Friday, May 27, 2011

Artist: Keith Whittaker, Album: Drink To Me, Song: Honestly Ed

"Is the glass half full or time for another drink.  Who cares what other people think?"  Keith Whittaker is probably best known for his days as the lead vocalist in one of Canada's great punk bands, The Demics.  They had a very popular and recognizable song called, New York City, that even today, is often ranked in the top ten Canadian songs of all time.  Keith was actually from England originally and moved to London, Ontario as a teen.  He was drawn to the punk movement occurring in England during the mid to late seventies and assembled a band of like minded musicians in Canada.  The Demics recorded their debut EP in 1979 and followed it up in 1980 with their self titled full length.  Then they broke up.  Keith never really got back into the limelight but did begin writing and recording with a musical friend by the name of Steven Davey during the early nineties.  Sadly, Keith passed away in 1996.  Bullseye Records, in collaboration with Davey, released the demo recordings along with some live material in 2007, entitled, Drink To Me.  It's a stripped down affair and includes a cover of Joe South's, Walk A Mile In My Shoes.  One of the standout tracks on this album is a tune called, Honestly Ed.  You can hear the song on You Tube (  The album is available for purchase on Itunes.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!