Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Artist: Rhythm Mission, Album: Wild Mood Swings, Song: Dinosaur Rock

Rhythm Mission were an art rock band from Vancouver.  A lot has been written about the vibrant punk scene that originated on the west coast of Canada in the late seventies and early eighties.  The scene spawned some great bands and within that genre, there were musical offshoots like art rock.  In the case of Rhythm Mission, the music was experimental and combined elements of rock, jazz and punk.  Some of the founding members were in earlier bands within that scene called Exxotone and AKA.  The remaining lineup, plus some additional members, of the latter band, would form the band Rhythm Mission in 1981.  Wild Mood Swings was their full length release in 1986 on the Mo-Da-Mu label.  They were Dennis Mills, Warren Ash, Warren Hunter, Andy Graffiti, Lee Kelsey and Scott Harding.  This is the only release I've ever stumbled upon so I can't say how many albums or singles the band released in their 8 year history.  I have seen some other songs not included on this particular release, on other various compilations like Last Call and Shindig.  What I do know is that a couple of the members started another band called the Jazzmanian Devils while still with Rhythm Mission in 1984.  The Jazzmanian Devils still perform today and you can follow them at http://www.myspace.com/jazzmaniandevils.  At the time of this blog, I couldn't find any copies available of Wild Mood Swings.  You can hear the song, Dinosaur Rock, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoIhDejf4Do&feature=relmfu).  Thanks for reading and enjoy!