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NASH THE SLASH
Born: Jeff Plewman on March 26, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario;
Died: May10, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario
Electric mandolin/violin player and vocalist Nash The Slash, whose name comes from the 1927 Laurel & Hardy movie ‘Do Detectives Think?’, is well known for his instrumental soundtrack work and re-invention of classic rock cover tunes while his image, that of a bandaged, walking, Invisible Man has made him instantly recognizable. During a gig at The Edge in the late ’70’s to raise awareness of the threat from the Three Mile Island disaster, he walked on stage wearing bandages dipped in phosphorous paint and exclaimed: “look, this is what happens to you”. The bandages became his trademark. Though he was guitarist in a late ’60’s Toronto band called Breathless with Michael Waite, Nash The Slash made his auspicious debut on March 17, 1975 wearing top hat and tails (his trademark bandages came later) at the Roxy Theatre to perform his soundtrack to Luis Buñuel’s silent film ‘Un chien andalou’ (1929). During this time Nash appeared on David Pritchard’s solo album ‘Nocturnal Earthworm Stew’ (1976) performing a solo track entitled “Nash Metropolitan”, and also on an improvised piece with Pritchard and drummer Martin Deller. He also appeared on the live TV-Ontario program ‘Nightmusic’ which was televised version of an FM radio show hosted by disc jockey Rainer Schwartz. After teaming up alongside keyboardist/bassist/vocalist Cameron Hawkins as FM in 1976. Their first concert was at the “A Space” art gallery in November of that year. As their experiences live increased, they decided they needed a drummer and Martin Deller was added. Soon they began appearing as a fixture in the established Toronto music scene at rock clubs and outdoor festivals. CHUM-FM radio personality, Larry Wilson, had met FM during its infancy and adopted them as the radio station’s pet project, keeping listeners updated. Their appearances increased around Toronto including an award-winning live performance on TV Ontario’s new reformatted show ‘Nightmusic Concert’ featuring three original tunes: “Phasors On Stun”, “One O’Clock Tomorrow”, and “Black Noise”. They then appeared on CBC’s “Who’s New” TV variety program and were offered a deal to record an album through its Broadcast Recording division. Their first foray into the studio was recorded and mixed in just days at Sounds Interchange in Toronto with CBC producer Keith Whiting. The CBC presses 500 albums and releases them to its affiliates (and through mail-order). The album prompted JEM Records’ Marty Scott to license it for re-release on his VISA label in the US and on Passport Records elsewhere. In 1978 Nash left FM to pursue a solo career. A TV Ontario special, entitled ‘Nash The Slash Rises Again’, featuring paintings by Robert Vanderhorst set to the music of Nash The Slash aired in 1978. Live performances by the two artistes soon followed and included a one hour “pulsed, multi-screen audio-visual show” entitled ‘Bombardier’, (a reworking of a similar project from 1976). Nash would release musical segments of this production on his first two solo records, including the first EP, ‘Bedside Companion’ (1978). Nash The Slash would put out a half dozen releases between 1980 and 1984 as writer, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist as well as work doing engineering and production. ‘Children Of The Night’ was produced by Steve Hillage and eventually became Nash’s biggest selling solo record with estimates at 100,000 copies worldwide. A fledgling engineer by the name of Daniel Lanois produced the single “Dance After Curfew” from the ‘And You Thought You Were Normal’ album. Nash played violin on Gary Numan’s ‘Dance’ album and was invited by Numan to tour the UK through 1980 and 1981. Several solo singles were issued in the UK and a domestic release of the ‘Bedside Companion’ album. Upon his return to Canada in the Spring of 1981 he released the ‘Decomposing’ album which could be played at either 45 or 33 1/3 RPM speeds. Throughout 1983 and 1984, Nash The Slash teamed up with Robert Vanderhorst once more for a new interpretation of their ‘Bombardier’ show which was videotaped and released commercially in 1985. Meanwhile, Nash launched a lawsuit against Pepsi Canada corporation stemming from their use of a character in a high profile TV advertisement (featuring Carol Pope and Rough Trade) that more than resembled the bandaged one. Nash would eventually settle out of court. Also that year, the success of Nash The Slash’s 1984 album ‘American Bandages’ won him a nomination for a CFNY-FM CASBY Award for ‘Single of the Year’. Slash’s solo tour with the Spoons didn’t entirely get him the profile he expected and so he reunited with his old band FM – Martin Deller and Cameron Hawkins who made cameos on the solo album. FM hit the road performing their old standards and Nash performing his proven solo material. Nash’s label, Quality, were impressed enough to offer FM a reunion album and so ‘CON-TEST’ was released with a promising single/video “Just Like You” to establish the ’80’s FM as Canada’s answer to The Cars. Alas, as was FM’s karma, Quality decided to eliminate its recording division just as ‘CON-TEST’ was gaining momentum and the album hung in limbo. MCA records jumped in to save the day and re-issued the album without missing a beat but the momentum had been lost. Martin Deller had decided he’d had enough and decided to finally retire and spent more time with his family. Undaunted, the nominal success of their comeback record led to FM’s signing to Duke Street Records who were, in effect, distributed by MCA. Having utilized actual guitars for the first time on ‘CON-TEST’ the band decided to inject new blood and hire Simon Brierley (Lee Aaron/Strange Advance) and drummer Greg Critchley (Partland Bros./Spoons) for the next album ‘Tonight’. ‘Tonight’ was poorly received despite a handful of singles/videos and almost two years of non-stop touring. Nash quit in May of 1989 to continue his solo career. He landed a movie soundtrack deal with Toronto’s Sinister Cinema which hired him to add soundtrack scores to old silent films such as Lon Chaney’s 1925 ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ and the 1919 German ‘The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’ specifically for home video release. Nash would later perform the works live-in-theatre at special screenings in Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall. Nash The Slash returned to his own musical works. This time he created an entire incidental music score for the soundtrack to Bruce McDonald’s critically acclaimed film ‘Highway 61’ which he produced with Tony Malone (Drastic Measures). 500 copies were pressed at the time and sold out quickly. In 1993 Nash The Slash teamed up with Plexus (aka Brett Maraldo) for a series of concerts called Psychedelitron ’93, an amalgam of Maraldo and Nash tunes backed by Nash’s revamped light show, psychedelic slides and projected computer graphics. Fast forward to the CD revolution of 1994 where Cameron Hawkins, now running his own multi-media company in Toronto, decides its time to re-issue the much bally-hooed ‘Black Noise’ album.His own label, Now See Hear, put the disc out with such success that it sparked another revitalized interest in FM. Touring throughout 1994 and 1995 by the band – Martin Deller, Cameron Hawkins and Nash The Slash – captured their progressive stage impressions on the CDRom enhanced “RetroActive” live album recorded at RPM Warehouse in Toronto on November 19, 1984 by producer Terry Brown. However, old wounds hadn’t healed and the band parted once again leaving Nash to focus on his first love, his own music, once again. In 1994 Nash began work on the first Feature Film Project (Norman Jewison Film Foundation) entitled ‘Blood And Donuts’. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September of 1995. Nash re-issued his entire back catalogue on CD starting with his first two albums ‘Bedside Companion’ and ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ in 1997. ‘Bedside’ was mastered from a sealed, mint vinyl album after the original mastertapes were discovered to be in bad shape – both 45 RPM and 33 1/3 RPM formats of the record are included. The double album was titled ‘Blind Windows’. 1998 would find Nash revisiting his silent movie motifs as he put sound to such silent classics as ‘The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’ and ‘The Lost World’ at clubs all over Southern Ontario. In 1999 Nash released an album of new, harder-edged originals entitled ‘Thrash’. Simultaneously, he released three video compilations: ‘American Banned’ (taped from a show in New Jersey as part of his 1983 ‘American Bandages’ Tour), ‘Give Me The Creeps’, and ‘Halloween 1999’. In 2000 and 2001 Nash focused on finishing his masterful soundtrack work of the famous 1922 silent horror film ‘Nosferatu’, a collection of vaulted FM-era rarities called ‘Lost In Space’ and a re-issue of ‘Children Of The Night’. 2002 saw the re-issue of ‘And You Thought You Were Normal’ and ‘American Band-Ages’ which completed Nash’s cycle of original album re-issues. In 2006 Nash compiled photographs from the former Toronto concert venue The Rock Pile (aka The Masonic Temple) in the mid-to-late 70’s and added editorial comments for each which were featured on his website. MTV Canada also used them in a special feature show following their assumption of the facility that year. Nash was also part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in October 2006 where he performed music against the backdrop of a screening of silent film ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’. Nash’s next new album was cover tunes entitled ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Nash’ featuring remakes of such classics as the Iron Butterfly title track, The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”, Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine”, and Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”.  In 2010 Nash The Slash released ‘Live In London, 2008’. He had to cancel a proposed tour of the UK due to family issues but promised a new studio album called ‘Dog Will Hunt’. 2011 saw Nash The Slash release his first ever compilation album entitled’ The Reckless Use of Electricity’. Nash announced his retirement via his website on November 6, 2012, stating that live gigs no longer excited him and that his eccentric style was out of step with the current music scene. He also made note that illegal downloading had devestated his ability to generate a revenue for himself. On May 10, 2014, Nash died at his home in Toronto at age 66, from a suspected heart attack.
with notes from Jon Crowhurst, Nash The Slash, Catherine Fawcett and Mark S. Tucker. [also see BREATHLESS, DRASTIC MEASURES FM]


Singles
1980 Dead Man’s Curve/Swing Shift (Soixante-Neuf) (Cut-Throat)  CUT-3
1981
Dead Man’s Curve/Reactor No.2 (Cut-Throat/Dindisc – UK) DIN-28
1981
19th Nervous Breakdown/Danger Zone (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-29
1981
Novel Romance/In a Glass Eye (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-33
1981
Swing Shift (Flexi-version) (Smash Hits) [33 1/3 Blue vinyl flexi-disc included with Smash Hits Magazine]
1982
Dance After Curfew//The Womble/Calling [12″] (Cut-Throat/PVC/JEM)
1984
1984 (Radio Remix 3:40)/1984 (Radio Remix 5:35)  [7”] (Quality) Q-2442X
1984
1984 – West Side (Radio Version)/1984 – East Side (Dance Version) [12″] (Quality) QDC-301
1984 American Band/[same] (Quality) Q-2448X
1984 Born To Be Wild/Who Do You Dub? (Quality) Q-2453X

Albums
1978 Bedside Companion (Cut-Throat) CUT-1
1979 Dreams and Nightmares (Cut-Throat) CUT-2
1980 Hammersmith Holocaust (Cut-Throat)
1980 Children of  the Night (Cut-Throat/Virgin/Dindisc/Polygram) CUT-4
1981 Decomposing (Cut-Throat) [The Calling/Life in Loch Ness//Womble/Pilgrim’s Lament (Cut-Throat) CUT-5
1982 And You Thought You Were Normal (Cut-Throat/PVC/JEM) CUT-6
1984 American Band-Ages (Quality) SV-2132
1984 4 External Cuts Only (Quality)
1984 Million-Year Picnic (Ralph) 8409
1991 Highway 61 (Cut-Throat)
1997 Highway 61 [re-issue] (Cut-Throat)  CUT1-CD
1997 Blind Windows (Cut-Throat) CUT2-CD
[CD re-issue of ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ and ‘Bedside Companion’]
1999 Thrash (Cut-Throat) CUT3-CD
2001 Nosferatu (Cut-Throat) CUT5-CD
2008 In-A-Gadda-Da-Nash (Cut-Throat) CUT8-CD
2010 Live In London – 2008 (Cut-Throat)
2011 The Reckless Use of Electricity (Cut-Throat)


NASH, Nancy
Nancy Nash was born in Alberta, Canada. Her First Nations name is Sazacha Red Sky. Nash has been a long-time session singer with occasional solo releases. She was also 1/3 of disco supergroup Touché. [also see TOUCHÉ]

Singles
1976 Fact Of Life/One More Time (Mustard/Damon) MJ-101
1977 Nothin’ Comes Easy/Nothin’ Comes Easy (Album Version) (Mustard/Damon)
MJ-107
1978 We’re Gonna Show the World/I’d Like to Get to Know You (Mustard/Damon)
MJ-117
1979 Nananheyhey Kiss Me Goodbye/Ain’t Nothin’ Without You (Nash) NN-1
1980 Can’t You Do Anything Right/Starting All Over Again (A & M) AM-505
1980 Running For Love/I Just Want To Tell You (A & M) AM-519
1986 Hand in Mine (Dedicated to Blue Dawn) [12″] (Nash) Nash-1

Albums
1978 Natural Born (Mustard/Damon) M-1000
1982 Letting Go (Avalon) AVE-1011


NATION, The
Alex Stangl
(vocals guitar) / Marie Bodine (backing vocals) / Greg Heard (drums) / Jim C. Smith (keyboards) / Dan Washburn (bass).
After flirting with Canadian success in the Capitol Records signed band Bamboo, Alex Stangl returned to  Peterborough, Ontario following the collapse of the band and became a taxi driver. It was on long nights driving that he contemplated his next move and soon assembled The Nation as a non-performing studio act. Stangl began releasing albums and singles starting in 1986 on his own Taxi Driver Records and selling them out of his cab. To date there have been eleven albums and three singles. Due to long stretches of illness from 1995 through the new millennium, Stangl’s output became sporadic and he finally put The Nation to rest in 2011.

Singles
1989
Inside My Head/Alone On Christmas Day (Taxi Driver)
1990 That’s You/It’s the Times (Taxi Driver) WRC3-6453

Albums
1986
Groovy People (Taxi Driver)
1988
Acoustic Campfire [aka Atmosphere on CD] [cassette] (Taxi Driver)
1989
Trillium Poetry [aka Get Me Out of Peterborough on CD] [cassette] (Taxi Driver)
1995 Summerland
2000 Also Besides


NATIONAL VELVET
Maria Del Mar (lead vocals) / Mark Crossley (guitar) / Garry Flint (drums) / Mark Storm (bass) / Tim Welch (guitar) / Chris Weiss (saxophone)
National Velvet, named after the 1944 Elizabeth Taylor movie of the same name, came together after a chance meeting between vocalist Maria Del Mar and bassist Mark Storm in an alley during a party in Toronto. Six months after the formation of the band they released an independent, self-titled EP featuring the radio played “Flesh Under Skin”. An introduction to Intrepid Records’ Stuart Raven-Hill via Molly Johnson led to a management and record deal with distribution through Capitol Records. Their full-length, self-titled album debut saw a remake and video for ‘Flesh Under Skin’ and critical comparison’s Del Mar’s vocal style to Rush’s Geddy Lee. In 1989 their single/video for ’68 Hours’ became all the rage and garnered them a CFNY-FM CASBY Award. They soon moved up to Capitol Records proper as Intrepid president Stuart Raven-Hill folded up his label and moved back to England. 1990’s ‘Courage’ was recorded in England with producer Zeus B. Held (Nina Hagen, Dead Or Alive, Men Without Hats). The lead single, “Sex Gorilla”, became an ‘IN’ joke because it was originally called “Sasperilla” (named after the soft drink from the 1930’s) but audiences kept misinterpreting the lyrics so the band changed the title of the song. It became their biggest single. National Velvet left Capitol Records, and moved to Iron Music where they released their third album ‘Wildseed’ in 1995. The band’s audiences begin to dwindle in the face of the Grunge explosion and National Velvet broke up; del Mar has continued her musical projects in Toronto including contributions to the Classic Albums Live shows; Storm was reported missing in November 2002 and his body was found in Lake Ontario in June 2003. A reformed National Velvet played a reunion show at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto on December 29, 2011. with notes from John Gladish .

