girl rock group from Toronto who sprouted up in the late nineties.  The band went through some lineup changes but the two founding members and mainstays within the group were Jenny MacIsaac and Claire Blake.  Their sound was pop punk.  They toured the festival circuit in Canada and crossed over in to the U.S. as well.  At their peak, they were opening for the likes of Kittie and Cheap Trick.  I first heard them on a CMW sampler from 1997 which featured one of their earliest tracks, Spf 5 Million.  It was written by vocalist, Jenny MacIsaac.  It's a perfect example of the type of melancholy alternative rock that did so well in the nineties.  If you are a fan of Liz Phair or Juliana Hatfield, you will really enjoy this song.  Unfortunately, the band released a few EP's and one full length but I don't believe this song was ever included.  Outside of the CMW sampler, I have only seen it on a Split 7" single which featured a band called the Travoltas on the A Side and this song by Tuuli on the B Side.  It's too bad because this track is an absolute gem.  The band would release their first full length in 2002 and were signed to Linus Entertainment.  The band is no longer together but you can read about them at  Jenny MacIsaac is in a new band called, The Vicious Guns.  You can follow them at  At the time of this blog, there was one copy of the 7" single, Spf 5 Million, for sale on Ebay for $20.  You can hear the song, Spf 5 Million, on You Tube (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!