Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Artist: Randypeters, Album: You Thought I Was Foolin', Song: Made'r Happy (Woe, Woe, Woe)

The Randypeters were a rock band from Ottawa, Ontario that started playing together in 1980.  The band had a ten year run on the indie scene and had some line up changes along the way as well.  However, the two mainstays and high school friends were Pieter Botman and Rand Peppler (Rand+Pieter = Randypeter....get it).  These guys were a bit old time rock and roll, blues, rockabilly with a whole lotta punk attitude.  They were raw rock and roll and built a reputation as such in the bars of Ottawa and beyond.  They had a limited discography during those years.  They released their debut EP in 1985 and then this follow up EP in 1988, entitled, You Thought I Was Foolin'.  However, the band did lend their music to a number of independent compilations over the years.  They played and toured constantly and at one point, did a cross Canada tour.  They opened for the Cramps, Rough Trade and Eight Seconds (see blog 9/28/10).  Some of the band's finer moments have been restored on You Tube including one of their battle of the bands contests entitled, Rock Wars, that was broadcasted on CBC.  They also did a mini documentary on themselves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPjm8dQzmYY).  Made'r Happy (Woe, Woe, Woe) has a dark rolling harmonica driven melody that finishes the album.  You can hear it on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_H9Fb56fXg).  The band recently reformed last year to play some shows in Ottawa.  The album, You Thought I Was Foolin', is a difficult find today.  At the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Ebay for $20.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!