Singles
1987 Pacifist At Risk/Equus (Intrepid/Capitol)
1988 Change My Mind (Video Edit)/Pacifist At Risk (Intrepid/Capitol) B-73079
1988 Flesh Under The Skin [Extended Mix]//A Wake/Flesh Under Skin [12″] (Intrepid/Capitol) N1-75219
1988 Bam Bam (Intrepid/Captiol)
1988 68 Hours (Molten Guitar Mix)/68 Hours (Album Version) [12″] (Intrepid/Capitol)
SPRO-418
1990 Shine On (EMI)
1990 Sex Gorilla (EMI)
1990 Hysteria (EMI)

Albums

1986 National Velvet [4 song EP] (ENV) 8609-001
1988 National Velvet (Intrepid/Capitol) N1-90336
1990 Courage (EMI) C1-93939
1995 Wildseed (Iron Music Group) 77876


NATURAL GAS
George Olliver (vocals) /  Carl Watral (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals) / Dave “Hulk” Berman (saxophones, vocals) / Dave Classic (trombones, vocals) / Dave Tamblyn (guitar, vocals) / Brian Wray (piano, organ, flute, vocal) / Graham Lear (drums) / Leon Feigenbaum (bass)
Following George Olliver’s stint with Mandala, he left to form George Olliver & The Soul Children in 1967. By the end of the decade Olliver had assembled a top-notch R & B ensemble to go head-to-head with the likes of Lighthouse, Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears called Natural Gas. They managed one album that was recorded at RCA Studio in Montreal and Broadway Recordings Studios in New York and featured songs written mostly by Olliver and Watral. The self-titled album, produced by Pat Jaques and Fran White, landed in the Top10 in Canada and the Top50 in the USA; Dave Classic died in 2019.

Singles
1970 All Powerful Man/What Do You Want From My Life (Firebird) 1806

Albums
1970
Natural Gas (Firebird) FB-18


NEOA4
Ric Johnston
(vocals, guitar) / Joel Anderson (drums) / John Tidswell (bass, guitar, keyboards) / Doug Radford (keyboards, vocals; 1989)
Formed in 1982, Edmonton’s NEO a4 (named after books on esoteric mysticism the members were reading in 1981) struggled in the prairies for 6 years playing their techno-pop in the ‘meat and potatoes’ bars of heartland Canada. The band had developed a strong reputation as live performers and business men having successfully cracked the college radio market with their independent releases ‘What’s Up’ (1984) and ‘The Warmer Side of You’ (1985) while opening concerts for such acts as The Thompson Twins, Thomas Dolby and The Cure. Before the demoing for ‘Warmer Side’ had even begun they were contacted by Duke Street, but the label dragged its feet on any kind of commitment and so the band released it to great success on their own. They landed a CFNY-FM CASBY Award for ‘Best New Group/Independent Label’; Top Concert honours from the Edmonton Sun; and Best New Group of 1986 from The Alberta Recording Industry Association. Duke Street finally relented and signed the band in January 1987 and the band relocated to Toronto. The label released a 5 song EP of remixed versions of previously released material and had great sales results. The label decided to send the band into the studio was Colin Thurston (Duran Duran, David Bowie, Iggy Pop) to produced their self-titled debut album. 1989’s ‘The Hard Way’ featured Doug Radford (former Darkroom) as the newest member of the band on keyboards and vocal support by Molly Johnson, Jason Sniderman (keyboards), and Chris Wardman (guitar). The band hit a brick wall trying to break commercial radio and sell records. They finally disbanded in 1990; Joel Anderson moved back to Toronto and is a live and session drummer; Radford released a solo CD in 1994 called ‘Beacon’. with notes from Joel Anderson.

Singles
1987 Desire/Desire [instrumental] (Duke Street) 71034
1988 Say This To Me/Standing (Duke Street) 71039
1988 Say This To Me (12″ Dance Remix)//Say This To Me/Is She Is She [12″] (Duke Street) DS- 12039
1988 Only A Fool/Around The World (Duke Street) 81039
1988 One’s Enough/Understand (Duke Street) 91039
1988 If It Was You/[same] (Duke Street) 10039
1989 That’s The Way/[same] 71056

Albums
1984 What’s Up (NEO A4) A4-1
1985 The Warmer Side Of You (NEO A4) A4-2
1987 Desire [5 song EP](Duke Street) DSM-31034
1988 NE0a4 (Duke Street) DSR-31039
1989 The Hard Way (Duke Street) DSR-31056


NEON ROME, A
Neal Arbick
(vocals) / John Borra (bass) / Ken Burchill (drums) / Russell Ardito (keyboards) / Kevin Nizel (guitar) / Bernard Maeizza (keyboards; replaced Ardito) / Ian Blurton (drums; replaced Burchill) / Crawford Teasdale (guitar; replaced Nizel)
A Neon Rome formed in 1984 during the salad days of the Beverley Tavern’s ‘Elvis Mondays’. After watching bands like Groovy Religion and Change of Heart on consecutive weeks, A Neon Rome debuted their minimalist sound. Just as the act was beginning to gel Arbick replace Burchill and Ardito with Bernard Maeizza and Ian Blurton. They managed triple bills with Change of Heart and Groovy Religion and even opened the very first North American appearance of Jesus And Mary Chain. When Groovy Religion left the Beverley to promote their debut album in 1986, A Neon Rome took up the ‘Elvis Mondays’ residency. A fan of the band, Keith Bates, paid for them to record their debut album with producer Andy St. John (known for work with metal acts in England). In the middle of recording, Blurton quit the band to work with an early version of the Cowboy Junkies. Burchill was brought back in to finish two tracks on the album. Meanwhile, Bates couldn’t get labels stateside to notice the record, but the premiere indie punk label in the UK, New Rose, did release it in Europe. Similarly, Toronto promoter Elliott Lefko created a label called Rightside exclusively to release the album in Canada. The band did some dates around southern Ontario to promote the record and supply footage for a planned movie with director Bruce McDonald but ended up immediately back in the studio with Andy St. John. Frictions within the band had surfaced and Nizel was replaced by Crawford Teasdale. Arbick had become unstable and withdrawn because of substance use and the recordings dragged on for 18 months. In quick succession Arbick began changing his life to a transcendental existence which conflicted with the band’s initial aggressive music and public appeal and then they fired Bates over what they believed were thefts of their money to finance the never ending film production, the quitting of Burchill a second time and the complete collapse of the recordings. Eventually, McDonald got fed-up with the act, secured government grants to finish his film with a fictitious band and eventually released it as ‘Roadkill’. The A Neon Rome album ‘All The Children Are In’ was completed in 1989 and the group played one more show, but Arbick put the brakes on the record ever being released as his personal belief system were in conflict with the album’s message. The band was, for all intents and purposes, over. Arbick went on to teach yoga to mentally challenged adults and re-emerged with Teasdale under the name Mahendra; Borra went to Vienna for 6 months and returned to join his old bandmate Ian Blurton in Change of Heart along with Maeizza who was added as keyboard player. A reunited version of the band emerged in 2009 with a self-titled album on Maple Music.

Albums
1987 New Heroin (New Rose – UK) ROSE-111
2009 A Neon Rome (Maple Music)


NEOS
Steve Bailey
(guitar, vocals) / Kevin Smith (bass; 1981-1983) / JFK [aka Gary Kirk] (bass; 1980-1981) / A.B. [aka Mario Kasapi] (drums)
Punk band  Neos was formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1980. After two independent singles the band split up in 1983.

Singles
1982 End All Discrimination [12 song 7″] (Alandhiscar) AL-105  
1983 Hassibah Gets the Martian Brain Squeeze (Alandhiscar) AL-106


NERVE, The
P.J. Burton
(vocals)
From Edmonton, Alberta; Singer P.J. Burton would go on to form P.J. & The Smarties and then Chocolate Bunnies From Hell.

Singles

1978 Penchant/Preludes (Village) VR-7805


NEUFELD, Rick
Born: 1947
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Rick Neufeld grew up in the Mennonite community of Boissevain. He studied Architecture at the University Of Manitoba followed by travelling in Europe and North America before deciding on a career in folk music. He started in coffeehouses throughout Canada and the US performing at the Regina Folk Festival and Mariposa in Ontario. With appearances on CBC television he eventually landed his own television show called ‘The Songsingers’. His songwriting also became popular with other acts and he had a successful hit in 1969 with “Moody Manitoba Morning” by The Bells. His own albums were moderately successful but he did land a hosting job on CBC with co-host Colleen Peterson for ‘On the Road’. The highlight of his performing career was a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. His 1978 album ‘Prairie Dogs’ featured The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings, Bill Wallace, and Garry Peterson as well as Terry Bush. with notes from Rick Neufeld.

Singles
1970 Estevan Fair (Warners) WB-5020
1970
Moody Manitoba Morning/Boissvain Fair (Warners) WB-5025
1971 Country Princess/Long Way Home (Astra) A-45300
1971 Hiway Child/I Came To Play (Astra) A-45311
1973 Medicine Man/The Parable Country (A/S) A-4525
1973 Country Christmas/Sing (A Christmas Song) (A/S) A-4531
1974 A Love Worth Living For/A Morning Song (RCA/Victor) KPBO-0039
1974 Country Pride/Souris River Valley (RCA/Victor) PB-50037
1975 A Most Amazing Lady/Nothing Changes But The Season (RCA/Victor) PB-50062

Albums
1971 Hiway Child (Astra) AS-1001
1975 Prairie Dog (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0074
1979 Rick Neufeld (Cubby Hole) 102

as RICK NEUFELD WITH PRAIRIE DOG
1978 Manitobasongs – LIVE! (Prairie Dog) PD-1001


NEW CITY JAM BAND
Breen LeBoeuf (bass, vocals) / Beau David (guitar, vocals) / Kenny Marco (guitar) / Steve Kennedy (sax) / Burt Hermiston (sax) / Yum Yum (drums)
Smile Records act Studebaker Hawk was sent into the studio with producer Ralph Murphy who cut four songs with them – two Joe Ress compositions, one Ralph Murphy song, and Steve Cooley’s “Rainbows, Pots of Gold and Moonbeams”. The latter tune became the band’s first single for Smile in August 1975. While on the way home from a show promoting the single in January 1976, the band caught one of their other songs on the air – the Ralph Murphy written “Lazy Love” – except the DJ back-announced it as a new single by a band called New City Jam Band. When they confronted Smile Records about the name change, the label explained that Murphy’s song was a different style and so they had opted to release it under a pseudonym. LeBoeuf was drafted for the line-up of the touring version of New City Jam Band with Southcote vocalist Beau David (William Small) and Motherlode’s Kenny Marco. Studebaker Hawk carried on with Cooley and Ress. “Lazy Love” peaked at No.40 on the RPM Top Singles chart in March 1976. Following the tour, Smile put together another group of musicians around LeBoeuf in the Fall of 1977 to record a follow-up single called “One Love Is Getting Better” written by future Extras member Leon Stevenson. The group featured LeBoeuf, Dave Stone (keyboards), Sonni Bernardi (drums) and Stevenson (tubular bells). The song peaked at No.89 on the RPM Top Singles chart. with notes from Joe Ress, Leon Stevenson, Breen LeBoeuf and Ralph Murphy.

Singles
1976 Lazy Love/One More Time (Smile/GRT) SLE-110 
1977 Our Love Is Getting Better/For You (Smile/GRT) SLE-114


NEW POTATOES
Randy Gulliver
(piano, vocals) / Tim Wynveen (guitar, vocals) / Denny Deporter (guitar, harmonica, vocals) / Carl Pamminger (drums) / Bill Loop (bass, backing vocals) / Bruce Pennycook (saxophone) / Ollie Strong (steel guitar)
The New Potatoes were initially signed to Edward Bear’s corporate management and publishing entity called Canada Bear Ltd. in June 1972. By September 1972, Bear had gotten the band signed to Capitol Records Canada. Their self-titled debut was produced by Gene Martynec and engineered by Bill Sneddon at Thunder Sound in Toronto in October that year and finally released in January 1973. New Potatoes did opening slots on Edward Bear’s tour dates as well as joining them on stage when songs required bigger arrangements. This teamwork led to members of the New Potatoes appearing on Edward Bears’ 1973 album ‘Close Your Eyes’. With failure to get radio play from the two singles launched off the debut album in ’73, New Potatoes followed with a cover of the Johnny Mercer song “Something’s Gotta Give” which landed them moderate airplay.

