Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band
United Empire Loyalists
Uptown Blooze Band
Uranus & The Universe, Gordie
Dave Bingham (vocals) / Glynn Bell (guitar) / Roger Mayne (guitar) / John Read (bass) / Robin Boers (drums) / Howie Smith (bass; replaced Read 1967) / John Hamilton (drums; 1980) / Ron Cameron (bass; 1982) / Mike McKenna (guitar; replaced Mayne)
The Ugly Ducklings formed in Scarborough, Ontario while attending Cedarbrae Collegiate in 1965 and would rehearse in John Read’s parents’ basement where they became neighbourhood celebrities. Their first gig was for the Cedarbrae’s Open House Variety Show where Bingham, Bell, Mayne, Read and drummer Martin Ranger sat in for Robin Boers who did not attend the school. They called themselves the Strolling Bones and performed The Stones’ “Time Is On Our Side” and Chuck Berry’s “Round and Round”. After getting kicked out of school for having long-hair, the band members relocated to Yorkville Village in late 1966. They became a driving force in getting the area noticed based on their Rolling Stones-inspired ‘bad boy’ reputation. In 1966 they released their first single, “Nothin'”, on the Yorkville label and followed that with several more singles concluding with the chart topping “Gaslight” in 1967. Written by Robert Hailey, a Yorkville Records staff member, the song went No.1 in Toronto and parts of eastern Canada. It was recorded in New York utilizing Doc Severenson’s Tonight Show Band and without the benefit of all the band members present – only vocalist Dave Bingham appears. Read was the first to lave the band, in 1967, and was replaced by Howie Smith. In 1968 Yorkville Records released the band’s debut album, ‘Somewhere Outside’, and Mick Jagger proclaimed The Ugly Ducklings as “my favourite Canadian band”. However, the accolades were too little too late as they had already disbanded. In the late ’70’s, Roger Mayne would manage and produce some material for notorious Toronto punk act The Viletones. Inspired by punk’s new vitality, The Ugly Ducklings reunited in 1979 for a new album. 1980’s ‘Off The Wall’ led to plenty of press and a new revival for the band. A short batch of live dates followed – first with drummer Robin Boers (who managed only one gig before a previous lounge commitment called him away) and then with former Diode John Hamilton who got the gig after Viletones drummer Motor X recommended him to the band. In 1982 the band reformed again, this time with four original members Bingham, Mayne, Bell, Boers and with Ron Cameron on bass for a sweep of the Ontario club scene and promotion of a single, “War Babies”, on Razor Records. All this attention prompted ARC Records to re-issue the band’s material as a self-titled album featuring several previously unreleased tracks. After being out of print for decades, two companies reissued the band’s material on three CDs, all within a month of each other in 1998. Pacemaker was first out of the gate with ‘Too Much Too Soon’, which consisted of the first album plus a handful of singles, including “Gaslight”. In December 1998, Québec-based Unidisc put out two CDs simultaneously: a straight reissue of ‘Somewhere Outside’ and a revamped version of a previous, self-titled reissue which included material from the first album along with an alternate version of “Gaslight” and three later bonus tracks; Throughout the 1990’s Dave Bingham was an auto mechanic in Fenelon Falls, Ontario but has most recently been performing in pick-up acts and a reformed version of the Ugly Ducklings who performed at Yorkville Revival shows throughout southern Ontario in 1999; Roger Mayne died in 2004. with notes from Bob Read, John Mars, Rob Frost, John Hamilton, Len Platt, Stephen MacLeod, Sylvie Boucher and Frank Watt
1966 Nothin’/I Can Tell (Yorktown) Y-45001
1966 She Ain’t No Use To Me/10:30 Train (Yorktown) Y-45002
1966 Just In Case You Wonder/That’s Just A Thought I Had In My Mind (Yorktown) Y-45003
1967 Postman’s Fancy/Not For Long (Yorktown) Y-45005
1967 Gaslight/Rimb Nugget (Yorkville) YV-45013
1967 Epilogue/I Know What To Say (Yorkville) YV-45017
1973 Gaslight/Rimb Nugget [re-issue] (Yorkville) YV-45070
1980 Pain Is All Right/Just Another R & R Band (Razor) RS-002
