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PACERS, The
Kenny Danrott / Pat Griffith / Brian Hilton / Carl Sande / David Wiffen
(guitar, vocals)
The Pacers were formed in Prince George, British Columbia in 1964. After Wiffen had hitch-hiked as a solo performer from Toronto to British Columbia he was invited to perform at Vancouver’s Bunkhouse and other coffee houses. He was then invited to join The Pacers. Following a Battle of the Bands contest win in Vancouver in 1965, their prize was recording a 7″ single on RCA Victor International in Montreal.
The Pacers headed to Québec to record at the label’s RCA Studios. The single “I Want You Back” was released but to little fanfare. When the label deal fell apart, and subsequently the band, Wiffen moved onto Ottawa where he joined the folk act The Children. Wiffen would then go on to join 3’s A Crowd in 1967 before embarking on a successful solo career. [also see DAVID WIFFEN]



Singles
1965 I Want You Back/Windjammer (RCA Victor Canada International)  57-3372

PAGLIARO, Michel [Born: November 9, 1948]
Montreal’s Michel Pagliaro learned how to play guitar at age 11 and by 15 was playing in his first band – Les Stringmen followed by Les Bluebirds and Les Merseys and Les Rockers. At age 18 he was even the replacement bass player for the successful Les Chancelliers who managed to hit the charts with the 1966 single “Le P’tit Poppy”. But he soon grew tired of just being in bands and decided, with producer George Lagios, to go solo and release several singles in Québec including “Comme d’habitude” and “Avec la Tete”. In the summer of 1968 he also worked with Tony Roman and Denis LePage jamming and the superjams led to the albums ‘Freak Out Total’ (as OUBA) and ‘Reel Psychadeliques’ Volumes 1 and 2. It would be in 1971 that Pagliaro’s fortunes changed as he signed a deal through CHUM Ltd.’s CanCon fulfilling Much Records that provided him the opportunity to spread out into English speaking Canada with the hit “Give Us One More Chance”. That same year, the British sounding “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy” made Pagliaro a household name along with other popular singles like “Some Sing, Some Dance”, and “Rainshowers”. He continued recording in French for RCA Records and released “J’entends frapper” which would become the biggest selling 7″ single in the history of Québec music at that time. The song even impacted English Canada where it went to No,1 at radio stations in the Kingston area. Pagliaro toured with his backing band, Moonquake, who would later have success of their own. Pagliaro would switch to Columbia Records in 1975 and would have a major hit with “What the Hell I Got” that same year. But, Pagliaro still found it difficult to keep his popularity in areas outside of Québec and realized he was more welcome in his native Province. Disenchanted, he moved to France where he spent a self-imposed exile in the early ’80’s producing French pop star Jacques Hagelin, Pagliaro returned to Québec and released two back-to-back French albums ‘Avant’, a ‘best of’ package, and ‘Sous Peine D’Amour’ featuring the hit single ‘L’espion’ which went Top10 in Québec. In the 1990s he would return to Québec and continues to enjoy his status as a revered and respected  French musical statesmen. notes from Marc Hohmann, Andre Perras, John Rhedey, Ken Smith, Glen Bourgeois, and Tony Carocchia. [also see OUBA]



Singles
1968 Comme d’habitude/Sunny (DSP) DSP-8625
1968 Spooky [avec François d’Assise] /Jojo le clown [avec François d’Assise]  (DSP) DSP-8628
1968 Comme d’habitude/Sunny//[split w/LES CHANCELIERS] (DSP) S4-139-31
1968 Spooky  [avec François d’Assise] /Jojo le clown [avec François d’Assise ]//Les vacances [avec Renée Martel]/Tout Les Arbres [avec Renée Martel] [EP] (DSP) S4-139-37
1968 Dum Dum Dum/Ton nom imprime dans mon coeur (DSP) DSP-8636
1968
Ton Nom Imprime Dans Mon Coeur/Hey Jude/Ils dépensent tout/Dum Dum Dum [EP] (DSP) S4-139-46
1968 Saint Nicholas/Le petit enfant Saint (DSP) DSP-8644
1968 Que le monde est beau

[one-sided]

(DSP) DSP-1
1969 Que le monde est beau/Avec la tete avec le coeur (Spectrum) 1
1969 A t’aimer /Marguerite (Spectrum) 5
1969 C’est l’été/Vous (Spectrum) 7
1969 Mama River/Pour toi pour toi (Spectrum) 12
1970 Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye/Delta Lady (Spectrum) 14
1970
L’amour est la/Toute la nuit (Spectrum) 21
1970 J’ai marche pour une Nation/Oui c’est bien Facile (Spectrum) 24
1970 Walking Across the Nation/Miami Roads (Hippopotamus) 87204
1970 Give Us One More Chance/Good Feeling All Over (Much/London) CH-1001
1971 M’lady/Dans le même ton (AMI) AM4-801
1971 Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy/She Moves Light (Much/London) CH-1010
1972 Mon coeur/Pagliaro (AMI) AM4-802
1972 Rainshowers/It Ain’t The Way (Much/London) CH-1013
1972 Revolution/Illusion (Much/London) CH-1015
1972 Some Sing Some Dance/Magic Moments (Much/London) CH-1017
1973 Run Along Baby/You Gotta Make It (Much/London) CH-1023
1973 Sure, Maybe/Northern Star (Much/London) CH-1027
1973 J’entends frapper/Chez moi (RCA) 75-5144
1973 Fou De Toi / Prisonnier D’enfer (RCA)
75-5154
1973 M’lady/Mon coeur (RCA) KPBO-5032
1974 Toute la nuit/Plus fort (Quinze cent trente quatre) QC-7608
1974 Ti-bedon/Fievre des Tropiques(RCA) PB-50040
1975 Ça va brasser/Comment (RCA) PB-50095
1975 What the Hell I Got/Get Down (Columbia) C4-4107
1975 Dans la Peau/El Chicano (Columbia) C5-4110
1975 I Don’t Believe It’s You/Walking the Dog (Columbia) C4-4116
1976 Nobody/Louise (Columbia) C4-4124
1976 Chateau d’espagne/Louise (Columbia)
C5-4125
1976 Emeute dans la Prison (Riot In Cell Block 9)/Si tu voulais (Columbia) C5-4139
1976 Last Night/Cross Your Heart (Columbia)
C4-4146
1977 Aujourd’hui/Harpo (Columbia) C5-4151
1977 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay/Laser Gypsy (Columbia) C4-4154
1977 Gloire a nous/C’est ma fete (Columbia)
C5-4158
1977 Time Race/Tied On (Columbia) C4-4159
1977 Happy Together/Say You Will (Columbia) C4-4166
1977 Le Temps Presse [Time Race]/Rock’n Roll (CBS/Columbia) CBS-5018
1978 L’ennui cherche un amour/T’es pas tout seul a soir (Martin) M-10733
1978 C’est comme ca que ca roule dans L’nord/Le p’tit Train (Martin) M-10744
1978 Spider Woman/The Stripper (Plastic Poison) MRCX-5008
1981 Le soleil pour des Lunes/Travailler (Trans-Canada) TC-10
1981 Bamboo/Romantique (Trans-Canada) TC-11
1982 Quand on fait l’amour/Cinema (Trans-Canada) TC-13
1982 Cadillac/Palisades Boogie (Trans-Canada) TC-14
1982 Romantique/Cadillac (RCA – EUR) PB-8945
1983 Body Mind Soul/Poison In the Heart (Big Beat – France) BBR-1726
1983 Rock Billy Rock/Travailler (Big Beat – France) BBR-1801
1987 Dangeureux/Les Bombes (Aquarius)
AQS-6030
1988 L’espion/Insomnie (Alert) BDS-531
1988 Coup de Coeur (Alert) BDS-535
1988 Héros/Jukebox (Alert) BDS-536
1990 Sous peine d’amour (Audiogram) AD-5084
1990 Une Vie A Vivre/[same] (Audiogram) AD-5096

with LES CHANCELIERS
1965 Qu’attends-tu de moi?/C’est là notre Bonheur (Fantastic)  FA-3620
1966
Personne ne sait/Pour vous (Miracle)
MIR-1304
1966
Tu peux T’en aller (You Can Drive My Car)/Non ce n’est pas fini (Trans-Canada) TC-3189
1967
Le p’tit Poppy/ La Generation D’aujourd’hui (Citation) CN-9014
1967 Toi jeune fille/Seul trop longtemps (Citation) CN-9020
1967 Oogum boogum/La fille dont je rêve (Citation) CN-9022
1967 Nöel Blanc/[split w/Césare et Les Romains] (Citation) CN-9030
1968 Boule de suie/Hermenegylde Godefroy (Citation) CN-9041
1968 Le p’tit Popy/Toi jeune fille//Oogum boogum/La fille dont je rêve (DSP) S4-139-14
1968 À Paris la nuit/Un enfant//[split w/PAGLIARO] (DSP) S4-139-31

with MICHEL ET LES CHANCELIERS
1967 À Paris la nuit/Attend, tu verras (Citation) CN-9031
with MICHEL PAGLIARO & FRANCOIS D’ASSISE
1968 Hey Jude [Pagliaro]/Ils depensent tout [Pagliaro & D’Assise] (DSP) DSP-8641

with MICHEL PAGLIARO & RENÉE MARTEL
1968
Tous les arbres sont en fleurs/Les vacances (Citation) CN-9053

with SECOND HELPING

1970 We’re Dancin’g (‘Til It Blows Over)/I Wanna Turn You On (Much) CH-1002

with MIGHTY
1972
Safari/Ayala Red (Much) CH-1019

with LES ROCKERS
1973
Miss Ann/Notre côté B (RCA/Victor)
KPB0-5003
1974 Faut tout donner/Histoire d’amour (RCA/Victor) KPB0-5031
1974 Killing Time/It’s All Over Now (RCA/Victor) KPB0-0033
1974 Bébé tu m’fais flipper quand tu joues mon gazou/Illusion (RCA/Victor) KPB0-5044
1974 Little Queenie/Tu peux frapper (RCA/Victor) PB-50025


Albums

1968 Michel Pagliaro (DSP) INT-402
1970 Michel Pagliaro (Spectrum) SP-103
1970 15 Chansons: Première époque (Spectrum) SP-106
1970 Rock’n Roll (Citation) C-298-5
1971
Michel Pagliaro (Trans-World) TWF-9012
1971
Pagliaro (Much) CHLP-5001
1971 Pagliaro (Amber) ABR-300
1972 Pag (RCA) PCS-4019
1972 M’Lady (Trans-World) TWF-3502
1973 Pagliaro Live [2 LP] (RCA/Victor) 
KXL2-5000/5001
1974 Rockers (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0042
1974 Pagliaro [French] (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0075
1974 21 disques d’or (Les Archives du Disques Québecois) AQ-21003
1975 17 grand success (Production Multi-Pop)
MP-1
1975 Pagliaro I (CBS/Columbia) KC-33901
1976 Pagliaro [French] (CBS/Columbia) PFS-90320
1976 Aujourd’hui (CBS/Columbia)  PFS-90384
1977 Time Race (CBS/Columbia)  PES-90408
1978 Pagliaro Rock’n Roll (Martin) M-16208
1980 The Rockers (RCA) 37456
1981 Bamboo Cuisine Kung Fu (Trans-Canada)  TCM-1005
1982 Rock avec Pag (K-Tel) KF-200
1983 Pag (Big Beat – France) BBR-2001
1987 Avant (Aquarius) AQCD-547
1988 Sous peine d’Amour (Alert) Z-81009
1993 Au nom de l’amour (Au Nom de l’Amour) ANL-CD-666
1995 Hit Parade (Audiogram) ADCD-10087
1999 Goodbye Rain (Star) CD-9600
2000 Pag (Mediarock/DEP) MED2-1172
2011 Collection – Tonnes de Flashs (Musicor) MUPSCD-136432

with LES CHANCELIERS
1967
Le p’tit Poppy (Tradition) TR-259-26
1968
Les Chanceliers (Citation) CN-16010

with MICHEL PAGLIARO & RENÉE MARTEL
1971
Michael Pagliaro et Renee Martel (Trans-World) TWF-9013

PAIGE, Justin [Born: 1948 in Montreal, Québec]
Montreal’s Justin Paige wanted to be a singer from an early age and worked his way through the Québec nighclubs and building a solid following. In 1967 he played to a sold-out show at the Hullabaloo opening for the likes of Sam & Dave, Billy Stewart. and The Everly Brothers. This was followed by the opening of Place Bonaventure in Montreal opening for Jefferson Airplane and Tiny Tim. In 1968 he played at the Action House in Long Island, New York with the Young Rascals and the embryonic version of Vanilla Fudge. He then played the Cheetah Club in Manhattan with Brooklyn Bridge, Club Leone’s with The Chambers Brothers and then in 1971 toured the entire USA with Ten Years After – including a show at Disneyland in Annaheim, California. However, he wanted to kick his career into high gear and relocated to Toronto where he adopted an outrageous glam rock persona marrying R & B with rock and stage theatrics. He was soon given the moniker of “Canada’s King of Rock and Rouge”. Capitol Records in Toronto took notice and signed him in early 1973. He found himself working with Ben Kaye’s assembly-line hit record production company in Montreal and with several outside songwriters recorded Paige’s first single “Stompin’ On the Bayou” b/w “Who’s Been Messin’ With Sally?”. It was released in the summer of 1973 and failed to chart in North America. Oddly, the single’s B-side did manage to chart in France in early 1974. Capitol had faith in Paige and sent him back into the studio in Toronto in February 1974 with producer Lee De Carlo to record a full-length album at Manta Sound. Capitol took no chances and invested in songs written specifically for Paige by childhood friend and songwriter Joey Miller. De Carlo also brought in several top session players and members of Paige’s live band in to complete the record. These included Prakash John (bass), Dave Beckels (drums), John David Redmond (keyboards), Gene Martynec and Peter Rochon (synths, mellotron) and a young guitarist named Richard “Rik” Emmett. The self-titled album was released in October of 1974 – Paige having already performed major, sold-out, showcases in the summer in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax and appearing several times on the Norm Crosby hosted TV show “Everything Goes” (where his performance was initially banned because of lewd bumping and grinding). The Des Parton written “Rock And Roll Band” was released as the album’s only single which failed to chart. Ironically, Capitol dropped Paige in early 1975 almost at the same time he was nominated for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’ at the JUNO Awards (he would lose to Gino Vannelli). Paige would leave the music business shortly thereafter. with notes from Daniel Paige and Dan Brisebois.



Singles
1973 Stompin’ On the Bayou/Who’s Been Messin’ With Sally (Capitol) 72713
1974 Rock and Roll Band/Steam Queen (Capitol) 72743

Albums
1973 Justin Paige (Capitol) ST-6419


PAINTED SHIP, The
Bill Hays
(vocals) / Bob Rowden (lead guitar) / Barry Rowden (drums) / Ken Wain (organ) / Gary Connor (bass) / Joe Conroy (guitar) / Brian Duff (drums) / Karen Edgar (keyboards) / Barry Forrester (guitar) / Chris Huntley (bass) / Tom Keeling (keyboards) / Brian Kelly (bass) / Larry Kovich (guitar) / Jim McGilvary (drums) / Grant Shankaruk (bass) / Barry Simpson (keyboards) / Gordy Smithers (drums) / Spenser Sutton (keyboards) / Danny Tapanella (guitar) / Lou Wade (drums) / Ken Warren (keyboards) / John Webber (drums) / Dave Whiting (drums)
Painted Ship were from Vancouver, British Columbia where Hays met Rob Rowden at the University of British Columbia. Hays was writing poetry at the time and thought it would be fun to see what might come out of a collaboration. They recruited Rob’s brother, Barry, to play drums and Ken Wain to play keyboards. They were initially called The Wee Beasties but later changed the name to The Painted Ship. After rehearsing for unappreciative neighbours during their summer break they began to play around Vancouver and eventually signed a record deal with London Records in 1966 for two singles. “Little White Lies” became a regional hit in B.C. but met with less success internationally despite U.S. airplay. The Rowden Brothers would later go on to be in The Look under the names Barry and Bob Warden. Barry Rowden passed away in 2010.



Singles
1966 Little White Lies/Frustration (London) M-17351
1966 And She Said Yes/Audience Reflections (Of Pollyanna’s Dream World) (London) M-17354

PAINTER
Dan Lowe
(guitar) / Doran ‘Dorn’ Beattie (vocals) / Paul Burton (drums) / Bob ‘Herb’ Ego (drums; replaced Burton) / Royden ‘Wayne’ Morice (bass) / Barry Allen (guitar) / Jim Llewellyn (drums; replaced Ego)
As a member of 49th Parallel, Danny Lowe saw the band he founded with Dennis Abbott lose momentum following the release of its one and only album in 1969 and Abbott’s departure. Dorn Beattie replaced Abbott and with a new line-up of Beattie, Lowe, Jack Velker, Dave Downey and Terry Bare, they began working on another album which was never completed but the single “I Need You” did surface in 1970. Keyboardist Velker would quit and be replaced by Allen, while Downey and Bare were replaced by Royden Morice and Paul Burton at which time they changed their name to to Painter.  After signing with Randy Bachman’s Molten Records, they released the single “Daybreak” in August 1970 which scraped the lower reaches of RPM’s Top Singles charts. It would take until 1971 for the band to gel properly, with new drummer Bob Ego, and establish their identity. They signed with London Records in the spring of 1971 and the label sent them to San Francisco’s Wally Heider studio to record four songs: “Stone Hill”, “Slavedriver” and their next single “Country Man” b/w “Lost the Sun” in the summer of 1971. The record was released in early 1972, again, to no radio interest. Still determined to carry on, they signed with Elektra in 1973 and recorded their self-titled LP in Seattle, which spawned one Top20 charting single, “West Coast Woman”. Follow-up singles “Going Home to Rock and Roll” and “Song For Sunshine” failed to ignite the charts. Jim Llewellyn moved to Vancouver in February 1975 to replace Bob Ego on drums. After signing a new deal with Mercury Records in the Spring/Summer of 1975, the label asked for a name change. They became Hammersmith who released two albums for Mercury – ‘Hammersmith’ (1974) and ‘It’s For You’ (1976). Mercury dropped the band in 1977 and Beattie quit to join All The Rage In Paris (1978). In recent years, he has become a successful country singer; Lowe continued on with Hammersmith, 451 Degrees and Prototype before becoming a successful producer and inventor of Q Sound – a stereo enhancement process that has been used on albums by such artists as Madonna and Pink Floyd. with notes from Bill Munson, Bob Ego, Jim Llewellyn. Louis-Luc Le Guerrier and Norm Bright. [also see DAN LOWE, DORAN BEATTIE, 49th PARALLEL, HAMMERSMITH]



Singles
1970 Daybreak/I Do The Best I Can (Molten)
MM-3
1972 Country Man/Lost In The Sun (London)
M-17444
1973 West Coast Woman/Space Truck (Elektra) EK-45862
1974 Going Home To Rock And Roll/Tell Me Why (Elektra) EK-45873
1974 Song For Sunshine/Crazy Feeling (Elektra) EK-45886

Albums
1973 Painter (Elektra) EKS-75071


PALADINS
Jeff Merriam (drums, vocals) / Jim “Duane” McTaggart (guitars, vocals) / Stephen “Mean Steve Piano” Hocura (piano, acoustic guitar, vocals) / Major Mike Gardner (upright bass, acoustic guitar)
After leaving the Bopcats just prior to recording their Attic Records debut album, Duane Wayne (aka Jim “Duane” McTaggart) assembled a new rockabilly outfit called Paladins with Merriam, Hocura and Gardner. The found themselves playing in London, UK and at the Eindhaven Festival in 1983 before returning to Canada to record their debut album, ‘R & R’, for Oshawa’s Star Records label. with notes from Craig Morrison; Following the Paladins, Hocura was well known in rockabilly circles having played with The Randypeters, Handsome Ned, The Razorbacks, and Johnny Dee Fury. Following the death of Handsome Ned, Hocura inherited Ned’s radio show in 1987. He traveled often to Memphis and moved to Europe in the 1990s where he recorded several solo album. Hocura passed away unexpectedly December 18, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

Albums
1984
R & R (Star) SR-004

PALEFACE
Keith Ira Larkin
(vocals) / James Yauk (guitar) / Mike Bates (bass) / Brendan McCabe (drums)
Paleface was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. The band recorded their only album, ‘Backlash’ at Fiasco Brothers Studio between February and April 1990 with producer Michelle Garuik. The album was released on Final Notice Records in the summer of 1990.

Albums
1990 Backlash (Final Notice) FNH-12001

PALMER, Jerry
Jerry Palmer was a Thunder Bay teen sensation in the 1960’s who would become a country artist in the 1970’s.



Singles
1963
Celebration Day/Got a Love (Quality) 1555X
1963
Ooo Mama/She’s All Woman (Gaiety) G-757
1963 One More Song/She’s My Daughter (Gaiety) G-759
1964 One Way Ticket To a Lady/Are You Mine (Gaiety) G-762
1964 Mule Skinner Blues/Last Will and Testament (Gaiety) G-764
1964 Last Will and Testament/Blue Yodel #8 (Gaiety) G-765
1965 Oh, Lucky Me/Love’s Come to Me (Gaiety) G-101
1965 Travellin’ Shoes/Head Over Heels in Love (Gaiety) G-102
1965 Gotta Learn to Twist/Your Love (Gaiety) G-103
1965 Come Along With Me/Hey Sweet Baby (Gaiety) G-104
1965 Sweet Lorene/Walking Home (Gaiety) G-105
1965 Party Pooper/Sweet Lorene (Gaiety) G-108
1965 Don’t Ever Leave Me/On My Way to Old L.A. (Gaiety) G-109
1965 That’ll Be the Day/Together With Love (Gaiety) G-110
1966 Don’t Leave Me Baby/Walking the Dog (Gaiety) G-111
1966 Ice Cream Man/Cerina (Gaiety) G-113
1966 Don’t Avoid Me/The Heart You Break May Be Your Own (Gaiety) G-118
1966 Walking the Dog/Don’t Leave Me Baby (London) HL-10026
1976 Last Will and Testament/Mule Skinner Blues (RCA) PB-50220
1976 Dig I Forget To Tell You/Gift of a Lifetime (RCA) PB-50279
1982 And Then She Touched Me/One Way Ticket To a Lady (Golden Eagle) GE-101
1984 I Was Born a Loser/The Joke of It All (Citation) JP-03-84

Albums
1964
String of Hits (Quality) V-1743
1969
Country Sound (Birchmount) BM-521
1969 On My Way (Birchmount) BM-524
1975 Lovin’ Country (Gaiety) GLP-008
1978 Jerry Palmer (RCA) KKL1-0207
1982 The Hitman: 20 of His Best Hits (Golden Eagle) GE-1002
2003 Good Ole Buddies


PALMER, Rae
Rae Palmer was born in Hearst, Ontario and lived in the surrounding areas of northern Ontario until the age of 8. During that time, her and her parents would perform at local events. In her teens, Palmer performed as a singer with groups around the area. In the 1970’s, she moved to Ottawa, Ontario and got married to the man who would become her manager. She began her recording career in 1981. Palmer would later be nominated as ‘Rising Star’ in the Canadian Country Music Awards and continued performing until 1995. Since retiring from the Public Service in 2006, Palmer began recording again and released a CD in 2008 dedicated to animal lovers and their pets to raise funds to help animal shelters who are in constant need of support. with notes from Rae Palmer.



Singles
1981 Kaw-liga/ Celui Que J’Aime (Icicle) IC-1024
1982 Corner of Walk And Dont Walk/[same] (Snocan) SC-195
1983 Everybody Gets Lonely /[same] (Snocan) SC-202
1984 Keep On Walking (Altair Four) WRC3-3467
1985 It’s Just a Matter of Time/[same] (Altair Four) WRC3-3952
1985 Stuck On Love/[same] (Altair Four) WRC3-3975
1986 Call Me Up/[same] (Altair Four) WRC3-4462
1986 Does Anybody Here Need a Broken Heart (Altair Four) WRC3-4946
1986 You Can Count Me Out (Altair Four) WRC3-5235
1986 Call Me Up/Stuck On Love (Comstock) COM-1830
1987 Broken Hearts/You’re a Dream Come True (Comstock) COM-1839 

Albums
1986 A Dream Come True (Altair Four) ALTAIR-4


PANTIS, Denis S. [
Born: 1942 in Montreal, Québec]
Denis Pantis is a Montreal singer-songwriter and producer who released many independent singles from 1960 to 1965 under the name Danté. His major label releases were under his given name, Denis Pantis. He also produced Montreal band Les Sultans in the late 1960s both for Télédisc Records and through his own label DSP. Pantis is now the president of Disques Mérite.



