Quarter To Four
Queen City Kids
Queen St. Kings
Quest For Fire
Paul Quarrington (bass) / Martin Worthy (drums)
Quarrington/Worthy were an Ottawa based act who recorded for Ottawa label Posterity Records. Quarrington (brother of guitarist Tony Quarrington) was also a novelist best known for his book ‘Whale Music’. The duo’s association with Posterity led them to back fellow Ottawa performer Joe Hall, along with Tony Quarrington, as his backing band called The Continental Drift. They were also in the band Porkbelly Futures. Paul Quarrington passed away in 2010.
1979 Baby and the Blues/Mansion of the Wind (Posterity) PT-107
1980 Montego Bay/Wilfred (Posterity) PT-109
198- Jewel Eyes/Stay Awhile (Direction) 147
1976 Quarrington And Worthy (Radio Canada) LM-431
1979 Quarrington-Worthy (Posterity) PTR-13012
Robert K. (bass) / John Paul Kemp (vocals) / Mike Taylor (keyboards) / Parag (guitar) / Mike Cramer (drums)
From Dundas, Ontario.
1985 Quasi Hands [4 song EP] (Canadian Custom) CCR-9070
Quatrin’s “Next Plane Back Home” debuted on the RPM Pop Singles chart on October 20, 1973 and peaked at No.71 on December 15, 1973.
1973 Next Plane Back Home (ZSP) C-202
QUEEN CITY KIDS
Alex Chuaqui (vocals, guitars, keys) / Kevin Fyhn (guitars, vocals) / John Donnelly (bass, vocals) / Jeff Germain (drums)
The four members of QCK met while in high school in Regina, Saskatchewan, and formed their first band, Cambridge, in 1968. They were together as a bar band for 12 years before without a member change. While touring the prairies constantly they recorded a demo which grabbed the attention of Columbia Records. In 1980 they were signed to Columbia and recorded their eponymous debut with producer Gene Martynec (Kensington Market, Rough Trade). Recorded at Century Studios in Winnipeg, it was released in the summer of 1981 and the band once again hit the road. Regional spot tour in bars and small concert venues across the prairies and into the United States generated gold sales for the LP. They went back into the studio in late 1981 to record their second album, ‘Black Box’, with Rob Freeman producing. They used an abandoned bank building in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, to get the live feel they felt was lacking in their first effort. The album was released in 1982 and spawned a hit with “Dance”, the first single. They toured with the likes of April Wine, Ozzy Osborne, Streetheart, Joan Jett and Blue Oyster Cult. The title track and a third single, “Girls”, were heavy hitters on FM radio and drove the second record to gold status as well. More touring in the east and the US ensued, but their big US break failed to materialize. Despite their two back-to-back gold records, Columbia’s parent company, CBS was in turmoil and the band’s contract was not extended. Queen City Kids carried on briefly with road work but in early 1983 they called it quits. Chuaqui formed Straw Dogs; Germain and Donnelly formed Love Active with Models guitarist Larry Bourke and vocalist/guitarist Kim Albright; both bands played frequently in Saskatchewan and the west; Donnelly then moved on to the band Babyface who released one indie album called ‘In The Night’. CBS released ‘The Best of QCK’ on CD in 1989. At the turn of the millennium the band reunited for a show in Saskatchewan and since then have done occasional and well attended gigs in their hometown and surrounding areas.
1981 Down Again/Kids World (Columbia/CBS) C4-4281
1981 Follow You There/Empty Eyes (Columbia/CBS) C4-4282
1981 A Secret Smoke/Don’t Say You Didn’t Try (Columbia/CBS) DJC4-4292
1982 Dance/Black Box (Columbia/CBS) C4-4305
1982 Girls/Ripped Off (Columbia/CBS) C4-4317
1981 Queen City Kids (Columbia) 80050
1982 Black Box (Columbia) 80065
1989 The Best of Queen City Kids [CD] (Columbia/CBS)
Ric deGroot / Dale Dirksen / Greg Johnson / Doug Giesbrecht (bass) / Gary Hendricks (drums) / Pete Cordalis
A synth-based new wave Christian act from Kelowna, British Columbia; deGroot would go on to join Strange Advance.
1980 Breakway (Tunesmith) TS-6005
1983 Decent Beat (Star Song) SPCN-205187
Ron Rene (vocals) / Colin Palmer (guitar) / Bill Pavlik (lead guitar) / Morley Nickels (bass) / Leonardo Fidkalo (drums)
The band was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1965 by former Vi-Counts members Palmer and Pavlik, and The Squires’ Fidkalo; Fidkalo went on to join The Luvin’ Kind; Rene joined The Fifth.