1982 War Babies (Razor)
2009 Nothin’/I Can Tell [7”] (Sundazed) S-148
1966 Somewhere Outside (Yorktown) YT-500-01
1968 Somewhere Outside [re-issue] (Yorkville) YT-50001
1980 Off The Wall (Razor) RAZ-003
1982 The Ugly Ducklings (Yorktown/ARC) YT-50003
1998 Too Much Too Soon (Pacemaker) PACE-021
1999 Ducktales (Freeway) FRWY-001
2002 S.N.A.F.U. (OPM) OPMCD-2126
2009 Somewhere Outside [LP re-issue] (Sundazed)
2011 Thump & Twang (Pacemaker) PACE-087
Original Line-Up: Mike Nightmare [aka Mulroney] (vocals) / Raymi Gunner [aka Mulroney] (guitar) / Screamin’ Sam Ferrara (bass) / Tony Torture [aka Tony Torcher] (drums) / Reunion Line-Up: Greg Dick (vocals) / Steve Koch (guitar) / Screamin’ Sam Ferrara (bass) / Tony Torture (drums)
The Ugly were among the first wave of Toronto, Ontario punk banks that formed in 1976 under the name The Rotten. With a name change following the raise to fame of the Sex Pistols and its lead singer Johnny Rotten, The Ugly went about disrupting shows as much as playing them. They were self-proclaimed ‘hoodlum rockers’ and with Mike Nightmare’s onstage and club antics they were often banned from venues. Such activity led them to hi-jack shows by other Toronto bands – often waiting until one band left the stage in anticipation of another where The Ugly would jump onstage and begin performing before being kicked off. The band managed to play at the legendary ‘Last Pogo’ show in 1978; Koch and Ferrara would take turns in and out of The Viletones before Ferrara formed his own act Screamin’ Sam. In 1996 Other People’s Music issued a complete collection of their recordings on CD entitled ‘Disorder’ including 1977 sessions produced by legendary guitarist Chris Spedding. A split 7” single featuring two Ugly songs with Chris Spedding’s previously unreleased Sex Pistols demo of “Pretty Vacant” was released in 1997. Mike Nightmare died shortly after the release of the CD. In December 2007, original members Ferrara and Torture assembled a new version of The Ugly with Steve Koch (The Demics, Viletones) and Greg Dick (Dream Dates, Texas Dirt Fuckers) to perform three songs at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The band still plays a few shows each year.
1978 Stranded In the Laneway (of Love)/To Have Some Fun (Explosion) ER-101
1997 Disorder/You Bug Me//[split w/SEX PISTOLS] [7”] (Man’s Ruin/O.P.M.)
1996 Disorder (O.P.M.) OPMCD-2108
John Lindenfield (vocals) / Ted Treibner (guitar) / Fred Robinson (guitar) / Mike Caldwell (bass) / Murray Heywood (drums) / Dave Robinson (vocals; replaced Lindefield 1982) / Dan Preszcator (bass; replaced Caldwell 1983) / Chris Mittelholtz (saxophone; added) / Kevin Kelly (guitar; replaced Treibner 1990) / Joey Bechta (drums; replaced Heywood 1990) / Nick Sterling (keyboards; added 1990) / Scott Clatney (percussion; added 1990) ; CHICKENS Line-Up: Dave Robinson (vocals) / Fred Robinson (guitar) / Dan Preszcator (bass) / Murray Heywood (drums) / Ken Mikalauses (guitar, vocals)
U.I.C. was formed in Exeter, Ontario in June 1982. Their name was originally an acronym for Unemployment Insurance but was changed to Underground In Canada. After conquering the small number of clubs in and around London, Ontario, they moved to Toronto in 1984. Following the first two releases, Treibner and Heywood quit to form their own band Positively Stompin’. They were replaced by Kelly and Bechta. They also expanded the line-up to include Sterling and Clatney on keyboards and percussion respectively. U.I.C. called quits after a farewell tour in late 1995; Dave Robinson joined Oshawa band, El Speedo in late 1996, after two years with El Speedo, Robinson and guitar player Ken Mikalauskis started The Chickens. They soon added two original members from UIC in 1999. The Chickens released two albums – 2004’s ‘Bring It On’ was produced by Dale Morningstar – and after six years played with Soundtrack of our Lives at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto; Murray Heywood now lives in Oshawa and is a youth pastor. He is also developing two youth Christian bands; Fred Robinson now plays guitar and sings for The Legendary Dirtbikers; Dan Preszcator died March 29, 2018. with notes from Fred Robinson.