Singles
1963 Tu me possedes/Ecoutez la pluie (Columbia) C4-6877
1964
Ton visage plein de larmes/Seul dans la nuit (RCA/Victor Canada International) 57-5608
1967
Not My Kind/Foolish Boy (Blue Jean)
BJ-2811
1971 Je t’entends frapper/Seul l’amour peut te blesser (Pax) PAX-3806
1971 Si tu voulais de moi/Theme de l’ile (Pax) PAX-3807
198- Anyway You Want Me / Lost In Your Love (TBI) TBI-2003

as DANTÉ PANTIS
1961
Tu parles trop/Je veux t’aimer (Trans-Canada) TC-3010
1962
Où sont tes promesses/Mon porte bonheur (ABC) A-4507
1962 Je veux me promener/Qu’il est doux (Cavalier) C-2501
1964
Écoutez la pluie/Tu me possèdes (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4002
1964 Jeunesse d’amour/Que fais-tu de mon amour (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4007
1964 Ne l’écoute pas/Ses baisers vous font rêver (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4012
1965 Scandale dans la famile/Les mauvais garçons (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4042
1965 Carousel/Viens danser (Teledisc) TD-7

as CYRIL CENDRILLON
1968
Le Québec se cherche un chef/Fehc nu ehcrehc es cebéuQ el (DSP) DSP- 8653

with ANDREE LACHANCE et DANTÉ PANTIS
1964
Grand amour/Voilà ce qu’il faut (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4001

with GILLES BROWN et DANTÉ PANTIS
1964
Ensemble/On est plus en vacances (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4010

with MICHÈLE RICHARD et DENIS PANTIS
1968 Bonnie & Clyde / Comme un garçon (Trans-Canada) TC-3245
1969
Une place au soleil/Divorce (Trans-Canada) TC-4008

Albums
as DANTÉ PANTIS
1962 Chantons, dansons, célébrons avec Danté et ses invités (ABC) A-8
1964
Danté Chante Elvis (Jeunesse-Franco)
JLP-3802
1964 Monsieur Rock & Roll (Jeunesse-Franco) JLP-3804


PAPA BEAR
Harold Frizell
(lead vocals, guitars) / Gary Edwards (drums) / Denis Staples (lead guitar) / Jim Knapp (bass) / Greg Brooke (organ) / Rick Frizell (drums; replaced Edwards) / Claire Porter (bass; replaced Knapp)
Smith Falls, Ontario band The Purple Haze formed in late 1967 out of the remnants of Cobwebs And Strange and The Continentals. They managed to gain a certain amount of popularity as the house band at The Rideau Ferry Inn. Sir John A. Records’ John Pozer signed the act and they recorded a cover of The Small Faces’ “My Mind’s Eye” featuring added vocals by Don Norman. The flipside was a band original by Harold Frizell called “She’s No Good”. Following the sessions Knapp left the band and was replaced by Porter. Meanwhile, Pozer informed the group that they could not use the name Purple Haze as it was already being used by several bands including one from Edmonton and one from Montreal. They changed their name, instead, to The Paper Dream. Their single was the last released on the Sir John A. label in December 1968. It managed some airplay as far away as North Carolina where it became the ‘Pick of the Week’ at a station in Benson. With only a local following and very limited appearances around Southern Ontario, the act disappeared into obscurity in 1970. They would reunite in 1988 at their original stomping grounds at the Rideau Ferry Inn. with notes from Marc Coulavin and Alexander J. Taylor.



Singles
1968 My Mind’s Eye/She’s No Good (Sir John A.) SJA-7



PAPE GANG
Pete Patio

[aka Pete Otis]

(vocals) / Bobby Blake (vocals) / Rick Morrison (saxophone) / Grant Fullerton (guitar) / David Moyles (guitar) / Steve Campbell (bass) / Rod Blacker (drums) / Ralph Dunlap (percussion) / Jerry Baird (vocals) / Jimmy Pechia (guitar) / Gary Latimer (bass) / Paul DeAngelis (drums) / Al Lerman (harmonica) / Greg Chadd (keyboards) / Sean Lynch (vocals) / Gary McCracken (drums, backing vocals) / David Wipper (guitar) / Charles Towers (bass) / John LeChasseur (drums) / Brad MacDonald (keyboards) / Calvin Sauro (o.b.x.) / Mike Crawford (guitars) / Mike Gingrich (bass) / Terry Watkinson (keyboards) / Glen Gratto (drums)
Consisting of 26 of Toronto’s most popular local players all performing in rotating combinations for a one-off jam album.

Singles
1981 Living On the Fringes of Adultery/Take Your Pants Off (Freedom) FR-45-003
1982 Take Your Pants Off/[same]  [12”] (Freedon) FR12-0001

Albums

1982 The Pape Gang (Freedom) FR-011


PARACHUTE CLUB

Lorraine Segato (vocals, guitar, percussion) / Julie Masi (timbales, percussion, support vocals) / Dave Gray (guitar) / Lauri Conger (keyboards, synthesizers, support vocals) / Margo Davidson (congas, saxophone, percussion, support vocals) / Billy Bryans (drums, percussion, Sincussion) / Steve Webster (bass) / Russ Boswell (bass; replaced Webster) / Keir Brownstone (bass; replaced Boswell)
This Toronto politico-musical troupe had its beginnings back in 1977 when Lorraine Segato, Lauri Conger and Billy Bryans became fixtures on Toronto’s Queen Street circuit as part of a six-piece band called Mama Quilla II. The group released one 12″ EP, produced by yet-to-be legendary Daniel Lanois before evolving into V which was a reggae-pop-funk collective that played around Toronto in 1981-1982. The act was unable to fulfill an appearance at Toronto’s ‘Festival Of Festivals’ so Segato and Bryans quickly organized a band of musicians, including Lauri Conger, Steve Webster and Margo Davidson, under the name The Parachute Club. In short time they landed a deal with the newly created Gerry Young Management Co. and its offshoot label Current Records. Later that year Winnipeg native Julie Masi joined followed by guitarist Dave Gray who was added during the recording of The Parachute Club’s 1983 eponymous debut which was produced and engineered by Daniel Lanois. The first single/video “Rise Up” became a statement of sexual and racial harmony. Parachute Club wore their politically correct vision on their sleeves with hit singles like “Alienation” and “Boy’s Club” screaming out their message. “Rise Up” won a Juno Award for ‘Single of the Year’. Steve Webster departed to join Billy Idol’s touring band and was replaced temporarily by Russ Boswell. For their second album, “At the Feet of the Moon”, they added new bassist Keir Brownstone and charted with the title track that was bolstered by a 12” EP featuring a dance remix and several versions of their previous hit “Rise Up”. They were nominated in CFNY-FM’s U-KNOW Awards for ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Group Of The Year’, and ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ (Lorraine Segato). That same year they won a JUNO Award for ‘Group of the Year’. With the production help of Hall & Oates’ John Oates, the group released ‘Small Victories’ in 1986 which featured a duet with the singer and Lorraine Segato on the album’s first single “Love Is Fire”. The song gave the band an international profile. Julie Masi left the band following their initial Canadian tour for the LP. In Mid-1987 Lauri Conger also left for registered massage training in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parachute Club continued on with Manteca’s Aaron Davis through 1988 (with Conger filling in for an ailing Davis during an appearance at Ontario Place during the summer of 1988). The Parachute Club decided they’d achieved their collective goals and retired the act in 1989. Segato moved onto a solo career which continues today; Bryans began doing session work for other recording acts, producing and is currently running a music promotion company that helps international music from the Far-East, Africa and Europe gain exposure in North America; Conger, with the approval of a Canada Council “Arts B” grant application, returned to Canada in 1998 to pursue a musical focus in First Nations music/rhythms; Davidson had left the music industry to work with not-for-profit and advocacy groups before dying unexpectedly from undisclosed causes May 17, 2008; The Parachute Club’s “Rise Up” was used as the theme song to a 2-part CBC documentary series that focused on Canadian music of the 1980s; Billy Bryans died of cancer April 23, 2012; In 2018 Lorraine Segato assembled some of Canada’s leading country artists to issue a new version of “Rise Up” with proceeds going to various charities. with notes from Lorraine Segato, Lauri Conger, and Kevin Shea .[also see MAMA QUIIA II]



Singles
1983 Rise Up (Extended Dance Version)/She Tell You [12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-2
1983 Rise Up/ Tobago Style (Current/RCA)  WAKE-3
1984 Alienation/Are You Hungry (Current/RCA)  WAKE-5
1984 Alienation (Extended Club Mix/Alienation (Version) [12″] (Current/RCA)  WASH-3
1984 Boy’s Club/Hot In Pursuit (Current/RCA)  WAKE-6
1984 At the Feet of the Moon [Edit]/Walls and Laws (Current/RCA)  PB-50801
1984 Sexual Intelligence/Equal-Equality (Current/RCA)  PB-50820
1984
Sexual Intelligence (Edit Remix)/Sexual Intelligence (DanceRemix) [12″] (RCA – US) JD-7095
1984
At the Feet of the Moon [12”] (RCA – US)  JD-14145
1985 Innuendo/Freedom Song (Current/RCA)
PB-50839
1986
Love Is Fire/Waves (Current/RCA) WAKE-17/PB-50890
1986 Love and Compassion (Edit)/Secret Heart (Wild Zone) (Current/RCA)  PB-50912
1986 Walk To the Rhythm (of Your Heartbeat) (Extended Dance Remix)//Walk To the Rhythm (of Your Heartbeat) (Single Remix Edit)/Love Is Fire (Extended Dance Remix) [12″] (Current/RCA) WASH-9
1986
Walk To The Rhythm of Your Heartbeat (Edit)/The Journey (Current/RCA) PB-50927
1988
Introduction To The Big World/Big Big World [Edit]//Big Big World (Current/RCA)
PB-50978

Albums
1983 The Parachute Club (Current/RCA)  WAVE-2
1984 At the Feet of the Moon (Current/RCA)  WAVE-4
1985 Moving Thru’ The Moonlight [5 song EP] (Current/RCA) WASH-6
1986 Small Victories (Current/RCA)  KKL1-0573
1992 Wild Zone: The Essential Parachute Club (BMG) 217284



PARADOX
Sylvain Cossette
(lead vocals, guitar) / Jean-Francois Houle (bass, vocals) / Denis Lavigne (drums, vocals) / Francois Cossette Jr. (guitars, vocals) / Tony Rumolo (keyboards) / Jean-François Côté (keyboards; replaced Rumolo)
Formed in 1984 in Grand-Mere, Québec, the three piece Paradox (Sylvain Cossette, Houle, Lavigne) played mostly Beatles, U2, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Tears For Fears covers and gradually integrated original material. In 1986 they were discovered by manager Paul Levesque. In 1988 Paradox received a FACTOR grant to produce demos which, in turn, attracted MCA Records in the US. At this point Sylvain’s brother Francois joined the act. Their 1989 self-titled debut was produced by Pierre Bazinet (Luba, Sass Jordan) and featured co-writing credits by Jordan herself. To make sure that English Canada knew who these French-Canadians were, they flew executives into Toronto from all over the country to catch the act live at an MCA showcase. Their two albums of corporate rock (a rarity in Québec commercial music circles) landed them opening slots for some pretty prominent Canadian bands, but they failed to make a mark outside of Québec. with notes from Francois Gagnon.



Singles
1987 On ne peut vivre sans amour/Reviens-moi (Solar) S-614
1989 Waterline (Edit)/Freedom Calling (Artiste/MCA) 53670
1989 Another Day (Edit)/[same] (Artiste/MCA) 53745
1990 Catch Me In the Act (Artiste/MCA)
1991 Kiss Me On the Lips (Artiste/MCA)

Albums
1989 Paradox (Artiste/MCA) 42306
1991 Obvious Puzzle (Artiste/MCA) MCAD-10337


PARTLAND BROTHERS
G.P. Partland (vocals, guitars) / Chris Partland (vocals, guitars) / Robin Partland (drums) / Kelly Partland (vocals, bass, guitar)
The Partland Brothers are from the small community of Colgan, north of Toronto. They played in many area bands before moving their act to Toronto in 1979 and forming Oliver Heavyside, a Toronto bar staple for years. In 1982 they entered, and won, the annual Q107 Homegrown Contest. The compilation album for the contest was distributed by Basement Records – a subsidiary of Attic. It was the inclusion of their song “Level Crossing” that attracted the attention of Attic Records who released one single “Lots of Activity” b/w “Guts” that year. Following the collapse of Oliver Heavyside, they formed Kelly Partland & Fifth Avenue which landed them another showing on Volume 7 of the ‘Q107 Homegrown Album’ in 1985. Unable to make a go of it, Kelly Partland went solo while Chris and G.P. Partland began shopping demos. Capitol Records soon signed the two brothers to a deal as The Partland Brothers. Their first album was, ‘Electric Honey’, was released in 1986 and the first single, “Soul City”, went Top 10 in Canada and Top 30 in the US, earning them tours with the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys south of the border, and headline gigs of their own at home; their live band engaged seasoned live performers, including bassist Tom Lewis. They were also nominated for Most Promising Group at the 1987 Junos. Produced by Vini Poncia and featuring the talents of countless studio favourites, the album was reissued in 1987 with the Jim Vallance-produced song “One Chance”, which is still played on many adult radio stations today.
Management struggles ensued and it took until 1990 for them to record and release their second album, ‘Between Worlds’, produced by Jon Goldsmith (Bruce Cockburn) and once again enlisting many of the city’s most admired session people, including Ken Greer, Hugh Marsh, Steve Webster, Jorn Anderson, and Lisa DalBello. The brothers played occasionally, highlighting the talent of, among others, Refugee’s lead guitarist Rob Kennedy. It was another three years and a label change before their last studio album, ‘Part Land, Part Water’, was released on Kinetic Records. Production was given over to Ken Greer (Red Rider guitarist, Tragically Hip producer) who also played lead guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, bass, and all keyboards on the album. Occasional dates ensued but the band chose to stay close to home rather than tackling an all-out tour. More recently, The Partland Brothers’ song “Fly Like a Hawk (aka Ronnie Boy)” was featured in the 2004 Rockumentary ‘Ronnie Hawkins Still Alive and Kicking’, which tells the story of Rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins who the Partlands had performed with as part of his band The Hawks. In 2006 the Partland Brothers began playing more frequent live shows and put together a new band. This work has inspired new material, some of which has been released online (Ronnie Boy, That’s My Home, Fields) over the past couple of years, and has created the foundation for their latest CD ‘This Is Who I Am’. Recent live engagements have included a number of special performances in support of the Military Families Fund, an appearance in Las Vegas in 2009, and invitations to play at many 2010 Calgary Stampede events. With the official release of This Is Who I Am, as well as a new compilation CD released by EMI in August 2010, brothers Chris & G.P. Partland have put together a new touring family.



Singles
1986 Soul City/Best Love (Capitol-EMI) B-73005
1987 Electric Honey/Heat Up The Feel (Capitol-EMI) B-73020
1987 One Chance/Outside The City (Capitol-EMI) B-73033
1987 Heat Up the Feel/One Chance (Manhattan/Capitol – US) B-50091
1990 Honest Man/Keep That Spirit High (Capitol-EMI)
1992 Lift Me Up (Kinetic)

as OLIVER HEAVYSIDE
1982 Lots of Activity/Guts (Attic) AT-270
Albums
1986 Electric Honey (Capitol) ST-6543
1990 Between Worlds (Capitol) C2-93394
1992 Part Land, Part Water (Kinetic)  KRD-912
2010 Every Now & Again: The Best of the Partland Brothers (EMI)
2011 This Is Who I Am

PARTS FOUND IN SEA
Steve Cowal
(vocals) / David Currie (guitar) / Eric (bass; 1983) / Dan Hill (drums; 1983) / Frank Lippai (bass, vocals; replaced Eric 1984) / Steve Biggs (drums; replaced Hill 1984)
Formed in Campbellville, Ontario as a duo of Cowal & Currie, they augmented the line-up for their self-titled EP in 1983. The band’s permanent line-up solidified in 1984 with the addition of Lippai and Biggs who would appear on the band’s second EP ‘Seat of the Writing Man’. The consolidated act finally released a full-length album, ‘Can See the Forest’, in 1986 after moving to Toronto. The band broke up in 1987 after Dave Currie was killed in a car accident. They re-formed for several concerts to raise completion funds for the live album ‘Every Soul’s House’ which would be David Currie’s final recordings from two 1987 gigs at Toronto’s Cameron House and Kitchener’s Level 21. Lippai’s brother took over guitar duties, joined by Steve Mub of Groovy Religion. During this period Parts were occasionally joined by Keith Whittaker (ex-Demics) for guest vocals. After the LP was released they broke up for good. Steve Cowal went on to form Swamp Baby. with notes from Tom Goode, Richard Rice, and Nick Marcilio.



Albums
1983 Parts Found In Sea [6 song EP] (Between) XX-101
1984 Seat of the Writing Man [6 song EP] (Between) XX-102
1986 Can See the Forest (Between) XX-103
1988 Every Soul’s House (Between) XX-104

PARTY’S OVER
Scott Kerr
(electronics, vocals) / Sean Leaning (keyboards, vocals) / Anita Smith (bass, vocals) / Bruce Wrighte (guitar, vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario

Albums
1981
Tissue Sample [cassette] (Some) SUM1-A

PASSING FANCY,  A
VERSION I (1965 – 1968): Jay Telfer
(guitar) / Phil Seon (guitar) / Brian Price (organ) / Greg Hershoff (drums) / Steve Wilson (drums; replaced Hershoff) / Richard Mann [nee Fruchtman] (bass) / Fergus Hambleton (lead vocals, piano);  VERSION II (1968 – 1969): Fergus Hambleton (lead vocals, piano) / Brian Smith (rhythm guitar) / Dan Troutman (bass) / Wally Cameron (drums) / Louis Pratile (drums; replaced Cameron) / Ron Forster (guitar)
Brian Price and Ian Telfersat sat in the back of English class at Downsview High and quietly hummed and sang harmonies – thus, a new band was begun. Vocalist Price, Ian Telfer (bass) and friends Phil Seon (lead) and Gregory Hershoff (drums) got together in the Telfer family basement in the summer of 1965.
Younger brother Jay Telfer soon joined them on acoustic guitar and everyone sang into the one Kent microphone they had and became The Dimensions. They rehearsed twice at the Telfer’s before Mrs. Telfer had them move out. After that, the group rehearsed about two to three times a week in Hershoff’s basement. Within a month they had their first audition at the North YMHA where they watched The Nomads with Tony Kosinec. As fate would have it, singer Brian Price never showed up leaving the vocal duties to Jay. And because of their outstanding audition, Tony And The Nomads lost their job and The Dimensions took over the Sunday afternoon North YMHA gigs. They soon went in search of a new manager. So Ian Telfer and Price visited the El Patio Club in Yorkville and were re-acquainted with fellow Downsview-ite, Bernie Finkelstein, who was serving coffee. Within a few weeks, he was the band’s new manager and the group was immediately booked into the El Patio. At the end of 1965, Finkelstein moved on to manage The Paupers. The now rechristened A Passing Fancy would continue working by playing nearly every high school in Southern Ontario. The band’s Fan Club president, Barb Young, told them of her friends, record store owner Walter Honsberger and partner Dan Bartollini. The duo began shaping the band’s sound and image as Wal-Dan Management, eventually bringing A Passing Fancy to the doorstep of Columbia Records, where they were signed to a standard six-sides contract (i.e. three singles). They played at Expo ’67 where they jammed in a cultural exchange with Montreal band Les Tetes Blanches. Their popularity grew first with successful touring throughout Ontario and then out to Eastern Canada where radio also embraced them. Jay Telfer was the band’s songwriter (and later composed “Ten Pound Note” for Steel River) for their first Columbia single “I’m Losing Tonight”, released in February 1967 which reached No.22 on the charts by March. The second single, “You’re Going Out of My Mind”, only reached No.37 in June 1967, but they bounced back with the successful “I Believe In Sunshine” in August which had a short four week run at the charts, reaching No.28 in September of that year. When the record was released, A Passing Fancy played at the CHUM booth at the Canadian National Exhibition (with the record played over and over) and signed over 3,000 autographs. Columbia continued with one more single in late 1967 (“People In Me”). Price, Seon and Mann were in their second year of University and were unhappy with Jay’s direction. Price quit in March to go to dental school and was replaced by Fergus Hambleton. Another addition was Smith, playing third acoustic guitar. Smith only performed three shows with the group, including the first colour episode of CBC’s “Let’s Go” TV show. After a month, the rest of band had gone their ways. Undettered, Wal-Dan management assembled a new version of the band featuring Fergus Hambleton and recorded additional tracks for the November 1968 self-titled release. The album would feature the Columbia singles (with an altered mix of “People In Me”). Boo Records attempted to squeeze a little more life out of the record with a new song – and fifth single — “Island” and send the new band out with the old band’s musical equipment and truck on the road. The tour and the track did poorly on radio and by early 1969 the second version of A Passing Fancy had disbanded. In the spring of 1969, after Bernie Finkelstein had stopped managing The Paupers and The Kensington Market, he produced Telfer’s first solo album. As an unreleased album, a host of noted musicians on it: Keith McKie, Malcolm Tomlinson, Louis McKelvie, Alex Dareau, Clive Smith, Murray McLaughlin, Kevin Staples, Fergus Hambleton, Colleen Peterson and it was the first time John Mills-Cockell (Syrinx) had used his synthesizer in a studio. In November 1969 Jay Telfer and Fergus Hambleton (who replaced Telfer in A Passing Fancy) recorded a studio album for Allied Records under the name Goody Two Shoes called “Come Together”. The album was primarily cover tunes and is also noteworthy for lead guitar work by former A Passing Fancy roadie Kevan Staples – better known as half of future shock rockers Rough Trade. In 1970 Steel River recorded Telfer’s song “Ten Pound Note” on the Tuesday label which became a regional hit in Ontario. Jay Telfer, who had a solo career simultaneously with A Passing Fancy (on the Sir John A. label) continued as guitarist with the Toronto stage production of “Hair” before signing to Axe Records (owned by Fergus Hambleton’s brother, Greg) in 1973 for a series of singles and one album through the 1973 and 1974. He dabbled in movie script writing (1977’s “Kid Vengeance” starring Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef and Leif Garrett), and after surviving a stroke in 1984 he settled in as a script evaluator. In the early ’90s he moved to Wellington, Ontario to open “Jay’s Bed & Breakfast”. He eventually moved to Belleville, Ontario and became editor of an antique collector’s magazine called “The Wayback Times” ; Hambleton would later go on to be in the band RAIN, then would launch a solo career as FERGUS for Capitol Records before becoming a member of The Ginger Group, The Basics and, finally, finding great success with Toronto reggae act The Sattalites; Fruchtman is still seen playing bass in Toronto; Seon re-located to Pickering, Ontario where he set up a dental practice; Brian Price also became a dentist; Wilson was a corporate executive head-hunter and also co-owned a nightclub in Toronto; Price became president of Tridont Ltd. The band reunited for a one-off date in Yorkville in 1988. Jay Telfer passed away on May 20, 2009 from heart failure. with notes from Jay Telfer, Brian Price, Fergus Hambleton and Brian Lindsay.[also see JAY TELFER, FERGUS HAMBLETON]



Singles
1967 I’m Losing Tonight/A Passing Fancy (Columbia) C4-2729
1967 You’re Going Out Of My Mind/Sounds Silly (Columbia) C4-2755
1967 I Believe In Sunshine/She Phoned (Columbia) C4-2767
1968 People In Me/Spread Out (Columbia) C4-2772
1968 Island/Your Trip (Boo) 684

Albums
1968 A Passing Fancy (Boo) BST 6801
1986 A Passing Fancy [re-issue] (Breeder) RPR0-01303C-570
1998 A Passing Fancy [re-issue] (Flashback) 11
2000 A Passing Fancy [re-issue] (Pacemaker/Timothy’s Brain) PACE-034

PAUL, Dave
Singles
1978
It Ain’t Restin’ Easy/A Man Done Gone Away (Dyna-West) DW-7913

PAUL, Dennis
Dennis Paul was a renowned Edmonton, Alberta musician who was a member of several Wes Dakus led bands. Wes Dakus & The Club 93 Rebels formed in 1958 and often interchanged personnel with Edmonton’s Nomads. They were signed to Quality Records in 1960 and released “El Ringo” that year. Touring as the backing act for several other prominent artists, including Buddy Knox, which established the band as seasoned professionals allowing them to record material as Wes Dakus & The Rebels with famed producer Norm Petty (Roy Orbison, kd lang) starting in 1962. Later sessions in 1964 also produced recordings for Dakus himself and erstwhile member Barry Allen’s side project as a solo artist. There were also singles released under the name The Dundeeville Players featuring guitarist George Tomsco. In 1965 ‘The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels’ was released on Capitol and spawned several singles including “Hobo” and “Come On Down”. In 1966 an album of additional tracks was issued on KAPP in the US as “Wes Dakus’s Rebels”. In Canada the album was not released but split into several individual singles as solo recordings for the band’s various members including Wes Dakus, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and Dennis Paul. RPM Magazine voted Wes Dakus & The Rebels Canada’s “Top Instrumental Group” in 1964 and 1965. with notes from Shawn Nagy, Gord Baker and Norm Bright.[also see WES DAKUS]



Singles
as DENNIS PAUL
1965 Peggy Sue/See Saw (Capitol) 72469

with WES DAKUS AND CLUB 93 REBELS
1960 El Ringo/Creepy (Quality) 1250
1964 Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X
with THE DUNDEEVILLE PLAYERS
1964 Wheels/Woodpecker (DOT) 16744
1964 Replica/Sunday (DOT) 16787

with WES DAKUS & THE REBELS
1965 Hobo/Rolling Back (Capitol) 72213
1965 Come On Down/Honeybun (Capitol) 72259
1967 Manipulator/Come On In (Capitol) 72484

Albums

with WES DAKUS AND THE REBELS
1965 The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels (Capitol) T-6120
1966 Wes Dakus’s Rebels (Kapp) KS-3536