Singles
1973 Good Morning And Goodbye/Old Man River Jesus (Capitol) 72683
1973 Thinking Only Of You/That’s Not The Way To Be (Capitol) 72710
1974 Something’s Gotta Give/Sad To Say Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay (Capitol) 72728

Albums
1973 New Potatoes (Capitol) ST-6349


NEW REGIME
Kevin Connelly
(vocals) / Neil A. Taylor (drums) / Bill Telep (guitar) / Jon James (bass) / Tim Durnford (bass; replaced James) / Les Stroud (guitar; replaced Telep) / Norm McMullen (guitar, guitar synthesizer; replaced Stroud) / Russell Walker (keyboards, PPG programming) / Rick Lintlop (bass) / Jim McDonald (keyboards; replaced Walker) / Rob Laidlaw (bass; replaced Lintlop)
New Regime was a Toronto-area synth-pop act founded in 1982 by Kevin Connelly and Neil A.Taylor along with guitarist Bill Telep. Connelly would soon create The Diamonds Dogs, a brief side project, from the original New Regime. But Connelly disbanded Diamond Dogs when the group’s sponsor, Honeymoon Suite’s manager Stephen Prendergaast, expressed no interest in the original material they were writing. However, Diamond Dogs guitarist Les Stroud and bassist Tim Durnford were recruited into New Regime. Creative differences caused Stroud and Durnford to leave and Connelly called on Rick Lintlop, Russell Walker and Norm McMullen to take up the vacant positions; McMullen was originally in Toronto cover band Persons Unknown with Connelly. After the band’s breakup in 1983, McMullen played in another short-lived Toronto cover band called The Tribe before leaving that group to join New Regime. With Jake Gold and David Kirby managing, the act soon signed to RCA Records having been offered the biggest advance to a Canadian act ever signed to the label. Their 1985 self-titled debut was produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu, Cutting Crew) and featured the radio hit “Seduction” which was an original song by McMullen called “Production”. Shortly before working on their follow-up album, Walker and Lintlop were replaced by Jim McDonald (of Rational Youth) and Rob Laidlaw. Their second record in 1987, ‘The Race’, was produced by Steve Webster and featured the radio hit “Love + Satisfaction”.  Connelly went solo in the late ’90s and released his first solo album called ‘Son Of The Sun’ which was well very received by critics and featured co-writes with Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane’s guitar player), Rycky Bird (Joan Jett) and others. Since then he has written and produced a rock musical called “Burn – The Real Joan Of Arc Story” and “Life On Mars – Stage v1.0”, a live show featuring the music of David Bowie; Jon James joined the band Britton, touring Europe; Russ Walker (also formerly of Heads In The Sky) is the house composer for Kitchen Sync Studio in Toronto; Les Stroud would go on to world fame as the solitary traveler in the Outdoor Life Network reality show ‘Survivorman’. with notes from Kevin Connelly, Chris Bland, Terry Lusk and Les Stroud.[see LES STROUD]

Singles
1985 Seduction/Beat That Drum (RCA) PB-50819
1985 Love In Motion/Love Will Survive (RCA) PB-50841
1985 Fools Cry/I Won’t Let You Go (RCA) PB-50848
1985 Treasure/Careful//Seduction/I Won’t Let You Go [12″] (RCA) KJN1-7094
1987 Love + Satisfaction/Let It Loose (RCA/BMG) PB-50945
1987 Love + Satisfaction (Monkey Trance Mix)/Monkey Sex Mix/Dub Monkey Mix [12″] (RCA/BMG) KD-10019
1987 Where The Heart Is/It’s Alright (RCA/BMG) PB-50961

Albums
1985 New Regime (RCA) NFL1-8054
1987 The Race (RCA/BMG) KKL1-0586


NEWTON-DAVIS, Billy
Born: April 26, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
After struggling in the late 1970s and 1980s as a dance artist, Billy-Newton Davis finally caught the attention of Columbia Records who released a series of R & B dance singles before committing to the full-length album ‘Love Is a Contact Sport’ produced by David Bendeth. The album won the 1986 JUNO award for ‘Best R & B/soul Recording on the back of advance single “Deeper” and the additional chart topping hits “Right Beside You” and “Find My Way Back”. His 1989 sophomore release, ‘Spellbound’, included his biggest Canadian chart hit, “I Can’t Take It” featuring additional vocals by Mike Reno (Loverboy), as well the Top50 Celine Dion duet “Can’t Live With You, Can’t Live Without You” which was written by Dan Hill and John Parker. Special guest vocalists also included Dalbello, Jocelyn Brown and several songs were produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Max Webster, Cutting Crew). Newton-Davis would win another JUNO Award for ‘Best R & B/Soul Recording in 1990. Following the death of the founding member of The Nylons, Marc Connors, Newton-Davis was invited to join the a cappella act and he accepted. He joined the group in 1991 and stayed with them for nearly a decade. Since leaving the group, he has focused on songwriting while performing jazz and gospel during live performances. His 2007 album ‘All You Ever Want’ won a JUNO Award for ‘Best Dance Album’. As an openly gay entertainer, he wrote about his personal experiences on the 2008 album ‘On a Boy’s Life’. Newton-Davis has been tapped on several occasions to sing on rap and dance recordings including releases by The Boomtang Boys, Nino Anthony and Deadmau5.

Singles
1981
Romance (Disco Remix)/Romance (Unidisc/Rio) RIO-11A
1986 Deeper (LP Version)/Deeper (Video Mix) (Columbia) 7-CDN-28
1986 Deeper [Extended Mix]//Deeper (“Wider” Dub Mix)/Deeper (Video Mix) [12″] (Columbia) 12CXP-7143
1986 Right Beside You/[same] (Columbia) C4-7151
1986 Right Beside You [Extended Remix]/Right Beside You/Find My Way Back [12″] (Columbia) 12CXP-7159
1986 Find My Way Back/Electricity (Columbia) C4-7188
1989 I Can’t Take It/Tell Me Something (Columbia) C4-3082
1989 Spellbound [12″] (Columbia – US) 44-68805
1989 Can’t Live With You, Can’t Live Without You [w/Celine Dion] [CD] (Columbia) CDNK-473
1989 Can’t Live With You, Can’t Live Without You [w/Celine Dion]/Stop Me (Before I Dream Again) (Columbia) C4-3088

with THE BOOMTANG BOYS featuring BILLY NEWTON-DAVIS
1995
The Promised Land [12″] (Boomtang) 12-BOOM-17

with DEADMAU5 featuring BILLY NEWTON-DAVIS
2008
Outta My Life (Instrumental Dub)//Outta My Life (Touch Mix)/Outta My Life (Deep Dub Mix) (Play) YALP-EP001
2009 All You Ever Want (Original)/All You Ever Want (Arjuna Schiks Remix)//All You Ever Want (deadmau5 Dreams Mix)/All You Ever Want (Nino Anthony Remix) (Play) YALP-002
2009 I Like Your Music (Original Mix)/I Like Your Music (Velvet Remix) (Play Digital) PD-4002

with NINO ANTHONY featuring BILLY NEWTON-DAVIS
2008
Everything I Wanna Do (Original Mix)//Everything I Wanna Do (Dub Mix)/Everything I Wanna Do (Radio Edit) [DigiFile] (Play Digital)
2009 Our House World [6 mixes] [DigiFile] (Portomento) POR-057

Albums
1986
Love Is a Contact Sport (Columbia) PCC-80112
1989 Spellbound (Columbia) FC-44499
2007 All You Ever Want
2008 On a Boy’s Life


NEX’D, The
Trevor Groves
(lead vocals) / Lochinvar Sturdy (bass) / Gordon Adam (guitar, keyboards) / Sean Maher (drums, backing vocals)  / Kim Sturdy (keyboards, guitar) / Kevin Kingston (bass, backing vocals)
The Nex’d were a 6-piece act from Calgary, Alberta. The video for their 1985 single “Surreal” was played on MuchMusic. The 12” achieved national campus status at No. 5 including major airplay on CJAY.

Singles
1985
Surreal/Flexible [12″] (Black Bear) BBR-1010


NEXT…
George Belanger
(lead vocals) / Ralph Watts (lead guitar) / James Grabowski (organ) / Al Johnson (drums) / Brian Sellar (bass)
Originally known as the final incarnation of Winnipeg act The Fifth, Next… were signed by the late John Poser to Warner Brothers around 1971 and released the band’s debut album ‘Dusty Shoes’. The album cover is notable as it was the first for the Warner’s Canadian office that was actually designed in Canada. Belanger would go on to front Epic recording artists Harlequin; Sellar is still performing as a current member of the 1960’s Manitoba act Satan & The D-Men; Watts has since passed away. with notes from Tom Williams and Laurie MacKenzie.

Singles
1971 Which Way?/Be Free (Warner Brothers) CW-4011

Albums
1971 Dusty Shoes (Warner Brothers) WSC-9009


NEXT
Roly Greenway
(bass, vocals) / Mark LaForme (guitar, vocals) / Garnet Zimmerman (keyboards) / Melvyn Coburn (drums, backing vocals) / Mitch Hellfield (replaced Zimmerman; 2nd drummer, vocals)
Following his years with Crowbar, Hamilton’s Roly Greenway formed Appaloosa which changed its name to Youngblood Hawk and finally became Next in 1974. Having been signed to a standard (for the day) six sides (three 7” singles) record deal with CBS Records, the band led with the Bob Gallo produced “Only A Friend of Mine”. The song peaked at No.72 on the RPM ‘Top Singles’ chart in April 1976. Two additional singles released in 1976 – “You & I” and “Just Dreaming” – failed to chart. Zimmerman was replaced by Mitch Hellfield who was a drummer-singer. The group sported two drummers, guitar and bass and everyone in the band sang. Following the break-up of the band in 1977, Field formed Hellfield. with notes from Roly Greenway.

Singles
1975 Only A Friend of Mine/Uptown Lady (CBS) C4-4108
1976 Just Dreaming/Maybe The Next Time (CBS) C4-4132
1976 You & I/When You’re Singing (CBS) C4-4145


NEXXT
Dennis Gaines
(vocals) / Robert Sunn (guitar) / Perry Blackman (drums) / Mike Stevens (bass, keyboards)

Albums
1985
Radio Man (World) WRC1-4877


NICHOL, B.P.
Born: Barry Phillip Nichol on September 30, 1944 in Vancouver, British Columbia Died: September 25, 1988 in Toronto, Ontario
B.P. Nichol was a celebrated underground experimental poet who, after a fairly obscure solo career in the late 1960s/early 1970s, would form the band, Four Horsemen, during the early 1970s.

Singles
1978
Appendix/[split w/ANN SOUTHAM & SEAN O’HUIGIN] (Black Moss) BM-101

Albums
1968 Motherlove (Allied) Allied-3
1981
Ear Rational: Sound Poems 1966-1980

with THE FOUR HORSEMEN
1974
Canadada (Griffin House) IPS-1004
1977 Live In The West (Starborne) STB-0177


NICHOL, Jean
Born: Louis Simoneau in 1944 in Windsor Mills, Québec
Born in Windsor Mills, near Sherbrooke, Québec in 1944, Jean Nichol made his show business debut at four years of age entertaining people with his father at a food drive. At age seven, he was singing solo in his village church choir. Nichol’s singing teacher, brother Augustin, predicted a great career as a tenor, Nichol fell in love with Rock ‘n’ Roll as a teenager buying all the records he could afford by Dion, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Rydell and Bobby Darin. At seventeen, Nichol was the singer for The Commanders who were one of the hottest R & B commodities in Québec. It was in a bar in Alma, Lac-Saint-Jean, where Guy Cloutier discovered the singer and soon became Nichol’s manager. His first two singles where successful French versions of Welsh singer Tom Jones songs. However, it was a song by Belgian singer-songwriter David Alexander Winter entitled “Oh Lady Mary” that sent Nichol to the top of the charts. Winter’s version of the song had failed to connect with Québec audiences and when Nichol made it a hit, it opened the door for Winter to finally promote his own album in the province. Following a series of successes on the backs of singles like “Angelica”, “First Love”, “One Night Without You”, and “Gypsy Heart”. He would accumulate more than twenty No.1 hits in Québec. By 1976, Nichol had risen to be the star of cabaret and large hotel performances in Québec which included Place des Arts and The Grand Theatre. Jean Nichol still entertains audiences in Québec.

Singles
1968 Quand reviendra la nuit/Une minute de ton temps (Trans-Canada) TC-3281
1969 Oh! Lady Mary/Les Filles de mon pays (Trans-Canada) TC-3295
1969
L’Amour est bleu/Love is Blue (Nobel) NBL-5701
1970 Regarde Sous Ton Balcon/M’lady (Nobel) NL-5605
1970 La plus belle fille du monde/Sans toi (Nobel) NL-5611
1971 Toi qui n’a pas compris pourquoi/Les joie de l’amour (Nobel) NL-5620
1971 C’etait un reve/Cœur de gitan (Trans-World) TF4-79
1971 Un soir sans toi/Maria (Trans-World) TF4-85
1972 Je suis la/Ne pleure pas (Trans-World) TF4-93
1972 On reste les emes/L’amour a fait de moi un homme (Trans-World) TF4-98
1973 Blanc et noir/Premier amour (Trans-World) TF4-106
1973 L’amour est une chanson/Le temps le vent (Trans-World) TF4-115
1973 L’Amour est une chanson/Love is a Beautiful Song (Trans-World) TWF-2414
1974 Viendras-tu /Je suis la/ (Trans-World) TF9-120
1974 Angelique/Daddy (Trans-World) TF9-122
1975 Dis-moi mon ami/Love Me Do (Trans-World) TF9-133
1975 Je n’ai pas l’age/Si je pleure (Trans-World) TF9-135
1976 Lady My Love/Lady My Love (Instrumentale) (Trans-World) TF9-138
1977 Buona Sera Papa/Donne-moi Un Peu De Temps (Music Hall) MH-3513
1978 Disons-nous Adieu/[same] (Martin) M-10717
1978 Une fille comme toi/Une fille comme toi (Instrumentale)  (Martin) M-10735
1979 Laisse-moi T’aimer/Laisse-moi T’aimer (Instrumentale) (Martin) M-10755
1982 Le Solitaire/Le Solitaire (Instrumentale) (Janico) PPC-2031
1982 All People/[same] (Janico) PPC-2032
1983 Je voudrais te retrouver/Babe (Maisonneuve) MAS-1407
1983 Aloha mon amour/A la longue (Maisonneuve) MAS-1411
1984 Toi l’amour/[same] (Maisonneuve) MAS-1414
1985 Everybody Reggae/Everybody Reggae (Version Instrumentale) (Les Disques Liberté/Trans-Canada Disques) LIB-701
1985 En Jamaique/En Jamaique (Instrumentale) (Les Disques Liberté/Trans-Canada Disques) LIB-705
1986 I Love Everybody (Les Disques Liberté/Trans-Canada Disques)

with JEAN NICHOL & HUGUET RAYNO
1970 Tous les deux sur la plage/les filles et les Garçons (Nobel) NL-5610

Albums
1969 Jean Nichol sur scène (Nobel) NBL-1
1970 Oh! Lady Mary (Nobel) NL-5701
1971 Sans toi (Nobel) NL-5704
1971 Sur scene double (Nobel) NBL-12000
1972 L’Amour a fait de moi un homme (Trans-World) TWK-6503
1974 Angelique (Trans-World) TWK-6508
1975 Cette femme (Trans-World) TWK-6527
1978 Disons nous adieu (Disques Total) DT-22077
1985 Les 18 Numeros 1 de Jean Nichol (Les Archives du Disques Québec) AQ-21026
1992 Jean Nichol (Mérite) 22-1048
1998 16 grand succès (Mérite) 22-7715
1999 24 chansons d’amour (Mérite) 22-1110
2004 Jean Nichol (Mérite) 22-7722
2006 Jean Nichol (PMKK) PMJN-0506