1966 Crazy Things/Mersey Side (Eagle) 116
1966 Lover Lover/She (Eagle) 119
Jean-Pierre Bérubé (vocals, guitar) / Pierre Lepage (bass) / Marcel Gamache (drums)
Short live Ye Ye band from Matane, Québec formed in 1965. After releasing “C’est par principe” for Trans-Canada in 1965, the band split up about a year later.
1965 C’est par principe/Le ciel, la mer et moi (Trans-Canada) TC-3144
Doug Rankine (vocals, guitar) / Bob Mark (guitar) / Henry S. Thaler [aka Taylor] (electric piano) / Mike Woodruff (bass) / Rick Felstead (drums)
Originally known as The Bob Mark Six, this Toronto band was signed to Arc Records and became The Secrets. They released “Crying Over Her” on ARC Records which helped raise their profile and get them better live bookings. While playing at the Toronto Pressmen’s Club, CBC TV’s Brian MacFarland introduced himself to the ban and wanted the band to record a song he’d written for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Eddie Shack called “Clear The Track (Here Comes Shack)”. The band agreed under the assumption that the recording was a gift for McFarland’s hockey playing friend. However, much to their surprise, and that of their label ARC Records, the song was released nationally under the name Douglas Rankine With The Secrets on RCA’s Canadian International label. The band was embarrassed by the release and tried to distance themselves from it despite reaching #1 on the CHUM Chart in February 1966 and managing No.56 on the national charts by April of 1966 for total run of nine weeks radio play. Now signed to Arc’s Yorkville Records imprint, the Secrets wanted to distance themselves from being pigeon-holed as a “novelty act” and soon changed their name to The Quiet Jungle. Their first single, “Ship Of Dreams”, was released in early 1967, and reached No.31 on the CHUM chart (and No.43 nationally) by February. The record achieved the desired effect in leaving the previous single a memory and gave the band a renewed spirit. However, booking for the band meant the focus of everyone’s interest at shows soon turned to the inevitable requests to play “Clear The Track”. As young musicians with dreams of stardom, this was bitter sweet as bookings and the band’s pay were getting bigger but they couldn’t shake the monkey from their back. Their next single for Yorkville, “Too Much In Love”, failed to chart. Quiet Jungle was also used as a house-band for the label and they released two albums of cover tunes including a Monkees’ tribute album and ‘The Story of Snoopy’s Christmas’. It should be noted that despite mythology to the contrary, Quiet Jungle was not the backing band on Arc’s other bargain remake LP “Let’s Spend The Night Together” featuring all Rolling Stones cover tunes. Rankine’s photo graces the cover, but the band did not appear on it. They even appeared on the TV show ‘After Four’ and its spin-off compilation album under yet another pseudonym – the Scarlet Ribbon. After four years playing and being on the road, Woodruff departed the group leaving them as a four-piece. But a year after that, Rankine felt he had climaxed as a vocalist and was aware that he would never become the world’s greatest singer and soon left the band. The remaining three members brought in Rising Sons member Ron Canning and a new vocalist (name unknown). The group lasted less than a year after that. Mark is a retired teacher and lives in Haliburton ; Felstead lives in the Oshawa region working in the cable TV business; Woodruff still lives in Toronto and was last working in the private investigation business; Thalor still performs and has been in a Doors tribute band; Rankine created a Scarborough, Ontario video distribution company designated for “mature” audiences. His company was cited in an Edmonton obscenity trial in 1985 after the Towne Cinema Theatre was charged with breaking obscenity laws under the criminal code; Doug Rankine died June 9, 2018. with notes from Keith Fraser, Doug Rankine, Bob Mark, Greg Simpson, and Chas Kit. [also see THE SECRETS (1)]
1967 Ship Of Dreams/Everything (Yorkville/Arc) YV-45004
1967 Too Much In Love/Make Up Your Mind (Yorkville/Arc) YV-45008
1967 The Quiet Jungle Play The Monkees (ARC) A-719
1968 The Story of Snoopy’s Christmas and Other Favourite Children’s Songs (ARC) ACS-21
1968 “Ship of Dreams” on ‘Yorkville Evolution’ (Yorkville) YVM-33001
as SCARLET RIBBON
1969 “Four In the Morning” on ‘CTV’s After Four Presents The Great Groups’ (Yorkville) YVM-33003
Born: 1947 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia;
Died: Hamilton, Ontario May 5, 2013