PAUPERS, The
Denny Gerrard (bass) / Bill Marion [aka Bill Misener] (guitar) / Adam Mitchell (guitar; replaced Misener) / Chuck Beal (lead guitar) / Skip Prokop (drums) / Brad Campbell (bass; replaced Gerrard and was replaced by Gerrard) / Mel O’Brien (replaced Gerrard) / John Orde (keyboards) / Roz Park (drums; replaced Prokop) / Wally Cameron (drums; replaced Park) / Peter Sterback (organ; replaced Orde) / James Houston (drums) / Bill King (drums)
The Paupers were originally a four-piece called The Spats who were heavily influenced by the British Invasion so much so that they adopted a dress code and matching haircuts. As a teen dance act, The Paupers grew a huge fanbase with the release of several singles including “Never Send You Flowers”, “Free As A Bird”, “Sooner Than Soon”, “For What I Am”, and “If I Told My Baby”. Bill Misener would soon leave and be replaced by Scottish folk singer Adam Mitchell. After moving from school dances and fairground fetes to nightclubs in Yorkville they also changed management to Bernie Finkelstein (who would go on to manage Kensington Market, Bruce Cockburn and found True North Records) and dumped the cutesy Beatles style in favour of a more psychedelic approach. With a move to New York and opening shows for acts like Jefferson Airplane, the critics were falling over themselves with praise for The Paupers. The band was then handled by super manager Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary) who landed them a lucrative record deal with US label and they had a Top-10 hit with “If I Call You By Some Name” in 1966. The hit led to the recording of their debut album, ‘Magic People’, and major tours playing at such high profile venues as the Whiskey A Go Go and Fillmore’s West in California. They stayed on the road nearly a year at which time Gerrard left before the second album, ‘Ellis Island’, was released to be replaced by Brad Campbell (Five D/The Last Words). But the hits had run out. Gerrard returned to the band briefly after Campbell left to join The New Christy Minstrels but was, in turn, replaced by Mel O’Brien (of The Five Shy). Prokop left in 1968 to become a renowned studio musician with the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Richie Havens, Mama Cass and Janis Joplin before forming Toronto supergroup Lighthouse in 1969 with Paul Hoffert. The Paupers carried on with Park replacing Prokop in the lineup of Mitchell, Beal, Orde, O’Brien and Wally Cameron (who replaced Park). One more drummer change occurred with the addition of Houston but Mitchell was fed-up and left the band. With no new songwriting to carry the band Orde and O’Brien bailed and a final version of The Paupers featured Bill King and Peter Sterback in the line-up; Misener would go on to work at RCA Studio on Mutual Street in Toronto producing acts like Morse Code Transmission and The Laurie Bower Singers. He also released a solo album in 1977 on Polydor. Misener died suddenly on June 26, 2014; Adam Mitchell produced other bands such as Fludd and continued his folk-singing career and had substantial hits with “Fool For Your Love” (1972) and “Dancing Round And Round” (1980); Brad Campbell went on to play with Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band, an early Rick James project called White Cane, and recently reunited with his former Last Words bandmates in eastern Ontario; Mel O’Brien went on to play with Chester, Bill Amesbury and Déja Vu; Bill King has had a lengthy solo career and was also a member of China with guitarist Danny McBride; Prokop had a successful 40 year run with Lighthouse before leaving the band in 2014 due to health concerns and died of congestive heart failure August 30, 2017.  with notes from Nicholas Jennings, Mel O’Brien, Bruce Partridge, Leonard Los, Cam Atkinson, Bernie Finkelstein, and Bill Dureen.[also see BILL KING, JAMES HOUSTON, ADAM MITCHELL, SKIP PROKOP]



Singles
1965 Never Send You Flowers/Sooner Than Soon (Red Leaf) 65-002
1965 If I Told My Baby/Like You Like Me (Red Leaf) DG-65-003
1965 For What I Am (Roman) DR-1103
1966 Long Tall Sally/Sooner Than Soon (Roman) DR-1111
1966 If I Call You By Some Name/Copper Penny (Verve/Forecast) KF-5033
1967 Simple Deeds/Let Me Be (Verve/Forecast) KF-5043
1967 One Rainy Day/Tudor Impressions (Verve/Forecast) KF-5056
1967 Magic People/Black Thank You Package (Verve/Folkways) KF-5062
1967 Think I Care/White Song (Verve/Folkways) KF-5074
1968 Southdown Road/Numbers (Verve/Forecast) 518-908
1968 Another Man’s Hair On My Razor/Cairo Hotel (Verve/Forecast) KF-5094

Albums
1967 Magic People (Verve/Folkways) FTS-3026
1968 Ellis Island (Verve/Forecast) FTS-3051
1999 Dig Deep: 1966-1969 (Polygram)  314-538-839

PAYOLA$
Paul Hyde (guitar, vocals) / Robert “Bob” Rock (guitars, vocals) / Taylor Nelson Little (drums) / Gary Middleclass (bass, saxophone) / Larry Wilkins (bass; replaced Middleclass) / Chris Livingston (keyboards; replaced bassist Wilkins) / Lee Kelsey (keyboards, vocals; replaced Livingston) / Chris Taylor (drums; replaced Nelson Little) / Alex Boynton (bass; replaced Wilkins)
Langford, British Columbia’s Payola$ started life as a punk band after expatriate Brit Paul Hyde introduced fellow guitarist Bob Rock to the new musical genre emanating from the UK while they both attended Belmont High School. They recorded the singles “Money For Hype” and “China Boys” on two separate independent labels which led to a contract with A & M Records. A & M released a four song 12″ EP simply titled ‘Introducing Payola$’ in 1980. The full-length ‘In A Place Like This’ was released in 1981 featuring a remixed “China Boys” as a moderately successful radio hit in Canada on the heels of a national tour, though its follow-up, “I’m Sorry”, was mostly ignored. Wilkins soon left and was replaced by Bond keyboardist Chris Livingston who took up the slack of the vacant bass position. But it was the 1982 album ‘No Stranger To Danger’ that established the band as a force to reckon with. The album’s first single, “Eyes of a Stranger”, won ‘Single Of The Year’ at the 1983 JUNO Awards. Three other JUNO Awards followed that year – including one for ‘Most Promising New Group’. The award is considered the kiss of death and the band had a difficult time following up their immediate success with the non-LP single “Soldier” and “Romance” not achieving nearly the radio play the label expected. However, the first single from the follow-up LP, ‘Hammer On a Drum’, called “Never Said I Loved You” featured a duet with Rough Trade’s Carole Pope, which helped the band keep its radio fires burning. Two follow-up singles, “Where Is This Love” and “I’ll Find Another”, allowed the band to tour and push the album to moderate sales figures. Still, A & M Records were disappointed the album did not duplicate the ‘No Stranger To Danger’ album’s success stateside so they gave the band an ultimatum. They wanted a change in musical direction as well as their name; A & M in the US had a hard time trying to sell the name Payola$ to radio broadcasters who were still sensitive to the 1950’s Alan Freed scandal of the same name. The band became Paul Hyde And The Payolas and were put under the studio guard of multi-talented producer David Foster. Though the album delivered the goods and produced several radio hit singles like “Stuck In the Rain” and “You’re The Only Love”, the band was at its wits end having to compromise musically and with their identity. The Payolas were let go by A & M Records and subsequently split up in 1986. Paul Hyde and Bob Rock continued their long-term songwriting partnership and changed their name to Rock And Hyde releasing the album ‘Under The Volcano’ on Capitol Records in 1987. They toured with a reformed line-up of Payola$ members and had three hit singles released before going their separate ways. Hyde has continued on as a solo artist originally with EMI and currently on the Bongo Beat label while Bob Rock became a world renowned record producer for the likes of Motley Crue, Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cranberries and Rockhead (whom he was the guitarist for) among others. In 2007 The Payola$ reunited to tour a new 7 song EP called ‘Langford’. with notes from Wayne Baldwin.

[also see PAUL HYDE, ROCK AND  HYDE]


Singles
1979 Money For Hype/Top Twenty (N.B. – UK) NB-10
1979 China Boys/Make Some Noise (Slophouse)
1980 Introducing Payola$ [4-song 7″ EP] (IRS – UK) IR-7701
1980 Jukebox/TNT (Faulty – UK) 0024
1980 China Boys/Rose (IRS – UK) PFP-1001
1980 China Boys/Jukebox (A & M) AM-494
1981 I’m Sorry (I Only Did It For The Money)/You Can’t Walk Away (A & M) AM-545
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger/Soldier (A & M) AM-576
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger/Soldier [12″] (A & M) SP-23502
1982 Soldier/Mystery To Me (A & M) AM-592
1982 Romance/Pennies In Gold (A & M) AM-597
1982 Romance/Mystery To Me (A & M – UK) AMS-8241
1983 Never Said I Loved You [w/Carole Pope]/Soldier (A & M) AM-623
1983 I’ll Find Another (Who Can Do It Right)/Christmas Is Coming (A & M) AM-627
1983 Christmas Is Coming/I’ll Find Another (Who Can Do It Right) [12″ Green vinyl] (A & M)
SP-12084
1983 Where Is This Love?/I Am A City (A & M) AM-635
1984 Wild West/Perhaps Some Day (A & M) AM-648
2006 The Bomb (EMI)

as PAUL HYDE AND THE PAYOLAS
1985 Stuck In The Rain/Rhythm Slaves (A & M) AM-677
1985 You’re The Only Love/Never Leave This Place (A & M) AM-682
1985 Here’s The World/Never Leave This Place (A & M) AM-692
1986 It Must Be Love/Little Boys (A & M)
AM-2761

Albums
1980 Introducing Payola$ [4-song EP; different cover] (A & M) SP-23500
1981 In A Place Like This (A & M) SP-9052
1982 No Stranger To Danger (A & M) SP-9070
1983 Hammer On A Drum (A & M) SP-4958
1998 Between A Rock And A Hyde Place: The Best Of Payola$ (A & M) SP-9134
2003 The Best Of The Payola$: The Millennium Collection (Universal) 846427
2007 Langford (EMI) 009463-94321-25

as PAUL HYDE AND THE PAYOLAS
1985 Here’s The World For Ya (A & M) SP-5025

PEACHES, The
Johanna Hartzema (vocals) / Maria Hartzema (vocals) / Betty Hartzema (vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario.



Singles
1973
Ready and Willing/My Number One (Periwinkle) PER-3708
1974 We Care What You Hear/Ain’t a Girl Allowed To Cry (Realistic) 68-8000
1975 Christmas With the Peaches [6 song EP] (Realistic) 68-8100

Albums
1973
The Peaches (Periwinkle) PER-7305
1974 Now, Then And Forever (Realistic) 50-8000


PEAR OF PIED PUMKIN
Shari Ulrich (vocals, sax) / Joe Mock (guitar) / Rick Scott (dulcimer)
Vancouver, British Columbia folk act Pear Of Pied Pumkin was the brainchild of former Lotus Eaters member and San Antonio, Texas native Scott. After relocating to British Columbia following the completion of his US Military service, he hooked up with Mock Duck member and former Regina native Joe Mock and expatriate and British Columbia resident Shari Ulrich. The trio also created their own Squash Records and released two back to back independent albums – ‘Pied Pumkin String Ensemble’ (1975) and ‘Pied Pumkin Allah Mode’ (1976) – which both sold a modest total of 30,000 copies each. Ulrich left at the request of Valdy to join his Hometown Band leaving Mock and Scott to continue on as a duo. They released two more albums – ‘Pear Of Pied Pumkin’ in 1977, and then ‘Pied Who? Pear, What?’ in 1979. Ulrich made a guest appearance on “Caught In The Rain” as did other noteworthy musicians such as Claire Lawrence, Robbie King, Rene Worst, and Duris Maxwell (Skylark, Powder Blues).The duo went their separate ways in the mid-80’s – Mock as a musician in Tokyo and Southern France; and Scott as an actor and family entertainer performing around the world. They reunited for the first time with Ulrich in 1989 to tour their album of rarities called ‘The Lost Squash Tapes’. The three have kept in touch over the years and Pied Pumkin reunited in 1998 for a 20 date tour of Western Canada for the promotion of their compilation CD ‘Plucking DeVine’. The album made CBC’s Jurgen Gothe’s ‘Top Ten Album’ list and was nominated as ‘Best Folk/Roots Album’ in the Pacific Music Industry Awards.At midnight on New Year’s Eve 1999 the Pumkin played for 15,000 people headlining Vancouver’s Millennium celebration. In 2000 they released ‘Pied Alive’, recorded live during their 1999 tour. In 2006 they released the children’s CD, ‘Pumkids’, which won both the Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music Awards. In April 2011 Rick Scott and Joe Mock reunited for a Pied Pear tour of acoustic shows in British Columbia and Alberta. They also combined ‘Pear Of Pied Pumkin’ and ‘Pied Who? Pear What?’ onto a single Collectors Edition CD re-issue that was released that year. A 2012 tour was also planned; Joe Mock lives in France and has been performing in Europe. He released the ‘Jozu’ CD from his adventures in Tokyo and recently ‘Capgun Cowboy’; Ulrich has continued her lengthy career as a solo artist; Rick Scott has created seven CDs for children. Three have been nominated for JUNO Awards. He has won ‘NAPPA Gold’, ‘Parents’ Choice Silver Honor’ and ‘Parenting Awards’ in the US. ‘The Great Gazzoon’, a musical audio novel on 4 CDS written by Rick Scott and Valley Hennell with illustrations by Linda Sanborn will be released in the fall of 2012. with notes from Valley Hennell. [also see SHARI ULRICH]

Albums
1976 Pied Pumkin Allah Mode (Squash) Y4UR2B
1977 The Pear Of Pied Pumkin (Squash) U2R1
1980 Pied Pear (Squash)
1989 The Lost Squash Tapes (Squash)
2006 Pumkids: Tuneful Tales for Kids and Kin (Squash)  651014

as THE PIED PUMKIN STRING ENSEMBLE
1975 Pied Pumkin String Ensemble (Squash) IRC-2344
1998 Plucking DeVine : Selected Recordings 1974-1980 (Squash) 131007
2000 Pied Alive (Squash) 650195

PEPPER TREE
Tim Garagan (drums, lead vocals) / Tony Argent (guitar, vocals) / Lenny Brennan (guitar) / Ritchie Richmond (bass) / Bonnie Oulton (lead vocals) / Bob Quinn (keyboards, vocals) / Doug Billard (lead vocals); Added : Jim White (guitar, vocals; replaced Brennan) / Chris Brockway (bass, vocals; replaced Richmond) / Matt Minglewood (lead vocals; added ) / Joel Zemel (guitar; replaced White) / Terry Hatty (lead vocals; replaced Minglewood) / Rick Edgett (guitar; replaced Zemel) / Brian MacLeod (drums; replaced Garagan) / Ralph Parker (keyboards; replaced Quinn) / Paul Butler (guitar; replaced Edgett)
Pepper Tree was formed in 1967 by Garagan (Friends Of The Family), former Lost Children members Brennan and Richmond, Argent (Outcasts) and Oulton. They played their first gig at the Shore Club in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. Oulton left and the band continued as a quartet. Keyboardist Bob Quinn was brought in to replace Argent. After Doug Billard (Central Nervous System, Five Sounds) joined, the band was spotted by a talent scout in the summer of 1969 and suggested they make a demo tape. This led to them being signed to Capitol Records. Their first two singles were recorded in Toronto with Jack Richardson producing. Capitol wanted only original material and the band supplied “Everywhere” and “Mr. Pride” which both charted. Pepper Tree was encouraged to move closer to the record label and soon relocated to Toronto. Billard, Brennan and Richmond all left for various reasons. The band met and drafted Jim White (Central Nervous System, Five Sounds) in Toronto while Cornerbrook, Newfoundland native Brockway was found after placing newspaper advertisement. Garagan assumed lead vocal chores. This line-up moved to a farmhouse in Alliston, Ontario in October of 1970 to prepare for recording of their debut album. ‘You’re My People’ was recorded at RCA’s Toronto Studio and produced by Jack Richardson. Keith Jollimore supplied the horn and string arrangements. Capitol felt that the band should have a proper frontman and Matt Minglewood (Moon – Minglewood and The Universal Power) was brought in to sing. When White finally left, Pepper Tree brought in Halifax guitarist Zemel who packed up and joined the band in Ontario. After six months with the group, Minglewood left to form Cold Duck and was replaced by Terry Hatty who stayed for a short 3 months in 1971. After the departure of Minglewood and Hatty, Garagan once again assumed lead vocals. Zemel would soon be replaced by another Halifax guitarist, Edgett, who played on this line-up’s last two singles. Garagan finally left the band in 1972 and Quinn left the following year. The final lineup of Pepper Tree featured all Newfoundlanders when Brockway brought in MacLeod (Garrison Hill), Parker (Garrison Hill) and Butler. The band’s last recording was a single released in 1974 on Aquarius Records. Theydisbanded shortly after; Brockway went on to play with Rhinegold, Telemann (which later became Wrabit), Hanover (aka Hanover Fist), Lee Aaron and Big Smile; Garagan and Quinn both joined Molly Oliver for several years. Garagan still plays occasional gigs. Quinn wrote songs for Roger Whittaker among others and formed Quincepts Productions Ltd; Brennan passed away in the late 1970’s; Richmond went on to play with Truro, Nova Scotia band Horse before leaving music and becoming a minister; Billard had a hit single with the song “I’ve Lost My Place” on United Artists in 1975 and became a postal worker in Richmond Hill, Ontario; Zemel is still playing and is involved in CD production and graphic design for SVP Productions; Edgett would do session work for the likes of  KenTobias, Doobie Brothers, and Chuck Berry. He would pass away of esophageal cancer on July 21, 2013; Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod went on to play with Chilliwack and The Headpins before succumbing to cancer in April 1992. with notes from Tim Garagan, Bob Quinn, Joel Zemel, Chris Brockway, Jim Rice, and M.Skinner.



Singles
1970 Everywhere/Mr. Pride (Capitol) 72612
1970
Shine Light Shine/Hometown Girl (Capitol) 72627
1971
Try/How Many Times (Capitol) 72640
1971
You’re My People/From a Candle (Capitol) 72650
1972
Love Is A Railroad/Workin’ (Capitol) 72666
1973
Midnight Lady/Teach Me How To Fly (Capitol) 72690
1973
Put A Smile Upon Your Face/Funky Music (Capitol) 72708
1974
Take My Love Back/Love Is a Railroad (Aquarius) AQS-5049

Albums
1971 You’re My People (Capitol) ST-6364

PERCY & THE TEARDROPS
Percy Moran / Simon J. Lemox / B.J. Boomer / Smitty Gilles / Ike “Fingers” Taylor
Kingston, Ontario’s Percy And The Teardrops were formed in 1971 and performed a steady repertoire of 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll classics. With the revival of nostalgic 1950’s era fashion and music the band gained its biggest audience during the late ’70’s with TV shows like ‘Happy Days’, ‘Laverne And Shirley’ and the release of ‘Grease’ in 1978. By 1980 only leader Moran and Lemox were left from the original line-up. They finally released an album of their show called ‘Almost Live’. The band split up in 1986.

Albums
1980 Almost Live (Drop) BWS-1001

PERFECT WORLD
Dianne Bos (keyboards, vocals)  / Brian Skol (drums) / Andrew Zealley (synthesizer, vocals) / Cameron MacInnes (guitar) / Rob Preuss (added keyboards)
Dianne Bos, Brian Skol and Andrew Zealley were originally members of Glenn Schellenberg’s Toronto synth band T.B.A. After it fell apart in 1983, they formed Rhythm Method. By 1985 they were being managed by Toronto’s The Garys who managed to get to parlay the local success of their ‘Have a Good Look’ EP in 1985 into a deal with Epic Records. They released the 1986 radio single “Vacation In Black” which gained a lot of airplay traction on Toronto radio station CFNY. Bos won the ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ Award at the 1986 CASBY Awards. Perfect World released three videos and a half hour film between 1984 and 1989; Bos began displaying her photography done in the ‘pinhole’ style starting in 1986 and has gone on to international success with her exhibitions. She is now based in Calgary, Alberta; Zealley followed a more experimental path under the pseudonyms GC1693 and Eden3000. In 1997, Zealley began a 7-year audio partnership with Don Pyle (Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet), producing a series of releases under the name Greek Buck.

Singles
1986 Vacation In Black [12″]  (Tower Town Tunes/Epic/CBS) 12EXP-7173
1986 Vacation In Black/Vacation In Black (Instrumental) (Tower Town Tunes/Epic/CBS) E4-7174


Albums

1985 Have a Good Look [10” 5-song EP]  (Tower Town Tunes)  TTD-551

PERSONALITY CRISIS
Mitch Funk (vocals) / Duane Eddy (bass) / Jon Card (drums) / Richard Duguay (guitar) / Jimmy Green (guitar) / Walter Kot (guitar)
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Personality Crisis eventually relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba.



Singles
1990 Twilight’s Last Gleaming/The Jam (Live) (Overground – UK) OVER-09

Albums
1983 Creatures For Awhile (Risky – US) 10,005
1990 Creatures For Awhile [remixed; re-issue] (Overground – UK) OVER-08

PERTH COUNTY CONSPIRACY (DOES NOT EXIST)
Cedric Smith (vocals, guitar) / Richard Keelan (guitar, vocals) / Michael Butler (bass) / Terry Jones (guitar, vocals) / George Taros (piano, vocals) / Bob Burchill (guitar, vocals, fiddle; 1973-1975)
Formed in Stratford, Ontario’s Perth County in 1969 by Smith and former Spikedrivers member and US draft-dodger Keelan, The Perth County Conspiracy [Does Not Exist] released ‘Mushroom Music’ on Rumour Records before being signed to Columbia Records and releasing their self-titled album ‘Perth County Conspiracy Does Not Exist’ in 1970. Their third release, in 1971, was the double live album ‘Perth County Conspiracy…Alive’ (recorded in the Bathurst Street United Church in Toronto) featuring “You Ain’t Got Nothing” which was edited for radio. Bob Burchill joined permanently in 1973 and another live album, ‘What School Bus Tour’ was recorded from performances in Ottawa, Sudbury, and Winnipeg in February of that year. Because the band made rare and infrequent stage appearances, another live album followed in 1976 called ‘Break Out To Berlin’. After the album the band split up leaving Cedric Smith to carry on. Smith collaborated with Terry Jones on 1977’s ‘Ten Lost Years – And Then Some’. The album did nothing and Smith moved into a career as an actor where his most memorable role was that of Alec King on CBC-TV’s ‘Road to Avonlea’. In recent years he has narrated documentaries on Canada’s The History Channel. He was formerly married to actress Catherine Disher; ‘Rumour II (aka What School Bus Tour)’ and ‘Ten Lost Years And Then Some’ were re-issued on CD in 2008; Richard Keelen went on to join Bob Bryden’s band Benzene Jag. with notes from Bob Burchill, David Woodhead, Ellen Martin.



Singles
1970 Fantasia/Listen To the Kids (Columbia) C4-2962
1970 You’ve Got To Know/Keeper of the Key (Columbia) C4-2963
1971 You Ain’t Got Nothin’/Uncle Jed (Columbia) C4-3010
1974 Black Creek/At One (Rumour) S-1

Albums
1969 Mushroom Music (Rumour) RUMOUR-I
1970 Perth County Conspiracy Does Not Exist (Columbia) EKL-375
1971 Alive (Columbia) GES-90037
1973 What School Bus Tour (Rumour/Mushroom) RUMOUR-II
1975 Kanada (Rumour) RUMOUR-IV
1976 Breakout To Berlin (Rumour) RUMOUR-V
1977 Ten Lost Years – And Then Some (Rumour)

PETERSON, Colleen [Born: November 14, 1950 in Peterborough, Ontario; Died: October 9, 1996 in Lakefield, Ontario]
Peterborough native Colleen Peterson bought her first guitar using green stamps she had saved at the age of 13. Adept at guitar she moved to Toronto and began playing coffeehouse gigs like the Riverboat where she met Vancouver act 3’s A Crowd and replaced their singer Donna Warner in 1966. She began singing for them at the Mariposa Folk Festival the same year and Montreal’s Expo ’67. Following her stint with the band in 1968, she worked with two other acts – Five D and St. Patrick Street Rooming House – followed by a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’. In the summer of 1968 she joined a reformed Three’s A Crowd with Bruce Cockburn and David Wiffen until March 1969 at which time she joined TCB, a ten piece ensemble from New York City who recorded one album before Peterson landed a roll in the Toronto production of ‘Hair’ leading to a move back to Canada. In April 1970 she relocated to Kingston, Ontario to sing and act in the musical road production of ‘Love and Maple Syrup’. By February 1971 she hooked up with Mark Haines and they began working as the duo Spriggs And Bringle. For 4 years they toured North America before Peterson decided to go solo and did some touring of her own with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and Charlie Daniels. She signed a record deal with Capitol in 1974 and released her first album ‘Beginning To Feel Like Home’ containing the hit single “Souvenirs” in 1976. Anne Murray would record one of Peterson’s songs, “Carolina Sun”, that same year giving her inspiration and security for the formation of her own publishing company Swofford Music. In 1977 she returned to Toronto and co-hosted the CBC-TV replacement show to ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’ entitled ‘The Road Show’ with Rick Neufeld. More albums followed through to the end of the ’70’s and in the 1980’s Peterson was performing at prestigious outings such as the Mariposa Folk Festival and Expo ’86. She moved to Nashville and continued a long string of hit singles and recorded several duets with French rocker Gilles Godard. Peterson spent the remainder of the ’80’s back in Toronto where she worked in the Songwriters Association of Canada. During the ’90s she was founding member of the all-female vocal group Quartette who recorded three albums. By the mid-90s she had returned to her home in Lakefield to teach and support music in the Peterborough/Lakefield region. She formed a trio called Cool3 in 1995 with Laurie Corrigan and Paul MacKay. They released one CD entitled ‘Pablo And the Usual Suspects’. Colleen Peterson died of cancer in October 1996.

Singles
1976
Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance/Sad Songs And Waltzes (Capitol) P-4314
1976 Six Days On the Road/[same] (Capiol) P-4349
1977 Dim Light, Thick Smoke/Beginning To Feel Like Home (Capitol) 72793
1978 Goin’ Goin’ Gone/I Got To Pieces (Capitol – UK) CL-16035DJ
1986 I Had It All (Cardinal)
1987 What a Fool I’d Be
1987 Basic Fact of Love
1988 Gently Lay Me Down/Ghost of Maggie’s Sailor (Bookshop) BSR-45771
1988 Mr. Conductor/[same] (Bookshop)
BSR-45785
1989 Weather the Storm/[same] (Bookshop)
BSR-45800
1990 If You Let Me Down Easy

Albums
1976 Beginning To Feel Like Home (Capitol)
ST-11567
1977 Colleen (Capitol) ST-11714
1978 Takin’ My Boots Off  (Capitol) ST-11835
1981 Christmas Jam (RCI)
1988 Basic Facts (Bookshop)
1991 Let Me Down Easy (Pro Arte)
2004 Postcards From California (Souvenir) 205843

with TCB
1970
Open For Business (Traffic) CS-2001

with COOL3
1995
Pablo and the Usual Suspects (independent)

PETRIE, Blair
Blair Petrie is a west coast artist who started his solo career in 1980. He had been a member of The Shriek and The Sexbeat. [also see THE SHRIEK]



Albums
1983 NRBP (Obfuscate Perimeter) [5 song EP]                                                I                                         1985 Requested Music [3 song cassette EP]

PHANTOMS, The (1)

The Phantoms were an early 1960s amalgam of studio musicians that made knock-off cover tune albums for Toronto, Ontario’s ARC Records. The musicians have been rumoured to be members of Doug Rankine & The Secrets/Quiet Jungle.

