Thursday, March 8, 2012
In 1987, Molly Johnson and Norman Orenstein teamed up to release the self titled debut for Alta Moda. This would be the first of two collaborations between these two musicians. This Toronto band only released one album before breaking up. The record was produced by Colin Thurston (Duran Duran, Human League). They were mis-labelled as being American funk and "too black" which led to some radio stations refusing to play their material. They actually refused a Juno nomination for Julian because it was in the R&B category. Speaking with the time of it's release in mind, I think the song Julian was more New Wave than R&B. It's a shame formats were so restrictive back then. The album isn't available on Itunes but you can buy new and used copies on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. There were also vinyl copies on Ebay at the time of this blog selling under $10. You can also see the video on You Tube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l669wogFDo).
http://vimeo.com/38186005). The band would sign on with Chicago label, Mainstream Records, for this release but by 1970 they were through. One of the final appearances the band made was at the now legendary, Toronto Rock and Roll Revival Festival held at Varsity Stadium in 1969. The concert featured The Doors, John Lennon, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Chicago, Alice Cooper and a long list of other performers. I've read that Nucleus was actually the backing band for Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent that day. Leggat, Taylor and Horne would go on to form A Foot In Cold Water ("Make Me Do Anything You Want", "(Isn't Love Unkind) In My Life") shortly after the Nucleus break up. Thankfully, this Canadian rarity has been remastered and re-released. You can purchase the album, Nucleus, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!