1986 Our Garage (Fringe Product) FPL-3031
1989 The Wiseman Sessions [limited edition cassette] (U.I.C.)
1989 Live Like Ninety (Og) OG-22
1993 Witches In Credible (Drog) DROG-9302
as THE CHICKENS
2001 Prepare To Plug In (independent)
2004 Bring It On (independent)
Rod Graham (guitar) / David Wisdon (vocals, organ) / Frankie Ramirez (vocals, synthesizer, guitar) / Kitty Byrne (drums) / Danice McLeod (violin) / Ian Wallace (bass) / Jeff Wall (drums, vocals) / Andy Grafitti / Colin Griffiths (guitar)
The ‘you-jerks’ were a seminal, but short-lived, Vancouver punk outfit formed in 1977. They released one EP on Quintessence Records and split up in 1981. Colin Griffiths and Andy Grafitti would go on to join Buddy Selfish & His Saviours with Ian Tiles, Nick Jones (ex-Pointed Sticks) and Bob Petterson; Graham, Wall and Wallace gave up music and became hugely successful conceptual artists. Jeff Wall’s output fetches upwards of $500,000 to art collectors these days. with notes from Alex Waterhouse-Hayward.
1980 U-Jerks [4 song EP] (Quintessence) QEP-1207
1979 “The Police” and “Naum Gabo” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1991 “Eisenhower and the Hippies” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU 5-2
Roze White (lead vocals) / Christine Deveber (guiar, backing vocals) / Dianne McPherson (guitar) / Darrell Vachon (bass) / Steve Vachon (drums)
Ukase were from London, Ontario and released the 7” single “The Rain” in 1986 plus a cassette of earlier live recordings before splitting up. The material was remastered in October 2000 and released on CD as ‘The Lost Tapes’ in early 2001.
1986 The Rain/Runaway (Ukase) WRC3-4845
1986 Ukase [cassette]
2001 The Lost Tapes (CHRW)
1986 “Shadow Dancer” on ‘London Underground – CHRW Compilation’ (Astro)
Born: October 17, 1951 in San Raphael, California
Born in San Raphael, California, Ulrich emigrated north to Canada in 1972. She first appeared on Vancouver stages in 1973 after stints of backpacking around the U.S. and performing with her older brother and sister with the San Francisco Free Theatre. With Rick Scott and Joe Mock, Ulrich played violin, flute, sax and sang for the oddball trio The Pied Pumkin String Ensemble who managed to record two albums between 1974 and 1976. By the end of 1976 she was recruited for Valdy’s touring band which would evolve into the Hometown Band. They recorded two albums for A&M Records — ‘Flying’ and ‘Hometown Band’ and toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada and won a JUNO Award for ‘Best New Group’ before disbanding in 1979. Shari honoured her deal with A & M and teamed up with former Hometown Band-mate Clair Lawrence for two albums – ‘Long Nights’ (which got her a Juno nomination for ‘Most Promising Female Artist’) and ‘One Step Ahead’ which finally landed here a JUNO Award in 1981 for ‘Most Promising Female Artist’. Album three, ‘Talk Around Town’, was done the same way but this time in Los Angeles for MCA Records in the United States and resulted in another JUNO Award nomination. She continued on her songwriting course before diverting into TV as co-host of “Futurescan” with David Suzuki, and more recently, for five years running, writing and hosting BCTV’s award winning “Inside Trax”. She has also composed & produced several pieces for “Sesame Street” and the theme music for several television shows on CBC, Life, and The Knowledge Network. Following her fourth solo album, ‘Every Road’, the ‘Best Of Shari Ulrich’ was also released (which was a compilation of her first three albums). Ulrich