Albums
1964
Wheels and Other Guitar Hits! (Arc) AS-555                                             I            1965 Great Guitar Hits Vol.2 (Arc) AS-585

PHANTOMS, The (2)
Jerome Godboo
(vocals, harmonica) / “Big” Ben Richardson (bass) / Joe Toole (guitar, vocals) / Gregory Ray (drums, vocals)
The Phantoms were formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1987. They relocated to Toronto and became a fixture as Queen Street’s swamp-rock/Blues maestros on the allure of singer/harp player Jerome Godboo. A sold out show at Toronto’s Diamond Club was recorded and released on cassette in 1988 which acted as a demo when shopping themselves to record labels. The group was signed to Steve Propas’ Spy Records in 1989. Their debut album, ‘Pleasure Puppets’, was produced by Kevin Doyle (Alannah Myles) and Billy Bryans (The Government, Parachute Club). Having left Spy Records in 1991, The Phantoms were added to Jeff Healey’s newly launched Forte Records and released their sophomore album ‘Raw’ in 1992; Godboo has gone on to a successful career as both a solo artist (especially for European fans) and as a session player; Richardson would go on to join Big Sugar.



Albums
1988
Alive At the Diamond [cassette] (TNC) TNC-0188
1990 Pleasure Puppets (Spy/A & M) SPY-1006
1992 Raw (Forte)

PHARAOHS, The
Ed Attfield
(lead guitar) / Ron Attfield (rhythm guitar, bass) / Doug Brown (saxophone) / Terry Budd (drums) / Doug Casey (drums) / Rich England (guitar, saxophone) / Mike Kersey (keyboards) / Bernie Maggiora (keyboards)
The Pharaohs were an instrumental guitar band formed in 1961 and are credited with being the first band from Victoria, British Columbia to record a single back in 1964. The song “The Friendly Martian” was written by Peter Kelch – who they would later back on his own singles. The flip side was “Unknown Planet” written by the brothers Ed and Ron Attfield. It and the follow-up record, “Green Werewolf were released on Iona Records. The Friendly Martian” was also released on Chattahoochee Records stateside. Ron Attfield passed away in Victoria, BC, on January 13, 2009, at the age of 64.

Singles
1964 The Friendly Martian/Unknown Planet (Iona) 1001                                      I          1964 Green Werewolf (Iona) 1002

PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Gerald Eaton (vocals) / Jason Levine (bass) / Jon Levine (piano) / Brian West (synths) / James McCollum (guitar) / Denton Whited (percussion) / Marc Rogers (bass)
Toronto, Ontario soul act The Philosopher Kings was formed in the early 1990s. After doing the usual Queen Street grind in Toronto briefly, the band was picked as one of the first new Canadian signings by the re-grouped Sony Music Corporation. Their eponymous debut album hit the streets in late 1994 and spawned the hit “Charms” which went Top10 on Canadian Hit Radio and was Top 40 on U.S. radio. The band toured with ’70’s legends Kool And The Gang, a reconstituted Terence Trent D’Arby and soul rocker Ben Harper. 1997 saw the release of their sophomore ‘Famous, Rich and Beautiful’ with the radio and chart hit “Hurts To Love You” whose  video was filmed at the Hugh Hefner mansion. The second single was a soul-based remake of Godley & Creme’s “Cry” and the third single was “You Don’t Love Me”. Both songs also charted well in Canada. While on tour, the band was threatened at knife-point by a female hitchhiker who was talked into abandoning her quest to hijack their tour bus and instead sold T-shirts for them during the remainder of the tour. A live album, ‘One Night Stand’, was released in November 1999 which also featured two new studio recordings including the radio hit “You Stepped On My Life”; Eaton left the band to pursue a solo career under the name Jarvis Church; James McCollum [aka Simon] and Jason Levine [aka Milo] would form techno pop duo Prozzäk; The Philosopher Kings reunited in 2005 and released one more album, ‘Castles’, in 2006. [also see PROZZAK, JARVIS CHURCH]



Singles
1995 Charms [5 remixes 12”] (Sony) 44-3227
1995 Turn My Head Around/Lay My Body Down/Do You Swear (Sony) CSK-7537
1996 Lay Your Body Down (Sony) CSK-8484
1997 I Am the Man (Sony) CDNK-1285
1998 Hurts To Love You (No Pain No Gain Mixes) [5 remixes 12”] (Sony) 44-3285
1998 Cry (Sony)
1998 You Don’t Love Me (Sony)
1998 Tu n’m’aimes plus (comme tu m’as déjà aimé)/You Don’t Love Me (Like You Used To Do) (Sony) CDNK-1400
1999 You Stepped On My Life (Sony)
1999 Supersex 69 [5 remixes 12”] (Sony) 44-3292

Albums

1994 Philosopher Kings (Sony) CK-80192
1997 Famous, Rich And Beautiful (Columbia/Sony) CK-80291
1999 One Night Stand (Columbia/Sony)  CK-80472
2006 Castles (BMG) 673435

PHLEG CAMP
Eric Chenuax
(vocals, guitar) / Gavin Brown (drums) / Sean Dean (bass)
Phleg Camp were formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1989 and became popular around the Canadian College and University circuit; Chenaux went solo and has released half-a-dozen albums on the Constellation label; Brown went on to join become a JUNO Award winning producer and session player. Sean Dean went on to join The Sadies.



Singles
1990 Clarify/Arrest// [split/w FUEL] (Allied – US) No.2
1991 Bully My Pushy [5 song/2 x 7″] (Allied – US) No.8
1991 Beaker//Decision/Argentina (Final Notice) FN-7003
1992 Twilight Pink/Hog Bottom (Allied – US) No.18

Albums
1989
Phleg Camp [cassette] (independent)
1992 Ya’red Fair Scratch (Cargo) CAR-016CD
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-323


PHOTOGRAPH

Andy Forgie
(vocals) / Mark Rashotte (guitar) / Mark Wilkins (bass, vocals) / John Paul Murphy (drums)
Belleville’s Photograph began in 1969 as Creed. Signed to Buddah Records, they weren’t able to break in North America. A name change to The Elevators did nothing to change their status, but in 1979 they managed to land a record deal with Capitol Records at which time they changed their name to Photograph. Three successful singles were released from their self-titled debut produced by Stacy Hayden and Gene Martynec in 1981.  The band split up in 1984.



Singles
1981 The Last Dance/She Makes Me (Capitol) 72835
1981 Blow Away/Runnin’ Home (Capitol) 72854
1981 Sarah/Piece of My Heart (Capitol) 72862

Albums
1981 The Photograph Album (Capitol) ST-6487


PICTURE COMES TO LIFE
Ron Proulx

[aka Ron Fifteen]

(keyboards) / Kathryn Manx (vocals)  / Greg Hohn (stand-up percussion; 1985) / Russ Ardito (guitar; 1985) / Graham Stairs (guitar; 1986)  / Eli Eis (bass; 1986) / Steve Sampson (percussion; 1986)
Featuring former Popular Spies/Minutes From Downtown member Graham Stairs. He would go on to work at a number of Canadian record labels and management companies and now heads PopGuru Sound and Vision; Proulx would go on to work for Nettwerk Records and is currently a music supervisor for film and television.



Singles
1986 Cross My Heart/Slow and Steady (Cesspool Of Lust) CPOS-01
1987 Imperfection [12″ single]  (Cesspool Of Lust) CPOS-03
1989 Do Wot We Want To/Map Our Way (Cesspool Of Lust/BMG) CPOS-04

Albums
1987 Picture Comes To Life (Cesspool Of Lust/BMG) CPOL-02

PIGFARM
Adam Faux
From Toronto, Ontario; Faux is the talent booker for Toronto’s C’est What? club. He also performs in the band Garage Baby.



Albums
1988 Hold Your Nose (X) 88005                                                                           I          1993 Plug (Page) PIG-002

PINK STEEL
John Robbins (vocals) / Peter Campbell (vocals) / Tim Russell (bass) / Dean Shea (guitar) / Jim Mazerolle (guitar) / Dave Robbins (drums) / Jeff Carter (piano)
Punk band from Victoria, British Columbia who recorded and released two singles in 1981.



Singles
1981 A Taste of Pink Steel [4 song EP] (Alandhiscar) AL-102
1981 Won’t Come In Your Hand/Some of the Things That You Do (Alandhiscar) AL-103


PINKY [Born: Victor Roy Dauvin on January 15, 1946 in Sackville, New Brunswick; Died: April 21, 2013 in Newmarket, Ontario]
Pinky is the pseudonym of Victor “Pinky” Dauvin who had previously been the vocalist/drummer for The Stitch In Tyme and then lead vocalist for Lighthouse before leaving the ensemble to pursue his solo interests. Dauvin was signed as United Artists’ very first Canadian act and released several singles, including the RPM charting “Tell Me Who” from the self-titled ‘Pinky’ album in 1972; Pinky Dauvin died April 21, 2013. [also see THE STITCH IN TYME, LIGHTHOUSE]



Singles
1972 Tell Me Who/Call Me If You Want Me (United Artists) UA-50909
1972 Don’t Send Someone/Susie (United Artists) UA-50944
1972 Cheatin’ Mistreatin’/Downtown Feelin’ (United Artists) UA-50986

with THE PINKY DAUVIN GROUP
1973
I’ll Always Love You/Long Gone (United Artists) UAXW-235Y

Albums
1972 Pinky (United Artists)

PLAGUE, The
Donald Brown (guitar, vocals) / Tommy Horricks (saxophone, vocals) / Lyn McEachem (drums, vocals) / Joey Stapansky (keyboards, vocals) / George Stevenson (bass, vocals)
Thunder Bay, Ontario garage band The Plague started life in 1963 as The Bonnevilles before changing their name when they signed a record deal with Crusader Records. They released two singles recorded with producer Gary Paxton in California and distributed by REO/Quality – “Face of Time” and “Love and Obey”; Brown, Horricks and Stapansky would later form Lexington Avenue.; following Lexington Avenue, Horricks would then move on to the Jarvis Street Revue; in the 1990s Horricks revived The Bonnevilles as The New Bonnevilles with Larry Breiland (ex-Merriday Park) and later changed their name to Cool Change for a 6 month engagement at The Seashell Inn in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; McEachern went solo. [also see LEXINGTON AVENUE]



Singles
1966 Face of Time/We Were Meant To Be (Crusader/REO/Quality) 8962                 I                1967 Love and Obey/High Flyin’ Bird (REO/Quality) 8981

PLASTERSCENE REPLICAS
Brenden Cavin
(bass, vocals) / Charlie Salmon (guitar, vocals) / Stephen Stewart (guitar, vocals) / Rob McCartney (drums) / Rob Christie (drums; replaced McCartney) / Roddy Cohen (percussion)
Formed in the early 80’s by Salmon, Brenden Cavin, and McCartney, the Plasterscene Replicas played a few Queen Street shows in Toronto then “merged” with 3rd Man In members Stewart and Christie. Cohen was also added on percussion. This line-up produced a self-titled 4 song E.P on the Voicespondence label with engineer/producer Clive Robertson and assistant engineer Michael Philip Wojewoda in 1984. The EP enjoyed some critical success in addition to widespread college airplay while selling out its initial pressing of 500 copies. The band played the usual Queen Street venues as well as the Ontario College and university circuit. Due to various tensions, the band broke up circa 1985; Salmon went on with a solo project, One of One, while Stewart played in Rongwrong with Christie and Marc DeGuerre. Cavin worked on recording projects with Janet Martin of 5th Column; Reforming with the core writing members of Cavin, Salmon and Stewart in 1987, the band decided to employ many drummers such as Wayne Stokes (Skydiggers), Ambrose Pottie (Crash Vegas), Glenn Milchem (Vital Sines, Blue Rodeo, The Garbagemen), Michael Philip Wojewoda (Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies), and Mike Duggan (The Lawn, Station Twang). The band released a 12 song LP entitled ‘Glow’ in 1988 on the Raining Records label which was produced by Michael Philip Wojewoda. The efforts of Jamie & Annabelle Stanley, Brian Fitzgerald and many others were essential in the production of this album and its associated videos. Two videos/singles – “We Can Walk” and “All I See” — enjoyed widespread airplay on CFNY, Q107 and Muchmusic as well as on college radio. The band toured extensively in Canada and was signed to a management deal with Jake Gold and Allan Gregg (whose stable included The Tragically Hip). A demo deal with MCA produced several unreleased songs during this time as well as a host of unreleased “demos for the demo deal” recordings. The Replicas were NERVE magazine favourites and were nominated for CASBY and Toronto Music Awards during this time. Major label indifference and internal pressures caused the band to split, for good, in late 1989; Cavin went on to play with The Mistle Birds, Fiberglass Granny, Station Twang and others while producing interesting recordings in his home studio; Salmon played with 5th Column among others; Stewart played with The Mistle Birds and Sleeps Six; Charlie Salmon fought a long battle with leukemia which he beat but his quality of life suffered and he committed suicide November 20, 2013.  with notes from Stephen Stewart.



Singles
1988 We Can Walk (Raining)
1988 All I See (Raining)

Albums
1984 Plasterscene Replicas [4 song EP] (Voicespondence) VSP-015
1988 Glow (Raining) RA-101



PLASTIC CLOUD

Don Brewer
(guitar, vocals) / Brian Madill (bass) / Michael Cadieux (guitar) / Randy Umphrey (drums)
This 4-piece act formed as The Ridge Men (who had a fifth member, Peter Parker) in Bay Ridges, Ontario in 1965. As they graduated high school and continued growing musically with the times, they changed their name to Plastic Cloud –adapting a mysterious blend of psychedelia and Tolkien mythology. The band played the same clubs and dance halls in Durham, Ontario as Reign Ghost and both acts were signed to Allied Records. Plastic Cloud’s self-titled debut was produced by Bill Bessy and Jack Boswell (Folklords, Spirit of Christmas, Reign Ghost) and released in 1968. The album also included the 7” single “Shadows of Your Mind” which failed to chart.  There have been several re-issues of their material on CD.



Singles
1968 Shadows of Your Mind/Dainty General Rides (Allied) 6357

Albums
1969 Plastic Cloud (Allied) No. 10
1991 Plastic Cloud [re-issue] (Laser’s Edge – US) LE-002
2005 Plastic Cloud [re-issue] (Pacemaker)
PACE-046


PLATINUM BLONDE
Mark Holmes
(vocals, bass) / Joey Ciotti (guitar, vocals; 1979 – 1982) / Ray Bailey (drums; 1979 – 1982) / Sergio Gali (guitar; replaced Ciotti) / Chris Steffler (drums) / Kenny MacLean (keyboards, bass) / Sascha Tukatsch (drums; replaced Steffler) / Rob Laidlaw (bass) / Dan Todd (drums)
Toronto’s Platinum Blonde chose their name as a sneer at the Hollywood glitter and pretentious images immortalized in the 1931 Columbia Pictures movie of the same name featuring Jean Harlow. The band was conceived by Mansfield, England émigré Mark Holmes who dabbled in commercial art in college, worked as an apprentice hairstylist, but was playing guitar in Version One of Platinum Blonde as a Police tribute act in 1979 with Joey Ciotti and Ray Bailery. After an attempt at trying to release their own original material with an indie single called “No Regrets”, Holmes decided to get serious. He had agent Bruce Barrow line up several university engagements, including a showcase at a downtown Toronto nightclub, owned by Tony Tsavdaris. Both Barrow and Tsavdaris (who later became management company TBA) would begin the process of getting Holmes to where he wanted to go with his career. Holmes fired his band, dumped the cover tunes and placed advertisements for new musicians. Drummer Chris Steffler (ex-The Next, Suspects) was the first to answer, followed by mutual friend and architecture student Sergio Gali, who was also a guitarist. Within a week they stepped on stage as the new Platinum Blonde. After recording a seven song demo in a friend’s living room, the band’s management sent the tape off to English producer David Tickle (Split Enz, Peter Gabriel, Red Rider). He called back saying he’d love to do the record but his schedule would mean starting immediately. On the following Monday, David Tickle flew to Toronto to begin recording. The project immediately gained the commitment of CBS Records. The resulting mini-LP, ‘Platinum Blonde’, was finished in 16 days and was instantly added to radio across Canada in 1983. An additional four songs were added to the first six songs and became Platinum Blonde’s debut album, ‘Standing In the Dark’, in 1984. Platinum Blonde’s rapid rise to stardom throughout Canada was fuelled by cross-country tours with Bryan Adams and Billy Idol and a pair of state-of-the-art videos by award-winning director, Robert Quartly. The group skyrocketed from small clubs to headlining large arenas, climaxing with a summer celebration outdoors at Toronto’s City Hall for 25,000 hysterical fans. The band became cover-story material and led a fashion revolution. In February of 1985 it was time to record a follow up and so the band enlisted the help of British producer Eddy Offord (Yes, ELP, 10CC). ‘Alien Shores’ represented a change in musical direction for both parties involved. They also expanded the line-up from a three-piece to a four-piece with the addition of transplanted Scottish musician Kenny MacLean (The Deserters). MacLean was an old friend of Steffler’s and the two had played in high school together in The Suspects. Originally a guitar player, MacLean was hired to play keyboards with Platinum Blonde for a special New Year’s Eve show but was recruited to play bass, back-up vocals and keys as a permanent member starting with ‘Alien Shore’. This freed up Holmes to focus on lead vocals. ‘Alien Shore’, featuring guest appearances by Dalbello and Alex Lifeson (Rush), witnessed the release of several singles including the No.1 hit “Crying Over You” which in turn sent the album to #1 for a week of its 11-week run on the Canadian charts. The album went on to sell 400,000 copies. After the mania of touring to thousands of screaming teenage girls, the band wished to get away from their teeny-bopper roots. The departure of  Steffler precipitated a change. The next album would find Tony Thompson (Power Station) filling in as drummer on the decidedly funkier outing ‘Contact’. Drummer Sascha was brought in to fill in full-time for the subsequent tour as the album began its ascent up the charts from singles like the title track and a remake of The Ohio Players’ “Fire”, complete with several Players on back-up vocals. It soon became apparent, however, that Platinum Blonde was in contractual and financial trouble from its label and management. The band begged out of renewing their record contract, changed their name to continue distancing themselves from their former image, and signed to Jeff Burns’ Justin Records as The Blondes. The new album, ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ and ‘Best of Live’ did nothing in the shadows of the Grunge invasion and the band soon folded; Mark Holmes would eventually sue Sony (formerly CBS) and won the right to own his compositions. He formed the band Breed in 1992 and went on to a new band, Vertigo, then later No. 9 in 1996 with former Blondes drummer Sascha. The band eventually evolved into Platinum Blonde Mach III before Holmes’ interest turned to co-managing the Mod Club in Toronto; Kenny MacLean continued on as a solo act with Justin Entertainment with his own solo album, ‘Don’t Look Back’, in the early ’90’s. His second album, ‘Clear’, in 1995 was produced by Terry Brown and featured an all-star cast of musicians; Sergio Gali returned to his studies as architect and has become a success as an interior decorator; In 1999 SONY Music released a Platinum Blonde ‘best of’ package on CD accompanied by an extensive promotional tour by Holmes. The classic version of the band reunited in 2003 for a charity event and then again in 2008 at a tribute following the death of member Kenny MacLean. They resumed performing with a new line-up in 2010 and released the ‘Now & Never’ album in 2012. The first single was “Beautiful”. with notes from Kenny MacLean.  with note from Kenny MacLean. [also see KENNY MacLEAN]



Singles
1982 No Regrets/Hey Hey You (independent)  WRC3-1215
1984 Doesn’t Really Matter (Edit)/Doesn’t Really Matter (Long Version) (Columbia/CBS)  C4-4351
1984 Standing In The Dark/All Fall Down (Columbia/CBS) E4-7000
1984 Sad Sad Rain/Cast A Shadow (Columbia/CBS) E4-7026
1985 Take It From Me/Standing In The Dark (Live) (Columbia/CBS)  E4-7029
1985 Take It From Me (Extended Remix)/Standing In The Dark (Live) [12″] (Columbia/CBS)  12CXP-7029
1985 Not In Love/Video Disease (Columbia/CBS) C4-7044
1985 Crying Over You/It Ain’t Love Anyway (Columbia/CBS)  C4-7085
1986 Hungry Eyes/Hungry Eyes [Alternative Mix] (Columbia/CBS) C4-7149
1986 Situation Critical/Out Of Time (Columbia/CBS) C4-7120
1986 Somebody Somewhere/Crying Over You [Radical Mix] (Columbia/CBS) C4-7127
1986 Father Christmas/Pere Noel (Columbia/CBS) C4-7195
1987 Contact/Tough Enough (Epic/CBS)  E4-3017
1988 Connect Me/Automatic Drive (Epic/CBS) E4-3025
1988 Fire/System (Epic/CBS) 07717
1988 If You Go This Time/Chaperone Sally (Epic/CBS)  E4-3048
2012 Beautiful (Fontana North/UMG)

as THE BLONDES
1990 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah/Hold On Me (Justin/MCA) JEC-35002

Albums
1983 Platinum Blonde [aka Six Pack Attack EP] (Columbia/CBS) CEP-80074
1984 Standing In The Dark (Columbia/CBS) PCC-80090
1985 Alien Shores (Columbia/CBS) PCC-80105
1985 Crying Over You [4 song EP] (Columbia/CBS) 12EXP-7115
1987
Contact (Epic/CBS)  FE-40949
1987 4 Play [cassette only] (Epic/CBS) 4TST-22016
1987 Contact [4 song EP] (Epic/CBS) 12EXP-3023
1988 Fire (Smokin’ Mix)//Fire (5 Alarm Mix)/Fire (Epic/CBS) 12EXP-3031
1999 Seven Year Itch: 1982-1989 (Columbia/Sony)
2006 Collections (SONY/BMG – Europe)
2012 Now & Never (Fontana North/UMG)

as THE BLONDES
1993 Best of Live (BEI/A & M/Polygram) 70055-5004
1990 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Justin/MCA)  JED-0002


PLEASE FEED THE ANIMALS

Please Feed The Animals was a studio concoction of session players which focused on cover tunes including The Animals and the Rolling Stones. They initially recorded for Paragon under their own name. Both their albums were then re-released anonymously on Arc Records.



Albums
1967 Let’s Spend The Night Together (Paragon) PGS-568
1968 Please Feed the Animals (Paragon) PGS-572
1968 Let’s Spend the Night Together (Arc) AS-728
1969 San Franciscan Nights (Arc) A-755


PLUMMER, Brian [Born: Tisdale, Saskatchewan; Died: April 30, 2008]
Saskatoon’s Brian Plummer began his recording career with ‘No Questions’ on the Change Records label. The album, featuring guitar work by future famed producer Stacy Heydon, became popular and notorious in Canada, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, and England, where it was promptly banned, then reinstated. Plummer moved to the French Sefel label and was fast out of the gate with the 1981 follow-up album ‘I’m As Guilty As You’ produced by Stacy Heydon and featuring additional help from guitarist Dave Cooper (Ian Thomas/Klaatu) and Walter Zwol (Brutus). Sefel agreed to allow Heydon to remix ‘No Questions’ and re-packaged it in 1981. Noted Juno Award winning graphic designer Dean Motter supplied the new cover art. In 1984 Plummer moved to the newly formed Duke Street Records and released two albums including “…Without A Mark” and the band project ‘Brian Plummer And The Suspects’ (featuring Jorn Andersen, Tom Szczesniak, and Gary Nichol). 2007 would see the release of Plummer’s seventh solo album ‘Perfect World’. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Plummer passed away April 30, 2008 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. with notes from William C. Smith.



Singles
as BRIAN PLUMMER
1980 Money Talks/Hole In The Wall (Change/MCA) CH-45028
1980 Wizards Have Come/ (Change/MCA)
1981 Lisa/The King Of The Jungle (Sefel/Almada) 45-006
1984 Dull Razor/Looking Glass Street (Duke Street) DSR-71003
1984 Dream Research/A Good Lie (Always Works) (Duke Street) DSR-81002

as BRIAN PLUMMER AND THE SUSPECTS

1985 Stop Running/Might Makes Right (Duke Street) DSR-71012
1985 All Day, All Night/Anxiety (Duke Street) DSR-81012

Albums

1980 No Questions (Change/MCA) CLP-8010
1981 I’m As Guilty As You (Sefel/Almada) SEF-1002
1981 No Questions [remixed] (Sefel/Almada)
SEF-1005
1984 …Without A Mark (Duke Street) DSR-31002
1999 Plums (ABCD Company) ABCD 32848-1
2007 Perfect World

as BRIAN PLUMMER AND THE SUSPECTS
1985 Brian Plummer And The Suspects (Duke Street) DSR-31012

PLUMTREE
Amanda Braden
(vocals, guitar) / Carla Gillis (vocals, guitar) / Lynette Gillis (drums) / Nina Martin (bass; 1993-1996) / Catriona Sturton (bass; 1996)
Plumtree were formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 after meeting through their music teachers in school. As Plumtree they played their first show at Halifax’s all-ages Cafe Ole in June 1993. With the song “Follow You” on the No Records compilation cassette ‘No Class’, the band were able to do opening slots for Jale, Thrush Hermit, Velocity Girl and the Spinanes. Cinnamon Toast Records teamed the young girls with Prince Edward Island act Strawberry for a 4 song 7” single entitled ‘Green Mittens’. Plumtree then wrote and recorded six songs for their debut cassette ‘Flutterboard’ in 1995. They then retired to Sound of One Hand Studios in Ottawa and recorded 1995’s ‘Mass Teen Fainting’ with producer Paul Hogan. College radio gave the album a great reception. Nina Martin would leave in September 1995 to go to McGill University. She was replaced in 1996 by Ottawa’s Catriona Sturton in 1996. Plumtree won the ‘Best Canadian Band Under Twenty’ Award at the YTV Achievement Awards. Plumtree set about recording their sophomore album at Idea of East studios in Halifax with producer Laurie Currie. The CD ‘Predicts the Future’ was released in 1998. The album shot up College charts where they hit No.1. Meanwhile, the videos for the singles “Scott Pilgrim”, “Go”, and “You Just Don’t Exist” received rotation airplay on MuchMusic. The song “Scott Pilgrim” would eventually inspire Bryan Lee O’Malley to create the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. The album was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. For the next six years Plumtree did summer national tours (as they were all still in school) sharing stages with The Local Rabbits, Thrush Hermit, The Inbreds, Super Friendz, Julie Doiron, The Weakerthans and Duotang. Album No.3, ‘This Day Won’t Last at All’ was produced by Justin Deneau at Electromagnetic Studios in 1999. The video for the song “Regret” received modest rotation on MuchMusic. After a west coast tour with The Salteens in the spring of 2000 the band finally called it quits that summer. The Gillis sisters moved to Toronto and front a trio called Pete Johnston called SISTER. They also perform in Bells Clanging with Jason Starnes; Braden is pursuing a PhD in Boston, Massachussetts; Catriona Sturton lives in Ottawa, Ontario, teaches harmonica and works for Dolly Parton; Nina Martin is a professor of Geography at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina; In July 2010 Sturton joined SISTER on stage to perform the song “Scott Pilgrim” at the launch party for the ‘Scott Pilgrim Volume 6’ graphic novel. The theatrical movie release ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ was released on August 13, 2010. In the film and comic book, Scott Pilgrim wears a Plumtree t-shirt. The song appears in the film along with another Plumtree song “Go!”.



