Monday, May 23, 2011

Artist: The Front, Album: Gina's At A Party, Song: The Haunting (Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne)

"Gina has a problem, she thinks she's gonna change the world.  Puts it down on paper, sends it to no one."  The Front were a rock band from Toronto that formed in the early eighties.  The three main members were Paul Henderson, Joel Feeney and Tim Thorney.  They signed with Duke Street Records and in 1983, released their debut album, Gina's At A Party.  Tim and Paul had worked with Canadian singer, Dalbello (see blog 2/24/11) before forming The Front.  Dalbello would also contribute lyrically and vocally to this album.  The first single and likely their best known, was the song, The Haunting (Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne).  The band would release one more album in 1984 before calling it quits.  Joel Feeney would embark on a country music solo career shortly thereafter and has been nominated for a Juno a few times.  He has also found great success in writing for other artists, like LeAnn Rimes, and has a publishing company called NovemberSongs.  Tim Thorney has also gone on to great things in both film and television, producing successful jingles and scores.  He has produced work for Alanis Morissette and Jimmy Rankin.  The entire Front discography which includes, Gina's At A Party and 1984's followup, Underworld, have been recently re-released for sale on Itunes.  It is likely the only place you will find their music these days as original copies are out of print and very hard to find.  You can hear the song, The Haunting (Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne) on You Tube (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!