continues performing both live and on television (occasionally accompanied by keyboard player Morry Stearns) and has collaboration with Roy Forbes and Bill Henderson in the acoustic trio UHF who have released 2 CDs thus far. Ulrich lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia, with husband, singer/songwriter David Graff and their daughter Julia. She serves on the boards of CARAS, the Pacific Music Industry Association and is a vice-president of The Songwriters’ Association of Canada. Ulrich reunited with her old Pied Pumkin mates twice – once in 1988 for the release of ‘The Lost Squash Tapes’ and in 1998 to release a retrospective album, ‘Plucking DeVine’ where the band did 20 live dates in Western Canada. The response from audiences was so overwhelming that the act will tour again in May and June of 1999. [also see UHF, PIED PUMKIN, HOMETOWN BAND]
1980 Bad Bad Girl/Somethin’s Gotta Give (A & M) AM-501
1980 Oh Daddy/Best Act In Town (A & M) AM-502
1980 Long Nights/Oh Daddy (A & M) AM-520
1981 Best Act In Town/Oh Daddy (A & M) AM-534
1981 Save It/Alone With Me (A & M) AM-550
1981 Romeo/Birdman (A & M) AM-563
1982 She Remembers/Bringing Back Your Love (A & M) AM-578
1982 With Or Without You/Talk Around Town (MCA) 52193
1980 Long Nights (A & M) SP-9046
1981 One Step Ahead (A & M) SP-9067
1982 Talk Around Town (MCA) MCA-5379
1989 Every Road (CBS/Esther) UPCD-80144
1991 The Best of Shari Ulrich (Esther) CD-627
1998 The View From Here (Esther) ER-563
2010 Find Our Way (Esther) ER-1919
Chris Mullington / Ed Eagan
A duo from Ottawa, Ontario.
1985 Furthest Point of Discovery [5 song EP] (AMOK) WRC1-4122
1986 “Whadaya Do For A Living?” on ‘Voices From North America’ (Temporary – Germany) TM-861
1986 “Father Was A Rolling Stone” “No One’s Home” on ‘Ottawa Cassettera Vol. 1’ [cassette] (CKCU/Sony)
UNCLE WIGGLY’S HOT SHOES BLUES BAND
Mark Comerford (guitar, vocals) / Mark Johnson (drums, vocals) / Norm Piercey (bass, vocals) / Hank Leonhardt (vocals) / Dave Rowse (saxophone) / B.J. Hutchinson (saxophone, vocals)
Formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1978 at the University of Victoria’s Sub Pub. They released an independent single with two original tunes called “Watermelon” and “Uncle Wiggly” which were recorded at Keye Recordings on their own label Mister Deluxe Records. Their debut album was produced by Tom Lavin (Powder Blues, Prism) at his Blue Wave Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. The album was also released on their own label and received so well that RCA Records picked up distribution and re-issued it in 1982. with notes from Dave Harris.
1980 Watermelon/Uncle Wiggly (Mister Deluxe) 1229
1982 A Bluesman’s Supposed to be Black/Shove It
1982 Lovin’/You Can’t Catch Me (RCA Victor) PB-5065
1981 Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band (Mister Deluxe) MD-11811
1982 Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band [re-issue] (RCA Victor) KKL1-0431
1983 Here Comes Another (Mister Deluxe) CSPS-2233
2004 Bluesography 1980-1982
2013 Still Burnin’ It Up
Jim “Spanish” Carmichael (guitar) / Mondo [aka Ken Ketter] (vocals) / Gil Moore (drums)
Short-lived Toronto act produced by The Finger (Jed Mackay & Rick McKim of It’s All Meat). Gil Moore would go on to drum for 1970’s rock act Triumph.
1968 Go Away/(Tied and) Bound (Regency) R-979
André Devito (guitar) / Jacques Marois (percussion, vocals) / Richard Fortin (bass, vocals) / Martin Perron (keys) / Maurice Bouchard (saxophone, flute)
Mid-70s progressive rock act from Québec.