Singles
1994
Green Mittens / Me [split w/STRAWBERRY] (Cinnamon Toast)  CT-009
1995 Water Had Leaked Into My Suit (Cinnamon Toast) CT-015
1996 Preserving Wildlife (Mustard) MUST-002
1997 Scott Pilgrim/[split w/INBREDS] (PF)
1999 Plumtree/Salteens [split]

Albums
1995
Flutterboard [6 song EP cassette] (Follow You Home) FUH-001
1995
Mass Teen Fainting (Cinnamon Toast)
1997 Predicts the Future (Cinnamon Toast) CT-20
2000 This Day Won’t Last At All (Cinnamon Toast) CT-18
2010 Best of Plumtree

PLUTO
Ian Jones
(guitar, vocals)  / John Ounpuu (bass, vocals) / Rolf Hetherington (guitar) / Justin Leigh (drums)
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993, Pluto began making a name for themselves 20 days after their first rehearsal. With two songs written in the first get together, they recorded them and released a 7″ single on their own Popgun Records. Having run out of cash to release a follow-up, they approached the people at Mint Records who released the “Deathstar” single in 1994 and while touring the two records, the band was in-turn approached by Shake Records of Montreal for single #3 – “Failure”. This led to the Mint Records full-length release ‘Cool Way To Feel’ in spring 1995. From there, the band recorded an album and an EP in December 1995 with producer Neill King (Buzzcocks, Undertones) and mixed by The Butcher Brothers (Urge Overkill, Anthrax). The EP, ‘Cut and Paste’, came in early 1996 featuring one non-album track (“#17”) which was soon followed by their Virgin Records eponymous debut. The label also re-released their Mint Records debut album in 1997, this time with a bigger radio push. 1998 sees their third full-length album on Virgin – ‘Shake Hands With the Future’. The band has just recently completed an appearance in the pilot episode of the new Alliance/Polygram TV show ‘The Crow’ (based on the comic book and Brandon Lee movie of the same name).



Singles
1993 Pretty Little Jacket /Rock Candy (Popgun)
1994 Deathstar/Million And Two (Mint) MRS-008
1995 Failure/It’s Only Love (Shake)  SAL-216
1996 Paste/#17 (Virgin) 36883
1996 When She Was Happy (Virgin) DPRO-11552

Albums
1995 Cool Way To Feel (Mint)  MRD-006
1996 Cut And Paste [4 song EP] (Virgin) 38555
1996 Pluto (Virgin) 368883
1997 Cool Way To Feel [CD re-issue] (Virgin)
1998 Shake Hands With The Future (Virgin) 382370

POINTED STICKS
Nick Jones (vocals) / Bill Napier-Hemy (guitar) / Gord Nicholl (keyboards) / Tony Bardach (bass) / Ian Tiles (drums) / Ken “Dimwit” Montgomery (drums; replaced Tiles) / Scott Watson (bass; replaced Bardach) / John Farano (sax)
The Pointed Sticks (named after a line in the Monty Python skit ‘Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit’) came together in 1978 in Vancouver. They won a Battle of the Bands contest and started releasing singles like “Real Thing”, “Out of Luck” and “I’m Numb” on the tiny local independent Quintessence label. The band then signed to British label Stiff Records at the same time as Madness, and recorded an album with Police producer Nigel Gray. But Stiff was having financial problems, didn’t hear a hit and never released the album. Instead, they recorded Perfect Youth for Quintessence. They also made a cameo appearance in the 1981 Canadian/US cult film “Out Of The Blue” starring Dennis Hopper and Linda Manz. The band split up in 1981 with Nicholl moving on to Los Popularos (with Art Bergmann); Ken Montgomery (aka Dimwit) would become the drummer for The Four Horsemen; Jones would join Buddy Selfish & His Saviours with Ian Tiles (aka Johnny Dee Fury) and ex-members of U-J3RK5. Several attempts to bootleg the band’s material was made during the ’80’s with ‘Waiting For The Real Thing’ actually making it to the test pressing stage. The band’s material was finally re-issued on CD in 1995 by Zulu Records. Joey Keithley (of DOA) took another stab at re-issues in 2005 on his own Sudden Death Records. Jones runs merchandise for elite touring acts like the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd; Napier-Hemy is a music teacher; Nicholl owns a recording studio; Tiles works for Radical Entertainment; Bardach has been finishing a degree at UBC. The band reunited after the re-issues began selling extremely well in Japan leading to the five original members performing in Japan in July 2006. Two shows in Vancouver occurred in January 2007 and others are planned. with notes from Dale Wiese, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward and Jen Wold.



Singles
1978 What Do You Want Me To Do?/Somebody’s Mom (Quintessence) QS-101
1979 The Real Thing/Out Of Luck (Quintessence) QS-103
1979 Lies/I’m Numb (Quintessence) QS-104
1979 Out Of Luck/What Do You Want Me To Do?/Somebody’s Mom (Stiff – UK) BUY-59
1981 American Song/American Song

[promo remix]

(Quintessence) QS-002
2007 My Japanese Fan/Found Another Boy [7”] (Sudden Death) SDEP-75
2008 Power Pop Santa/Xmastime Again

Albums
1979 Out of Luck/Out of Luck Again//What Do You Want Me To Do?/Somebody’s Mom [12″] (Stiff – UK) BUYIT-59
1980 Perfect Youth (Quintessence) QLP-002
1995 Part Of The Noise (Zulu) ZULU 15-2
2006 Waiting For The Real Thing (Sudden Death) SDRCD-65
2008 Raw Power Pop (Sudden Death)
2009 The Stiff Sessions  (Sudden Death)
2009 Three Lefts Make A Right (Northern Electric) NES-020

POISONED
Art Bergmann (vocals, guitar) / Murray Andrishak (bass) / Taylor Nelson Little (drums) / Tom Upex (keyboards)
Following his stint with The K-Tels/Young Canadians, Art Bergmann assembled Poisoned in Vancouver, British Columbia for a self-titled 6 song EP engineered by Greg Reely and mixed by Bob Rock. The band self-destructed in 1986 and Bergmann would embark on a solo career. [also see ART BERGMANN]



Albums
1985
Yeah, I Guess [cassette] (East Ray)                                                       I                                       1986 Poisoned [6 song EP] (East Ray) WRC2-3946

POLES, The
Michaele Jordana (vocals) / Douglas Pringle (keyboards) / Calvin Greenwood [Luce Wildesbeest] (drums) / Ricky Swede (guitar) / Steve Goode (bass)
In 1977, Michaele Jordana accompanied musician and producer Doug Pringle to the wilds of the Polar Arctic to research whales and to see for themselves if interspecies communication was possible. They found themselves following whales while being followed by polar bears and it was a matter of survival for all. After returning to Toronto Jordana produced two solo shows of visual art – “Oceans of Blood” & “Carnivore” while Pringle produced “Brine”. Performance art came next – first with “The Rites of Nuliajuk” then with the band The Poles – named after the Arctic journey. Poetry turned to singing and a pop punk band was born. They then headed to New York City where The Poles performed at CBGB’s and recorded (as Yet) unreleased material with John Cale for Spy Records. After returning to Toronto they played at art galleries, clubs, and developed a following on the heels of their debut single “CN Tower” while some of their unfinished demos were picked up by local radio stations. The release of the single led the band to perform at venues such as The Crash ‘n’ Burn in Toronto, plus a return to CBGB’s and Max Kansas City in New York City with acts like Devo, The Ramones, and Patti Smith. Following the demise of The Poles, Jordana was hailed as the ‘It Girl” by writer Peter Goddard in the Toronto Star. She would win the first CASBY Award from CFNY and a JUNO Award nomination for her debut album ‘Romance at the Roxy’.  The album was produced at Nimbus 9 and yielded the single “I’m Eighteen” (a cover of the classic Alice Cooper hit). After leaving the spotlight when her daughter was born, Michaele re-emerged a few years later with a series of television documentaries. Michaele and Doug’s daughter is actress Ramona Pringle; Goode went on to form Rex Chainbelt. notes from Michaele Berman. [also see MICHAELE JORDANA]

Singles
1977
CN Tower/ Prime Time (Nimbus 9) NN-313

POLKAHOLICS

David Keyes
(lead vocals, drums, maracas, baliphone, talking drum, backing vocals) / Soon Harper (bass, clarinet, high vocals, kazoo) / Dick (guitar, slide guitar, $3 acoustic, kazoo, xylophone, Jew harp, low vocals, melodica, harmonica) / Mike (trombone, trumpet, vocals, chimes, bubbles, lead vocals)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1982.

Albums
1983
Polkaholics EP (Utility Grade) UG-1                                                  I                                          1985 Zap the Universe (Utility Grade) UG-2

POLLEN
Jacques Tom Rivest (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards) / Richard Lemoyne (guitar, keyboards, bass) / Serge Courchesne (drums, vibraphone, flute, bass; 1973-1974) / Claude “Mego” Lemay (keyboards, flute, vibraphone, bass, vocals; 1973-1976) / Sylvain Coutu (drums, vibraphone, percussion; 1975-1976)
Formed in Québec in 1973. Pollen released one, self-titled, album in 1976 before splitting up; Coutu went on to join Uzeb; Lemay went on to join Maneige; Rivest enjoyed a solo career into the early 1980s.



Albums
1976
Pollen (Kébec-Disc) KD-908

POOR SOULS, The

UK Line-Up: John Moran [aka Johnny Hudson]
(guitar, vocals) / Doug Martin (bass, vocals) / Chick Taylor (guitar, keyboards) / John Casey (drums, vocals) ; CANADA Line-Up: John Moran (guitar, vocals) / Mike McDonald (guitar) / Martin Soldat (keyboards) / John Slorach (bass) / Tommy Frew (drums) / Ron Ray (drums; replaced Frew)
Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1964 as The Johnny Hudson Hi-Four (and The Hi-Four), they changed their name to The Poor Soul with the addition of Chick Taylor. The band signed with Decca in 1965 and went to London to record their debut single “When My Baby Cries” at Olympic Studio which was released in June 1965. Both sides of the single were written by Moran and concert promoter/manager Andy Lothian who ran the Top Ten Club at the Palais in Tay, Scotland where the band often performed. The band opened for The Beatles at Caird Hall and appeared on the TV show ‘Stramash’. In 1966 the band had moved to Lothian’s own ALP Records and released the modest hit “Love Me” in July of that year. They spent time performing at US Air Force bases in East Anglia. With ALP going bankrupt in late 1966 the band tried another residency in Rome before splitting up in 1967. Moran, Taylor and Casey eventually relocated to Toronto, Ontario and assembled a new version of The Poor Souls. The act released several singles on Quality Records. “Lookin’ Around” went to No.5 on the RPM Singles chart in July 1970. Eventually only Moran remained from the original line-up and the band was supplemented by Canadians Mike McDonald and Ron Ray. Following the death of John Moran’s wife in a car crash the group disbanded. Moran eventually embarked on a solo career and signed with Columbia Records. He was last known to be living in Vancouver, British Columbia; Casey died in April 2009; Taylor still lives in Canada; Martin wrote The Vikings 1966 B-side “Put Your Tears Away”. He still performs around Dundee, Scotland; Tommy Frew would join the Grease Ball Boogie Band/Shooter; Martin Soldat became a music promoter; Mike McDonald still performs. with notes from Peter Needham, Martin Soldat, Mike McDonald and Ron Ray.



Singles
as THE POOR SOULS (UK)

1965 When My Baby Cries/My Baby’s Not There (Decca – UK) F-12183
1966
Love Me/Please Don’t Change Your Mind (ALP/Polydor – UK) 595004

as THE POOR SOULS (CANADA)
1970
Lookin’ Round/Scarecrow (Quality) 1959X
1970 Comin’ Round/Workin’ Man (Quality) 1980X
1971 Land of the Few/No More (Quality) 1998X

POPE, Carole [Born: August 6, 1950 in Manchester, England]
British-born Carole Pope grew up in the Scarborough suburb of Toronto, Ontario attending Cedarbrae Collegiate high-school where she and musician Kevan Staples began working together musically under different names which eventually morphed into the band Rough Trade by 1975. The group pounded away at various clubs for the next five years as a rock and roll version of S & M cabaret. In 1976 they cut an album ‘live-off-the-floor’ as part of the Umbrella “Direct To Disc” series. The record would act as a demo for the next four years. Meanwhile pop sang back-up vocals on the Steve Hunter ‘Swept Away’ album. With a solidified Rough Trade line-up they managed to sign with Bernie Finkelstein’s True North Record label where they released five studio albums between 1980 and 1984 and touring internationally which included an opening slot on David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance Tour’. Pope would win a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ in 1981 and ‘Best Female Vocalist’ in 1983. She also appeared on The Payolas’ single “Never Said I Loved You” in a sparring duet with lead singer Paul Hyde that became a Top40 radio hit in 1983. Pope and Staples wrote the 1983 hit single “Transformation” for Nona Hendryx. Pope also contributed backing vocals to Dalbello’s song “Animal” from the ‘Whomanfoursays’ album in 1984 and several songs on Bruce Cockburn’s 1984 ‘Stealing Fire’ album including the hit single “Making Contact”. In 1985 Pope would join a musical ensemble to record the Northern Lights African Famine Relief single “Tears Are Not Enough”. By 1986 Rough Trade finally called it quits as the music industry, and the music, began to lean to more ‘Corporate Rock’. Pope soon used her new found freedom to explore her sexual politics in music and in life to full effect. She moved to Los Angeles and recorded her first solo album was ‘Silencer’ in 1987 which was widely received especially in the less uptight discos of Europe. As means of tapping that market, Pope returned to many of the album’s tracks in 1988 and remixed “Heartache” and “I’m Not Blind” with Lenny DeRose and Steve Webster. In 1989 Pope did backing vocals on Nona Hendryx’s ‘Skin Diver’ album and in 1990 did a duet with Kon Kan on their song “Victim”. Having done production work behind the scenes in the early 1990s, Pope returned to recording first with the song “Life’s Rich Tapestry” in 1992, and the EP ‘Radiate’ in 1995. In 1997, she would provide the schoolteacher voice in the animated series ‘Pippi Longstocking’. In 2000, Random House published Pope’s autobiography ‘Anti Diva’ which went on to become a best seller. With her public profile renewed Pope re-recorded the Rough Trade song “High School Confidential” for Season 1 of TV show ‘Queer as Folk’. In 2001 she appeared in the Toronto stage production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and soon moved to New York City to continue writing and recording. In 2003 she did remixes of the Rough Trade song “All Touch” plus a new song “Transcend”. After returning to Los Angeles the new song became the title track to her next full-length solo album in 2005. Pope’s latest album, ‘Landfall’, was released in 2011 and features a duet with Rufus Wainwright on the title track. Guest musicians include singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman, Randy Cooke drums, Lyris Hung violin, Rob Pruess keyboards, bass, vocals, and Sean Kelly bass. The album was co-produced by Pope and Tim Welch who also contributed guitar and programming. The album was mixed by Grammy award winner John Whynot and mastered by Grammy nominee Adrian Carr ; Throughout her career, Carole Pope has blazed a trail sharing her thoughts on sexuality, AIDS and sexual politics; Pope has performed at ‘Fashion Cares 25’ with Elton John, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Luminato, Joes Pub, The Global Cabaret Festival, The Frostbite Festival; The Reykjavik, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, and San Francisco Pride celebrations, and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. She recently appeared in the vampure movie ‘SUCK’ with guest stars Moby, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins; Pope’s other contributions to film and television include ‘The L Word’, General Idea Art AIDs, and the fin de siecle ‘The Trailer Park Boys Movie’, ‘This Revolution’, ‘The Five Senses’, ‘The Silencer’, ‘Cruising’, plus cable networks A&E, The History Channel, MTV, and VH1; A movie based on Pope’s autobiography, ‘Anti Diva’, is slated to start film production in 2012. with notes from Carole Pope. [also see ROUGH TRADE]



Singles
1988
Nothing But a Heartache/I’m Not Blind [5 remixes 12″] (RPM) RPM-001
2003 All Touch/Transcend [4 remixes 12″] (BugEyed) FIX-013
2007 Johnny Marr (Le Petite Mort)
2010 Shining Path/Tell Me (Le Petite Mort)
2010 Viral 01/Viral 02 (Le Petite Mort)

Albums
1987
The Silencer [EP]
1995 Radiate [EP] (Le Petite Mort) PROCD-50122
2005 Transcend (True North) TN-498
2005 Transcend: The Remixes [CD/DigiFile mixed media] (Play) PRCD-08
2011 Landfall (Le Petite Mort) 864399

Collaborations
with STEVE HUNTER
1977
Swept Away (Atco) SD36-148
with THE PAYOLAS
1983 Never Said I Loved You (A & M) AM-623
1983 “Never Said I Loved You” on ‘Hammer On a Drum’ (A & M) SP-4958
1998 “Never Said I Loved You” on ‘Between a Rock and a Hyde Place: The Best Of Payola$’ (A & M) SP-9134
2003 “Never Said I Loved You” on ‘The Best of The Payola$: The Millennium Collection’ (Universal) 846427

with DALBELLO
1984
“Animal” on ‘Whomanfoursays’ (Capitol)
C2-48991

with BRUCE COCKBURN
1984
“Maybe the Poet” and “Making Contact” on ‘Stealing Fire’ (True North) TN-57
1987 “Making Contact” on ‘Waiting For A Miracle, Singles 1970-1987’ (True North Records) TN2K-67

with NONA HENDRYX
1989
“No Emotion” on ‘SkinDiver’ (Private Music) 2055-2-P

with KON KAN
1990
“Victim” on ‘Syntonic’ (Atlantic) CD-82163

with PAUL HYDE
2000
“My Brilliant Career” on ‘Living Off the Radar’ (EMI)

with WILD T. & THE SPIRIT
2004
“High School Confidential” on ‘True Bliss’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4076

POPIEL, Joe
Born in Saskatchewan, Popiel was represented by manager Bob Stone. He recorded at Norm Petty’s studio in New Mexico and the single “I Can’t Live Without You” appeared on the charts the first week of 1965 at CKYC Peace River,CKOM Saskatoon, CHST  St.John, and CKLB in Oshawa. He was billed as the next Buddy Holly. Popiel passed away in February 2018. with notes from Tom Stone.

Singles
1964
I Can’t Live Without You/I’m Crying Again (Quality) 1677X
1977 Imagine Me Loving You/Wrong Side of Your Mind (Westmount) WSTM-457711


POPPY FAMILY, The
Susan Jacks
(vocals) / Terry Jacks (guitar) / Bob Nelson (guitars) / Craig MacCaw (guitars; replaced Nelson) / Satwan Singh (drums) / Ron Johnson (piano)  / Doug Edwards (bass) / Jim Chivers (drums; replaced Singh)
The oldest of five sons, Jacks was pressured by his family to be an architect. However, the allure to music was too strong. His first real professional exposure in music was as singer and guitarist for The Chessmen who had a modicum of success in the Vancouver region with two singles on London Records and two singles on Mercury 1964 thru 1966. Three of these tunes charted in the Top10 on CFUN in Vancouver. During one of The Chessmen’s many appearances on CBC-TV’s Music Hop, Jacks would meet his future wife, Saskatoon native Susan Pesklevits. Susan and Terry started performing together when, quite a while after that meeting, Susan was asked to sing in Hope, B.C. and needed a guitar player to accompany her. She was unable to locate one who was free for that night but she remembered meeting Terry and had heard that his group had broken up. She called Jacks and he agreed to accompany her, after which they began playing several small clubs as a duo. They would eventually add a guitar player, Craig McCaw, and began trying out group names (Powerline and Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nob). With the addition of a tabla player, Satwan Singh, they settled on the name The Poppy Family. Initially, their repertoire was mostly cover tunes and, as Terry Jacks began writing more, they would add these original compositions to the stage show. Signed to London Records, the first two Poppy Family singles slid by unnoticed (“Beyond The Clouds” and “What Can The Matter Be”), but it gave the act the opportunity to travel outside the Vancouver city limits. In 1969 the band would hit gold with “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?” which had been recorded on a shoe-string budget. The single would become a No.1 in Canada and No.2 on Billboard in the USA. Eventually worldwide sales would total over 2 1/2 million copies. The song won four Junos in 1969 for ‘Best Produced Single’ (Terry Jacks), ‘Best Produced MOR Album’, ‘Best Group Performance’ and ‘Outstanding Sales’. Terry Jack’s dislike for playing live led him to let McCaw and Singh go from the Poppy Family fold in 1970. Two more hits followed in “That’s Where I Went Wrong” and “Where Evil Grows” which saw Jacks under great pressure to put a touring version of the Poppy Family together. While working with Valdy on a studio project in Vancouver, Jacks came across the guitar work of Norman MacPherson who he brought on board to replace not only McCaw as a live guitarist, but to help in the studio on the ‘Poppy Seeds’ album. MacPherson left the live roster on good terms in the Fall of 1971. Terry Jacks would then call Bob Nelson to replace MacPherson on guitarist. At first, it was Terry Jacks, Susan Jacks, Bob Nelson & Satwant Singh. They played quite a few gigs across Canada and in the United States. But Nelson eventually left the group and the Poppy’s returned to studio life. Later, in 1973 Nelson teamed up again with Terry & Susan Jacks. Nelson was asked to recruit Ron Johnson (who played piano on “Where Evil Grows”), bassist Doug Edwards, and The Fifth Dimension drummer Jim Chivers. They rehearsed quite a bit, but only played a few gigs together in that incarnation – notably, Disney World on the 4th of July. The intensity of the band’s stardom and the stress of producing and having to perform live led Terry Jacks to make some new managerial decisions for the act. He decided that groups were becoming passé and it was time for the duo to drop the “Poppy Family” name. His plan had been to revitalize their image — as solo recording acts – thereby yielding twice the impact than a single group. To that end, Susan recorded a self-titled solo album (aka ‘I Thought Of You Again’) in 1973 which was produced by Terry Jacks on Goldfish Records for Poppy Family Productions Ltd. Singles released from this album were the Juno-nominated track “I Thought Of You Again” (written by Terry Jacks) as well as “I Want You To Love Me”. Alas, the career decisions and other aspects of the duo’s life together drove them farther apart as a couple and in 1973 Susan decided to leave their marriage and the act. Terry Jacks had some minor hits before he’d have the biggest hit of his career: Jacques Brel’s “Seasons In The Sun” in late 1973 which sold 11.5 million copies worldwide and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks in Canada and 15 in the US. The recording won Jacks another four Juno Awards. Terry Jacks continued writing and producing over the years and released albums sporadically. He fronted a new band called Hood who charted with their only single “‘Cause We’re In Love” in 1974; Jacks would produce such diverse Canadian acts as Chilliwack and DOA’s 1990 Restless Records album ‘Murder’ which featured the remake of Jacks’ “Where Evil Grows”; He released his final studio album in 1987 and then retired sighting his lack of desire to go through the grind of touring. He stayed in the public eye by becoming a staunch Environmentalist and has often made headlines as head of Environmental Watch who is dedicated to fighting pollution; he is married to his second wife Maggi and has a daughter. After the duo parted ways, Susan Jacks began touring solo and dubbed one congregation of backing musicians Cheese. She had success with such singles as “All the Tea in China”, “Anna Marie” and “Tall Dark Stranger”, all of which produced a Juno nomination. She would have a litany of record label and managerial problems highlighted by her feud with Casino Records president Ray Pettinger who had withheld her 1975 recorded album ‘Dreams’; In 1980 she recorded ‘Ghosts’ for CBS Records and was reunited with her first husband Terry Jacks as producer. Not long after she hooked up with Bruce Allen Management who brought in Prism’s Tom Lavin to produce the ‘Forever’ album in 1982; She moved to Nashville in 1983 after signing a recording contract with a Nashville record label with second husband, CFL player Ted Dushinski, and her son. Since then, she’s managed a publishing company and was Vice President of Operations for a computer consulting company as well as part owner in, and Executive Vice President of, a successful telecommunications company in Nashville. In recent years she has returned to Vancouver and resumed her performing and recording career. with notes from Andre Skrastin, Susan Jacks, Sabrina Whyte, Bob Nelson, Norman MacPherson, and Jan Hindriks. [also see SUSAN JACKS, TERRY JACKS]



Singles
1968 Beyond The Clouds/Free From The City (London) M-17364
1969 What Can The Matter Be/Evil Overshadows Joe (London) M-17369
1969 Which Way You Goin’, Billy?/Endless Sleep (London) M-17373
1970 That’s Where I Went Wrong/Shadows On My Wall (London) M-17375
1970 Endless Sleep [promo re-issue] (London) L-129
1971 Where Evil Grows/I Was Wondering (London) L-148
1971 No Good To Cry/I’ll See You There(London) L-164
1972 Good Friends/Tryin’ (London) L-172

Albums
1969 Which Way You Goin’ Billy? (London) PS-568
1971 Poppy Seeds (London) PS-599
1976 Terry Jacks & The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks (K-Tel) TC-230
1989 The Poppy Family’s Greatest Hits
1996 A Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973 (What Are Records?) WTA-60017


POPS MERRILY
Gary Moffet
(guitar) / Peter Sutherland / Lee Scouten / Peter Clark
Québec act featuring Gary Moffet who left the band in 1972 and would later join April Wine. with notes from Dave Buerster.



