http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j88zsWjmB-A&feature=related). Their shows were violent and chaotic, often leaving Leckie wounded. There isn't a band in Canadian history that could be as closely compared to the Sex Pistols as these guys. The band released their first single, Screaming Fist, in 1977 and in 1978, their one and only release entitled, Look Back In Anger. Look Back In Anger was produced by legendary Toronto musician, Roger Mayne, of the Ugly Ducklings (see blog 6/26/11). That same year, Pompeii, Haight and Motor X all left the band and started The Secrets with former Diode, John Hamilton. In 1983, a live full length album was released before this retrospective of the band's work entitled, A Taste Of Honey, in 1994. According to the liner notes, all the tunes were recorded on a 2 track in 2 hours during the spring of 1977. Never Feel Sad, is one of many cool tracks on this disc and you can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHwDc53A19k). Leckie has released some solo material and has also resurrected the band on occasion over the past decade. You can read about The Viletones at http://www.viletonesofficial.com/. A Taste Of Honey, is a rare find today. At the time of this blog, there was one copy trading on Discogs for $10. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R6Eek56pzU). This album was massive for a genre of music in decline. Metal was on the outs and it would prove to be the band's fatal blow in the end. However, they still were nominated for two Junos in 1993 for this release. They won Hard Rock Album Of The Year but lost the award for Most Promising Group that year to The Skydiggers (see blog 9/13/11). The band would sever ties with their label and release their sophomore album independently in 1994 before breaking up shortly thereafter. This band's career would have been longer if the timing were better. They were Nick Walsh, Kevin Gale, Patric Howarth, Rob Bruce and Neal Busby. Walsh and Bruce would go on to form the band, Raised On Mars, for one release. You can check out some of their work at http://raisedonmars.tripod.com/. Following that, Walsh would form the band, Revolver, and more currently, Famous Underground. The latter released their debut album last year and you can follow them at http://www.famousunderground.tv/. As for Slik Toxik, their albums are very rare today. At the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Ebay between $10 and $40. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shameless-self-promoters-like-donovan-lee-gopaul-become-a-fan/. He is into a lot of different stuff now including a really cool band called, The Thuggees (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Thuggees/). If you like early glam rock like T.Rex, you will really dig their sound and you can link to their Reverbnation page and download some tracks for free. As well, you can check out some of Donovan's electronic music at http://www.myspace.com/donovanleegopaul. As for his earlier work with Fountain Of Vermouth; these tunes are very rare and likely out of print. At the time of this blog, there were no copies available on-line for sale. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YoHTmmFqrQ). What is fascinating about this story is the fact that she didn't speak French. However, following this hit, she would record many a song in French and would even tour Paris in later years. Nanette also recorded with Elton John, John Lennon, Peter Frampton and The Rolling Stones. Her voice can be heard on the Stones' hits, "Honky Tonk Woman" as well as "You Can't Always Get What You Want". At The Mercy, is a very cool tune from her album, Roots 'n' Blues, released in 2001. You can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvWJQKkHPFI). Her recent work is more blues based compared to her earlier output from the 60's and 70's. Nanette has just released her 21st album this year and you can follow her at http://nanetteworkman.com/. This particular track is also on a compilation entitled, Anthologie 1975-2005. Both of these releases are available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Well I'm gonna build a cross for a spot between the trees and stick it in firm so it won't sway in their breeze. Well you and I have trouble making up our half-assed minds but she'd seen 16 years of our kind. And what's it like when your memories start to freeze." The Weeping Tile were a rock band from Kingston, Ontario. They formed in 1992 and were led by singer, Sarah Harmer. Harmer was already a fixture on the Kingston music scene, having cut her teeth with the indie band, The Saddletramps. Weeping Tile were a 4pc that included her sister, Mary, along with Luther Wright (see blog 4/7/11) and Cam Giroux. They released their indie debut EP entitled, Eepee, in 1994 which led to their major label deal with Warner Music. That association would last for 2 full length albums culminating in the band's split in 1997. Their label wanted them to develop a more pop sound and they decided to amicably split and promote their music themselves. Eventually, the members themselves went their separate ways. Sarah has gone on to become a very successful solo artist and has won a Juno twice. Luther has his own band called, Luther Wright & The Wrongs. Both he and Harmer still collaborate and the members do reunite from time to time to play the one off show. Dogs and Thunder, is a real heart breaker from their debut, Eepee. Beautiful melancholy. You can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q31Bfy4ICG0). You can purchase the album on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, April 23, 2012