1977 Ungava (Hwy 36) FH-36004
2008 “Coyotte” on ‘L’Ultime rock progressif du Québec’ (Gala) GAL-113
Randy Bachman (guitar) / Fred Turner (guitar, vocals) / Frank Ludwig (keyboards, vocals) / Chris Leighton (drums)
After two albums on Scotti Brothers as Ironhorse, Randy Bachman called up his old BTO and Brave Belt buddy Fred Turner to augment the existing three piece of Bachman, Leighton and Ludwig. The band released an album, ‘On Strike’, that spawned two singles for the US-based Portrait label (Heart, Burton Cummings). The album sank like a stone and the band dissolved. Bachman would have an on-again/off-again relationship with reformed versions of BTO and The Guess Who and in recent years has created his own record label while recording his own solo material; Ludwig would go on to form Body Electric with members of Straight Lines before spearheading years of session work for many of Canada’s biggest names; Turner carried on with various incarnations of BTO; Chris Leighton is a drummer-for-hire. [also see RANDY BACHMAN, IRONHORSE, BACHMAN & TURNER]
1981 Mainstreet USA/Invitation (Portrait/CBS) PRTA-1458
1981 On Strike/[same] (Portrait/CBS) E4-8445
1981 Next Stop London/Texas Cannonball (Portrait/CBS) E4-8458
1981 On Strike (Portrait/CBS) PRT-85121
Dennis Michael Ziebart (keyboards)
Short-lived act from Vancouver, British Columbia produced by Paul Hyde (Payolas); Ziebart went on to work with Amanda Hughes and Ferron among others. Between 1990 and 1995 he held the long running gig on The Roof at Hotel Vancouver as solo accompanist for Richard Amouzou. In 1991 he was featured on Alpha Ya Ya Diallo’s ‘Future’ CD which was nominated for a 1991 JUNO Award.
1989 One World/We Are Dancin’ (Mole) MOLE-S1
1989 Unit-E (Mole) MOLE-101
UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS
Anton “Tom” Kolstee (lead guitar, vocals) / Jeff Ridley (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Richard Cruickshank (drums) / Mike Trew (lead vocals, keyboards; 1965-1966) / Bruce Dowd (bass; 1965-1966) / Rick Enns (bass guitar, lead vocals; 1966-1969) / Glen Hendrickson (drums; replaced Cruickshank)
In 1966 a Vancouver, British Columbia band known as The Molesters was asked to play on the same concert bill with the Grateful Dead at the Pender Ballroom. Looking for a new name for the group band member Anton Kolstee suggested the United Empire Loyalists. The band recorded in 1968 and produced the tracks for the 1969 independent single “No, No, No”. Another session in 1970 failed to satisfy the band and they split up shortly after. The United Empire Loyalists reunited in 1990 for a CBC TV special. Two of the members eventually dusted off the old recordings and self-financed a CD entitled ‘Notes From the Underground’ which was released on Neptoon Records in 1998. with notes from Rick Enns.
1969 No, No, No/Afraid of the Dark (no label) CT-35707
1998 Notes From the Underground (Neptoon) PNCD-1214
2000 United Empire Loyalists (Nasoni – Germany) 10
Onca Ray [aka Ruth S. Taylor]
Three-piece from Toronto, Ontario.
1982 Don’t Be Late/What I Want (Victory) V-2001
1984 Automaton/Glass Knight (Victory)
1982 Bedazuld (Victory) V-2002
Cory (vocals) / Mike Wax (guitar) / Pat Good (bass) / Louis Levesque (drums)
Montreal, Québec hardcore act formed in 1984. Levesque left in the early days to join Genetic Control; Mike Wax went on to co-found The Northern Vultures in 1986.
1984 Time Is Running Out [3 song EP] (Unruled) UNR-000
Ron Matsalla (guitar) / Danny Patton (bass) / Paul Burton (drums)
The Unusuals were from Calgary, Alberta and recorded two singles at Richard Harrow’s Living Room Studio. The records were also issued on his Living Room Records.
1980 4 4 U EP [4 song EP] (Living Room) LRR-8002
1981 The More I Drink The Better She Looks To Me/So Goode (Living Room)
Pat Coleman (guitar) / Glen Hendrickson (drums) / Tom Lavin (bass, vocals) / Jeff Ridley (guitar)
Victoria, British Columbia band Uproar was formed in 1970. They were signed to GRT Records in 1971 and released the single “Different Drummer”. They would do opening slots for Procol Harum, Moody Blues, Captain Beefheart, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, James Cotton and Chuck Berry, and a cross-Canada tour with the Flo & Eddie fronted version of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention. Uproar split up in 1972; Tom Lavin would go on to play guitar for Prism and later played guitar in his own Powder Blues Band. He owns and operates Blue Wave Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. with notes from Tom Lavin.