NICHOLLS, Allan F.
Nicholls musical career started with Montreal’s J.B. & The Playboys who established a firm reputation in the early 1960’s in the local club scene playing Beatles cover tunes before The Beatles broke in North America because Nicholls’ aunt lived in England and sent him all the latest releases. Through a local independent label they released a version of “All My Loving” along with an original tune, “Cheryl”, in 1964 to minor success in Montreal. By 1965 they had been signed to RCA Victor International Canada Records and released the single “Tears of Woe”. A string of successful singles followed on the charts through the spring of 1965 after which the band headed into RCA Studios to record the remaining tracks for their self-titled debut LP which was released in the summer of 1965. During that same summer they starred in the US Movies Inc. production of Maxwell Sendel’s ‘Playgirl Killer’ film. With a May 1966 switch in name to The Jaybees (as they were being confused with Gary Lewis And The Playboys) and a move to Toronto, they continued with a string of successful singles including “I’m A Loner” peaking at No.25 in August 1966, and “I Think of Her” which hit No.49 later that year. Kaye and Atkins would leave the band following this release and were replaced by Pete Carson and J.P.Lauzon who would immediately appear on their next single for Columbia Records “Who Do You Think You Are”. Later that year The Jaybees would appear in a second film called “Waiting For Caroline” starring Alexandra Stewart. After another brief name change they returned to RCA as Peter And The Pipers with the addition of Tim Forsythe. But they found themselves without a hit in the form of ‘Rockin’ to Mars’. By 1968 the music world had changed styles again and the remaining members (Hill, Nicholls and Lauzon) rebuilt itself under the moniker Carnival Connection releasing one unsuccessful single “Poster Man” (only hitting No.67 in December 1968); Nichols moved to New York to work on Broadway (‘Hair’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) before returning to Montreal to join a short-reformation of Mashmakhan in 1973, all the while working on solo material for several labels. In 1975 he packed up for Hollywood where he had parts in such movies as ‘Nashville’, ‘Buffalo Bill’, and ‘Slapshot’. He later worked in movie production with Robert Altman and eventually moved into video production including directing Leonard Cohen’s “I’m A Hotel” and working with ‘Saturday Night Live’; Nicholls currently lives in the United Arab Emirates. with notes from Shawn Nagy [also J.B. & THE PLAYBOYS, CARNIVAL CONNECTION, MASHMAKHAN]

Singles
1970 Goin’ Down/Sounds-Noises (Avco Embassy) 4520
1970 Let The Music Play/Coming Apart (Rare Earth/Motown) R-5020
1972 The Joke/[same](Polydor) 2066-204
1974 I’ll Love You From Far Away/Country Junk (Aquarius) AQS-5056*
[The catalog # for this title is incorrect.]

with PETER & THE PIPERS

1967 Rockin’ To Mars/Girl On The Hit Parade (RCA Victor Canada International)
57-3430


NICOL, Dave
Dave Nicol is a singer/songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland who was signed to Columbia Records in the early 1970’s. He had two successful hits, “Goodbye Mama” (1973) and “Mexico” (1974) before falling into relative obscurity. He never gave up on his passion for music and took odd jobs in Kelowna, British Columbia to make ends meet while continuing to write throughout the last two decades. By 1993 he ventured back into the studio and produced a moving tribute to his late friend Brian MacLeod (Chilliwack, Headpins) on his independent CD ‘Night Crossing’. with notes from Derek Churchill.

Singles
1972 No One Ever Told Me/ (Columbia) C4-3045
1973 Goodbye Mama/Fairy Tale (Columbia) C4-4013
1971 Tonight/ (Columbia) C4-4031
1974 Dancin’ Romancin’/ (Columbia) C4-4040
1974 Mexico/My Love (Columbia) C4-4057
1975 Salvation (Nebula) C-0001

Albums
1973 Dave Nicol (Columbia) ES-90247
1975 All the Wild Birds (Columbia)
1993 Night Crossing (Wild West) SP-0618-2


NIGHT TRAIN REVUE, The
Sy Risby (vocals) / Billy Dixon (vocals) / Chuck Flintroy (vocals) / Tony Harris (vocals) / Al Johnson (vocals) / Jimmy Knight (vocals) / Miss Suzanne (vocals)
Originally formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1963 the vocal group survived until 1971 having released one single under the name Sy Risby, Chuck Flintroy and The Night Train.

Singles
as SY RISBY, CHUCK FLINTROY AND THE NIGHT TRAIN
1968
Ain’t Love Wonderful/Hope We Have (6th Avenue) AV-601


NIGHTLIFE UNLIMITED
Tony Bentivegna
/ Johnny D’Orazio / Louis Toteda (vocals) / Peter Sciascia (vocals) / Rebecca Bell (vocals) / Denise Davis (vocals)
Montreal, Québec-based studio project orchestrated and performed by Bentivegna and D’Orazio who used a series of vocalists over the lifespan of the act. Bentivegna and D’Orazio would also produce releases with/for Sweet Heat, Ladies Choice, Gillian Lane, Valerie Krystal, Susan Stevens, Stephanie Wells and six other acts.

Singles
1979
Disco Choo Choo (6:20)/Disco Choo Choo (7:20) [12″] (Unidisc) UNI-1020
1979 Love Is In You (No. 2)/Dance Freak And Boogie (No. 2) [12″] (Unidisc) UNI- 1023
1979 Love Is In You/[same] (Unidisc) UN-117
1979 Love Is In You/[same] [12″] (Unidisc) JUNI-03
1979 El Amor Esta En Ti (Love Is In You)/Alocate Y Baila El Boogie (Dance, Freak And Boogie) [12″] (Casablanca Records – Mexico) 3017
1979 Dance Freak And Boogie [12″] (Unidisc) JUNI-02
1979 Precious Moments/[same] [12″] (Unidisc) JUNI-04
1980 Just Be Yourself/[same] [12″] (Uniwave) W-12058
1980 Do Me Tonight/[same] (Uniwave) WN-336
1980 Do Me Tonight/Love Is In You/Dance Freak and Boogie (Uniwave) FL-02
1982 Danger Zone/[same] [12″] (Tojo – US) T12-1007
1982 Dance With Me (Remix)/Tell Me Why [12″] (Unidisc) UNI-1072
1983 Danger Zone/Ready For You (Rams Horn – NETHERLANDS) RHR-1193
1984 Woman/Some Make You Dance [12″] (Rams Horn – NETHERLANDS) RHR-3368
1984 Playing Tricks On Me/Power and Desire [12″] (Rams Horn – NETHERLANDS) RHR- 3389
1986 Do You Wanna Feel Free/Do You Wanna Feel Free (Progressive Mix) [12″] (Man – US) KR-103
1993 Disco Choo Choo (Remix)/Love Is In You (Remix)/Dance Freak and Boogie (Remix)/Just Be Yourself (Remix) [12″] (Unidisc) SPEC-1210

as NIGHT LIFE
1978 What’s On Your Mind/[same] (TGO) TG-2004

Albums
1979
Nightlife Unlimited (Unidisc) ULP-06
1980 Just Be Yourself (Uniwave) WLP-1014
1981 Nightlife Unlimited (Unidisc) ULP-26
1983 I Love The Night In New York City (Tojo – US) TLP-02
1983 Hot Plate No.9 – Nightlife Unlimited (Trebol – MEXICO) TI-70676
1983 Hot Plate #11 (Unidisc) UNI-009
1984 Power & Desire (Rams Horn – NETHERLANDS) RHR-5090
1997 Let’s Do It Again (Unidisc) AGEK-2062
1997 The Best Of Nightlife Unlimited – I Love The Night In New York City (Tojo – US) HTCD-111


NIGRINI, Ron
Born: 1948
A refugee from Toronto area coffeehouses playing his own brand of folky pop in the ’70’s, Nigrini actually got his start in 1965 in a duo called The Coachmen. By 1967 he had joined Dan’s Heard and drifted around from act to act until 1970 when he finally decided to go solo starting his days on the coffeehouse circuit in the American midwest and eastern seaboard. By 1972 he was back in Canada writing jingles with A&M recording artist Michael Hasek. But, Nigrini was still a singer/songwriter and yearned for the big leagues. He signed a record deal with Attic in 1974 and released his first single that year – “Letters”. The record drew enough attention for Nigrini to follow that up with a 1975 self-titled debut, which, in itself spawned the singles “Lost In Colorado” and “Horses”. It also featured a remake of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Nigrini’s talent was showcased with his lead singing, acoustic guitar, and dulcimer work. On the suggestion of Attic Records president Al Mair, Nigrini did a remake of “I’m Easy” (from the movie ‘Nashville’) which was from his sophomore effort ‘Rich Things’ (1976). But Nigrini’s sweet Jim Croce meets Harry Chapin style was no match for the invasion of harder rock and punk leaving him nothing but closed doors of opportunity in the Canadian music business. He disappeared from the recording studio entirely and drifted for years as a soloist in seedy bars south of the border. Then, in 1983, he returned to the scene for another shot, this time using his own record label as a launch pad. His first single, “Baby, I’m A Lot Like You”, became a national hit. Nigrini’s battle plan for himself and the Oasis label was to release singles only and after the success of “Baby…” and its follow-up “Secrets”, he decided that an album might be good for him too. These two singles were remixed and added to the 1987 album ‘The Drift’ , engineered by Rich Dodson (Stampeders) which also featured the single “Thin Line” and Nigrini’s first stab at a video. This ‘comeback’ record established Nigrini in the A/C and country markets especially with the added bonus of his duet with Shirley Eikhard on “If I Lose You”. Nigrini lives in Commanda, Ontario. He still writes and records and successfully sells out his yearly pilgrimage to play live at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room. with notes from Karen Hazzard.

Singles
1974 Letters/Simply Flowers (Attic) AT-101
1974 Lost In Colorado/Kitty Star (Attic) AT-104
1975 Horses/Signs (Attic) AT-110
1976 I’m Easy/For Someone on the Road (Attic) AT-116
1977 You’re The Reason/Rich Things (Attic) AT-157
1983 Baby, I’m Not Like You (Oasis) OA-5351
1983 Secrets/ Baby, I’m A Lot Like You (Oasis) OA-5352
1983 Thin Line (Oasis) OA-5353
1984 The Drift/[same] (Oasis) OA-5357

Albums
1975 Ron Nigrini (Attic) LAT-1000
1976 Rich Things (Attic) LAT-1010
1987 The Drift (Oasis) OA-1200
2002 Songs From Turtle Island (Oasis) OA1202


NIHILIST SPASM BAND
Bill Exley (vocals) / John Boyle (kazoo) / John Clement (guitar) / Greg Curnoe (kazoo, drums) /  Murray Favro (guitar, drums) / Hugh McIntyre (bass; 1965-2004) / Archie Leitch (clarinet) / Art Pratte (pratt-a-various) / Tim Glasgow (guitar, drums, 1999-present) / Aya Onishi (drums, kazoo, 1999-present)
The Nihilist Spasm Band is a free-form improvisational experimental act formed in London, Ontario in 1965.

Singles
1967
Art Southwest Ont.[split w/JOHN CHAMBERS]

Albums
1968
No Record (Allied) No.5
1978 Vol. 2 (Music Gallery Editions) MGE-13
1984 1984 (Chimik) CC-004
1985 = 7x~x=x (A United Dairies) UD-016
1992 What About Me (Alchemy) ARCD-056
1997 Live In Japan (Alchemy) ARCD-093
1999 Every Monday Night (Alchemy) ARCD-107
2007 No Nihilist Spasm Band in Mulhouse
2012 Nothing Is Forever (Wintage) WRT-99


NILS, The
Alex Soria
(guitar, vocals) / Carlos Soria (guitar) / Terry Lee Toner [aka Eloi Bertholet] (drums) / Guy Caron (bass) / Jean Lortie / Karim Dormeyer (lead guitar)
The Nils were from Montreal, Québec.  In July of 1985 they entered Le Majeure Studio in Montreal to create the EP ‘Sell Out Young’ which was produced by Stefan Doroschuk of Men Without Hats. His brother Ivan Doroschuk (vocalist for MWH) played keyboards. A second EP of material demoed in 1984 materialized in 1986 on the Seigfried label. Their self-titled full-length album was produced by Chris Spedding and was released in 1987 on the U.S Rock Hotel label distributed by Profile Records. In 1995, a Montreal label called Mag Wheel records re-issued the extra stock from the 1986 Seigfried release with a new sleeve under the title ‘Paisley’. In 1998 they also released a pseudo “best of” package called ‘Green Fields in Daylight’. Alex Soria resurfaced in 1999 with a new act called Chino. Their 6-song EP, ‘Mala Leche’, was also released on Mag Wheel. In 2009 a split LP with old and new material called ‘Now + Sell Out Young!’ was issued on Just Fucking Music. with notes from Jim Hynes and Guy St. Laurent.

Singles
1985 Sell Out Young! [4 song 12″] (Psyche Industry) PIR-06
1986 The Nils [4 song 12″] (Siegfried)

Albums
1987 The Nils (Rock Hotel/Profile – US) PRO-1245
1995 Paisley (Mag Wheel) MAG-013
1997 Greenfields In Daylight (Mag Wheel) MAG-012
2009 Now + Sell Out Young! (Just Fucking Music) 02
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-317


NO FUN
A Surrey, British Columbia punk band not to be confused with No Fun from Switzerland or Louisville, Kentucky.

Singles
1978 Fall For A Cliche [6 song EP] (Werewolf T-Shirt) WTSF-1
1979 No Fuan At The Disco [5 song EP](Werewolf T-Shirt) WTSF-2
1981 Don’t Leave Me Hanging/It Came For Hanging (Werewolf T-Shirt) WTSF-7

Albums
1981
Ghost Paperboy (Werewolf T-Shirt) WTSF-4


NO POLICY
Ron Johnston
(vocals) / Rebecca Tucker (guitar) / Denis (bass) / Stewart “G” (drums) / Mike Briseboise (drums) / Lord Hams [aka Stephan] (bass)
No Policy’s first public exposure was through the released of a tape on Blurrg (the U.K. Subhumans label). Their song “News Or Propaganda” was on the 1984 Montreal compilation ‘Primitive Air Raid’. It received extensive airplay on CBC’s ‘Brave New Waves’ radio program. The band toured Canada in 1984 with Honest Injun. Denis quit and Lord Hams from Vomit And The Zits joined. Rebecca moved to Los Angeles and played with Haircuts That Kill with Chuck Mosley (Faith No More’s first singer) and then moved to San Francisco to play with noise band Frightwig. Tucker currently plays guitar for Cockfight.

