August 31, 2013

Five-by-Five: Canadians of the 80s

I'm a Canadian, living in Canada and I grew up on Canadian radio and video stations that had to play 30% "Canadian content". So that, combined with the fact that we have some amazingly talented musicians here in the great white north, means that I like a lot of Canadian music. Here are some of my favourites from back in the 1980s.

This has got to be one of my all-time favourite tunes. It's from Markham Ontario band Blue Peter. It's called "Don't Walk Past".

Here's an intense tune from Dalbello called "Gonna Get Close to You". I'm not even gonna mention the cover version by metallers Queensryche.

Rough Trade were a provocative band that were breaking down the walls of prejudice 30 years ago. Here's one of my favourites, "All Touch".

Images In Vogue had Robert Smith-influenced haircuts but produced their own magnificent brand of pop music, as evidenced by the amazingly catchy "Call It Love". I wish I could find the backwards version "Evol Ti Llac" on-line.

Teenage Head with two versions of "Picture My Face". The first from their self titled début (which technically came out in 1979, but whatever) and the second from their 2008 album with Marky Ramone on drums.