1971 Different Drummer/Look Who We Are (GRT) 1233-05
Rick Steele (vocals) / John Tilden (guitar) / Ron Reid (keyboards, vocals) / Sandy Chochinov (bass) / Craig Kaleal (drums)
Toronto band who recorded one EP at Quest Studio in Oshawa, Ontario. Craig Kaleal had previously played in Witness Inc., Leigh Ashford, Streetheart and Downchild Blues Band; Chochinov played bass on Ian Thomas’ ‘Riders On Dark Horses’ and has gone on to record eleven independent solo albums and currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. [see SANDY CHOCHINOV]
198? Limited Edition [4 Song EP] (independent) WRC1-1289
UPTOWN BLOOZE BAND
Chris Murphy (saxophone, keyboards) / Mitch Tyler (vocals, bass, keys) / Tim Tyler (vocals, drums) / Stacey Taraniuk (guitar) / Larry Smith (guitar)
From London, Ontario.
1988 Here Comes the Blues [5 song cassette]
Frank Ridsdale (vocals, piano, guitar) / Jack Whiteside (vocals, lead guitar) / Dexter Beauregarde (drums) / Jerry Fletcher (bass)
Formed in 1976 in London, Ontario, Uranus were originally a cover band called Cheeseburger Deluxe. They swiftly made a name for themselves in southern Ontario and other parts of Canada with their popular independent single “You’re So Square”. They released an album, produced by Ross Munro, entitled ‘You’re So Square’ featuring mostly cover tunes by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan. There were also four original tunes including the ‘Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle’ played to the tune of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”. After the album release they toured western Canada and appeared on the ‘Terry David Mulligan Show’. At the height of their popularity they were attracting a teeny-bopper and biker audience and still playing dives around the country. Realizing that the music industry was not going to offer them much else for the foreseeable future, the band split up in September 1980; Whiteside and Ridsdale would later go on to The Sci Phonics and both returned home to London, Ontario; Fletcher was playing with the Georgette Fry Blues Band; Years later, Uranus’ spoof the ‘The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle’ became a staple on Q107 and CHUM-FM’s ‘Sunday Night Funnies’ radio programs. with notes from Keith Pettipas.
1980 You’re So Square/Secret Agent Man (‘Danger Man’ Theme) (Trilogy) TR-018
1980 You’re So Square (Trilogy) TR-0500
1986 “Ka Ka Ska” on ‘Wave From The Grave’ (What Wave/CHRW) #1
1996 “Shake Some Action” on ‘London Crawling’ (What Wave/CHRW)
URANUS AND THE UNIVERSE, Gordie
Gordon Innes / Steve Peacock / Andrew Dixon [aka Andy Terra] / Bob Webber / Barry Wanless
Short-lived new wave act from Ottawa, Ontario featuring former Pat Travers’ Music Machine members Steve Peacock and Barry Wanless. Their 1979 single “Fear of Night” was validated when DJ John Peel gave the disc a spin on his BBC Radio One show April 10, 1980.; Following the collapse of the band Peacock became a sound engineer in 1984 and currently runs Fearless Sound; Dixon and Webber are still recording together; Following a solo EP in 1985 Innes did a brief stint with Paul Fenton’s band Number One; Wanless played with Peacock in a Little Feat cover band in the 1990s called The Clamdiggers. Wanless continues the Little Feat tribute band idea with Feat First.