Albums
1984 No Policy [cassette] (Blurrg)


Noah’s early incarnation as The Tyme And A Half. Photo courtesy David Sampson.

NOAH
Paul Clapper (lead vocals) / Barry “Buzz” Vandersel (lead vocals, bass) / Marinus Vandertogt (lead & rhythm guitar, vocals) / Peter Vandertogt (drums, percussion, vocals) / Ron Neilson (lead guitar; replaced Clapper) / Al Manning (guitar; replaced Neilson)
The band started originally playing local clubs around Trenton, Ontario in 1964-65 as Buzzy And The Belvederes. The band featured ‘Buzzy’ Vandersel’s (who was 14 at the time of the band’s inception), his older cousins Peter & Marinus Vandertogt and finally, lead singer Paul Clapper. The band was re-christened Tyme And A Half by Nimbus 9 Productions’ manager Al MacMillan during the recording of their first single “It’s Been A Long Time”. They would release the song and a second single in 1969. The group landed a deal with RCA/Victor through their Nimbus 9 producer Jack Richardson, and with a final name change to NOAH, released their eponymous debut in 1970. Paul Clapper, unhappy with the direction the band was taking under the leadership of Al McMillan, left and was replaced by Ron Neilson as they toured the debut album. However, Neilson also left and Noah carried on as a three piece. Moving to ABC/Dunhill their 1972 album ‘Peaceman’s Farm’ was produced by Randy Bachman. Bachman also wrote the song “Sussex” for the record and played guitar on several tracks as did keyboardist Jim Morgan. The song “World Band” would later be covered by US group GRIFFIN. The album not only recieved great reviews in RPM, Cashbox and Billboard magazines, but increased their profile as one of the featured acts in the Canadian music industry’s summer Maple Music Junket. Noah began extensive touring in the USA to promote the album in the Spring of 1972 and Bachman toured with them. One stint included a live broadcast on radio station WCMF in Rochester, New York. Al Manning joined the group at this time as well. With the group on it’s way to big success, it was back into the studio for production of their third album ‘California Man’. During the recording of a re-working of Bachman’s “Sussex”, Vandersel took ill and was rushed to the hospital. Recording was completed in mid-1973 but shortly thereafter Vandersel was rushed to the cancer ward of Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario for examination which confirmed the growth of a malignant brain tumor. After two years of chemotherapy treatments (and a temporary remission) Vandersel succumbed to his illness in the fall of 1975 at the age of 23. The group disbanded following his death and the ‘California Man’ album remains unreleased to this day; Manning would go on to form Coyote with Gary Comeau (Esquires); Marinus Vandertogt died May 17, 2016.
with notes from Ron Neilson and Keven Rector.

Singles
1970 Summer Sun (RCA/Victor)
1972 Peaceman’s Farm/Something’s In My Way (ABC/Dunhill) 45D-4308

as TYME AND A HALF
1969 It’s Been A Long Time/Magic Island (Nimbus 9) NN-9008
1969 Cassandra/It’s Happening Here (Nimbus 9) NN-9011 

Albums
as NOAH
1970
Noah (RCA/Victor) LSP-4432
1972 Peaceman’s Farm (ABC/Dunhill) DSX-50117


NOBLE, Hank
Born: 1930 in Raleigh, North Carolina;
Died: 1988
When CHUM-AM went on the air as a Top40 station on May 27, 1957, the midnight-to-6 a.m. shift was given to Hank Noble – who had been a budding crooner several years before with several soft-selling 7″ singles to his credit on Mercury. Noble and his GAR Ranch Boys, recording under the name Billy Guitar And His Nighthawks were signed to Decca Records’ Canadian affiliated label Apex for four ‘sides’: “Here Comes The Night”, “You Didn’t Ever Love Me (Darlin’, Did You?)”, “You Should Have Loved Her More”, and a fourth, unidentified tune. The song was written by Noble and charted on Toronto’s CHUM chart for 5 weeks, reaching the top spot of  No.22 in 1957. The single was also released stateside on Decca Records. About eight months after debuting on CHUM – in January of 1958 – Noble was replaced by DJ Jay Jackson.

Singles
1954 The Case Against My Heart/If You Want It That Way (Mercury – US) 70485
1954 Keep On Trying/Wa Ha Ne Na (Mercury – US) 70515
1955 I’ve Lost Again/Little Log Cabin (Pirco) P-1002

as BILLY GUITAR & HIS NIGHTHAWKS
1957 Here Comes The Night/You Should Have Loved Her More (Apex) 76185


NOBLEMEN, The [see YOUNG AND COMPANY]


NOCTURNALS, The
Wayne Evans
(bass) / Ron Henshel (guitar) / Bill McBeth (drums) / Roger Skinner (saxophone) / Chad Thorp (organ) / Carl Erickson (saxophone)
The Nocturnals were an instrumental band with members from Haney, British Columbia and Vancouver which is where the band would be founded in 1958. They released several singles on Regency in the mid-60s. They split up in 1968.

Singles
1965 Because You’re Gone/Can It Be True (Regency) R-959
1965 This Ain’t Love/You Lied (Regency) R-964

Albums
2006
Greatest Hits and More! (Neptoon)


NOMADS, The
1962 LINE-UP:  Lennie Richards (lead vocals) / Garry McDonall (vocals, trumpet, trombone) / Wallis Petruk (saxophone, flute) / Bob Clark (lead guitar) / Orest Urchak (tenor sax) / Jack Dakus (bass) / Don Paches (drums) / Dough Michetti (piano)
1968 LINE-UP: Lennie Richards (lead vocals) / Garry McDonall (vocals, trumpet, trombone) / Wallis Petruk (saxophone, flute) / Garry White (bass) / Hugh Brockie (guitar, paino) / Don Remeika (drums) / Les Vincent (bass, vocals)
From Edmonton, Alberta.

Singles
1966
Be Myself/Cry Baby (Damon) D-001
1967
Hey Joe/The Letter (Damon) D-004

as GARRY DONALL, LENNIE RICHARDS & THE NOMADS
1962
Teem Twist (Startime) MG-1145

Albums
1989
The Nomads Are Back! Lock Up Your Mothers! (Damon-Soundtrek) DSCD-1001
1998
(Almost) “Live” at the Sidetrack Café (Damon)  DSCD-1002

as THE NOMADS featuring LENNIE RICHARDS
1968 Hits of the Nomads (Point) P-333


NoMeansNo
Rob Wright (bass, vocals) / John Wright (drums) / Andy Kerr (guitar; 1982-1983)  / Tom Holliston (guitar) / Ken Kempster (2nd drums) / Craig Bougie (sound modification)
Punk band NoMeansNo was formed in Victoria, British Columbia by brother Rob and John Wright in 1979. The brothers began recording as a duo in their parents’ basement soon after. These recordings would be released on their first two self-released 7″ singles. NoMeansNo released their debut album ‘Mama’ in 1982 and were soon joined by Infamous Scientists guitarist Andy Kerr. The trio were signed to Alternative Tentacles in the US and would tour and release a dozen albums from 1983 through 1992 at which time Kerr left while the Wright brothers formed a band of alter egos – The Hanson Brothers (with Tom Holliston and Mike Branum) – named after the real-life hockey Hanson brothers featured in the movie ‘Slapshot’. They returned as NoMeansNo for their 1993 effort ‘Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?’ recruiting Tom Holliston from the Hanson Brothers and 2nd drummer Ken Kempster. The duo would alternate between the two projects eventually leaving Alternative Tentacles to release music on their own Wrong Records starting in 2000. with notes from Daniel Aaij.

Singles
1980 Look, Here Come The Wormies/[split w/MASS APPEAL] (Wrong)
1981 Betrayal, Fear, Anger, Hatred [4 song EP] (Wrong)
1987 Dad/Obsessed (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-60
1991 Oh Canaduh/New Age (Allied) No. 10

as THE HANSON BROTHERS
1992 Brad/Hey, There Goes That Kid (Wrong) WRONG-4
1992 Blitzkrieg Hops/You Are Not For Me/Bad (Alternative Tentacles – US)
         [bonus 7″ w/LP ‘Gross Misconduct’]
1996 Stomp ‘Em (Essential Noise)
1997 You Can’t Hide the Heinz/[split w/DOA] (Musical Tragedies) MT-347

Albums
1982 Mama (independent)
1985 You Kill Me [5 song EP] (Undergrowth) UG-1302
1986 Sex Mad (Psyche Industry) PIR-012
1987 Sex Mad [re-issue minus one track] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-56
1988 The Day Everything Became Nothing (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-62
1988 Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-63
1988 Wrong (Cargo) CAR-007
1990 The Power of Positive Thinking [3 song EP] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-81
1991 You Kill Me [Re-mixed; 5 song EP re-issue] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-86
1991 Live and Cuddly (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-97
1991 0 + 2 = 1 (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-98
1993 Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-123
1994 One Down & Two To Go (Alternative Tentacles – US)
1995 The Worldhood Of The World (As Such) (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-171
1996 Would We Be Alive? [EP] (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-207
1997 In the Fishtank – Volume 1 [EP] (In The Fishtank) FISH-1
1998 Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-215
2000 One (Wrong) WRONG-20
2001 Generic Shame [EP] (Wrong) WRONG-21
2004 The People’s Choice (Wrong) WRONG-29
2006 All Roads Lead to Ausfarht (Wrong) WRONG-33
2010 Old [EP] (Wrong) WRONG-37
2010 Tour EP 1 (Wrong)
2010 Tour EP 2 (Wrong)
2010 0 + 2 = 1 ½ (Wrong)

with JELLO BIAFRA
1991 The Sky Is Falling and I Want My Mommy (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-85

as THE HANSON BROTHERS
1992 Gross Misconduct (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-116
1996 Sudden Death (Essential Noise/Virgin) 842016
2002 My Game (Mint) MRD-059
2008 It’s a Living (Wrong) WRONG-36


NORDA
Colin / Miklos Le Grady / Cyndi “Cyn D” Mikel (vocals) / Hugo Von Levetzow / Brat X (bass) / Tod C
Norda featured ex-members of the Rent Boys Inc. including the late Brat X. ‘West Over Seas’ was the first of a planned trilogy; Both Brat X and Cyndi Mikel have passed away.

Singles
1984 West Over Seas [3 song  7” EP]  (Unfaegne/Green Fuse) N1-GF2


NORMAN AND THE OTHER FOUR, Don
Don Norman (vocals, guitar) / Gary Comeau (guitar, vocals) / Ron Greene (guitar, keyboard, vocals) / Bill Helman (bass, vocals)  / Brian Dewhurst (drums) / John Matthews (lead vocals, saxophone) / Art Kirby (guitar, flute; replaced Comeau 1966)  / John Winskell (lead guitar) / Rick Pandis (lead vocals) / Skip Layton (drums; replaced Dewhurst)
When Don Norman and Gary Comeau left the Ottawa band The Esquires in 1964, they formed a new band featuring additional support from Greene, Helman, and Dewhurst as Don Norman And The Esquires. The original Esquires, still performing with a slight name change, took exception to the theft of their name and Don Norman found himself in court. An out-of-court settlement was reached and the band became The Other Four. CJET disc jockey John Pozer had a vision to help the band and they soon added John Matthews as second vocalist and saxophone player. They prepared for their big break as Don Norman And The Other Four while Pozer secured a distribution deal with Quality Records. In April 1966, Pozer, the band, and former Esquires singer Bob Harrington took a trip to RCA Recording Studio in Toronto to cut two singles – Don Norman & The Other Four’s version of The Olympic’s “The Bounce” and an original Norman tune “All of My Life”. The band then backed Harrington on his single “Country Boy” backed with Phil Och’s “Changes”. The Don Norman band tracks ended up on Quality’s subsidiary label Barry Records (and a US release through MGM was negotiated after favourable airplay in New York State) in 1966. An altered French language version was released in Québec as “Le Bounce” backed with “Je t’ai cherche” on the Solfege label under the band name Les Demi-Douzaines. Meanwhile, despite having a local double-sided hit on CFRA in Ottawa, Quality Records had failed to make “The Bounce” available in Ottawa record stores. This lack of care or belief in Canadian talent (the Bob Harrington single had seen even less support – most of the 500 copies destroyed by Quality warehouse staff years later) caused Pozer and the band’s Ron Greene to form the Sir John A. Records label in November 1966 to nurture and release record by local Ottawa acts. That month they released the next Don Norman And The Other Four single called “Low Man” which received a great reception at local Ottawa stations CFRA, CKOY and CJET where Pozer still worked as an on-air personality. Comeau would leave soon after to join The Townsmen and was replaced by guitarist Art Kirkby. By late-1967 Helman, Matthews, and Dewhurst left and were replaced by Ron Greene with John Winskell, Rick Pandis and Skip Layton of the band The Bittersweet. Despite working the local circuit through early 1968 the band fell apart on the cusp of recording their next single (“Nothing To Do, No Place To Go”) which was never released. with notes from Richard Patterson, Marc Coulavin and Alexander J. Taylor.

Singles
1966 The Bounce/All of My Life (Barry/Quality) 3419
1967 Low Man/Mustang Sally (Sir John A.) RG-1015
1967 Your Place In My Heart/Trae Hymn I (Sir John A.) RG-1019
1967 Low Man/ Your Place In My Heart (Sir John A/RCA) SJA-3

as LES DEMI-DOUZAINES
1966
Le Bounce/Je t’ai cherche (Solfége) 1844


NORMAN, Patrick
Born: Yvon Éthier  on September 10, 1946 in Québec

Patrick Norman was signed to RCA Records in 1973 and has pursued an unwavering career in Québec ever since. From 1997 to 2000 Norman performed in the band Les Fabuleux Élégants as acoustic guitarist alongside William Dunker (bass), Jeff Smallwood (electric guitar) and Bourbon Gautier (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 1998 on the Disques Double label.

