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Popular Music: The Canadian Connection


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#1 darkblue

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 05:19 AM

And then, track # 2 - following the lead-off 'Swimming' - was 'Women Around the World At Work' which served as the perfect flow to begin the album. Both 'Swimming' and 'Women Around the World At Work' were released as singles - along with 'You Sold the Cottage' which was on side 2 of the LP.

 


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:31 AM

This is the opening track of This Is the Ice Age.

 


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:18 PM

One of the great Canadian LP's, 'This Is the Ice Age' by Martha & the Muffins - 1981.

 

This track was the album closer.

 


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:35 PM

In the 80's, Strange Advance was possibly the best new wave band on the planet.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 05:57 PM

Okay, Steppenwolf and 'Born to Be Wild'.

 

What's the Canadian Connection?

 

Well, to begin with, John Kay - the lead singer, who was born in Germany, moved to Toronto and joined 'The Sparrows' , who frequently played in Yorkville's (ie: The Village) Bars and Coffee Houses. I remember well at the age of 17 standing outside on a Friday night listening to the music filter out.

 

Additionally, the song was written by Dennis Edmonton (who would change his name to Mars Bonfire), a native of Oshawa, Ontario and a member of The Sparrows also - and was written during the Sparrows time but not recorded until the Sparrows had disbanded and Steppenwolf had formed.

 


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 02:28 AM

Bill Amesbury - another good Toronto boy, there! (as Don Cherry would say).

 

That song is so implanted in my system - every time I hear the name, or read the name - Virginia - anywhere, any time - I immediately start singing "Virginia, touch me like you do". Every time.


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 05:34 PM

Here's Bill Amesbury's biggest hit from 1974.

 


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 03:35 PM

Toronto's Murray MacLauchlan.

 

This was the lead-off track on his 1976 album 'Boulevard'.

 


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 08:05 AM

The early 70's brought us Montreal's Gino Vannelli.

 

The first album I heard from him was 1975's 'Storm at Sunup', which was quite popular with some of the women I knew at the time. Not so much the men - a little too romantic-sexy for them I think.

 

I liked it quite a lot - more than any of the much larger hits he'd have later on.

 

Here's the album in its entirety: 

 


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:15 AM

Anyone here remember BREEDING GROUND?

 

https://en.wikipedia...g_Ground_(band)

 

 

In nine years of existence, Breeding Ground released 2 LPs, 2 EPs, one greatest-hits CD and 3 music videos.

 


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:34 AM

Anyone here remember BREEDING GROUND?

 

https://en.wikipedia...g_Ground_(band)

 

I used to date the brother of one of the members, several years after they disbanded.

He was an all around talented artist and last I knew he was working in a Toronto special effects studio creating all sorts of weird props.



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 10:19 AM

I like the Band a lot, too. Here are a couple more by them that I enjoy.

 

 

 


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 10:04 AM

More from The Band. This is heart-breakingly beautiful. I especially love the part, around 2:30, when the two voices follow one another.

 


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 09:50 AM

Here's one of of the best bands ever to come out of this country ( ok, they got their start with a couple of Americans, and the drummer's from Arkansas....but still, 80% Canadian. And all their songs were written by a Canadian.)

 

Ophelia, where have you gone?

 


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 09:06 AM

Arguably Vancouver band 54-40's biggest single (although 1998's 'Since When' did chart higher):

 

 

 

Damn, db ! You're always coming up with Canadian music I've never heard - or even heard of.  Sounds like 54-40 had a good strong pop sensibility.


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 10:05 PM

Arguably Vancouver band 54-40's biggest single (although 1998's 'Since When' did chart higher):

 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:14 PM

Thanks again!  :)

 

I wasn't around in those days, but I sure can enjoy the music from that time period.

 

Late 50s and early 60s were the best for music, for sure!  B)



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:53 AM

Thank you kindly, darkblue!

 

You're welcome. Here's the other one you mentioned.

 


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