1979 Fear of Night/It’s Only Urgent (Seed) WRC3-1079
as GORDIE URANUS
1985 South Beach [4 song EP] (Uranus) UR-1217
Doug Baynham (vocals, bass) / Kim Hunt (drums, percussion) / Wayne Siberry (guitars) / John McGoldrick (keyboards; live)
Short lived act playing around the Southern Ontario bar circuit featuring former Zon drummer Kim Hunt. They sent a three song demo to record labels and were signed to Epic Records in the Spring of 1983. Their only album, ‘Timing’, was produced by Glen Johansen (Martha & The Muffins, Eddie Grant, Nash the Slash) and featured guest appearances by Stacy Heydon (guitar) and Sheriff/Frozen Ghost member Arnold Lanni (synthesizers). The single “You’re Not the One” was released and cracked the RPM Singles Top20 chart. Urgent toured for nearly a year promoting the album, but were dropped amongst an administrative re-shuffling at CBS Records; Kim Hunt joined Hanover Fist who were signed to MCA Records. But the label put the band on hold and so Hunt and Hanover Fist’s Chris Brockway recruited Urgent’s Doug Baynham to form Mach IV in 1985 who placed a song on that year’s Q107 Homegrown album. Hanover Fist fell apart and Mach IV eventually became a Foreigner tribute band Dirty White Boys; Hunt would go on to join a reformed version of Moxy in the late 1990s. with notes from Kim Hunt.[also see HANOVER FIST/HANOVER, MACH IV]
1984 You’re Not the One/Too Hot To Handle (Epic/CBS)
1984 Timing (Epic/CBS) PEC-80083
Michel Cusson (guitar, synthesizer) / Alain Caron (bass, vocals; 1978-1992) / Jean St-Jacques (drums, percussion, keyboards; 1978) / Sylvain Coutu (drums; 1979) / Paul Brochu (drums, percussion; 1980-92) / Stéphan Montanaro (keyboards, synthesizer) / Jeff Fisher (keys) / Michel Cyr (keys)
Formed in Drummondville, Québec in 1976 by guitarist Michel Cusson. After the band’s debut in St-Eusèbe, Québec, the band was christened Eusèbe-Jazz but later shortened to the more pronounceable UZEB. The band soon moved to Montreal in 1975. While there, Cusson recruited drummer Jean St-Jacques and bassist Alain Caron in 1978. Coutu would replace St-Jacques and Brochu, in turn, replaced him in 1980. A rotating roster of keyboard players also fluctuated in and out of the band for the next few years. The band was signed to the Paroles et Musique label in 1981. Their debut album was the live recording of their first European visit – ‘Uzeb live in/á Bracknell’ – at the Bracknell Jazz Festival in England that year. 1982’s ‘Fast Emotion’ won an ‘Album of the Year Award’ in 1983. Also in 1983, UZEB appeared at the Festival de Jazz de Paris and recorded at the Olympia in Paris (which would materialize as an album in 1986). In 1984 UZEB won a ‘Group of the Year’ at ADISQ’s Félix Awards for the success of their 1984 album ‘You Be Easy’. The record also won an award for ‘Group of the Year’. They would also win ‘Group of the year’ in 1986 and 1987 respectively. By 1987 UZEB had whittled their roster down to a trio again featuring Cusson, Caron, and Brochu. The band won another Félix Award for ‘Group of the Year’ in 1989 for their album ‘Noisy Nights’. UZEB frequently toured Europe to promote each of their albums and in 1990 toured Southeast Asia for the first time. The tour recordings were released later that year as ‘World Tour ’90’ on the Avant-Garde label. In 1991 UZEB received the Oscar Peterson ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ .
1988 Noisy Nights/I Believe It (Select) BCCL-5400
1981 Uzeb live in/á Bracknell (Paroles et Musique) PEM-532
1982 Fast Emotion (Paroles et Musique) PEM-010
1984 You Be Easy (Paroles et Musique) WL-021
1985 Between the Lines (Paroles et Musique) WL-027
1986 Live à l’Olympia (Paroles et Musique) WL-035
1988 Noisy Nights (Paroles et Musique) PEM-047
1989 Club (Cream – FRANCE) 210
1990 World Tour 90 (Avant-Garde) AGCD-602
1991 Uzeb (25 Anniversarie)
1992 L’integrale [7 CD] (Avant-Garde) AGCD-77
1996 Entre ciel et terre (Cream – FRANCE) 392
2000 Best of Uzeb (Norac) 902501
with UZEB AND DIDIER LOCKWOOD
1986 Absolutely Live (JMS/ADES) JMS-039
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