Saturday, June 18, 2011

Artist: Pure, Album: Pureafunalia, Song: Spiritual Pollution

Pure were a rock band from Vancouver that surfaced in the early nineties.  They were Jordy Birch, Todd Simko, Mark Henning, Dave Hadley and Leigh Grant.  Birch, Simko and Grant were in a previous band together called, After All.  They had released one album with Nettwerk before breaking up.  They added Henning and Hadley and eventually became Pure.  One of their songs, Greedy, was featured on the Cool World soundtrack starring Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger.  It was an adult animation film that didn't do very well at the box office but it had a great soundtrack featuring bands like the Cult and Moby.  This certainly helped prime the listening masses for their next step which was an EP and then their full length debut, entitled, Pureafunalia, in 1992 with Warner/Reprise.  The album was produced by ex-Talking Heads guitarist, Jerry Harrison.  Spiritual Pollution is one of many great songs off their debut and it was released as a single.  The band released two albums with Warner before being cut loose.  They toured extensively in the U.S., Australia and Canada.  Following their sophomore release, they continued on with smaller independent labels until their last release in 1998.  Birch and Henning are in a new band called Guilty About Girls (  Simko is in the music production business now and has worked with bands like the Salteens (see blog 4/30/11).  You can read about the Pure legacy at  You can purchase Pureafunalia on Itunes.  You can hear the song, Spiritual Pollution, on Vimeo (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!