Singer-songwriter Greg Quill was well established in the late 1960’s on the Sydney, Australia folk scene as both a solo performer and proprietor of Narrabeen, Northern Beaches venue The Shack. In 1969 Quill was signed to Gus McNeil’s Cellar Music publishing company. McNeil would then produce Quill’s debut album on EMI entitled ‘Fleetwood Plain’ and the single of the same name in 1970. Quill assembled a touring band called Country Radio which was initially a five-piece acoustic folk act during their initial 1970 thru 1971 tour. But on the advent of electric folk finally reaching broader appeal with releases by The Band, The Byrds and Bob Dylan, the group’s style evolved into an early country-rock hybrid. After several line-up changes, the group was eventually signed to Festival’s Infinity label in October 1971. Their debut single, “Listen To the Children”, was released a month later but failed to chart. In January 1972 the band shifted members again but a crucial addition was Kerryn Tolhurst who immediately clicked as a songwriting partner with Quill. Unable to book adequate studio time to record a full album between live engagements, Country Radio recorded their debut LP, ‘Country Radio Live’, in one evening in front of an invited studio audience at Melbourne’s TCS Studios on October 4, 1972. On the invitation of fellow Australian act Flying Circus, Country Radio made the first of several touring trips to Canada. Upon their return they made a successful appearance at the 1973 Sunbury Festival. However, Tolhurst left the band immediately after the event to form his own band and soon other members of Country Radio abandoned ship as well. Undaunted, Quill kept the name and built a brand new version of Country Radio and in May 1973 recorded their next single “Bound For South Australia” b/w “I Need Women”. Following its release in August of 1973 it did not chart and by December 1973 Quill finally dissolved the band. Quill set out to record his debut solo album, ‘The Outlaw’s Reply’, in 1974 and, ironically, featured most of the former members of Country Radio as sidemen. The album was produced by John Sayers and spawned two singles – “She Do It To Me” and “Blackmail”. That year Country Radio’s former label, Festival, released a compilation album entitled ‘Gypsy Queen’ under the name Greg Quill & Country Radio. Quill would be one of the first Australian rock musicians to be awarded an Arts Council grant which enabled him to travel overseas and eventually move to Canada part-time beginning in the summer of 1975. In 1977 he assembled a new backing band called Southern Cross which included Tony Bolton, Chris Stockley (Cam-Pact, The Dingoes) plus Sam See (Sherbet, Flying Circus, Fraternity) and Bruce Worrall (also ex-Sherbet) who had already relocated to Canada with their respective bands years earlier. Southern Cross were signed to Elektra records and released the single “Been So Long” b/w “I Wonder Why” which featured additional help from Canadian Ian Thomas and his band mates Steve Hogg (bass), and Hugh Syme (keyboards). The record was released in October 1978 but the group split after a tour of Australia. In 1979 Quill gave up playing professionally and settled, permanently in Canada. He would enjoy a second career as a journalist and music writer. He has written books about Michael Jackson (1988) and The Rolling Stones (1989). In 1999 Quill returned to Australia to visit his family and discovered that his song “Gypsy Queen” had been covered by country singer Adam Harvey. With a visit to Melbourne, he had a four-day reunion with former band mates Kerryn Tolhurst and Chris Stockley. Tolhurst introduced Quill to another young country-rock artist, Cyndi Boste, and discovered that she had been playing Quill’s “Wintersong” in her live set for years. Quill soon found he still wanted to make music – even if it was a part-time hobby. Between 2000 and 2003 Quill and Tolhurst kept in touch and began assembling a new batch of songs. In early 2003 they released the Quill-Tolhurst album ‘So Rudely Interrupted’ and in October of that year did an album release show at C’est What? in Toronto, Ontario. They had a full backing band that also included The Band’s Garth Hudson on accordion and piano. The show was taped and rebroadcast on both Bravo! and CITY-TV. A reciprocal show was booked in Australia where fans got to see the two musicians perform together for the first time since 1973. Several members of Country Radio also stopped by to sit in with the duo. Following years as a prominent TV and print journalist, Quill continued as the senior arts correspondent for the Toronto Star newspaper. Quill died at his home in Hamilton May 5, 2013 at the age of 66 due to complications from pneumonia. with notes from Greg Quill.
