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#41 Mr. Gorman

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:33 PM

I like that song SIGN OF THE GYPSY QUEEN by April Wine.  Someone who played in April Wine from 1976-84 died a few days ago at age 67.  Can't recall the fella's name off the top of my head. 

 

     I bought the "Nature of the Beast" album which contains "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" and you can hear the song in the 1981 Canadian comedy 'GAS' when Helen Shaver is talking to Carl Marotte in the van. 

 

      Thorn/EMI video released a VHS tape in the early '80s of APRIL WINE in concert.  I snagged a used copy of the video several years ago.  

 

     Now I gotta go look up the guy's name . . .  It is bassist STEVE LANG who has passed on.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 08:19 PM

I also enjoy these guys and have seen them in concert. One of their best songs.

 

Was never much of a fan of this Calgary area country rock trio. So typical of the kind of Canadian outfits that proliferated in the early 70's. 

 

But I'm probably being unkind. Listening to their top half dozen releases after they reduced to a trio is kinda fun. 'Carry Me' was sorta good.

 

They did have one really big one:

 


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:08 PM

The Old Apartment - official video

 

The first CD I ever bought of Barenaked Ladies was their amazing live compilation 'Rock Spectacle'. The version of 'The Old Apartment' on that, done live, is worth the price of the CD all by itself. It's still my favorite BNL song - a song that I relate to only too well - and the live version on 'Rock Spectacle' kicks *** - it's actually better than the studio version. Everyone I've played it for agrees.

 

Unfortunately, the Rock Spectacle version can't be found online - so I've been searching for a live version that comes as close as possible. Here's one - not as intense, but not bad.

 


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 03:01 AM

Love how casually Burton Cummings walks onstage with his flute and then sings in that remarkable, distinctive voice.

 

 

 


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:52 AM

Thanks for bringing Neil into the thread, GayD! He just might be the greatest Canadian songwriter of all time.

 

Here's Neil at the time of his 'Everybody is Rockin' album in the mid 80's.

 

 

Neil is just brilliant.  

 

I wonder if the car in the video is one of many he writes about in his autobiography.  


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 09:13 PM

One of the unsung greats in Jerry Mercer on drums.

 

 



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:54 PM

And here's their fantastic cover of a song by one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Bruce Cockburn.

 

Yeah, Bruce!!!

 


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:51 PM

And there are these guys, who I consider the Canadian They Might Be Giants.

 

Thanks, JamesStewartFan. 

 

BNL is much loved in Canada. Since their very beginning - when they sang the words "this is me in grade 9" - they became instantly endeared to every student or ex-student anywhere in the country.

 

Here's a track from their album 'Everything to Everyone'.

 


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:51 PM

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:45 PM

I also enjoy these guys and have seen them in concert. One of their best songs.

 



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

And there are these guys, who I consider the Canadian They Might Be Giants.

 

(Or perhaps They Might Be Giants are the American Barenaked Ladies.)

 

TMBG had released most of their best stuff before Barenaked Ladies first studio album, so your former assessment is closer to the truth.

 

My favorite Canadian band is Skinny Puppy, followed by Rush. The Guess Who and Brian Adams I also think of when I think of Canadian artists, although I'm not crazy about either.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:31 PM

And here's their fantastic cover of a song by one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Bruce Cockburn.

 

 



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:26 PM

And there are these guys, who I consider the Canadian They Might Be Giants.

 

 

(Or perhaps They Might Be Giants are the American Barenaked Ladies.)



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

This thread has shown how little I know Canadian musicians.  Except Gordon Lightfoot.  And this fellow (long in the U.S., of course) who (whom?) I listen to almost every day:

 

Thanks for bringing Neil into the thread, GayD! He just might be the greatest Canadian songwriter of all time.

 

Here's Neil at the time of his 'Everybody is Rockin' album in the mid 80's.

 


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:31 AM

This thread has shown how little I know Canadian musicians.  Except Gordon Lightfoot.  And this fellow (long in the U.S., of course) who (whom?) I listen to almost every day:

 

 


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:47 PM

Thanks for the info, darkblue.  Cheers. 

 

       



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:43 PM

I wouldn't mind hearing a 1978 country song by the Canadian group "THE FAMILY BROWN".  It's called "Love Is A Contact Sport".  Know of a way to listen to that, darkblue?  

 

I'm sorry, Mr. Gorman, but 'Love Is a Contact Sport' by The Family Brown does not appear to have been uploaded online. It also seems to have disappeared from sale as a single - probably long-sinced deleted as a pressing.

 

I'll try to keep an eye out for it. Maybe someday somebody will post it to YouTube or something.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:16 AM

I wouldn't mind hearing a 1978 country song by the Canadian group "THE FAMILY BROWN".  It's called "Love Is A Contact Sport".  Know of a way to listen to that, darkblue?  I've got a few 45's from 'TFB', including their U.S. Top 40 hit  "But It's Cheatin'".  But I don't have "Love Is A Contact Sport".   

 

     ♦ I enjoyed the two Kim Stockwood songs I 'clicked' on to listen. 

 

     ♦ I know of a Canadian 'roots' singer named 'John Wort Hannam'.  I have a few of his albums on CD. 



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:15 AM

I have a 'The Pursuit of Happiness' album in my collection, missw.

 

It's called 'The Downward Road'. Interesting group at times.

 

Here's one of the better-known tracks from 'The Downward Road'.

 


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