Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Artist: Black Pool, Album: We The Living, Song: Days and Days

"Look out, here she comes with loopy curls and skirts that swirl.  She don't shave her legs but she gives me looks that last me for days and days."  Black Pool were a rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  They formed in 1989 and released their first album a year later.  In 1991, Chris Murphy of Sloan fame, joined the band on bass for their 1991 release, We The Living.  It was recorded with the Justin Entertainment label and distributed by MCA Records.  Along with Chris, there was band leader, John Wesley Chisholm, Chip Sutherland and Phil Sedore.  This is a very good album and it's an absolute shame it is now out of print.  They had a single off it called, A Man On Pier 21, which is a great tune but I just love this album opener entitled, Days And Days.  It is straight up Americana similar to The BoDeans ("Fadeaway", "She's A Runaway").  You can check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyxTPpvPZlc.  Chris Murphy would depart following the recording of this album and start Sloan later that same year.  The rest of Black Pool would soldier on for a third release in 1992 with Super Friendz (see blog 2/25/11) lead man, Matt Murphy, on guitar before breaking up.  John Wesley Chisholm would go on to perform with the band, The Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra, before entering the world of film production.  He is currently the president of Arcadia Entertainment (http://www.arcadiatv.com/) which has produced a number of documentary pieces.  He is also still performing as a musician.  He has a band called, The Jubilee Swing Orchestra (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jubilee-Swing-Orchestra/) but has also recorded some roots flavoured material which you can listen to on his Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/johnwesleychisholm).  The Black Pool discography isn't widely available today.  At the time of this blog, there were no copies of the album, We The Living, available for sale on-line.  There is a release entitled, Black Pool - Scraps From The Table, that is for sale on Arcadia Entertainment's website under the "Shop" link.  It includes the song, Days And Days.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!