It's been too long since we've visited the Great White North and so thats where we find ourselves this week. I've pulled together some great tunes from some great Canadian bands that I think you will enjoy.
I've stated before that the music coming out of BC in the mid to late 70's has been some of the biggest influences on my musical taste and that still holds true since these bands get a lot of play time around here, even to this day. I tried to avoid Canadian trios this time as well, simply to avoid the obvious selections, this is Hidden Treasures afterall...
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Bachman Turner Overdrive
The Headpins!! I grew up in a small city in Utah of about 8000 people. I was 9 years old in 1983. Somehow I got my hands on the Headpins cassette at our local music store, The Mad Platter. I have vivid memories of rocking out to the Headpins in my Grandmothers basement. I've loved them ever since. This is a great hidden gem!!!!
Lance, I grew up in South East Idaho, what town in Utah did you grow up in?
Further down south towards the eastern side of Utah in Price. Did you go to concerts mostly in Boise or Salt Lake City?
I know Price very well, traveled though tons of times! I was raised in Pocatello...
Attended many concerts in the old Salt Palace back in the day. Never made it into Boise for concerts though.
It's a small world!!! I loved the Salt Palace. I remember seeing KISS there on the Asylum tour when they blew the power out, and the show ended early. My group went back across the street to the Marriott where we were staying. The elevator door opened and there was Eric Carr. He totally freaked out at 6 dudes in KISS t-shirts, and hurried to get the door to close. We were all so stunned that none of us grabbed the door to talk to him. I still regret not just jumping in the elevator, but it all happened so fast.
I cant beat that story! That's cool...
I know, how you feel. I also regret, not saying anything to, or trying to shake Ace Frehley's hand, when he walked just past me and my buddy at a KISS-covention in Copenhagen in 1995. He was pretty stoned, so I might not had get a reaction, if I'd tried.
Well it's, eight o'clock in Boise.....Idaho!
I had that Red Rider album on cassette, listened to it once and never listened to it again. I wanted all the songs to be "Lunatic Fringe" and they weren't.
I have the Headpins album. I like it.
That Chilliwack album is ok. I like two other albums by them, don't know if I would like this one since I never got it.
Never got that Bryan Adams album. Still probably won't. It didn't fare well in the States because i didn't buy it.
Now comes the gem of this post, the BTO song. This is really good. I like it and wonder if I have it. Do I? I should look, but this is the best Canadian song ever in the history of everness.
There's a lot of BTO hidden treasures out there...
Chilliwack - Awesome song! Love the vocals.
The Headpins - No familiarity at all here for me. I like it though. The vocal delivery is a bit weird, sort of frantic. Cool guitar lead too.
Red Rider - Can't say I've ever heard more than one track by this band. Sounds like a Billy Joel tune to me.
BTO - Much more familiar with this band, but not this particular song. Killer guitar solo. Love this song.
Bryan Adams - I definitely like some of his work, but this song does nothing for me.
Short comments, I know, but hey, that's the kinda mood I was in earlier when I jotted them down. I will rank the songs though:
3. The Headpins
4. Red Rider
5. Bryan Adams
And also, the only one of these five that I own is the BTO vinyl. I picked it up for a buck a couple of years ago but haven't listened to it yet.