Two cassette tapes featuring bands from London, Ontario from 1977 - 1984. Various sources, varying sound quality. As with many compilations of this era there is punk, new wave and more. The best known among punk fans would be the Demics and NFG/63 Monroe; both had several vinyl releases. Other bands with vinyl releases in this time period: Crash 80's, Generics, Mettle, Hippies, Sheep Look Up, Regulators, Sinners and Spiral Scratch. The Nihilist Spasm Band (avantgarde / noise) have had a number of releases since the 60's. You can find more from some of these bands at the CHRW - London Music Archive including The Terminals.
This one was posted on YouTube back in 2009, probably around the only time I've seen it on eBay where the auction was ended early. Other than that, all I found about it online was its inclusion on a few want lists and that they were likely from Toronto. Cool punk record - are they related to this disco outfit?
Pedestrians - Before Suicide / Suicide 7" (World Is Round WRC5-1369, 1980)
Other vinyl releases from this band include the (We Don't Need) René Lévesque 7" (apparently around only 10 copies survived) and a double LP. The only time I've ever seen this one on eBay it was listed as "psych" which I guess is another generic eBay description like "powerpop" or "KBD". The A side sounds like 70s pop-rock and I suppose the B side (which I like better) might be "psych"-y.
Skarecrow - Wrong This Time / 4 Minutes After 9 7" (Goat GR - 4444, 1977)
We'll do a few obscure Canadian records today, starting with 2 releases from T.H.E. HAB. As far as I know these were their only releases. No indication of where they were from but I'd guess the Vancouver area. One source says the first is from 1981 and calls it powerpop. I suspect these were both done about the same time since the dead wax #s are 3645 and 3646. For more Canadian obscurities check Out Of The ... Igloo!!
T.H.E. HAB - Sedentary Blues / You Make Me "Glow" 7" (HAB Records, 19??)
T.H.E. HAB - Get Tough / Don't You Know 7" (HAB Records, 19??)
I came across this recently and the label name sounded promising and it was cheap. I was thinking maybe it was some kind of surf pop or something similar. There are no beaches in Edmonton unless you count the waterpark at West Edmonton Mall. The A side sort of grew on me after a few listens. Unless you like country boogie rock avoid the B side. Nothing at all found about it online.
Squeezeplay - Do I Do It Alright / Shake Shake (Let's Dance) 7" (Beach Party Records, 1984)
From the cover you might be expecting some kind of hippie / flower child folk especially since it is from Vancouver. It isn't that bad. The B side is unremarkable pop rock. The A side is more energetic and would easily pass for powerpop on eBay.
Mike Honeyman - A Life Like That / Win Or Lose 7" (self released MH 001, 1983)
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My Want List
Any good obscure punk/powerpop (especially Swedish, Swiss and Finnish) that I don't have such as:
CANADIAN DEMO/LIVE RECORDINGS - anything from The Unknowns, Zro4, The Negatives, Stark Naked and The Fleshtones, Extroverts, Airborne, Pat Bay and The Malahats, Sikphuxz, Woods Are Full Of Cuckoos, Parking Lot, etc
MASTERBEATS - Any cassette releases (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada band, early 80's)
MR. SCIENCE - Terror As Pop and any other cassettes (Canada, 1980s)
NILP - Dark Side Of Nilp cassette (Switzerland, c1983)
I'm mainly interested in punk and powerpop records and bands from 1977 - 1983 along with some synth/electronic things as well. I'm particularly interested in bands from Sweden, Switzerland and Finland, although if it is good it doesn't matter where it is from. If you have some obscurity that you think I might be interested in, drop me an email. If you're looking to hear something in particular, ask and I may have it. Contact me at: girlsfromtahiti at gmail dot com.