1975 She Do It to Me/Terry’s Tune (Festival/Infinity – AUS) K-5878
1975 Blackmail/The Outlaw’s Reply (Festival/Infinity – AUS) K-6069
with GREG QUILL & COUNTRY RADIO
1970 Fleetwood Plain/Song To David (Columbia – AUS) DO-9081
1971 Listen To the Children/Last Time Around (Festival/Infinity – AUS) INK-4427
with COUNTRY RADIO
1972 Gypsy Queen/Radio Rag (Festival/Infinity – AUS) INK-4720
1972 Gypsy Queen/Radio Rag (Sweet Plum) 9902
1972 Wintersong/Observations From a Second Storey Window (Festival/Infinity – AUS) INK-4908
1973 Bound for South Australia/I Need Women (Festival/Infinity K-5167 – AUS
with GREG QUILL & SOUTHERN CROSS
1978 Been So Long/I Wonder Why (WEA) 79115
1974 The Outlaw’s Reply (Festival/Infinity – AUS) L-35472
with GREG QUILL & COUNTRY RADIO
1971 Fleetwood Plain (Harvest/EMI – AUS) SHVL-602
1972 Country Radio Live (Festival/Infinity – AUS) INL-34726
1974 Gypsy Queen (Festival/Infinity/Harlequin – AUS) L-25113
1992 Wintersongs: The Festival File
with QUILL – TOLHURST
2003 So Rudely Interrupted (True North) TND-309
Born: David Steinberg in December 31, 1961 in Toronto, Ontario
Toronto multi-instrumentalist David Quinton first came to the attention of Canadians in 1978 as the manic drummer for Toronto band The Mods. In his own words, he “peaked” during his phase with Stiv Bators where he served as a member of Bators’ band and a later version of the Dead Boys (). However, his involvement in music dated back to 1976, where as a 15 year old, he joined forces with James Gray (later of Blue Rodeo) and Mitch Starkman (later of Zappacosta) to form an original progressive rock group called Syndrome. By late 1976, Quinton became consumed by the emergence of punk rock and joined Toronto band The Androids in 1977 with Sally Cato and Bart Lewis. While rehearsing with The Androids in an abandoned Philips Electronics factory building (an infamous Toronto punk rehearsal space also used by The Diodes and The Ugly), Quinton first met The Mods in the summer of 1978. He soon left The Androids and became their drummer. For twenty-two months through 1978 and 1979, The Mods played throughout Canada and toured the east coast and mid-western United States (sometimes with Teenage Head from Hamilton, Ontario). Aside from being a regular headliner at clubs like The Horseshoe and The Edge, they also opened for The Police, Ultravox, Squeeze and The Specials at larger venues. The Mods released one single in 1978 (“Step Out Tonight”) and during that same year appeared in Colin Brunton’s movie ‘The Last Pogo’ – a filmed document of the Toronto punk scene. Although the band recorded a full-length album in 1979, the release became mired in a haze of failed expectations and legal difficulties involving a major record label. Their final gig was at The Music Hall in Toronto and simulcast live on CFNY-FM. Dead Boys’ lead singer Stiv Bators discovered Quinton while he was playing with The Mods and in the summer of 1979, Bator invited the 18 year old to Los Angeles to play on some of his solo recordings. Following that summer, The Mods disintegrated and Quinton moved to the U.S. to join The Stiv Bators Band on a permanent basis. Quinton toured the U.S. with The Stiv Bators Band until 1981 (where he replaced original drummer and Bowery stabbing victim Johnny Blitz). Quinton worked on Bator’s solo album ‘Disconnected’ and recorded a number of other tracks, all of which have been released on various singles and albums over the years. He wrote songs for Bators, played some piano and added his unique drumming style to the mix. In early 1981, former The Damned lead guitarist Brian James came over from London to join Bators’ band. After a handful of gigs in 1980-81, Quinton’s tenure with Bators and James came to an end. The group re-located to London and morphed into Lords of The New Church. Stiv Bators was tragically killed in France after being hit by a car in 1990. After returning to Toronto, Quinton secured a solo recording deal with Bomb Records and recorded his 1981 self-titled debut solo album with producer/guitarist Stan Meissner. Quinton immediately toured the album – sometimes as lead singer only; other times also playing the drums at the front of the stage – in the same dingy clubs he had played in as a teenager in Ontario and Québec. Quinton temporarily gave up solo pursuits to join a new act in the early 80’s called The Jitters with singer-songwriter/guitarist Blair Packham. With a solo development deal in hand from EMI, Quinton then began in earnest to record a follow-up solo album and did some session work with EMI recording act Rational Youth on their ‘Heredity’ album which featured Quinton’s old punk acquaintance Tracy Howe (ex-Heaven 17). Executives then stalled his sophomore album and requested that Quinton become the touring drummer for another EMI recording act Strange Advance through 1985. He met the band after they had completed their second album, ‘2WO’, on which with the drums were primarily