http://www.alunpiggins.com/). I think he sounds a bit like Robyn Hitchcock ("Driving Aloud (Radio Storm)") on this track. I absolutely love this tune. Alun is criminally neglected and deserves much more recognition than he receives. You can purchase the album, Awaken The Snakes, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, April 20, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gkJai9T5ww). There is also footage of their last concert posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrtrzdjfl_w). You can purchase the album, All Nighters, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQnp4EAvT20). You can purchase the album, Freedom, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Artist: Winter Gloves, Album: Paper Bag Records The Seven Year Itch, Song: Smells Like Teen Spirit (Cover)
http://paperbagrecords.com/downloads/seven-year-itch. It was released in 2009 to celebrate the label's seven year anniversary. You can hear the Nirvana cover by Winter Gloves at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0_ob4VifEE. Winter Gloves have released two albums to date and they can be purchased on Itunes. You can follow the band at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-Gloves/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNS1tyMmVjQ&feature=related. The album, Round One, is a very rare find today and at the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Ebay and Discogs for $25. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, April 16, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeHwT8te8mY). Peter is a very inventive artist who isn't afraid to venture into new musical territory with each release. Case in point, is his latest R&B inspired album released in 2011 entitled, Repeat Offender. He has three albums to date and is currently signed with Joel Plaskett's label, New Scotland Records. You can follow him at http://www.peterelkas.com/. You can purchase the album, Party Of One, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, April 13, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkfAu58FuRM&feature=endscreen. Unfortunately, this was the only release from the band as the members parted ways in 1973. However, the album was re-released in 2007 by the U.S. independent label, Gear Fab (http://gearfab.swiftsite.com/). You can purchase new copies of the album at Amazon or from the Gear Fab website. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
http://www.mitsou.com/. You can watch the original video for Bye Bye Mon Cowboy at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aI0QTEJjIg&feature=relmfu. You can find the song, Bye Bye Mon Cowboy, on a compilation entitled, La Collection, as well. This retrospective release along with the original debut, El Mundo, are both available on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LKtza6MY6U. The band is currently playing regionally and is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album that is due out sometime in the spring of 2012. The album will feature the talents of David Wilcox (see blog 9/12/10) and Angelo Moore of the American ska band, Fishbone ("Party At Ground Zero", "Ma And Pa"). The band's new drummer, Pfeiffer, was in another American punk/ska band called, Goldfinger ("Here In Your Bedroom"). You can follow The Salads at http://thesalads.com/. You can purchase, The Big Picture, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
http://www.myspace.com/dehsloot. You can purchase Timbuktu's release, Stranger Danger, on Itunes. You can check out the tune, Nothin Sweet, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj_RVShMhBY). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, April 9, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skmVzEq6BjA. You can purchase the album from Itunes. You can keep tabs on Jennifer at http://www.jenniferlfo.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqYw5vCPi9c&feature=relmfu). 1994 was an important year for industrial music. Nine Inch Nails dropped their huge release, Downward Spiral, and Marilyn Manson released his own debut that same year. Perhaps for the first time in rock history, industrial music was reaching more ears within the mainstream audience than ever before. Alternative rock had become one big pot of aggression and angst that included everything from grunge and punk to industrial rock. The band would release 7 albums in total between 1987 and 2004. Get Down, featured the production wizardry of one, David Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy). Today, Cavalluzo appears to be using the moniker, Jimi LaMort, more often than not and he does have a radio show called, Dark Harmonies, that you can check out at http://soundcloud.com/lamort. You can also read about the band at http://www.myspace.com/malhavocband or alternatively at http://malhavocfans.blogspot.ca/. Malhavoc's albums are very rare today and at the time of this blog, there were used copies trading on Amazon and Discogs between $5 and $35. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
http://www.rebeccacampbell.com/. Parade by Fat Man Waving is a very rare album these days but there were two copies trading on Amazon for $7 at the time of this blog. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, April 2, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch), actually did better in the U.S. than in Canada but as fate would have it, they once again, ran into label issues. Their label, Geffen, was acquired by Universal Music and as a result of the housecleaning that took place, the band felt that they were better off on their own. Zeeman would leave the band and be replaced by Randy Cooke and a year later, they would enter the studio under the name, Drug Plan. Caramel likely would have recorded a second album with Geffen and seemed to be making inroads within the elusive U.S. market. The band even toured with Creed. Nonetheless, they and their one and only album remain a long lost treasure. Unfortunately, it is out of print but Amazon had a ton of copies trading between $5 and $60 at the time of this blog. One phenomenal track from this album is the song, Road To Nowhere. Definitely worth checking out if you can get your hands on a copy of the album. Thanks for reading and enjoy!