Singles
1970
Help Me Down/Legge’s Lurk (Aquarius) AQ-5004
1971 Turned On To Living / Girl There’s A Better Life (Montor) MS-007
1973 Hail to the King/Boy In Jail (Columbia) C4-4016


POPULAR FRONT
Allan Moy
(vocals)  / Keith Porteous (guitar)
Popular Front’s members founded Mo=Da-Mu Records in Vancouver, British Columbia; Moy would go on to manage many Canadian artists including 54.40 through his company Gangland Artists; Porteous became a session player and producer.

Singles
1981
Doomsday Army/ [split w/SOUL CITY DOWNSTAIRS] (Mo=Da=Mu) MDM-2        I            1981 Synchronized Swimming [4 song EP] (Mo=Da=Mu)

POPULAR MECHANIX
Stu Nicholls (vocals, guitar, bass) / Greg Gardner (drums, vocals) / Boris Hoagy [aka Gary Trigg] (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals; added 1981) / Orman Reinhart (guitar, bass, vocals; replaced Hoagy 1981)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba

Albums
1980
Popular Mechanix! (Dollartone) CSPS-1569                                                  I                         1981 Western World (Dollartone) WRC1-1693



POPULAR SPIES
Roman Bysh
(vocals, guitar) / Geoff Railton (bass, vocals)  / Scott Marks (guitar, vocals) / Graham Stairs (drums) 
Popular Spies were from Toronto, Ontario and featured former Mods guitarist Scott Marks; Drummer Graham Stairs would go on to form Minutes from Downtown with Lucasta Ross (B-Girls) who had brief success on Capitol-EMI. In the 1980’s he was A & R manager for Stuart Raven-Hill’s Intrepid Records. He still frequently organizes Canadian music junkets for various industry conventions outside of Canada. He is the founder of PopGuru Sound and Vision; Railton left Popular Spies to join Michael Timmins’ band Hunger Project and was one of four co-founders of the Cowboy Junkies’ Latent Recordings label.



Singles
1980 Chinatown/Running With The Automatics (Lookalike) WRC3-1206



PORCELAIN FOREHEAD
Mike Hillis (vocals) / Chris McLellan (guitar) / Bruce Stevenson (bass) / Ian Seabrook (drums; returned in 2009) / Geordie Allen (drums; 1984) / Janine Frenken (bass; replaced Stevenson 2009)
Formed in Barrhaven near Nepean outside Ottawa, Ontario in August 1982, Porcelain Forehead released a 6 song 7″ single in 1983. They became quite popular in Ottawa and Montreal. In 1984 Georgie Allen was added on drums and the band began work on a full-length album for Alternative Tentacles in 1985 but the band split up before it could be released. It would eventually see a release in 1993 as part of author/historian Frank Manley’s effort to re-issue classic Canadian punk on his No Exit label. In 2010 the band reunited with Seabrook back on drums and Frenken filling in for Stevenson on bass for a show on March 20, 2010 in Ottawa to promote the re-issue of ‘Right Now’ on CD (with bonus tracks). with notes from Cat Beland.



Singles
1983 Right Now! The World Needs a Clear Head [6 song EP] (Corpus Callosum) 001

Albums
1993 Frogboy Lives! (No Exit)
2010 Right Now! The World Needs A Clear Head [CD re-issue]

POWDER BLUES
Tom Lavin (guitar, vocals) / Jack Lavin (bass, vocals) / Willie MacCalder (piano, organ, vocals) / Duris Maxwell (drums) / David Woodward (tenor sax, vocals) / Mark Hasselbach (trumpet) / Gord Bertram (baritone sax; 1979-1981) / Wayne Kozak (tenor sax; 1979-1981) / Bill Runge (baritone sax; 1981-2001) / Don Cummings (bass; replaced Jack Lavin 1983) / Bill Clark (trumpet; 2001) / Adam Drake (drums; 2001) / Jerry Cook (tenor saxophone) / Daryl Bennett (drums) / Robbie King (keyboards, vocals) / Pat Caird (tenor saxophone) / Lou Hoover (drums)
In May of 1978 The Powder Blues band is formed by Chicago-born Tom Lavin as a house band in Vancouver’s Gastown. All the members came from other groups: Tom Lavin with Prism/Uproar; Jack Lavin with Teen Angel & The Rockin’ Rebels; MacCalder with Willie And The Walkers; Maxwell with Doucette and Skylark; Woodward with Downchild; Kozak with Cobra, Prism and Denise McCann; Bertram with Foreman Byrnes; and Hasselbach with Airbrush. They played the local Vancouver club scene for the next 18 months.  By 1979 the band had recorded their debut album, ‘Uncut’, and released it on their own Blue Wave label after being turned down by all the major record labels. But the band generated enough buzz on their own causing RCA to re-release the album and the band toured Canada and U.S. on strength of four Top-10 singles. ‘Uncut’ was certified double platinum (200,000 copies) in February 1981. The band won ‘Best New Group’ at the JUNO Awards. Album exports began helping ‘Uncut’ receive significant airplay on the BBC and Europe. In June of 1981 The Powder Blues released their second album ‘Thirsty Ears’. It shipped platinum and the first single reached Top 5 nationally. Their touring schedule continued at a pace of over 300 shows per year. By May of 1982 work began on their third album ‘Party Line’. Following its release, the first single received heavy national airplay. The band played 65 dates in the U.S. to promote the release. April 1983 saw a European tour garnering spectacular reviews at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (which was recorded for a live album release) and North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. ‘Red Hot, True Blue’, a double album with 18 tunes, cut live in the studio, was issued on RCA records in Canada in September 1983. In September 1984 ‘Live At Montreux’ was released to critical acclaim and by December of that year CBC aired an hour-long national TV special, ‘Powder Blues Live at Montreux’. Powder Blues would play 112 dates that year. 1985 saw The Powder Blues perform 175 dates in U.S. and Canada and in November 1986 they received the coveted W.C. Handy Award for Blues is presented to the band in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘Best Foreign Band’. In July of 1988 they celebrated their 10th Anniversary with continuous, non-stop touring of over 100 dates that year. ‘First Decade/Greatest Hits’, album number six, was released in August of 1990 featuring 19 cuts available for the first time ever on CD. In November 1990 The Powder Blues performed 12 concerts in the Soviet Union and released product on Melodiya Records (the second Western act following The Dave Rave Conspiracy to do so). Throughout 1991 and 1992 touring continued and the band began work on a new studio album. In April of 1993 the band’s seventh LP, ‘Let’s Get Loose’, was released on WEA Records. A steady tour ensued. Throughout 1994-1996 a revitalized version of the band continued to tour by playing an average of 50 shows a year including major blues and jazz festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Québec City. In 1997 the band’s much acclaimed ‘Live at Montreux’ LP was restored to it’s original concert length, re-mastered digitally and released worldwide on Peerless. Meanwhile, Powder Blues’ ‘First Decade/Greatest Hits’ on WEA achieved gold record status (50,000 copies). Through the late ’90s The Powder Blues played another 100 live shows from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They began working on a new studio album in 2000 which was entitled ‘Swingin’ The Blues’ and released in 2001. Leader, Tom Lavin has written many of the band’s best-known songs, including “Doin’ It Right (On the Wrong Side of Town)” and “Boppin’ With the Blues”. He moved to Vancouver in the late ’60s to study film-making. By night he made his living working as a musician in the thriving downtown nightclub scene. This eventually lead to his career as a studio musician and subsequently, to his role as record producer and studio owner. Lavin has been singing and playing guitar for a living for over 35 years. At various times during this period he has been presented with a number of awards. These include B.C. Music Industry Association awards for Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year, a Canadian Music Industry Association Juno Award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy Award for ‘Best Foreign Blues Band’. He has over a dozen Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum record awards for playing in, writing for or producing such bands as Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, Susan Jacks, The Good Brothers and P.J. Jackson. He has produced albums for many international labels including RCA, WEA, Capitol, Columbia, EMI, BMG, Polygram and Stoney Plain Records and has produced albums or written songs for such notables as Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, Lowell Fulson, Susan Jacks and Jim Byrnes. His four storey, 20,000 square foot recording complex, Blue Wave Studios, has not only produced gold records for Powder Blues and numerous other artists, it has recorded sound for film (including the Dennis Hopper movie ‘Out Of The Blue’), TV and radio. It is also home to Teddy Bear Productions, an advertising company that Lavin is partner in, which has produced themes, scores and jingles for countless movies, TV shows and international products including Ford, Toyota and Bell Telephone. Founding member, Willie MacCalder, was born in Victoria and raised in Edmonton where he developed his craft by playing in a number of teen bands, until, in the mid sixties, he found great success with his own band, Willie and the Walkers. They signed with Capitol Records and enjoyed a number of pop hits on rock radio, touring extensively through out the U.S. and Canada. He and Lavin met in Vancouver in the mid seventies where they discovered their mutual love of the blues. MacCalder’s trademark piano stylings have won him a number of music poll awards and contribute greatly to the Powder Blues instantly identifiable sound. MacCalder released a solo album entitled ‘Broken Down Piano’ on Jay-El Records. Dave Woodward, tenor saxophone, was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia and joined the Powder Blues right at the band’s outset in the spring of 1978. Previous to his involvement with Powder Blues, he found commercial success appearing and performing for many years with the Downchild Blues Band of Toronto. Lavin first saw Woodward play when Downchild came to Vancouver on a cross Canada tour and he made a mental note to ask Woodward to play with him if the opportunity ever arose. Coincidentally, Woodward left Downchild and migrated to the West Coast at about the same time that Powder Blues was being formed and looking for a horn section. Lavin asked him to join the band on the very first night he ever played with them and he has been an indispensable member ever since. Bassist, Bill Runge, born in Edmonton, joined the band in 1981. He has appeared on many Powder Blues albums playing baritone, tenor and alto saxophones and on some cuts, the electric bass. This gifted multi-instrumentalist has also written, arranged and performed with the Jim Byrnes Band and his been a jazz ensemble leader in his own right, winning the coveted ‘Alcan National Jazz Award’. He has played, written and arranged sessions for countless commercials, movie and television scores and albums over the past two decades. He is also on the governing board of directors of the Vancouver Musicians Union Local 145. Bill Clark, trumpet, was born and raised in Surrey, B.C. and joined the Powder Blues in 1985, touring with the band at a pace of over 200 shows per year. As a ‘first call’ session man, he has also led jazz ensembles that have toured across Canada and in the U.S. and Europe. For a number of years previous to his involvement with the band, he traveled the world as a well-known musician and bandleader for a number of popular cruise ship companies. Drummer Adam Drake was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Slocan Valley near Nelson, B.C. He first studied drums as a young boy with the famous L.A. session drummer Nick Cirrolli. Before long he was playing in a number of local bands, working hard at developing his unique percussion style. Previous to joining Powder Blues, he toured with such well-known International acts as Grapes of Wrath, Art Bergmann and Holly MacNarland and in 1997 won the prestigious Canadian Juno Award for ‘Best Alternative Drummer’. with notes from Tom Lavin and Steve Wind.



Singles
1979 Doin’ It Right/The Rockchopper (RCA) PB-50562
1979 Boppin’ With The Blues/Just A Little (RCA) PB-50580
1980 What’ve I Been Drinking (RCA) PB-50589
1980 Buzzard Luck/Hear That Guitar Ring (RCA) PB-50613
1980 What’ve I Been Drinking (RCA)
1981 Lovin’ Kissin’ & Huggin’/Willpower (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) 77003
1981 Joy Ridin’/Undercover Blues (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) 77005
1981 First Fight/Jump Up (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) 77010
1981 Thirsty Ears/Nothing But A Tease (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-1423
1983 Farmer John/Pushy (RCA) PB-50754
1983 Roll Over Beethoven/Your Daddy (RCA)
PB-50765
1985 I’m On The Road Again/Shiftless (Blue Wave) BWR-007

Albums
1979 Uncut (Blue Wave) 11791
1980 Uncut [re-issue] (RCA/Victor) KKLI-0365
1981 Thirsty Ears (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-1105
1982 Party Line (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-51136
1983 Powder Blues (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-1078
1983 Red Hot/True Blue [2LPs] (RCA/Victor) APL-0518
1983 Red Hot/True Blues [1 LP] (Flying Fish)
FF-343
1984 Live At Montreux (Blue Wave)
1990 First Decade/Greatest Hits (WEA)
1993 Let’s Get Loose (WEA)
1997 Live At Montreux [CD re-issue] (Peerless)
1997 Lowell Fulson With The Powder Blues Band (Stony Plain)
2001 Swingin’ the Blues (Blue Wave) BWRCD-12001
2004 Blues + Jazz = BLAZZ!

POWER OF BECKETT
Malcolm Smith (vocals) / Cliff Randall (guitar) / Greg Tomlinson
Power of Beckett was formed in Montreal, Québec in 1967. Through a chance meeting with transplanted US disc jockey Bob Stoehr who was working at Montreal radio station CHOM (under the name Bob Baker), the group co-wrote the song “Lost Soul In Disillusion” with him. Quality Records signed the group and released the song as a single in November 1967 which did little more than get some local airplay. Quality records took a chance on a second single and released “Shake Me, Wake Me” in early 1968. It also failed to set the charts on fire. with notes from Bob Stoehr.

Singles
1967 Lost Soul In Disillusion/Back To Me (Quality) 1895X                                I                   1968 Shake Me, Wake Me/Just We Two (Quality) 1911X



PRESTON, Bradley J.
Singles
1981
You Gave Me A Mountain/In the Spring the Roses Always Turn Red (Maple City) WRC3-2542

PRETTY ROUGH
Tim Peterson (vocals) / Terry Reeves (guitar) / Jack Murray (guitar, vocals) / Curtis Ruptash (bass) / Dave Hiebert (drums, vocals) / Ken Yurchuk (guitar) / Randy Lloyd (bass, vocals)
Pretty Rough formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1981 and were soon signed to RCA Records. Their self-titled debut was produced by Dan Lowe (Qwest). It spawned one moderately played single “Tonight Tonight”. The follow-up album, ‘Got the Fire’, was produced by Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod (Heapins, Chilliwack) and spawned the hit single “Don’t Bite (the Hand that Feeds You)”. Two additional singles managed airplay stateside. After the second album the band’s line-up changed but they continued to lose momentum (and their deal with RCA) and split up in 1986; Ruptash went on to form Subtle Hints and, later, Guerilla Welfare.  with notes from Doug Bowles.



Singles
1982 Tonight Tonight (RCA)
1982 Tonight Tonight//Johnny/Sailor [12”] (RCA)
1982 Heart to Heart/Johnny (RCA) PB-50709
1984 Don’t Bite (The Hand That Feeds You)/Action (RCA) PB-50762
1984 Movin’ Along/Can’t You See (RCA) PB-50771
1985 You’ve Got the Fire/Trouble Boys (RCA) PB-50789
Albums
1982 Pretty Rough (RCA) NKL1-0456
1984 Got the Fire (RCA) KKL1-0536


PRICE, Lisa
[Born: July 18, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec]
After plugging away on the club circuit between Quebec and Ontario in the late 1970s/early 1980s with her band (featuring Goddo’s Marty Morin and future Wall of Silence/The Works guitarist Jim Huff), Price was able to secure a production deal with producer Paul Gross and several prominent Canadian musicians (Derry Grehan, Bernie LaBarge, Gary McCrackem Gerald O’Brien, and John Albani) contributed to her debut mini-EP in 1983 entitled ‘Priceless.’ Cleveland, Ohio indie imprint Mirus, released the first single “Can’t Hold On Forever.” A  6-song EP followed on Mercury Records. The label launched a second single “Everywhere I Go” Price currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.



Singles
1983
Can’t Hold On Forever/[same] [12”] (Mercury) DJM-122
1983 Can’t Hold On Forever/[same] (Mirus – US)  MR-1018
1983 Everywhere I Go/Empty Heart (Mercury) MS-76214
Albums
1983
Priceless (Mirus/Mercury) MEP-321 


PRIEST, Robert [
Born: July 10, 1951 in Walton-On-Thames, England]
Robert Priest and his family emigrated to Canada when he was 4 years old. Priest grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, and by the age of 8 had already decided he wanted to be a writer. In 1970 he attended the University of Waterloo for mathematics but soon dropped out to focus exclusively on writing poetry. His first book of poetry, ‘The Visible Man’, was released in 1979.  During this same period he began to immerse himself in Toronto’s Queen Street music scene. His 1982 debut EP was produced by Keith Elshaw and features The Jitters as his backing band with additional guitar work from Neil Chapman (Pukka Orchestra, Neotones, Sattalites). Priest had his own radio show on the CBC and he has even ventured into kids entertainment through books and song including musical collaborations with Neil Chapman and Eric Rosser under the guise of The Boinks. His children’s books also earned him an appearance on ‘Sesame Street’. Priest co-wrote the international hit song by Alannah Myles “A Song Instead of a Kiss”. His fifteenth book of verse, ‘Reading the Bible Backwards’, was released in 2012 as was a new album entitled ‘Feeling the Pinch’. [also see THE BOINKS]

Singles
1986 Congo Toronto/I Think We Better Rock Awhile (Robot) BD3-1122
1987
Broken Star/Can’t Say Goobye (A Major Label) 45-MAJ-758

Albums
1982
EP [5 song EP] (Airwave) AW-30450
1990 Rottweiler Pacifist
1998 Tongue ‘n’ Groove (EMI)
2012 Feeling the Pinch

with THE BOINKS
1984 Summerlong (G’tel) GTL-1001
1989 Playsongs and Lullabies
1992 Winterlong


PRINGLE, Doug
Doug Pringle was a Montreal radio announcer (not to be confused with the Doug Pringle of Syrinx/The Poles fame) who dabbled in songwriting and recording.

Singles
1974 C’est pas le jeu/La nuit (Gamma) AA-1217

PRINGLE, Peter [Born: 1954 in Halifax, Nova Scotia]
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pringle’s first musical love was the piano. He also enjoyed singing, and joined the children’s chorus of The Canadian Opera Company in 1954 and began to sing professionally. In the 1960’s Pringle moved from Toronto to New York City where, among his other activities, he began studying the classical lute with Theremin cellist Leonid Bolotine. He quickly discovered that he could finance his exotic musical interests through mainstream popular songwriting. Pringle then went to India to study an instrument called the Surbahar. Pringle resided in several different countries over the next few years, financing his travels through songwriting and film scoring. Because of his love/hate relationship with the spotlight, he would often work under assumed names. At that time, he collaborated with some of the most famous and successful songwriters in the business. He moved to L.A. in 1975, signed a deal with Warner Brothers Records and released his self-titled debut album in 1976. Pringle remained in L.A. for five years but felt creatively stifled so in 1980 he moved to Montreal, signed a deal with A & M Records and continued putting out LP’s. He also signed to a television deal for several specials while in Québec. After singing with everyone from (a young) Celine Dion to Nana Mouskouri to Petula Clark, Pringle grew tired of singing pop music, so he changed direction by writing a one-man show based on the life and work of the late British playwright, actor and singer Sir Noel Coward. This play, starring Pringle, called ‘Noel Coward: A Portrait’ occupied the next few years of his life. He performed hundreds of shows all over the world including an exclusive engagement at the White House for US President George Bush Sr. and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as well as a Royal Engagement for the Royal Family in England. Next Pringle did another one-man show, this time in French based on the “Song Of Songs” (Le Cantique Des Cantiques or “Shir haShirim”) of the Old Testament. The work was based on the interpretations of the late Alexandrian-born French cabalist Carlo Suares. The texts were by the French lyricist Laurence Musy. Pringle accompanied himself on a variety of different instruments including lute and the harp. In 1996 Pringle decided to retire from public performing, but after taking up the Theremin, found himself back on the concert stage many times accompanied by symphony orchestras. with notes from Peter Pringle, Eva Johnson.



Singles
1976 Gonna Get a Lady/Please Don’t Sell Nova Scotia (Reprise/Warner Bros./WEA) RPS-1359
1977 Songs Sound Different To Me/ (Warner Bros.) WBS-8376
1977 You Really Got Me Needing You Now/Too Long In The Cold (Warner Bros.) WBS-8456
1978 Let Me Love You/If This Is Love (Curb/Warner Bros.) FWB-0021
1980 I Could Have been A Sailor/Uptown (Penthouse #3) (A & M) AM-506
1981 It Just Occurred To Me/Sweet Lightning (A & M) AM-524
1981 Je viens de decouvrir/[Instrumental] (A & M) AM-525
1981 Hold On To The Night/[same] (A & M)
AM-532
1981 Si j’etais magicien/Dis-Moi (A & M) AM-540
1981 Stranger/Lead Me Home (A & M) AM-544
1982 Tant de jours, tant de nuits/Madame (A & M) AM-555
1982 Deeper Than Love/Closing Time (A & M) AM-566
1982 Pour une femme/Le Dragon (A & M) AM-572
1982 Outta My Sight/Why We Do What We Do (A & M) AM-575
1983 Fantasies In Your Eyes/Angeline (A & M) AM-632
1983 Elle est belle/Deux etrangers (A & M) AM-649
1983 Always On the Line/Living It Up (A & M) AM-653
1985 Outside and Inside/Sweet Lightnin’ (Phonodisc) PH-403
198- Lucky Star [w/Pierre Berland] (Morin) 13005

Albums

1976 Peter Pringle (Reprise/Warner Bros./WEA) MS-2243
1981 Rain Upon The Sea (A & M) SP-9051
1981 Magicien (A & M) SP-9058
1982 Fifth Avenue Blue (A & M) SP-9072
1982 Pour Une Femme (A & M) SP-9073
1984 Souris-Moi (A & M) SP-9098
1984 Fantasies (A & M) SP-9101
1984 Chansons d’Amour (A & M) SP-9121
1985 Pauvre Casanova (Kebec Disc) 631
1987 Noel Coward: A Portrait (Aquarius) AQR-543