handled by a computer. Some highlights from the Strange Advance tours were four nights at the old Ontario Place forum in the summer of 1985, headlining the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg and the Spectrum in Montreal where the band was filmed for a Much Music Big Ticket Special. They also opened several hockey arena dates for Tina Turner throughout Canada. In a rather bizarre twist, Quinton would rejoin The Jitters after completing his last tour with Strange Advance. As the band got set to sign a record deal with EMI Records, Quinton was forced out of the band when he attempted to unsuccessfully juggle his music career with law school. Due to the timing of his departure, Quinton actually managed to appear on The Jitters’ debut album cover, in promo photos and the first video for “Last of the Red Hot Fools” though he never played on the record. Although he half-heartedly attempted to stay active in music, a hellish schedule together with an increasing non-organic reliance on electronics in live music led Quinton to hang up the drumsticks permanently. His follow-up solo album never materialized. After quitting the music business, he became a successful entertainment lawyer. However, he still managed to ignite a new spark in the early ’90’s by playing part time with the duo Lost & Profound. He then negotiated a record deal for the band with Polygram Records and played drums on their debut album. In 2001, Bullseye Records released a retrospective of Quinton’s solo material entitled ‘Bombs and Lullabies’ which included recordings from his first album, his abandoned second album and other previously unreleased tracks. Quinton also jumped back into his past by compiling masters from his archives and writing liner notes for the 25th anniversary editions of the Stiv Bators albums ‘Disconnected’ and ‘L.A., L.A.’ (under the name ‘LA Confidential’). He also recorded a track with the remaining Bators/Dead Boys alumni in early 2005 for a tribute album dedicated to the late Bomp Records owner Greg Shaw who passed away in 2004. Since 2006, Quinton has played a number of reunion shows with The Mods and The Jitters. Most recently, he has also been playing with original 1977 Toronto punk band Arson who plan on releasing a new album in 2012. with notes from David Quinton-Steinberg. [also see THE MODS, THE JITTERS, RATIONAL YOUTH, ARSON, LOST AND PROFOUND
1981 Rescue Attempt/Rescue Attempt (Bomb) 5037
1981 Through My Eyes/Through My Eyes (Bomb) 5038
with STIV BATORS
1979 Circumstantial Evidence/Not That Way Anymore (Bomp!) BOMP-128
1980 I’ll Be Alright/I Stand Accused (Bomp!)
1980 Make Up Your Mind/Too Much to Dream [12″] (Bomp)!
1981 David Quinton (Bomb) BOMB-7035
2001 Bombs and Lullabies: 1981 – 1988 (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4035
with STIV BATORS
1981 Disconnected (Bomp!) BLP-4015
1983 Stiv Bators/The Dead Boys (Revenge – France) MIG-16/18
1983 The Lord And The New Creatures (Lolita – France)
with STIV BATORS AND THE DEAD BOYS
1980 Live C.A. 1980!!!! [EP]
with ANTON EVANS
1994 Eye (Henge) Henge-001
Shelly Gellner (guitar, vocals) / Barry Gellner (bass, vocals) / Greg Gunhold (guitar, vocals) / Jim Symchych (drums) / Ted Alexander (keyboards, vocals)
Calgary, Alberta act Qwest was formed in 1980 and taken under the wing of Dan Lowe (49th Parallel, Painter, Hammersmith, 451 Degrees) who produced an album’s worth of material with them that year. The resulting recording session was deemed unusable so the band went to former Stampeders manager Mel Shaw who ran the band through the star making machine. As a team, they created ‘Tampico Gold’ in 1981 which was released on Shaw’s own Music World Creations (MWC) label – home to the Stampeders. Though the album produced the radio single “Goin’ Down”, which did well in the mid-West, it did little to break the band nationally. However, they pounded the pavement and landed a new record deal with Quality after which they invited Lowe back to have another crack at producing them. The result was a change in style for 1984’s ‘Dream Zone’. The album still did nothing to raise Qwest’s public profile – even with the radio singles “Never Forget” and “We Need Love” – causing the band to finally succumb to defeat; Both albums were re-mastered and re-released through Pacemaker Entertainment in Canada (1996) and Razor & Tie in Europe (1997); Gunhold now fronts his own rhythm ‘n’ blues act GUNN along with Brock Gillis (keyboards), Danny Zane (bass), Sally Chappus (drums) and Corinne Buschmeyer (vocals). with notes from Greg Gunhold and Brock Gillis.
1981 Goin’ Down/Harder All the Time (MWC) MWC-8201
1984 Never Forget/Nothing To Lose (Quality) Q2437X
1984 We Need Love/Dreamer (Quality) Q2443X
1981 Tampico Gold (MWC/Rio) MWC-8201
1984 Dream Zone (Quality) SV-2130
1996 Tampico Gold [CD re-issue w/bonus tracks] (Pacemaker) PACE-013
1996 Dream Zone [CD re-issue] (Pacemaker) PACE-014
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