Singles
1970 Love Is All/That’s Part of Being Your Man (Celebration) 1975X
1971 La melodie du printemps/L’amour de ma vie (Visa) VI-5801
1972 Donne-moi ton coeur/Mon coeur est a toi (RCA/Victor) 75-5135
1972 D’ou que tu viennes/Il n’y a que toi (RCA/Victor) 75-5155
1973 Pour un instant d’amour/Laisse-moi rever (RCA) KPBO-5012
1973 Papillon/Mon pays (RCA) KPBO-5033
1983 C’est pour toi que je chante/ C’est pour toi que je chante (Instrumentale) (Able) AB-5507
1976 C’est La Saison (RCA) PB-50231
1976 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’/You Can Count On Me (RCA) PB-50260
1977 Let’s Try Once Again/Let’s Try Once Again (Instrumentale) (RCA) PB-50333
1977 Loving You/Loving You (Instrumentale) (RCA) PB-50379
1978 I Remember You/Sweet Sweet Lady (RCA) PB-50460
1979 Je serai toujours la/Mon vVieux copain (JMI) JMI-4
1980 Aiko Aiko/Que vais-je devenir (JMI) JMI-791
1982 Crois en l’amour/T’es surement fatigue (Appalooza) AP-3007
1982 Mais tu sais je t’aime/Qui est gagnant (Appalooza) AP-3009
1984 L’hirondelle/Revers fous (Star) ST-207
1986 Quand on est en amour/L’amour ensemble (Star) STR-3012
1986 Vivre/[same] (Star) STR-3014
1986 Only Love Sets You Free/Only Love Sets You Free (Star) STR-3015
1987 True Love Will Find A Way/[same] (Star) STR-3024
1987 Tu n’es plus la/[same] (Star) STR-3029
1988 Love’s a Crazy Game/Two Shades of Roses (Star) STR-3031
1988 J’ai beson de toi/[same] (Star) STR-3038
1988 I’d Rather Have You/It’s A Crying Shame (Star) STR-3039
1988 Heaven In Her Eyes/[same] (Star) STR-3052
1989 Whispering Shadows/Forever (Star) STR-3115

Albums
1973
Patrick Norman (RCA) KPL1-0015
1974 Toi qui rêves (RCA) KPL1-0070
1976 Textures (RCA) KPRI-0131
1978 Sweet, Sweet Lady (RCA) KKLI-0279
1980 On part au soleil (JMI) JMI-1980
1982 Hommage à Kenny Rogers (Appalooza) 77001
1984 Quand on est en amour (Star) STL-1003
1987 Only Love Sets You Free (Star) STR-8001
1988 Soyons heureux (Star) STR-8009
1990 Passion vaudou (Star) STR-CD-8024
1992 Noël sans faim (Star) STR-CD-8037
1994 The Christmas Album (Star) STR-CD-8066
1994 Whispering Shadows (Star) STR-CD-8053
1995 Chez-moi (Star) STR-CD-8072
1996 Les grands succes (Star) STR-CD-8083
1997 Collection privée (Star) STR-CD-8097
1997 Guitare (Star) STR-CD-8088
2000 Patrick Norman (Bibo) BM2-1407
2001 Les plus belles chansons de mariage (Guy Clotier) PGCD-9415
2003 Soirée intime (Gestion Patrick Norman) PTN21753
2004 Simplement (Gestion Patrick Norman) PTN22003
2007 Comment le dire… (Gestion Patrick Norman) PTN-23367
2010 Where I Come From (Gestion Patrick Norman) PTN-23857
2011 L’amour n’a pas d’adresse  (Gestion Patrick Norman) PTN-24050

with LES FABULEUX ELEGANTS
1998
Les Fabuleux Élégants (Disques Double) DOCD-30046

with PATRICK NORMAN & RENÉE MARTEL
1998
Country (Star) STR-CD-8104


NORTHCOTT, Tom
Born: August 29, 1943 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Tom Northcott started his musical career in Vancouver, Briish Columbia fronting Tom Northcott and the Vancouver Playboys who had been around the scene since 1962. He began his own imprint label called Syndrome Records that released two singles by the act. With an altered line-up they became the Tom Northcott Trio and Syndrome released several more singles. Northcott then formed The Eternal Triangle with ex-Classics member Howie Vickers and singer Susan Pesklevits. After one single on Northcott’s re-branded NEW Syndrome label, Vickers joined The Collectors, Pesklevits met and married Terry Jacks and together they formed The Poppy Family leaving Northcott to go solo. 1967’s “Sunny Goodge Street” represented the first release through a major distribution deal for New Syndrome with Warner Brothers. The “1941” single in 1968 was well received at radio leading to more releases. Eventually New Syndrome stopped being a going concern and he found himself signed to Coast Records, then Uni. His second release for the label was a cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”. By the late ’70s he found himself labeless again. He hooked up with Bob Buckley (Straight Lines, Body Electric) to record dance music for an imprint called Fifi La Flammes. Eventually, he went to Greg Hambleton’s Axe Records.

Singles
1967 Sunny Goodge Street/Who Planted Thorns in Miss Alice’s Garden (New Syndrome/Warner Bros.) NS-18
1968 Crazy Jane/Collector (New Syndrome/Warner Bros.) NS-106
1968 Girl From North Country/Landscape Grown Cold (New Syndrome/Warner Bros.)
1968 1941/Other Times (New Syndrome/Warner Bros.) WB-7160
1969 The Rainmaker/Cities Make The Country Colder (New Syndrome/Warner Bros.) WB-7330
1971 (Everybody’s Got To) Care/Don’t Hear Me Complain (Coast) C-1976
1971 It’s True/I Think it’s Going to Rain Today (Uni) 55267
1971 Suzanne/Spaceship Races (Uni) 55282
1978 Born To Boogie/Go (Fifi La Flammes) FLF-1
1988 The Trouble With Love/Allnite Boogie (Axe) AXE-108

with THE TOM NORTHCOTT AND THE VANCOUVER PLAYBOYS
1965 Cry Tomorrow/She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Syndrome) 1-1001/2
1965 Don’t You Just Know It/ (Syndrome) 1-1003/4

with THE TOM NORTHCOTT TRIO
1966 Just Don’t/Let Me Know (Syndrome) 1-1005/6
1966 Goin’ Down/The Sky’s Cold Tears (Syndrome) 1-1007/8

Albums
1970 The Best of Tom Northcott (New Syndrome/Warner Bros.) WS-1859
1971 Upside Down (Uni) 73108
2001 The Best of Tom Northcott (Neptoon) 003
2011 Sunny Goodge Street: The Warner Bros. Recordings (Rhino Handmade – US)


NORTHERN HAZE
James Ungalaq (guitar, vocals) / Johnny Inooya (drums) / Kolitalik “Kolt” Inuksuk (guitar) / Elijah Kunnuk (bass, vocals)  / Naisana Qamaniq  (guitar) / Derek Aqqiaruk (bass, vocals; replaced Kunnuk 2008)
Inuit friends from an outpost at the 69th Parallel in the Arctic born to Nomadic parents later settled in Igloolik in 1968/1969 – a hamlet of 900 at the tip of Baffin Island. After seeing local band Phreeze perform for the locals in 1973, Qamaniq, Ungalaq and Inuksuk built their own instruments by hand and started working with other friends who were inspired by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Terry Jacks. Eventually they acquired real instruments and the band began performing loud and heavy rock music with lyrics in their native Innuktituk language. They formed Northern Lights in 1977, and after bringing Inooya on board as drummer in 1980, changed their name to Northern Haze. They would garner attention winning contests, receiving press coverage, and touring isolated Northern communities in the early 1980s. As part of a 30 album project of Inuit and Native Canadian music sponsored by  CBC Radio in 1985, Northern Haze was invited to travel 3000 km south to record an album at Mark Productions in Ottawa that March. The album was co-produced by Randall Prescott and Les McLaughlin. The result became the first Canadian Inuit Rock/Metal album ever made and first Indigenous language rock album in North America. The largely promo-only short run album was limited to 500 copies and soon ran out as a collectible after the band made appearances at The Arctic Show and Expo ‘86. The band’s notoriety soon faded but they carried on and have remained together for 35 years; Kunnuk died of cancer in December 2007 at the age of 45, Inuksuk was stabbed to death five days later. Northern Haze carried on in 2008 with Derek Aqqiaruk taking over bass duties. A documentary by director Jason Flower on the band’s long history was also filmed in their hometown Igloolik, Nunavut in August of 2010 entitled ‘Living The Dream’. In recent years the band played all five nights of the Snow Festival 2011 in Puvirnituq. The original album was licensed from the CBC and Jason Flower recorded three new tracks with the band in September 2010. The new tracks were mixed in Vancouver through February and March 2011 and added to a 25th Anniversary anthology CD released of Sinnaktuq on Supreme Echo Records.

Albums
1985
Northern Haze (CBC Northern Service) WRC1-3962
2011 Sinnaktuq: 25th Anniversary Anthology (Supreme Echo) SE-06


NORTHERN LIGHTS
Bryan Adams
(vocals) / Paul Anka (vocals) / John Candy (vocals) / Carroll Baker (vocals) / Veronique Beliveau (vocals) / Salome Bey (vocals) / Liona Boyd (vocals) / Robert Charlebois (vocals) / Tom Cochrane (vocals) / Bruce Cockburn (vocals) / Burton Cummings (vocals) / Dalbello (vocals) / Paul Dean (guitar) / Steven Denroche (French horn) / Claude Dubois (vocals) / David Foster (keyboards) / Don Gerrard (vocals) / Barry Harris (vocals) / Corey Hart (vocals) / Ronnie Hawkins (vocals) / Dan Hill (vocals) / Mark Holmes (vocals) / Tommy Hunter (vocals) / Paul Hyde (vocals) / Doug Johnson (synthesizer) / Martha Johnson (vocals) / Geddy Lee (vocals) / Eugene Levy (vocals) / Gordon Lightfoot (vocals) / Frank Mills (vocals) / Murray McLauchlan (vocals) / Joni Mitchell (vocals) / Kim Mitchell (vocals) / Anne Murray (vocals) / Catherine O’Hara (vocals) / Oscar Peterson (vocals) / Carole Pope (vocals) / Mike Reno (vocals) / Lorraine Segato (vocals) / Paul Shaffer (vocals) / Jane Siberry (vocals) / Liberty Silver (vocals) / David Sinclair (acoustic guitar) / Wayne St. John (vocals) / Sylvia Tyson (vocals) / Jim Vallance (drums) / Neil Young (vocals) / Zappacosta (vocals)
In 1984 singer-songwriters Bob Geldof and Midge Ure assembled an all-star cast of British musical performers to record their song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise global awareness and money for famine relief in Ethiopia which had been brought to light by CBC reporter Brian Stewart that year. Geldof issued a public challenge to the musicians in other countries to assemble and do the same. By early 1985 producer Quincy Jones and singer Michael Jackson were already planning a USA response to Geldof’s challenge entitled “We Are the World”. Jones then asked his fellow producer, and Canadian musician, David Foster to do the same with a Canadian supergroup. Foster immediately enlisted Canadian talent guru Bruce Allen to assemble artists while Foster got to work with another team to write the song they would need record. As Foster was working on a new Payola$ album with Bob Rock and Paul Hyde, the two songwriter offered up a song called “Tears Are Not Enough”. Foster felt the tune was too cynical but liked the talent so he called up the hottest songwriting team in Canada at the time – Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams – to get to work writing a new song around the title. With the lyrics assembled in no time flat, Rachel Paiement was brought in to do a French translation of one verse. The backing music was recorded in advance and so on February 10, 1985 an all-star cast of Canada’s biggest music names past and present, plus TV and movie actors, ascended on Manta Sound studios in Toronto to sing the song.”Tears Are Not Enough” was issued as a single by CBS Records along with a video of the stars singing the song in March 1985 which quickly pushed the song to No.1 on the Canadian Top40 charts and MuchMusic’s Top20 countdown show. Understandably, it also finished No.1 on the year-end Canadian charts for 1985. A 90 minute making-of documentary was aired on the CBC December 22, 1985 and was subsequently released on home video. By 1990, the ‘Tears Are Not Enough Foundation’ project had raised $3.2 million for African famine relief. 10% of those funds remained in Canada and were ear-marked for Canadian food banks.

Singles
1985
Tears Are Not Enough/Tears Are Not Enough (Instrumental)  (Columbia) 7-BEN-7073
1985 Tears Are Not Enough/Tears Are Not Enough (Instrumental) [12”] (Columbia) 12-BEN-7074


NORTHERN PIKES
Merl Bryck (vocals, guitar) / Jay Semko (bass, vocals) / Bryan Potvin (vocals, guitar) / Rob Esch (drums; 1983-1984) / Glenn Hollingshead (drums; replaced Esch 1984-1985) / Don “Nigs” Schmid (drums; replaced Hollingshead 1986)
The Northern Pikes were founded in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1983 out of the relics of such prairie bands as The Idols, Seventeen Envelope, and Doris Daye. They needed money to finance an independent release and so became, according to band members, the worst Top-40 band ever. They ended up releasing two self-financed independent albums: ‘The Northern Pikes’ and ‘Scene In North America’ which led to bites from Virgin Records Canada who were looking to expand their Canadian roster beyond their first domestic act Agent. Virgin’s Doug Chappell chased them down as early as 1985 and offered the band a 6 album International deal which they signed on December 18, 1986. Their major label debut was ‘Big Blue Sky’ and contained the breakaway singles/videos “Teenland” and “The Things I Do For Money”. They would open headlining tours by Duran Duran, David Bowie and The Fixx. Their next album, ‘Secrets of  the Alibi’ was blatantly ignored by critics who had already grown tired of the Pikes’ perky outlook. However, Robert Palmer saw potential in the band and offered them an opening slot on his 1989 North American tour. 1990’s ‘Snow In June’ was their third major release and boasted three Top-40 hits/videos “She Ain’t Pretty”, “Girl With A Problem”, and “Kiss Me You Fool”. The album sported the attitude Bigger Is Better with mixes by Hugh Padgham & Bob Clearmountain and production by Rick Hutt, Fraser Hill & the Pikes themselves. The playing was augmented by an array of support musicians including Garth Hudson (The Band) and John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful). And despite all of this attention the album received, Virgin America passed on the US release of the album and, instead Scotti Brothers Records in the US picked it up in 1991. The album would go on to sell double platinum. 1992 saw the album ‘Neptune’ and its first single “Worlds Away” (a duet with Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins) released to very little fanfare and as the popularity of the band dwindled, they released a live album at the end of 1993 called ‘Gig’ from a set of shows they knew would be their last. Semko quit the band in frustration over the Pikes’ inability to grow south of the border and released a solo disc called ‘Mouse’ in 1995 with the Iron Music Group label in Toronto. He would then become music director for the TV show ‘Due South’. Potvin became an A & R representative for Polygram Records and helped launch the career of The Barstool Prophets. In July 2000, he released a solo CD, “Heartbreakthrough”. Schmid formed an indie band in Saskatoon with the ill-fated moniker of The Non-Happeners who released one CD on Fresh Vibe North Records. The original line-up of The Pikes then reconvened in December 1999. That meeting saw the release of a collection of old favorites and buried treasures, entitled ‘Hits And Assorted Secrets: 1984-1993’. It also led to a hugely successful Canadian tour in early 2000, some of which was recorded and resulted in The Northern Pikes ‘Live’, a CD worth of tunes from various shows in Ontario and Québec. The band decided to stick it out and record a new studio album in Toronto during the Fall of 2000. ‘Truest Inspiration’ was released in 2001, the Pikes’ first studio album in 8 years. The title track from that album became a hit in Japan, so The Pikes did a short, but intensive, tour there in late June 2003, including a Canada Day party at the Canadian Embassy. Studio recording resumed in late 2003 and the result was the well received CD ‘It’s A Good Life’ in 2004. The band released a hybrid collection of songs from ‘Truest Inspiration’ and ‘It’s A Good Life’ along with lyrics and enhanced video footage with a number of female artists under the name ‘Beautiful Music’ in 2006. The band was nominated into the Western Canada Music Hall of Fame in 2012; Jay Semko has gone on to a successful solo career; in 2017 three members of the Northern Pikes reunited to record new material and tour. with notes from Trent Stevely, Sue Jackson and Blaine Gysler. [also see JAY SEMKO]