PRISM
1977 LINE-UP: Ron Tabak (lead vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar, vocals) / John Hall (keyboards) / Rodney Higgs [aka Jim Vallance] (drums) / Ab Bryant (bass) / Tom Lavin (guitars, vocals); 1978 LINE-UP: Ron Tabak (lead vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar, vocals) / John Hall (keyboards) / Rodney Higgs [aka Jim Vallance] (drums) / Al Harlow [aka Allen Hawirko] (bass); 1979 LINE-UP: Ron Tabak (lead vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar, vocals) / John Hall (keyboards) / Rocket Norton (drums) / Al Harlow [aka Allen Hawirko] (bass) ; 1981 LINE-UP: Henry Small (keyboards, vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitars, vocals) / Rocket Norton (drums) / Al Harlow [aka Allen Hawirko] (bass) / Jimmy Phillips (keyboards) ; 1983 LINE-UP: Henry Small (keyboards, vocals) / Dennis Bellfield (bass) / Paul Warren (guitars) / Mike Baird (drums) / Jimmy Phillips (keyboards); 1993 LINE-UP: Lindsay Mitchell (guitars, vocals) / Darcy Deutsch (lead vocals) / Andy Lorimer (keyboards, vocals)
The idea of Prism got its start in the early 1970’s when Jim Vallance and Bruce Fairbairn met at the University of British Columbia in the school’s music program; they decided to join forces and formed a project called Sunshyne. The band initially played horn-band standards, highbrow jazz and funk, and some originals which were jazz oriented. While known as Sunshyne, Fairbairn got a government grant to perform street concerts, so they doubled as a clown band playing parks and city streets. The members became well known in Vancouver over the next few years and got lots of collective and individual studio work. In the local industry Vallance became known for writing and arranging commercials, and eventually Sunshyne disbanded. Fairbairn and Vallance contacted guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, of local band Seeds Of Time, and he agreed to work with them on a new project. He also brought in Tom Lavin, and suggested Ron Tabak from another local band. Fairbairn took the musicians into the studio and they recorded some of Vallance’s songs that had been demoed at home. They called themselves Under Construction and did some dates around town (and Vallance changed his stage name to Rodney Higgs so that his friends and family wouldn’t know he was playing in a pop group), then changed the name to Prism and went back in to the studio. This time they did seven songs of Vallance’s and Fairbairn produced. Fairbairn got Bruce Allen to manage based on the material they did and the two together got the band signed in 1976 with GRT/Capitol in Canada and Ariola/Capitol in the US; theirs was the most lucrative record deal a Canadian band had ever signed up to that time in Canadian music history. While recording the first album, Prism did some dates down west coast of North America and Lavin left during this time. John Hall and Al Harlow joined and continued the work in the studio as well as live. Vallance finally left during this time because he disliked touring and Rocket Norton joined. However, Vallance ended up playing drums, bass, keys, and some guitar on the first album. Their eponymous debut was released in 1977 and the first single, “Spaceship Superstar”, became a radio hit in Canada peaking at No.21 in November 1977 on the CHUM Chart. Vallance, meanwhile, had fallen out with the band when two of his songs – “No-No-No” and “You’re Like the Wind” – appeared on the sophomore album ‘See Forever Eyes’ without his permission. But after the band had made amends he agreed to write material for their third, and biggest selling, LP ‘Armageddon’ in 1979.  Over the next three years, Prism released an album a year and toured extensively across Canada. But after years on the road, fatigue and burnout were beginning to put a strain on the group especially in dealing with lead singer Ron Tabak. Soon Tabak was asked to leave the group and manager Bruce Allen helped them bring in new vocalist Henry Small (Small Wonder, Scrubbaloe Caine). Alas, Small had his own vision of Prism’s direction. Within months of recording their 1981 album, ‘Small Change’, band members were abandoning ship. By the end of the tour to support the album, the only remaining member was Norton. Prism as an entity recorded one more album in 1983 and then officially split up; The various members went their separate ways – Norton put a band together for Vancouver’s CKVU television, wrote music for TV, produced some TV specials, and played in bands on weekends; Harlow lectured on the history of contemporary music at Capilano College and put together an R&B house band for Expo ’86; Mitchell joined singer Billy Cowsill (Cowsills, Blue Northern) in a local band and did some television production work, editing the Powder Blues’ ‘Live At Montreaux’ concert for the CBC; Tabak and Hall joined local bands and maintained profiles on the Vancouver club scene – until discussion began in 1984 about a possible Prism reunion. Those talks ended abruptly when Tabak was involved in a bicycle accident and died of a brain hemorrhage while in police custody. The other members of the band decided that continuing to pursue a Prism reunion at that point would have been in bad taste and dropped the idea. By 1987 Harlow was hearing more of Prism’s old songs on the radio, and with Norton and Mitchell both managing baseball teams in the same neighbourhood league, the trio began discussing a Prism reunion though they had no lead singer. A few weeks later Mitchell saw Vancouver club band Simon Kaos doing “Spaceship Superstar” as their encore and so he approached lead singer Darcy Deutsch about joining Prism. Mitchell was disappointed to learn that Deutsch’s band were shopping a demo and didn’t want to interfere in the band’s future plans. However, Deutsch soon phoned Mitchell to say he’d quit Simon Kaos, was willing to sing for Prism and he’d bring that band’s keyboardist Andy Lorimer with him. As a newly invigorated quintet, Prism went into the studio to record two new songs specifically for a Capitol Records ‘best of’ package called “Over Sixty Minutes With…”. One of the tracks was a Jim Vallance/Bryan Adams song called “Good To Be Back”. The band toured constantly on the west coast between 1988 and 1993, and finally released a new album in 1993 entitled ‘Jericho’. Reviews were lukewarm from the media and they received no airplay including the single/video “Good To Be Back”, but Prism was determined and went back on tour through 1993/1994. The album did do well in parts of Europe and the group planned a European tour in 1994 to capitalize on those positive reviews. However, Prism’s members drifted apart once again until another reunion in 2000 where Prism toured in the Western provinces on a triple bill with Helix and The Headpins after which Prism retired once more; Fairbairn was found dead in his Vancouver home on May 17, 1999; Rocket Norton is a concert promoter in Vancouver; Lindsay Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1999 and graduated with his Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 2001; Tom Lavin is the owner of Blue Wave Recording Studios and still leads Powder Blues Band; Jim Vallance still produces and writes and has been a guest performer on the ‘Bluebird North’ showcase presentations by the Songwriters’ Association of Canada; Small went on to write material for Eddie Money and was a member of Who bassist John Entwhistle’s band The Rock. In 2000 Small was the morning radio voice for CIFM in Kamloops and was playing in a band called The Shift who released a CD entitled ‘Out Of The Darkness’ in 1999. A proper Henry Small solo album called ‘Time’ was released in the spring of 2002. In recent years Small launched an advertising/jingle company with Gary Fridell called Small World Studios; Al Harlow was teaching in North Vancouver at Capilano College before reviving another version of Prism in 2006. They released a brand new album in 2008 called ‘Big Black Sky’. with notes from Al Harlow, Kate Polsky, R. Brownlee, Nick Popravsky, John Reynolds, Greg Simpson, Bruce Atkinson, and Sue Markowski.



Singles
1977 Spaceship Superstar/Julie (GRT) 1230-138
1978 Take Me To the Kaptin/I Ain’t Lookin’ Anymore (GRT) 1230-141
1978 It’s Over/Julie (GRT) 1230-146
1978 Flyin’/Just Like Me (GRT) 1230-156
1978 Take Me Away/Crime Wave (GRT) 1230-157
1978 You’re Like The Wind/Hello (GRT) 1230-165
1978 See Forever Eyes/You’re My Reason (GRT) 1230-174
1979 Armageddon (Edit)/Take It Or Leave It (Magnum/GRT) 1242-8802
1979 Virginia/Mirror Man (GRT) 1242-8804
1979 Night To Remember/N-N-N-No! (Capitol-EMI) 72822
1979 You Walked Away Again/N-N-N-No! (Capitol-EMI/UK) Cl-16132
1980 Young and Restless/Deception (Capitol-EMI) 72829
1980 American Music/Hideaway (Capitol-EMI) 72834
1980 Cover Girl/Another World (Capitol-EMI) 72840
1981 Don’t Let Him Know/Hole In Paradise (Capitol-EMI) 72867
1981 Don’t Let Him Know/Wings Of Your Love (Capitol-EMI – US) B-5082
1981 Turn On Your Radar/When Love Goes Wrong (Capitol-EMI) B-5106
1981 Rain/Hole In Paradise (Capitol-EMI) B-5137
1983 Beat Street/Blue Collar (Capitol-EMI) B-5244
1983 Is He Better Than Me?/State of the Heart (Capitol-EMI) B-5266
1983 Modern Times (Capitol-EMI)
1988 Good To Be Back (KMB) KMB-1002

Albums

1977 Prism (GRT) 9230-1068
1978 See Forever Eyes (GRT) 9230-1075
1978 Prism [re-issue] (Capitol-EMI) ST-6464
1978 See Forever Eyes [re-issue] (Capitol) ST-6465
1978 Live Tonite! [blue vinyl] (Ariola – US)
PRO-50034
1979 Armageddon (Capitol-EMI) ST-6466
1980 Young And Restless (Capitol-EMI) ST-12072
1980 All The Best of Prism (Capitol-EMI) ST-6477
1981 Small Change (Capitol-EMI) ST-12184
1983 Beat Street [ala Hotel] (Capitol-EMI) ST-12266
1988 Over 60 Minutes With…(Capitol-EMI) C79117321
1993 Jericho (Spinner) SPJC0-612-2
1995 Best of Prism (Renaissance – US)
1997 From The Vaults (Renaissance – US)
2008 Big Black Sky (independent)

PRITCHARD, David [Born: October 18, 1944 in London, England; Died: February 27, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario]
Pritchard was born in England during the Second World War but his family emigrated to Canada and settled in North York, Ontario in 1952. As a teen he started his own pirate radio station called CBIG where he broadcast in his Willowdale neighbourhood. He learned to paint and play music but would gain notoriety as one of the first DJs when CHUM launched their FM station in the late 1960s where he would regale the listener with esoteric stories and exotic music from all over the world including electronic experimental music he’d composed himself. He would often claim the material was demo tapes sent in from a listener named Fred. Pritchard was also the first North American artist ever signed to Island Records where his album ‘Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouillabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre)’ was released 1976. In 1977 he would become the first program director when CFNY-FM launched in Toronto. For over 30 years David’s studio, Sonic Workshop produced audio projects and won numerous awards citations including the Gabriel prize for excellence in radio documentaries covering such artists as The Beatles and Rolling Stones.  David died of cancer in February 2005. with notes from the Ambient Ping.

Albums
1976
Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouillabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre) (Island) ILPS-9422
2017 Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouillabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre) [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-262

PRIVATE EYE
Gord Leggat (guitar) / Hughie Leggat (guitar, vocals) / Edward Leonetti (piano) / Paul Stamp (drums) / Howard Warden (bass) / Ray Harrison (piano)
Following Hughie Leggat’s (Lords of London/Nucleus) departure from A Foot In Colwater in 1978, he formed Thunder Road. After bringing in brother Gord Leggat they re-named the band Private Eye and landed a record deal with Capitol-EMI Canada. Their self-titled debut Album Oriented Rock album spawned the radio hit “Your Place Or Mine”. Following the collapse of the band in 1980, the Leggat Brothers continued on under the name Leggat. [also see LEGGAT]



Singles
1979 Your Place Or Mine/Good Girl Gone Bad (Capitol-EMI) 72813
1979 Changes/Everybody Knows (Capitol-EMI) 72819
1979 Beneath the Wheels/I Hate To Tell You (Capitol-EMI) 72826

Albums
1979
Private Eye (Capitol-EMI) ST-11980

PRIVILEGE
Andy Krawchuk
(guitar) / Harry Krawchuk (bass) / Mel Degan (vocals) / Gerry Dere (organ) / Al McGee (piano) / Barry Allen (vocals) / Stu Mitchell (drums)  / Bob Ego (drums; replaxced Mitchell) / Bob Walker (bass; replaced Harry Krawchuk) / Whitey Glan (drums; replaced Bob Ego) / John Hannah (drums; replaced Glan 1973) / Randy Broadhead (vocals; replaced Degan 1973) / Peter Elias (bass; replaced Krawchuck 1973) / Ken Boychuck (organ; 1973) / Steve Perry (vocals)
Edmonton, Alberta’s Privilege started their career in the late ’60’s as The Lords and released several singles on Pace Records and were also the backing band for Mary Saxton. The Lords, Barry Allen, Saxton and members of Southern Freeway also recorded as Rising Sun. When Allen was searching for a backing band to tour solo he brought on members of The Lords. It was this act that became Privilege after drummer Stu Mitchell watched the Paul Jones movie of the same name. Though they released several singles on Capitol Records, great fortunes were not immediately forthcoming and the group struggled. Allen left to pursue other studio and solo projects and the band called on their old Lords vocalist Mel Degan. A reconstituted Privilege, minus Mitchell, recorded an album based on a stage production called ‘Cantata Canada’ in 1973 for Edmonton’s Century II record label. Songs were written by Marc Jordan, Paul Hann, Rick Neufeld and the band’s Gerry Dere among others. Having relocated from the mid-west to Toronto by this time Whitey Glan left to become a session drummer (on projects by Terry Brown and Doug Riley) and was replaced by Burlington, Ontario’s John Hannah. They also changed lead singers and added Randy Broadhead and a young American backing vocalist named Steve Perry. Late in 1973 Krawchuck died from leukemia and was replaced by Peter Elias. Gerry Dere was replaced by Ken Boychuck. Finally, they recorded another album in 1978 called ‘It’s Been a Privilege’. The final version of the band toured the Middle East entertaining NATO troops. In 1989 Privilege reformed for the Rock & Roll Reunion in Edmonton. It was a 14 piece band with different eras of alumni included. With only three rehearsals, and never with the entire band at once, the show was well played. Bob Walker went on to work with Reveen The Impossibilist, was Operations Manager of Promotions at West Edmonton Mall for seven years and is currently with The Lance Burton show in Las Vegas; Degan is still singing and sang with The Classics who closed the ‘Rock And Roll Reunion’ in October 2006; Steve Perry went on to join American band Journey. with notes from Bob Walker, Gerry Dere, Lenore Michetti and Brian Moore and the Steve Perry Fan Club.[see THE LORDS]



Singles
1968 Highly Successful Young Rupert White/Rovin’ Heart (Capitol) 72530
1969 Savin’/Happy Loving Time (Capitol) 72548
1971 Louie Louie/When A Man Loves A Woman (Capitol) 72673
1972 Proper Stranger/Oh I Don’t Know (MCA) MCA-2002
1973 The Hired Man/[same] (Century II) 1503
1973 Rock And Roll/Feel Good (Century II) 1516

Albums
1973 Cantata Canada – Part One (Century II/Capitol) SPAL-17000
1978 It’s A Privilege (Century) LPC-1401


PROBE
Steve Jack (vocals) / Greg Manuck (guitar) / Wes Lawrie (drums) / Brian Morrison (bass)
Probe was formed in Surrey, British Columbia in 1984. They released one four song EP in 1985 and split up in 1986. Morrison went on to perform in Hobbit (1987-1988), House Of Frustration (1992-1095) and Eventide (1995-1997); Manuck went on to be a music technician. with notes from Brian Morrison.

Singles

1985 We Come In Peace [4-song EP] (Probe)

PROBLEM CHILDREN
Barney Rebel [aka Bill Culp]
(bass) / Gary Indiana [aka Gary Cozacar] (drums, percussion) /  Jamie Problem [aka Jamie Stowe] (guitar, vocals)
DIY punk from Dunnville, Ontario; Culp would go on to play bass with an incarnation of the Dave Rave group and has released several independent albums.



Singles
1987 On the Air [5 song EP] (Problem Children Wrekords) PCW-A001


Albums
1986 The Future of the World Is Up To Us (Irate Faction) IFR-002
1988 Long Weekend: 1985-1988 (Double A – Germany) AA-018
1991 More Noize From The Playpen
1993 The Kids Next Door


PROBST, Joe [
Born: Joachim Wolfgang Probst]
Joe Probst was a folksinger/songwriter discovered in Toronto by the late print music publisher Ralph Cruickshank. Cruickshank introduced him to Daffodil Records president Frank Davies who soon signed the singer to the label on the strength of his demos. Rather than re-record the demos, they were augmented with Toronto session players and the song were released as the album ‘Lion & The Lady’ which was the name of a painting hanging in Ed Mirvish’s Ed’s Warehouse. The painting also became the album cover and inspired two poems by Brian Purdy that opened each side of the album. Three singles were released – “Loving You, “Kingston” and “Love”. Shortly after the release Probst left Canada for Europe to become a minister. with notes from Francis W. Davies.



Singles
1972 Love/Sad, Sad Story (Daffodil) DFS-1027
1972 Loving You/Just Like a Story (Daffodil) DFS-1035
1973 Kingston/I Ain’t No Angel (Daffodil) DFS-1041
Albums
1973
The Lion and the Lady (Daffodil) SBA-16018

PROFESSOR FUDDLE’S FANTASTIC FAIRY TALE MACHINE
Mickey Andrews (dobro, guitar) / Paul Bradbury (vocals) / Bruce Ley (Moog synthesizer, piano) / Don Paveling (bass) / Jim Pecchia (guitar) / Gary Tiller (vocals, drums, percussion)

Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1973. Bradbury had previously been in the band Borealis.
Albums
1974
Professor Fuddle’s Fantastic Fairy Tale Machine (Periwinkle) PER-7314


PROKOP, Skip [Born: Ronald Harry Prokop on December 13, 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario; Died: August 30, 2017 in London, Ontario]
As a young boy, Skip Prokop served in RCSCC LION Sea Cadets Corps in Hamilton, Ontario. At the age of fourteen he became Leading Seaman/1st Class as well as Lead Drummer and Instructor in the Corps. Prokop was also one of two cadets chosen nation-wide to serve in the Royal Canadian Naval Band. His leadership qualities won him an offer of scholarship to the Royal British Naval Academy which he turned down to pursue his love of music. He moved to Preston, Ontario (now Cambridge) and played in the Preston Scout House Drum Corps. One year later, he was accepted by the Toronto Optimist Drum Corps – the world famous Canadian National Champions. Prokop was encouraged to pursue a career in music and perfected his skill as a drummer. He won the prestigious ‘Canadian National Individual Rudimental Drumming Championship’ at the age of seventeen and later that year, placed in the top three (losing within tenths of a point below 1st and 2nd place) for the same title in the United States. A scholarship from prestigious Westpoint Military Academy was offered to him as the first Canadian to be sponsored by a U.S. Senator but turned it down. While in Toronto, Ontario he graduated from Lakeshore Business College and took a position with the Metropolitan Toronto Police force in the Identification Bureau. Prokop was offered a position with the United States Air Force Blue Angels Presidential Drum Corps at the age of nineteen. At the same time he was perfecting his guitar and piano skills and had started to write his first musical compositions. He left the Drum Corps to establish his first group The Paupers. They became the first Canadian group to sign a major US record deal. After successfully touring internationally for 4 years the group broke up and Prokop stayed in the US and became one of the most sought after studio musicians. He would work with Peter Paul & Mary, Alvin Bishop, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, Mama Cass Elliot, and The Super Session with Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield and was handed the unenviable task of putting a band together for Janis Joplin (which found him face-to-face with the Hell’s Angels ‘welcoming committee’). Upon returning to Canada Prokop was personally selected by Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau to address Parliament at the ‘Parliamentary Inquiry into Canadian Music’. He was the first rock musician in Canadian history to address parliament.  He spoke about what it was like to be a Canadian musician/recording artist during a time when Canadian radio stations would not play or recognize Canadian Recording Artists. This inquiry resulted in the formation of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Prokop was recognized by the late honourable Pierre Juno that his personal testimony was one of the key elements to the successful establishment of the CRTC. In 1969, Prokop founded the rock group Lighthouse – the world’s first 13-piece rock orchestra who went on to achieve international success as a live act and Top40 hit makers. Prokop would play with Lighthouse until 1974 after which he delved into producing – working for several months in New York on Déjà Vu’s second studio album, ‘Get It Up For Love’, and had them re-record his Lighthouse hit “Pretty Lady”. In 1977 he took the plunge and released a solo album, ‘All Growed Up’, featuring the single “Gotta Hear You Say It Too”. In the 1980s he hosted his own Christian Contemporary Rock program on CFNY-FM. Prokop would organize and promote the 1987 ‘Greenfest Christian Music Rock Festival’. In 1988 and 1989 he was the President and owner of PROMOTUR Inc. – a full service communications and commercial production organization. Prokop would reunite Lighthouse in 1990 for the Variety Club Telethon. The band has remained together ever since and continues perform regularly around Canada. Also in 1990 Prokop was employed as Promotions Manager/Sales Representative at CHLO Radio in St. Thomas, Ontario. In May of 1992 he joined BX93 and CJBK as a Regional Account Representative. In 2005 he formed a brand new smooth jazz group and began recording and co-producing a CD tentatively titled ‘In the Center Of…’ with Georgie Fab at his A Cellar Full of Noise studio. [Due to budget constraints the album was never mixed properly but is expected to see light of day as ‘The Valecrest Sessions’.]  Also in 2005 Prokop and his son Jamie formed a brand new Christian Rock “ministry” band called Mercy Train. They were given free session time totaling $15,000 to complete their first EP which they believed should never be sold, but given away for free to anyone who might find encouragement in their music. Unfortunately Mercy Train disbanded in late 2010 in the middle of their first full length recording.  Two singles were released to Canadian Radio despite the breakup. Prokop’s second smooth jazz release, ‘Smoothside’, was recorded between 2010 and 2012 and was mixed and co-produced by Jamie Prokop. Jamie also played on the record and is co-owner of IAM Studios in Brantford, Ontario where the CD was recorded. Prokop has written eleven North American and international Top40 hits along with four gold and one platinum album with Lighthouse, composed music for film, radio and TV commercials and has had his own radio show in London, Ontario in recent years; Prokop left Lighthouse in 2014 due to health concerns and died of congestive heart failure August 30, 2017.  with notes from Skip Prokop and Greg Simpson. [also see LIGHTHOUSE, THE PAUPERS]



Singles
1977 Sunny New Orleans/McKenzie Mansion (Quality) 2248X
1977
Gotta Hear You Say It/Cassandra December (Quality) 2286X
Albums
1977
All Growed Up (Quality) SV-1948
2012 Smoothsides (IAM/Movie Hunter)
TBA The Valecrest Sessions

PROOF
Mark Kennedy
(guitar) / Russ Kelley (bass) / Serge Bougie (drums)
Proof’s only single, “(Love) a Bitta Memory” b/w “Old Town” was produced by Don Graham and recorded at RCA Records’ Montreal Studio B where April Wine, Freedom North and SOMA recorded. Gaten Desbiens engineered the tracks.  There was a deal in the works with Island Records and RCA Canada for an album but the deal was never finalized and the band split up. with notes from Don Graham.

Singles

1976 (Love) a Bitta Memory/Old Town (RCA/Victor) PB-50263

PROTOTYPE
Doug Riley
(lead vocals) / Dan Lowe (guitar) / Jerry Adolphe (drums) / Brian Island (bass, vocals) / Brad Steckler (guitar, bass, vocals) / Ted Alexander (keyboards, vocals)
Following stints with the likes of Painter, Hammersmith, 451° and then production duties on albums by Pretty Rough, White Wolf and Qwest, Dan Lowe decided once again to try another stab at a recording career. Envisioned as a studio project, Lowe brought back Steckler from 451° and built the act around consummate Canadian keyboardist/arranger Doug Riley (Dr. Music) as lead vocalist. Lowe produced their solitary with assistance from the band. Lowe would later go on to create an innovative studio sound technique called Q-Sound in 1998; Island released a self-titled CD in 1989; Riley died August 27, 2007.



Singles
1983 Video Kids/Communique (Mercury) MS-76203
1983 Behind Your Eyes/Money Talks (Mercury) MS-76207
1983 I’m Sorry/Money Talks (Mercury) MS-76211