Singles
1987 Teenland/Heartaches Heartbreaks (Virgin) VS-1379
1987 Things I Do For Money/Love Will Break You (Virgin) VS-1397
1987 Dancing In a Dance Club/Never Again (Virgin) VS-1419
1987 Dancing In a Dance Club (Edit)/Dancing In A Dance Club (Live)/Things I Do For Money (Live) [12″] (Virgin) VSX-1419
1987 Dancing In A Dance Club (Spawnin’ Mix)/Love Will Break You/Heartaches Heartbreaks (Open Up) [12″] (Virgin) VSX-1426
1988 Wait For Me/Better Twice (Virgin) VS-1441
1988 One Good Reason/One Good Reason (Extended Mix) [12″ single] (Virgin)
VSX-2472
1988 Place That’s Insane/Place That’s Insane [12″ single] (Virgin) VSX-2548
1989 Hopes Go Astray/Hole In The Ground (Virgin) VS1458
1989 Let’s Pretend/Do You Really Want Me (Virgin) VS-1478
1990 She Ain’t Pretty/Isn’t It Lovely (Virgin) VS-1521
1990 Girl With A Problem/Unimportant (Virgin) 4KM-1530
1991 Kiss Me You Fool/Shadow of Doubt (Virgin) 4KM-1534
1991 Dream Away/Unimportant (Virgin) 4KM-1543
1992 Twister/Black Cat (Virgin) 4KM-9942
1993 Believe (Virgin)
1993 Everything/World’s Away (Virgin) 7349
1993 Worlds Away [w/Margo Timmins] (Virgin)
2001 Echo Off the Beach (Northern Pike Songs)
2001 Colour Into Colour (Northern Pike Songs)
2003 It’s a Good Life (Northern Pike Songs)
2004 Underwater (Northern Pike Songs)

Albums
1984 The Northern Pikes [6 song EP] (Black’n Round) WRC1-3
1985 Scene In North America (Black‘n Round) WRC1-4137
1987 Big Blue Sky (Virgin) VL4-03001
1988 Secrets of The Alibi (Virgin) VL4-03041
1990 Snow In June (Virgin) VL4-03084
1992 Neptune (Virgin) V4-86501
1993 Gig (Virgin) V4-39191
1999 Hits and Assorted Secrets 1984-1993 (Virgin/EMI) 848219
2000 Live (Northern Pike Songs/Outside) NPR-001
2001 Truest Inspiration (Northern Pike Songs/Outside) NPR-002
2004 It’s a Good Life (Northern Pike Songs/Outside) NPR-003
2007 Platinum (Virgin/EMI)


NORTHERN VULTURES
Beans
(vocals) / Fritz Dilligaf (guitar, vocals) / Grõtha (bass) / Kelly Backs (drums) / Mike LaPuff (guitar) / Dave Cornuto (drums) / Mike Wax (guitar)
The Northern Vultures formed in Montreal, Québec in 1986; the band split up in 1993. with notes from Mario Ethier.

Albums
1987 The Eggs Have Hatched (In My Basement) IMBR-004
1989 Rise Up [12″] (Goliath) GOL-1001
1990 Tabarnak Hardcore (Fringe Product) FPD-3116


NORTHWEST COMPANY, The
Rick McCartie
(lead vocals; 1965-1970) / Ray O’Toole (lead guitar, vocals; 1965-1971) / Vidor Skofteby (rhythm guitar; 1965-1970) / Gowan Jurgenson (bass) / Jerry Ringrose (drums; 1965-1967) / Richard Stepp (drums, vocals; replaced Ringrose; 1967-1974) / Leslie Law (rhythm guitar; 1971) / Dan Smith (lead guitar; 1971) / Zak August (lead guitar; replaced Smith) / Brent Shindell (lead guitar; replaced August)
The Northwest Company was formed in 1965 in Haney, British Columbia by Gowan Jorgenson and Ray O’Toole and several other local musicians including Rick McCartie (ex-The ?uestions). They were originally going to call themselves The Bad Boys in an attempt to get sponsorship (and free clothing) from the The Bad Boys’ Rag Shop in Vancouver. When that never panned out they settled on the more generic The Northwest Company. They worked their way around the club circuit up and down the British Columbia coast. They managed to release their first single, “Hard To Cry” in 1966 after which drummer Ringrose left. McCartie suggested his old band mate and drummer in The ?uestions Richard Stepp as replacement and they tracked him down in New Zealand. He agreed to join and was added to the line-up in 1967. The band released six more singles on the Apex, London, Stamp and Coast labels. They performed regularly throughout Western Canada, often as the supporting act to big name acts like The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Who, Lee Michaels, The Byrds, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe McDonald. They would also make appearances on British Columbia TV shows – many broadcast nationally including ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Where It’s At’. By 1970 the band was reduced to a trio featuring Stepp (drums, vocals), Jorgenson (bass), and O’Toole (guitar, vocals). In 1971 O’Toole left and was replaced by rhythm guitarist Leslie Law (ex-Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck) and lead guitarist Dan Smith. Smith left soon after to form his own band 6 Cylinder. He was replaced by Zak August and then Brent Shindell. Eventually O’Toole returned to the band as lead guitarist. The group managed to do some recording with Jay Telfer but those sessions were never released. The band split up in 1974. A live set recorded at the Pender Auditorium in Vancouver in 1973 was released by Neptoon Records along with the band’s independent singles as ‘Eight Hour Day: 1966-1973’ in 2003; Stepp would play in several bands including The High Times before going solo and releasing records on Mushroom Records, Casino/A & M, and Vera Cruz; Law would form The Law Brothers Band with his brother Rodger and later played in a band with singer Alexis Rose Radlin. with notes from Richard Stepp.

Singles
1966 Hard To Cry/Get Away From It All (Grenadier) GR-1
1968 Time For Everyone/She’s A Woman (Apex) 77085
1968 Can You Remember/The Sunday Song (Apex) 77091
1968 The End Is Autumn/Eight Hour Day (London) M-17359
1970 Sweet Suzy (The Bandit)/There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With Rock and Roll (Stamp) ST-4-4
1971 Rock ‘n Roll Lover Man/Let It All (Coast) C-1974
1971 Everybody’s Got to Care/Don’t Hear Me Complain (Coast) C-1976

Albums
2003
Eight Hour Day (1966-1973)  (Neptoon) 004


NOSTRILS, The
Bruce Simpson
(vocals) / Bruce Hallett (guitar) / James Simm (bass) / Scott Coats (drums)
The Nostrils formed in Winnipeg, Manioba in the summer of 1979 in Bruce Hallet’s parents’ basement and were soon tossed out for making too much noise. In November 1979 the Nostrils auditioned drummer Scott Coats. He liked the songs, but didn’t join because he wanted to join a Led Zeppelin cover band and play in bars. After that failed to pan out he became a Nostril in December 1979. The Nostrils left their parents’ homes and moved into the first of a series of rehearsal spaces the band dubbed “House of Noz”. In July 1981 The Nostrils took off on their ‘1965 World Tour’. After finally reaching Vancouver, they hit the Queen’s celebration of the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, where they helped themselves to some free cake. This was covered by the local Vancouver magazine, and later in MacLean’s Magazine. Upon their return to Winnipeg, the band’s landlord wanted to convert the House of Noz into a six unit apartment. The Nostrils put up signs protesting their eviction, recruited several hundred rioters, set up the PA on their front porch, and instructed their roadies to observe bail procedures. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and they hauled the gear to St. James Hall. The Nostrils split up in late 1981, but reunited to play ‘The Last Movie’ at the Downtowner in November 1982. Their recordings finally saw the light of day on CD in 2001 entitled ‘Nostrophilia: The Dreaded Re-Issue’.

Albums
1981
Nostrophilia [cassette]                                                                                               2001 Nostrophilia: The Dreaded Re-Issue


NOVA, Aldo
Born: Aldo Caporuscio

Montreal-born Aldo Nova is a multi-disciplined musician who writes songs, produces, sings and plays guitar and keyboard. He learned to play guitar relatively late in life at the age of 15 but was ravenous to learn and spent every waking hour practicing and eventually teaching himself piano as well. By 1980 Nova landed the part of George Harrison in the stage musical Beatlemania. During his three year stint in this production he honed his skills as a recording studio engineer outside Montreal. His first official release was an obscure 12″ single under the pseudonym XR 7 featuring a synth pop track and its instrumental dub by the same name – “XR 7” – on Quality Records. In 1982 Nova secured a publishing deal and then a recording contract with Portrait Records through CBS Records. His self-produced debut album, ‘Aldo Nova’, contained some material from his earlier demo sessions and garnered two hit singles – the title track and “Foolin’ Yourself” which pushed album sales over a million copies worldwide. The album ranked among Billboard Magazine’s Top10 just 10 weeks after its release (for a total of 22 weeks), and achieving both US double-Platinum and Canadian double-Platinum status. The video for “Fantasy” was not only among the first videos to be featured on the MTV music channel, but also one of the first rock videos that pioneered the use of special effects. Nova lived the highlife as a newly born ‘rock star’ and lost his focal point while partying. It was no wonder then that his follow up album ‘Subject…Aldo Nova ‘ failed to sell as well though it did contain the radio hit “Monkey On Your Back” and a cover version of Coney Hatch’s “Hey Operator”. Nova put the blame on the music industry and retired from music for nearly two years. After cleaning up his personal act and realizing that the album failed because of his lack of musical focus, he hired new manager John Baruck (REO Speedwagon, Survivor) and prepared his next record. Meanwhile, he had been co-producing music with Blue Oyster Cult, Cyndi Lauper, Claudja Barry, Lita Ford, Patrick Bruel and Michael Bolton. 1985’s ‘Twitch’, featuring guest appearances by Anton Fig and Michael Bolton among others, was released to relative success with the lead off single “Tonite (Lift Me Up)”, but did little to put Nova back on the top of the rock world. Nova lost his record deal and spent the ’80’s floundering in no man’s land. He spent 6 years in contractual hell with CBS Records, in the meantime, producing records by such artists as Céline Dion. Through the years Nova kept in touch with Jon Bon Jovi who was always hanging around the studio while his cousin Tony Bongiovi mixed Nova’s debut album at Studio A Power Station in New York. When Jon was recording the soundtrack to ‘Young Guns II’, he brought Nova in as guitarist. Jon Bon Jovi eventually signed Nova to his own JAMBCO label and produced the guitarist’s 1991 comeback album ‘Blood On The Bricks’ featuring musical assistance from drummer Kenny Aranoff (John Mellencamp) and bassist Randy Jackson (Journey). The album put Nova back in demand with its three charting singles – the title track, “Medicine Man” and “Someday”. Nova soon became in demand again as a songwriter having since written material for Céline Dion , Sword and others. His work as musician and composer is also found on the soundtracks for the motion pictures ‘Ruthless People’ (“Don’t You Want My Love”) and Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Goonies’ (“Good Enough”). Nova returned in 1996 with a bluesier solo release called ‘Nova’s Dream’ which is predominantly instrumental. In December 2004 Nova’s song “True Believer” was released by Krista Remmers-Morgan on her album ‘By Way of Love’. In recent years he has enjoyed success as a songwriter for multi-million selling artist Celine Dion. with notes from Lindy Willis, Everett Morgan and Dan Brisebois.[also see XR 7]

Singles
1981 Fantasy/Under The Gun (Portrait/CBS) E4-4299
1982 Fantasy (single mix)//Fantasy (LP mix)/Under The Gun [12″] (Portrait/CBS) 2802
1982 Foolin’ Yourself/See The Light (Portrait/CBS) E4-4307
1982 Ball & Chain/Hot Love [Live] (Portrait/CBS) E4-8505
1983 Always Be Mine//Armageddon/Race Cars (Portrait/CBS) E4-4354
1983 Hold Back The Night/Heart To Heart (Portrait/CBS – UK) 38168
1983 Hold Back The Night/Heart To Heart//Money On Your Back/Hot Love [7″ x 2 gatefold] (Portrait/CBS – UK) DA-4189
1983 Hold Back The Night/Heart To Heart//Money On Your Back/Hot Love [12″] (Portrait/CBS – UK) TA-4189
1983 Money On Your Back/Armageddon [7″ & 12″](Portrait/CBS) 3926
1985 Tonite (Lift Me Up)/Lay Your Love On Me (Portrait/CBS) 37-05685
1985 Tonite (Lift Me Up)/[same] [12″] (Portrait/CBS) 2205
1985 Rumours Of You/Lay Your Love On Me (Portrait/CBS) 37-05762
1985 Rumours Of You (single mix)/Rumours Of You (LP mix) [12″] (Portrait/CBS) 2256
1991 Blood On The Bricks (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) CDP-436
1991 Medicine Man (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) CDP-503
1992 Someday (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) CDP-571

Albums
1982 Aldo Nova (Portrait/CBS) FR-37498
1983 Subject…Aldo Nova (Portrait/CBS) FR-38721
1985 Twitch (Portrait/CBS) FR-40001
1991 Portrait Of Aldo Nova (Portrait/Epic/CBS) EK-48522
1991 Blood On The Bricks (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) 848 51 3-2
1995 Nova’s Dream (Lynx)
1996 Nova’s Dream (Chacra – US)
2004 Blood On The Bricks [re-issue] (Lemon/Cherry Red) CDLEM-042


NUCLEUS
Greg Fitzpatrick (bass, vocals) / Bob Horne (keys) / Hughie Leggat (bass, vocals) / John Richardson (guitar, vocals) / Danny Taylor (drums)
Fitzpatrick, Taylor, Leggat, and Richardson and keyboardist Seb Agnello were teenagers in The Lords Of London, who played to their peers on weekends. They released several singles in the mid-sixties scoring a Canadian hit with “Cornflakes and Ice Cream”. However, it failed to ignite the attention of Americans and the group began a slow evolution into progressive sounds and a new name: Nucleus. Through day-long rehearsals they would jam extended progressive rock treatments, many of which would be recorded in 1968; Bob Horne replaced Agnello on keyboards as the band headed into the studio for their first and only LP written entirely by Greg Fitzpatrick. However, it took a year to get interest for the record, which was released by Chicago label Mainstream, but by the time it was released in 1969, the band had distanced itself from it. And yet, the album became a cult favourite throughout the North American eastern seaboard, and its first single, “Communication”, was played fervently despite its excessive length. Also in 1969, the band released a quickie single called “Johnny Peace” to capitalize on John Lennon’s appearance at the Toronto Peace Festival. The Peace Festival Committee enthusiastically endorsed the record. By 1970 Nucleus’ free-form radical jam sessions had failed to make any significant in-roads and so, Taylor, Leggat and Horne hooked up with ex-Leather members Alex Machin and Paul Naumann to become A Foot In Coldwater. Richardson and Fitzpatrick would head to California to pursue solo careers but Fitzpatrick would return to Toronto in the 1980’s. The band members (excluding Richardson, who was still working as a studio engineer in California), reunited in 1991 for an audiophile gathering of the Canadian Wax Hounds to discuss the old days with Lords Of London and Nucleus. Agnello has continued on for 30 years as a successful solo artist in his own right; Greg Fitzpatrick is living in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and performs with his brother David; the remaining members have continued on with an updated version of A Foot In Coldwater. with notes from Sebastian Agnello and David Fitzpatrick.

Singles
1969 Johnny Peace/Ernie’s Gone (Family/ARC/Ahed) AP-1
1970 Wonder Girl/Help Me Find Some Peace (Freedom) 1987X

Albums
1969 Nucleus (Mainstream) S-6120


NULL.SET
Chris Cooper / Ron Dickie (synthesizers) / Allan Scarth / Heather Ferguson (drums)
Nova Scotia students at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Cooper, Dickie, Scarth, Ferguson used the facility to record their only release entitled ‘New.Job’ in 1980.

Singles
1980
New.Job [5 song 12” 45 RPM] (Nove Scotia College of Art & Design)


NumB
Don Gordon
(keyboards, guitar)/ Dave Hall / Sean Stubbs (vocals) / Blair Dobson (vocals; replaced Stubbs) / Conan Hunter (vocals, keyboards; replaced Dobson) / Richard Hanley (percussion; live) / Dave Collings (vocals, keyboards; replaced Hunter)
NumB was  started by Images in Vogue founding member Don Gordon late in 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia along with Sean Stubbs and Dave Hall. In its initial incarnation it was more of an ‘art project’ that explored concepts of social desensitization through over-stimulus but the surprise success of its early tape release, ‘Blue Light’, widened their audience. Early shows were loud multi-media driven assaults. Metal percussion, tape, guitars and synthesizers providing the live soundtrack to Stubb’s  vocals. Over the course of the following year the band worked on their debut album which was released on the New Rose label in France and on a Vancouver independent label Scott Gubbels. Their debut album allowed them a seat at the industrial movement table alongside fellow Vancouverites Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. Following a year of successful live shows Stubbs left the band due to health reasons and was replaced by Blair Dobson. Their follow-up album, ‘Christmeister’, was rated one of the Top-10 most ‘important’ industrial albums by Alternative Press Magazine (in 2000). The ‘Christmeister’ period was plagued with label issues and internal strife resulting in Dobson’s departure. Dave Hall and Don Gordon carried on by adding Conan Hunter to the lineup. Over the period leading up to the recording of NumB’s next album, ‘Death on the Installment Plan’, Hall left the band to return to university. Soon their label, Onslot, went bankrupt and the band had to rescue their unfinished tracks from a studio holding them for ransom. NumB found a new home with KK Records in Belgium as well Reconstriction in the US. ‘Death On the Installment Plan’ spawned the the German club hit ‘Shithammer’. A 10 country European tour was launched to promote the album and an additional mini-album called ‘Fixate’. The lineup for the tour comprised Don Gordon (keyboards, guitar), Conan Hunter (vocals, keyboards) and Richard Hanley (percussion) on stage. This was followed with an appearance at the New Music Seminar in New York City and several west coast shows. During this period NumB also collaborated with Madeleine Morris (ex-Moev) to create the Blood of the Lambs performance piece which they presented at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The next release was ‘Wasted Sky’ and contained the club hit “Blood “. A few weeks before the ‘Wasted Sky’ European tour was to begin Hunter was no longer in contact with the band. David Collings joined the band and Sean Stubbs returned in time to be part of the tour. A second live blitz of Europe followed, resulting in NumB being voted one of the top touring foreign acts by the German magazine ‘New Life’. In 1995 NumB was invited to Japan by independent label Gift Records for a series of live performances and recording. The result was the live album ‘Koro’. Several mini-tours of North America with FLA and Die Krupps happened in the spring of 1996. The single ‘Blind’ was released in 1997 from the album ‘Blood Meridian’ and a tour followed in 1998. ‘Language of Silence’ in 1999 was NumB’s next album.  The album was mixed in London, England by Don Gordon. After its release, Gordon took a break from NUMB to concentrate on a new project called Halo_Gen which was released in early 2000. Aside from their own releases NUMB found time between records to do soundtrack work. They composed scores for the play ‘Photographic Memories’ and three short films ‘A Dream of Naming’, ‘Six Hundred Million Breaths’ and ‘155’.  In addition, the track “Shithammer” was incorporated into the soundtrack of the film ‘Totally F***ed Up’ by director Greg Araki. NUMB also became an active remix artist providing mixes for such acts as Dive, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Spirit of the West. with notes from Don Gordon.

Singles
1991 Bliss (Onslot – US)

Albums
1987
Blue Light [cassette] (independent) BRC-001
1988 Numb (New Rose – FRANCE)
1990 Christmeister (Onslot – US)
1993 Death On the Installment Plan (KK/Re-Constriction – US) REC-005
1993 Fixate [EP] (KK- BELGIUM) KK-094MCD
1994 Wasted Sky (KK – BELGIUM) KK-126-CD
1996 Koro (Gift – JAPAN) GFT-03
1997 Blind [EP] (Metropolis – US) MET-056
1997 Blood Meridian (Metropolis – US) MET-063
1998 Desire/Blind Remixes (KK – BELGIUM) KK-164CD
1998 Suspended [EP] (Metropolis – US) MET-111
1999 Language of Silence (Metropolis – US) MET-125


NUMBERS
Coleman York (drums, backing vocals)  / Jim Kennedy (rhythm guitar, backing vocals)  / Ed Blocki (lead vocals, bass guitar) / Peter Evans (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar, keyboards)  / Colin “Archie” Gerrard (keyboards vocals; replaced Kennedy 1980)  / Greg Trinier (vocals)
With Canadian record label Attic Records always on the cutting edge of new, innovative ways of developing talent while keeping costs low, they hit on the idea of a no-frills label called Basement Records. Their first signing was Toronto act, The Numbers, in 1979. The band went into the Soundstage studios in Toronto in October of that year with Jack Richardson’s son Garth Richardson producing. Attic co-owner Tom Williams wanted the Numbers to be the first album released in 1980 so, at 9:00 AM on New Year’s day, key radio music directors and journalists were sent a copy of the album ‘Add Up’ to their homes along with a Bloody Caesar alcoholic beverage. The ploy worked as The Numbers received a bit of activity with the first single, “Sideways Elevator”, but when it came time to follow that up with a second album the band demanded a larger production budget defeating the ability for Basement Records to live up to its mandate. As a result the band made a deal to re-sign with Attic Records under the new name Hot Tip (whereby Jim Kennedy was replaced by keyboardist Colin Gerrard). Unfortunately, the band broke up shortly after its two singles were released in 1981. with notes from Kevin Shea and Michael Coxe.

Singles
1980 Sideways Elevator/Can’t Take It (Basement/Attic) BAS-1

as HOT TIP

1981 Teach Me Something/Bridge To Manhattan (Attic) AT-244
1981 My Shoes/Hard To Be Me (Attic) AT-246

Albums
1980 Add Up (Basement/Attic) BASE-6000

as HOT TIP
1981 Stop All Motion (Attic) LAT-1089


NYLONS, The
Marc Connors
(baritone; 1978-1991) / Paul Cooper (tenor) / Claude Morrison (tenor) / Dennis Simpson (bass) / Ralph Cole (bass; replaced Simpson 1979) / Arnold Robinson (bass; replaced Cole 1981) / Micah Barnes (tenor; replaced Cooper 1991) / Billy Newton-Davis (baritone; replaced Connors 1992) / Garth Mosbaugh (tenor; replaced Barnes 1994) / Gavin Hope (baritone; replaced Newton-Davis 1994) / Mark Cassius (baritone; replaced Hope 1997) / Tyrone Gabriel (baritone vocals, 2005-present)
The origins of the Nylons date back to 1978 when four experienced Toronto stage actors, Connors, Cooper, Morrison, and Simpson, used to get together in the back of a delicatessen to sing doo-wop together. They took their ensemble to parties and friends’ houses and constant comments from people convinced them to take their unique a cappella act into the clubs. An acquaintance they met at a party was about to open a new cabaret and invited them to debut there. They played there for six weeks, garnering rave critical and audience reviews. In 1979 Simpson retired from the group and Cole was brought on board. They very quickly established themselves as one of the area’s classiest and most original ensembles and caught the attention of Attic Records. Their self-titled debut album in 1982 eventually went platinum in Canada (100,000 copies), and there followed four more releases on Attic that all sold at least gold in Canada (50,000 copies). They received the equivalent of a Dutch Grammy award and a gold disc for the ‘One Size Fits All’ album and the ‘Best Singer Award’ at 1986’s Tokyo Music Festival. In 1987 Disney used their song “That Kind of Man” in their feature film ‘The Tin Man’, and their version of “Up the Ladder To the Roof” was used in the movie ‘Made In Heaven’. They also scored a second appearance on the Taft Broadcasting television show ‘Throb’ after writing the theme song and having made a previous appearance on the program. In February 1991 founding member Connors left the group and in March of that year died of viral pneumonia. A new deal in 1991 with Scotti Brothers in the US and BMG in Canada saw the release of three more albums, and constant touring on either side of the border. In 1997 they signed with Shoreline Records in the US, a label primarily devoted to vocal groups, and released the ‘Fabric of Life’. The group’s latest effort is ‘Skintight’ in 2011 through Linus Entertainment which was nominated for a JUNO for ‘Best Jazz Vo; Arnold Robinson passed away March 20, 2013. [also see BILLY NEWTON-DAVIS]

Singles

1980 Some People (Song For Sheenah)/Mirage (CBS) C-323
1982 A Million Ways/Up in the Roof (Attic – UK) Nylon 1
1982 Up On The Roof/Me And The Boys (Attic) AT-259
1982 The Lion Sleeps Tonight/Somethin’ Bout’cha (Attic) AT-268
1982 Silhouettes/Heavenly Bodies (Attic) AT-279
1983 Up The Ladder On The Roof/Romance (Attic) AT-283
1983 That Kind Of Man/Bop ’til You Drop (Attic) AT-290
1984 Stepping Stone/Stars Are Ours (Attic) AT-306
1984 Take Me To Your Heart/Perpetual Emotion (Attic) AT-314
1984 Combat Zone/Samba Samba (Attic) AT-324
1986 Lion Sleeps Tonight (remix)/Stars Are Ours (Attic) AT-338
1987 Kiss Him Goodbye/It’s What They Call Magic (Attic) AT-348
1987 Happy Together/Face In The Crowd (Attic) AT-361
1987 Dance of Love/Grown Man Cry (Attic) AT-364
1989 Poison Ivy/The Stars Are Ours (Attic) AT-387
1989 Wild Fire/Another Night Like This (Attic) AT-388
1989 Busy Tonight/Another Night Like This (Attic – AUS) K10305
1991 Call My Name (Attic)
1991 One Fine Day (Attic)
1992 Don’t Look Any Further (Scotti Brothers)
1993 Time of the Season
1993 What Is It Worth
1995 Carol of the Bells/Little Drummer Boy
1996 God Only Knows
1996 Smalltown Boy
1997 Drift Away (Windham Hill) WD-17898
1998 I Can’t Go For That/Go With It
1998 Let It Be/Ai No Corrida
1999 Busy Tonight/Another Night Like This

Albums

1982 The Nylons (Attic) LAT-1125
1982 One Size Fits All (Attic) LAT-1152
1984 Seamless (Attic) LAT-1190
1987 Happy Together (Attic) LAT-1233
1989 Rockapella (Attic) LAT-1254
1989 Four On The Floor (Attic) ACD-1301
1992 Live To Love (Scotti Brothers) SBDM-5255
1993 Illustrious: A Collection Of Classic Hits (Attic) ACD-1375
1993 The Best of The Nylons (Attic) ACD-1426
1994 Because… (Scotti Brothers)
1994 Another Fine Mesh [aka ‘Because…’] (Zomba/BMG – US) 723927543527
1994 Harmony – The Christmas Songs (Scotti Brothers) 75446
1996 Run For Cover (Scotti Brothers) 75499
1997 Hits of the 60’s: A Cappella Style (Shoreline)
1997 Fabric Of Life (Shoreline) 9905700442
1997 Perfect Fit [aka ‘Illustrious’] (Windham Hill)
1999 A Wish for You (Light Year) 085365441323
1999 Lost & Found (Shoreline)
2000 Musical Reflections: Christmas Harmonies (Shoreline)
2002 Play On (Sleeping Giant) SGM-101
2002 Fabric of Life: Vocal Percussion Remix (Shoreline)
2006 Sterling (Shoreline)


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