Albums

1983 Prototype (Mercury) SMM-1-4080

PSYCHE
Darrin Huss [aka Andy Belmont, Darryn Carnage, Evan Panic]
(vocals, lyrics) / Stephen Huss [aka Anthony Red, Antoine Rouge] (music) / David Kristian (on ‘The Influence’) / Per-Anders Kurenbach (replaced Stephen Huss 2000) / Remi Szyszka (synths) / Dwayne R. Goettel (keyboards)
Psyche is a Canadian dark synth-pop band, now based in Germany, originally founded by brothers Darrin Huss and Stephen Huss in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982. By the time of their highlight performance (with future Skinny Puppy member Dwayne Goettel) as support to Britain’s Alien Sex Fiend in 1984, the duo already had several songs written. When the Huss family moved to Waterloo, Ontario, Darrin Huss and Stephen took time out from their school work to record. These songs became their self-produced debut album ‘Insomnia Theatre’. The brothers used the pseudonyms Evan Panic (Darrin Huss) and Anthony Red (Stephen) under the banner Psyche. Psyche found a loyal audience in Québec. And in 1985, Psyche secured a record deal with the Paris, France label New Rose Records. With the addition of “Mr. Eyeball Ooze” and “Wrench” to a newly updated mix of their self produced debut, the European audience was about to get their own special taste of Psyche ‘s “Insomnia Theatre”. Rave reviews in the English press (NME and Melody Maker), plus overseas record sales persuaded Psyche to head to Europe. After releasing the the 4-song ‘Contorting The Image’ EP and the 12″ ‘Thundershowers’, Psyche arrived in Paris to record their follow up album called ‘Unveiling The Secret’. Psyche premiered their new recordings in front of 2,000 electro fans at Paris’ Elysee Montmarte as the support act for the legendary duo Suicide. The album’s title track became a legitimate dance hit and Psyche achieved the European breakthrough they needed to go on a proper tour performing throughout France, Belgium, Sweden, Holland, and eventually Germany. They toured with such acts as Neon Judgement, Clan Of Xymox, The Weathermen, and once again with Alien Sex Fiend. Psyche then released their third album, ‘Mystery Hotel’ in Europe in 1988. The album garnered attention on radio from two singles, “Uncivilized” and “Eternal”, and received video play on several programs in Germany and France with “Eternal”. After moving briefly to Montreal, Canada, Darrin Huss began delving into other musical areas creating such diverse entities as the more industrial Vanishing Heat (with Rational Youth’s Kevin Komoda). Darrin Huss then teamed up with David Kristian to record a Psyche LP, ‘The Influence’. Psyche also began a long term relationship with the German label SPV Records. While Darrin Huss decided to live on in Germany, David left for Montreal. A visit home to Waterloo in 1991 reunited the Huss brothers and produced ‘Daydream Avenue’. While Stephen stayed in Canada, Darrin Huss returned to tour Europe with German keyboardist Johannes Haeusler in support of British poetic artist Anne Clark. This tour brought Psyche to an even larger audience where they presented fans with a mix of new songs and their well known dance hits. After experimenting with various techno mixes on the Psyche single “Angel Lies Sleeping” (with renouned remixer Mousse T), Darrin Huss then made a single under the project name Our Heaven. The song “Heaven In Pain” was written with the hope of reaching the dance charts, and establishing Darrin Huss as a solo singer in his own right. Despite the focus on electronic dance, a cross-over into the pop charts was not in the cards, and Darrin Huss Huss took a creative pause to re-team with brother Stephen to re-evaluate the future of Psyche. In 1993 SPV re-released the first two Psyche albums together a limited edition 2-fer-1 CD, and a “best of” package called ’69 Minutes Of History’ collecting Psyche’s most popular songs from 1987-1991. With 1994’s ‘Intimacy’ Psyche returned to release a masterful mix of short dramatic pieces under the productive eye of U.S. mixer Joseph Watt (Razormaid). Feeling that there was no real powerful dance numbers on ‘Intimacy’ Darrin Huss decided to cover Soft Cell’s song “Sex Dwarf”. After castle party concert in Poland to promote the group’s releases there, Psyche did another small tour through Germany, and appeared at various events. This was then the end of an era for Darrin Huss, and after several collaborations with other artists for various label compilations, it was uncertain what might follow. Darrin Huss was in search of a new collaborator as it was clear that he would continue his career in Germany while Stephen Huss remained in Canada. It was at this point that Darrin Huss was approached to be the vocalist for Inside (featuring former members of The Eternal Fire) and released it’s debut ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ in late 1995. With several songs receiving notoriety in the German electro music scene, Inside appeared at several festivals. And although Inside released a second album, ‘Beware’, the band dissolved in early 1999. With Darrin Huss Huss’s return to Psyche as a full-time concern, the band was transformed into a German/Canadian partnership between keyboardist Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Huss. The new duo released the single “You Ran Away” backed with a cover version of the hard to find Q LAZZARUS song “Goodbye Horses” from the movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Together with the release of the CD ‘Strange Romance’ at the end of 1996, the latest incarnation of Psyche found an appreciative audience and a new found energy. After playing for the first time in Oslo, Norway and a return to Sweden, Psyche released a live video featuring highlights from their ‘Strange Romance’ Tour. 1998 saw the beginning of a new record label partnership, and in June of that year Psyche released their eighth official album on the Strange Ways label out of Hamburg, Germany. The album ‘Love Among The Ruined’ added a few more experimental touches to the pop side of Psyche’s style, and solidified their following with the hits “Murder In Your Love” and “Land of Broken Promises”. Later that same year, Psyche was approached by Synthetic Symphony/SPV to re-release the band’s first two albums allowing for the chance to remaster the material, add historical early recordings, and update the design for the legendary ‘Insomnia Theatre’ and ‘Unveiling the Secret’ albums. A tour entitled “Back To the Eighties” followed in June 1998 with guests Equatronic and Zoon Politicon. Winter of 1999 also saw a return to Göteborg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway for Psyche. Ending the year was a Pluswelt festival concert with the groups Mesh, Beborn Beton and Second Decay in Krefeld, Germany. This reunited Second Decay and Psyche on stage together for the first time in 10 years! Despite their long time in the music business, Psyche proved once again with some newer selections “Assassin” and “Misguided Angels” that they remain unique and inspiring to both new and old generations of synth-pop fans. At the beginning of 2000, Psyche signed to Art Of Fact Records for North America. The specially compiled release of ‘Misguided Angels’ contained material all the way from 1983-2000 as a re-introduction of Psyche back on their original continent. It contained the last material from Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Darrin Huss as well as some rare mixes. In the meantime, Psyche 2000 had become Darrin Huss Huss (Vocals, Sampling) and Remi Szyszka (Synths and Sound Design). This line-up presented itself throughout the year with new versions of old favourites and the song “Sanctuary”. Together with Invisible Limits on four occasions under the theme of Legends United, and several concerts later Psyche found itself supporting Sparks on three of their German dates. Finally however, the “new” Psyche made its debut on Accession Records with their ‘Sanctuary’ CD Single released in April 2001. Psyche experienced a return to Paris where a performance was made at La Locomotive, 13 years after the original Psyche duo of Darrin Huss and his brother Stephen stood on the same stage. Another highlight for the new Psyche was a concert in Olten, Switzerland. Psyche was only once in Switzerland as guests of Anne Clark in 1991, and this lead to further surprises for Psyche as the year went on. To present the 9th official Psyche album the band appeared in concert in Bochum’s Matrix and performed nearly all the new songs as well as some old favourites. The next day, Psyche was on flight to Barcelona in order to perform for the first time in Spain at the renowned KGB. By the end of the year more debuts were to follow resulting in PSYCHE’s first performances in the USA, as well as a return to Darrin Huss’s hometown Waterloo, and a great concert at Toronto’s Dare Rave. Finally “The Hiding Place” charted 4th in the year end Top 100 of the German Alternative Charts. Just under Depeche Mode and New Order’s latest. Since no further single was released Psyche began working on remixes of some of their favourite tracks for ‘The Hiding Place’ as well as new material. By the time “Endangered Species” was unleashed in April 2002, Psyche was already booked to be halfway around the world again with two more “first times”. The Hague, Netherlands, and in the UK at INFEST! Also returning to Montreal, Canada, and Copenhagen, Denmark for the first concert in 10 years! When PSYCHE began 2003, they found themselves in concert for another debut in the country of Finland. An amazing reception was had at Tampere’s Ground Zero, and then it was off to a special performance for the Electronic Music lover’s society in Lund, Sweden with members of bands such as S.P.O.C.K. and Covenant coming to check out the performance. The year continued with several appearances leading up to the single release of “The Quickening”. It was a massive 74 minute affair including remixes from Negative Format, and Technoir, as well as Per-Anders Kurenbach returning with his version of “Anonymous Skin” as an added bonus. Psyche topped off their summer with another first, their appearance at Germany’s illustrious Wave-Gothic Festival! ‘Babylon Deluxe’ was released in September and found its way in the German Altenative Top ten once again as Psyche found themselves on stages in Athens, Greece, London, UK, and 3 dates in Spain! By the end of the year Psyche had also returned to Norway where they met Spektralized, and joined these Accession Records label mates with Diary Of Dreams, and Lights Of Euphoria for an 11 date Tour through Germany, and a stop in the Netherlands as well. By year’s end “Babylon Deluxe” had spawned further favourites in “X-Rated”, “Gods And Monsters”, “Edge Of 17” and “Final Destination” which all were performed to the delight of the audience at Top Act in Zapfendorf on New Year’s Eve. In 2004, it turned out that “Babylon Deluxe” was to be the last album with Remi Szyszka in Psyche’s line-up. After releasing 2 singles from this album, one of which came out as a CD single and 12″ vinyl, Darrin Huss had finally achieved 20 years of music as the singer and lyricist for Psyche. In between he had also appeared as a guest vocalist with several other artists’ releases, among those, Fading Colour, Aiboforcen, Sara Noxx, Sphere, Lorenzo, Parallel Project as well as his side project Lounge which was created with Niels Hesse and Marco Drewes. Metropolis Records approached Darrin Huss with the intention to license Psyche for the North American market. Expanding on the achievements of his Canadian label Artoffact Records, Darrin Huss compiled ‘Legacy’ to re-introduce the years 1991-2003 to a new generation of fans. This CD was marketed worldwide after Psyche performed again in Canada with Ayria in the summer of 2004. ‘The 11th Hour’, Psyche’s new album of 2005 was recorded mainly with Darrin Huss’s previous collaborator Per-Anders Kurenbach, but including a farewell track with Remi Szyszka, and a guest appearance by Christian Wirsig, “The 11th Hour” finds Psyche rejuvenating all the elements that made them unique in the first place garnering new fans and a No.1 position in the German Alternative Charts (DAC). Psyche appeared internationally on stage the rest of 2005, ending up in Australia for the first time ever in December. Darrin Huss’ side project, Lounge, also released an EP containing mixes of “Everyday” that won the Acidplanet.com contest on Novatune Records, and Darrin Huss has also found the time to begin a new electronic project that goes by the name of Jetlag.



Singles
1985 Thundershowers (In Ivory Towers)/Lead Me Astray (Psyche) 001T
1986 Unveiling the Secret (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-84
1987 Prisoner to Desire/Black Panther (Psyche) PSYCHE-1
1987 Unveiling the Secret (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-90
1988 Uncivilized (New Rose – FRANCE)
 NEW-109
1989 Eternal (Amok) 628
1989 Suspicion/What Sorrow (Artoffact) ART-3
1991 Angel Lies Sleeping (SPV – GER)
SPV-001-13306
1991 If You Believe (Radio Remix) (Psyche) PSY-2000
1993 The Saint Became a Lush (Bol) BOL-22.20
1996 You Ran Away/Good-Bye Horses (SPV – GER) SPV-055-61343
2001 Sanctuary (Artoffact) A-027
2003 The Quickening (Accession) EFA-23462-2
2008 Disorder/Eternal (Live) (Psyche Enterprises – GER)
2014 [split w/RATIONAL YOUTH]/Underrated [7”] (Artoffact) AOF-188
2015 [split w/LUMINANCE]/Passenger Seat [7”] (Artoffact] AOF-204

Albums
1985 Insomnia Theatre (Malignant) PSY-08
1986 Contorting The Image [12″ EP] (New Rose – FRANCE)  NEW-74
1986 Unveiling The Secret (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-108
1987 Uncivilized [12” EP] (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-99
1988 Unleashed (Rarities) (For All And None) ALL-2
1988 Eternal/Insatiable [12” EP] (New Rose -FRANCE) NEW-115
1988 Mystery Hotel (Amok) LP-519
1988 Live EP (New Rose) PSYCHE-2
1989 The Influence (SPV – GER) SPV-84-1340
1990 Tales from the Darkside: 1982-1987 (Animalized/SPV – GER) SPV-084-1336
1991 Daydream Avenue (SPV – GER)
SPV-008-88551
1993 69 Minutes of History (SPV – GER)
SPV-84-9372
1994 Intimacy (SPV – GER) SPV-85-6135
1994 Private Desires EP (SPV -GER) SPV-060-6168
1996 Strange Romance (Synthetic Symphony/SPV – GER) SPV-085-6132
1998 Love Among the Ruined (StrangeWays/Dark Star)  SPARK-81
2000 Live 2K (Psyche Enterprises)
2000 Misguided Angels (Artoffact) AOF-005
2001 Sanctuary EP (Artoffact) AOF-008
2001 The Hiding Place (Artoffact) AOF-011
2002 Endangered Species (Artoffact) AOF-014
2003 Babylon Deluxe (Artoffact) AOF-019
2004 Legacy (Metropolis) MET-341
2004 X-Rated [EP] (Psyche) PSY-001
2005 The 11th Hour (Metropolis) MET-359
2006 Unveiling the Secret [EP] (Remixes) (Electronic Corporation) ELCO-15.0
2006 Unveiling the Secret 2.0 [EP] (Electronic Corporation) END-015
2007 Club Salvation (Rivetting) RIVET-03
2009 Until the Shadows (Metropolis) MET-602
2009 Noche Oscura (Live In Mexico) (Psyche Enterprises – Mexico)
2010 Re-Membering Dwayne (Artoffact) AOF-097
2011 Halloween Party EP [EP]
2011 We Are Bradley Manning [EP]
2011 Unknown Treasures (Psyche Enterprises – GER)
2012 All Things Pass Into the Night [EP] (Optimo) OM-16
2012 As the Brain Collapses (Infacted) FACT-3208
2016 Insomnia Theatre [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-231
2016 Unveiling the Secret [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-232
2016 Mystery Hotel [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-233
2018 Brave New Waves Session (Artoffact) AOF-304

PUCKS, Les
Duncan Wilson (vocals, rhythm guitar) / Jim Creasey (lead guitar) / Randy Booth (bass) / Bob Brett (drums)
Les Pucks were formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1978. They toured extensively in Ontario and Manitoba and cut one direct-to-disc album in 1979; Booth went on to play in First Nations band Eagle & Hawke form 1994-1999 and appeared on Khem Kharan’s ‘Language of the Heart’ album in 2002.. He has since passed away. Duncan Wilson died in a house fire on May 27, 2012.

Albums
1979
Les Pucks: Direct-to-Disc Limited Edition (Tube) WRC1-1011

PUKKA ORCHESTRA
Neil Chapman
(guitar) / Tony Duggan-Smith (guitar) / Graeme Williamson (vocals)
The Pukka Orchestra (a Hindu term meaning “first rate”, “permanent”, “genuine”) was formed in Toronto during 1979. They were christened by Tony Duggan-Smith’s uncled Edward Roderick – the Harbor Master of Calcutta who would later work for Marconi during the advent of radio. Their first release was a humorous independent single “Rubber Girl” in 1981. They signed to Solid Gold Records shortly after with their self-titled debut in 1984 and featured the radio hit “Listen To The Radio” which was written by Tom Robinson and Peter Gabriel under its original title “Atmospherics”. Two other well received singles followed. Their live shows featured the core line-up of Chapman, Duggan-Smith and Williamson with a rotating base of Queen Street musicians sometimes numbering 10 or 11 on stage at a time. What appeared to be a promising future was cut short when Williamson developed kidney problems and moved to Scotland to be with his family. Lightening dealt a second blow when their record label, Solid Gold, went bankrupt. In 1984 members of the Toronto community like Robert Priest, Colin Linden and Gwen Swick rallied to Williamson’s aid for emergency living expenses by holding a benefit concert at The BamBoo club which raised $5000. Williamson eventually received a kidney transplant and was well enough for The Pukka Orchestra to carry on to release a 4 song EP on A Major Label in 1987. Williamson’s health was still fragile and he was unable to continue with the band and the Pukkas disbanded officially in 1988. In 1992, with a FACTOR grant in hand, The Pukka Orchestra was able to record again for A Major Record label and release a new 10 song album in 1992 which they self-produced. Graeme Williamson is alive and well and living in Glasgow where he has been writing his first novel; Duggan-Smith, Chapman and Glenn Olive (bass) assembled a new band called Neotone in 1996 and the CD ‘Oh My’. In November 2000, the Pukka Orchestra’s 1984 album debut finally made it to CD on Solid Gold. In 2008 Duggan-Smith and Chapman formed another new group called Autocondo.. with notes from Graeme Williamson and Tony Duggan-Smith.



Singles
1981 Rubber Girl/Do the Slither (Rubber)
1984 Listen To The Radio (Single Mix)/Spies Of the Heart (Solid Gold) SGS-751
1984 Cherry Beach Express/A Wonderful Time To Be Young (Solid Gold) SGS-756
1984 Might As Well Be On Mars/A Wonderful Time To Be Young (Solid Gold)
1986 Weekend (Come Alive)/Knocking on Open Doors (A Major Label)
1987 Goldmine In The Sky[same] (A Major Label) 7-PUK-11
Albums
1984 The Pukka Orchestra (Solid Gold) SGR-1022
1987 The Palace of Memory (A Major Label) 12-PUK-0108
1992 Dear Harry (A Major Label) PUKCD-100

PUMPS, The
Chris Burke-Gaffney
(bass, lead vocals) / Lou Petrovich (guitar) / Brent Diamond (keyboards) / Terry Norman Taylor (drums)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba. This punk act would re-emerge as AOR band Orphan in the mid-80s and again as The Deadbeat Honeymooners in the early ’90s. Burke-Gaffney would play a role in the development/discovery of singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. [also see ORPHAN, DEADBEAT HONEYMOONERS]



Singles
1980 Bust the TV/You’re the One (Polydor) 2065-421
1980 Success/Out of Control (Polydor) 2065-428
1980 Think It Over/Coffee With the Queen (Polydor) 2065-434

Albums
1979 The Pumps (Polydor) 2424-205
2006 It’s a Miracle…They’re Still Alive: The Very Best of The Pumps & Orphan (Vatikan)

PURE
Jordy Birch (lead vocals) / Todd Simko (guitar) / Mark Henning (keyboards) / Leigh Grant (drums) / Dave Hadley (bass)
Nettwerk Records recording act After All was formed in 1987 and released one album before deciding on a style and image change. With the departure of that band’s singer Scott Acomba, Birch, Simko and Grant added Mark Henning on drums and became Grin Factory. With the addition of Dave Hadley on bass to take over for Birch who became the lead vocalist for the 1990 the incarnation became Pure. With a visit to Vancouver’s Music West Conference in 1991 to have their demo reviewed by a panel of A & R types, an executive from Restless Records was so impressed with the tape that he announced to the attendees that Pure would be signed within 48 hours. And they were. As their first matter of business after being signed to Warner/Reprise, the band’s song “Greedy” was used in the Ralph Bakshi animated movie (which ended up flopping) ‘Cool World’. The song would later appear on their debut EP ‘Greed’. Their 1992 debut album, ‘Pureafunalia’, was produced by Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison who recorded the record in California and Vancouver where it was mixed Tom Lord-Alge at Little Mountain Sound. With the single “Greed”, from a mini-LP, by December 1992, Pure had already toured Canada extensively, won a CASBY award for ‘Best New Canadian Band’, been nominated for a Juno Award, and were also nominated for a MuchMusic video award which they won. The band celebrated the New Year with the news of their American release date, and by February of 1993 ‘Pureafunalia’ was released in the US. They toured the United States until the end of summer ’93 and returned to Vancouver to start writing the next album. ‘Generation 6 Pack’ was released in August and led off with the single “Denial” and was followed up by tours in the fall and winter of 1994, as well as the release of the song “Anna Is A Speed Freak”. The band was hailed by the media as the Next Big Thing. The band hit Australian soil in January of 1995 and gained the favour of the fans and the press by playing large outdoor festivals, including the Big Day Out – Australian for “LOLLAPALOOZA”. While still riding a high from a very successful tour, Warner/Reprise dropped the act from its roster. Undaunted, Pure instead took a page from the D.I.Y. school of rock and started their own record label – Shag Records – released the song “The Hammock” to radio that summer and then hit the road reborn with a fistful of new material. With that, they released 1995’s ‘Extra Purestrial’ EP to great response on college radio. “Lemonade”, the first single, charted at No.6 on the National Chart. In May of 1997, when it came time to begin writing new songs, Birch and Simko went to Saturna Island, right next door to Washington’s San Juan Islands, on the US/Canadian border to write new songs. Then the band returned to the studio and ‘Feverish’ was produced by the duo. While the bulk of the record was mixed in Vancouver, the band travelled south to Los Angeles to mix several tracks with Ben Grosse (Filter, Crystal Method) and to mix “Chocolate Bar” with David Holman (No Doubt, Olivia Newton-John); Todd Simko died April 25, 2012. with notes from John Lucas.[also see AFTER ALL]



Singles
1992 Blast (Warner/Reprise) PRO-CD-5947
1992 Greedy (The Morphine Mix)/Laughing Like a Fiend (The Mammoth Version) (Warner/Reprise)
1993 Spiritual Pollution (Warner/Reprise)
1993 Blissful Kiss (Warner/Reprise)
1993 Pure (Warner/Reprise)
1994 Denial (Warner/Reprise)
1994 Anna Is a Speed Freak (Warner/Reprise)
1995 The Hammock (Warner/Reprise)
1995 Lemonade (Shag/Outside)
1995 Baba O’Riley (Shag/Outside)
1998 Chocolate Bar/Elvis Hooker (Mammoth – US) MRPR-1009-7
1998 Feverish (Mammoth – US)
1998 Swinger (Mammoth – US)
Albums
1992 Pureafunalia (Warner/Reprise) 9-45038
1992 Greed [4 song EP] (Warner/Reprise) 39445
1994 Generation 6 Pack (Warner/Reprise) CDW-45747
1995 Extra Purestrial [EP] (Shag /Outside) SHAG-2001-2
1996 Generation 6 Pack [6 song EP; different track list] (Mammoth/Atlantic – US)
1998 Feverish (Attic) MR-181-2

PURPLE HAZE
Barry Allen
(vocals)
Late ’60’s indie act out of Montreal, Québec who released at least one single called “I Don’t Live Today” featuring Edmonton’s Barry Allen (Wed Dakus and the Rebels). with notes from Andre Gibeault.

Singles

1968 I Don’t Live Today/Ticket to Ride (Apex) 77090

PURPLE TOADS
Rob Sweeney
(guitar, vocals) / Robert Branton (bass) / Mark Keigan (drums) / Paul MacNeil (guitar, vocals)
From Oshawa, Ontario.



Albums
1986 Purple Toads (Star) SR-005                                                             I                          1987 Love Songs For The Hard Of Hearing (Star) SR-009

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, The

Moe Berg (lead vocals, lead guitar) / Dave Gilby (drums) / Johnny Sinclair (bass, vocals) / Tam Amabile (vocals) / Tasha Amabile (vocals) / Kris Abbott (vocals, guitars; 1988) / Leslie Stanwyck (vocals; 1989- 1990) / Brad Barker (bass, vocals;  replaced Sinclair 1990) / Susan Murumets (vocals;  replaced Stanwyck 1990) / Rachel Oldfield (vocals; 1992-1995) / Jennifer Foster (vocals; 1995-1996)  / Renee Suchy (vocals; replaced Foster 1996)
Edmonton native Moe Berg, songwriter and lead singer for the Pursuit Of Happiness (TPOH), watched his father play in country bands while he grew up, and spent his time admiring guitarists like Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter. In his teens and early 20’s he pursued his musical ambitions with area bands like the Modern Minds (who released one record on Bumstead), Troc ’59 and Facecrime. It was in Troc ’59 that he hooked up with drummer Dave Gilby and in 1985, they agreed that the only way to keep going musically was to move to Toronto and try things out there. Berg arrived first and promptly began a solo acoustic act that he took to any bar that would have him. It was while he was doing this that he met Saskatoon native Johnny Sinclair and the idea of TPOH began to take shape. By 1986 they had added Winnipeg-born twins Tam and Tasha Amabile for backing vocals, and the band began playing the Toronto area. A song that Berg had written in the summer of 1985, “I’m An Adult Now”, was a constant audience favourite, so Berg’s director friend Nelu Ghiran made a low-budget video of the song, which was promptly picked up by Much Music and Toronto Rocks, and suddenly the independent 12″ single the band had pressed was totally sold out. Sensing the burgeoning interest in the band, WEA Canada picked up the single, repressed and repackaged it, and distributed it across the country. Now the band had a cross-country hit. Such was the band’s independent success that they received Juno nominations in 1987 for Most Promising Group and Best Video. WEA did not exercise its option to sign the band to a full deal, so in 1988 the band put out another 12″ single called “Killed By Love” which was also a regional hit in the Toronto area. Constant playing anywhere and everywhere earned the band a reputation as being one of the strongest and loudest acts in the area, and all this activity caught the interest of Chrysalis Records. At this point the Amabile sisters decided to pursue their own musical interests (with their band Femme Fatale) and guitarist Kris Abbott and Leslie Stanwyck were brought on board for backing vocals. The label got the idea to use mega-producer Todd Rundgren to produce the band and flew him up to Toronto in 1987 to see the band live at the Diamond Club. TPOH went into the studio with Rundgren soon after and the result was 1988’s full-length debut, ‘Love Junk’. Completely re-recording “I’m An Adult Now”, it was the album’s first single, once again garnering considerable critical and public praise, and the new video once again became a MuchMusic staple, although MTV in the US initially banned it, citing lyrical references to sex, alcohol and drugs; it was later added to rotation and the band even did a live spot on the famous music station. The album eventually went platinum in Canada (100,000 copies) and over 100,000 copies in the States. The group returned to the studio with Rundgren for their second Chrysalis offering, ‘One-Sided Story’ (1990). Another lineup change occurred after recording had been completed as Stanwyck and Sinclair left to do their own musical things, so Halifax native Brad Barker (bass) and Susan Murumets (backing vocals) Berg’s reputation for being a funny, intelligent, masterful songwriter was solidified. Although not selling quite as well as ‘Love Junk’, the album still went gold in Canada (50,000 copies) and their constant touring continued to draw sell-out crowds and enthusiastic reviews from the media. Label troubles forced the band to take an unexpected three-year hiatus, but they eventually signed with Mercury, hooked up with producer Ed Stasium (Smithereens, Living Colour, the Ramones) and added Rachel Oldfield for backing vocals in the interim. Their next release, 1993’s ‘The Downward Road’, featured a musical collaboration with veteran songwriter Jules Shear, guitar solo by Rundgren, and a continuation in TPOH’s blistering pop vein. Although not selling as well as the previous two releases, it nonetheless garnered just as much critical praise, and live TPOH still sold out venue after venue based on their reputation as being one of Canada’s best performing units. The last two band albums, 1995’s ‘Where’s the Bone?’ (which featured another lineup change – Oldfield was replaced by Jennifer Foster) and 1996’s ‘The Wonderful World Of…’ were both released on independent Toronto label, Iron Music Group, and were both accompanied by tours and enthusiasm from their league of hard-core followers. Though the band has never officially announced its demise, in 1997, Berg released the solo album ‘Summer’s Over’ and is currently working on a book; Stanwyck and Sinclair have continued on as successful musical duo Universal Honey; Jennifer Foster released a solo CD called ‘Speedyhead’ which was produced by Moe Berg and Paul Myers (Gravelberrys); Moe Berg has also revived TPOH’s cover-band alter-ego called Monteforte in March 2000; Kris Abbott is now part of acoustic duo Kris + Dee; TPOH re-issued ‘Love Junk’ on vinyl and CD and embarked on a Canadian tour in the fall of 2018.



Singles
1986 I’m An Adult Now/She’s So Young [12”] (TPOH) TPOH-009
1988 Killed By Love/Ten Fingers [12”] (Swell Records/Electric Distribution) SLXD-001
1988 I’m An Adult Now (New Version)/She’s So Young [12”] (WEA) 25-83870
1988 She’s So Young/Let My People Go (Chrysalis) 43315
1988 She’s So Young/Let My People Go/Looking For Girls [12”] (Chrysalis) POH-1
1988 I’m An Adult Now (New Version)/Ten Fingers (Chrysalis) 43316
1988 Hard To Laugh/Looking For Girls (Chrysalis) 45015
1988 Beautiful White/Killed By Love (Chrysalis) 45018
1990 Two Girls In One/Food (Chrysalis) RPS-42
1990 New Language (Chrysalis)
1993 Cigarette Dangles (Mercury) CDP-840
1993 Ashamed of Myself (Mercury)
1993 Pressing Lips (Mercury) CDP-898
1996 Kalendar/In Praise Of /Gretzky Rocks (T.W.A.-The World’s Address – AUS) TWAS-006
1996 She’s the Devil (Iron Music/BMG) 51024-CDP
1997 I Like You (Iron Music/BMG) IRNDJ-103

Albums
1988 Love Junk (Chrysalis) CHS-41675
1990 One-Sided Story (Chrysalis)  CHS-41757
1993 The Downward Road (Mercury) 512-972
1995 Where’s The Bone? (Iron Music/BMG) 51003
1996 The Wonderful World of… (Iron Music/BMG) 51010
2000 Sex & Food: The Best of The Pursuit of Happiness (Razor & Tie – US) 18221
2005 When We Ruled: The Best of The Pursuit of Happiness (EMI) 38210
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-307

PUSHKINS
Emerson “Ron” Jhon [aka The Skinny]
(vocals, guitar) / Bobby Marquis (bass) / David Shouldice (rhythm guitar) / Doug Lillico (lead guitar) / John Churchill (keyboards) / Keith Lillico (drums)
The Pushkins were formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1982. They placed a song on the annual CHEZ-FM talent album in 1983 and followed it up with 3 song EP the same year. The energetic ska act became popular around Ontario and so they released a 6 song EP in 1985 entitled ‘Inviting and Invading’. The band split up shortly after that; Jhon went on to work with producer Matt Dematteo and was a member of Random Order briefly. He currently has a touring solo project; Marquis formed his own European metal act called Dollhouse and now resides in Germany where the band has had moderate success.
Albums

1983 Pushkins [3 song EP] (Pure Dirt) PDM-1                                               I1985 Inviting & Invading… [6 song EP] (Pure Dirt) WRC1-3893

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