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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Radio Vickers – My Time with the Secret Service

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Secret Service

I was just listening to this band on a collection of foreign hits. The song is called Ten O’clock Postman. (not a great title, but their first language is Swedish) While I was listening, it occurred to me that the tune was basically the Swedish version of Please, Mr. Postman. So, now I’m a little intrigued by these guys. Thanks to the internet, you can instantly slake any thirst for knowledge you have, so I started drinking in the Secret Service trivia. Surprisingly, they were not a one mildly-copied one hit wonder. These guys had quite a career in Sweden and throughout Europe but not here. (Similar to bands like Tages and Status Quo)

Here was a band that I’d never heard of so, and I thought I’d educate myself. I decided to sit down and listen to a ton of their stuff and come to some conclusion about their oeuvre. As you can see below, Youtube had many, many videos for me to sample. And I sampled big time. What did I think? In the end, Secret Service wasn’t particularly my cup of tea. I could see buying one of their records in a Cheapie bin back in the day and then only giving it one spin. Nothing really rose to catch my ear. They’re not a terrible band, but just not tuneful enough for me to become a fan. They are sort of an ABBA type group but are one step below them when it comes to song craft. Interestingly enough, Ola (the singer) had a duet with Agnetha from Abba go gold in Sweden. (Included below)
There are also far too many drum machines and Fairlights for my taste. (Your listening may differ.) But, I do feel like I am now pretty well acquainted with the band Secret Service and their music and will be able to bore people to death about them at parties. So bring on the hors d'oeuvres and my first victim!

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Secret Service information stolen from Wikipedia

Secret Service is a Swedish pop/New Wave band, popular in the early 1980s. In 1979, Ola Håkansson, a former vocalist of Ola & the Janglers and then a publishing manager at Sonet Records, teamed up with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg to write a few songs that they submitted to the Melodifestivalen, a popular Swedish song contest. They did not win but decided to continue working together and changed their band's name from Ola+3 to Secret Service. Besides Ola Håkansson (vocals), Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg (keyboards), the original lineup included Tony Lindberg (guitars), Leif Paulsen (bass) and Leif Johansson (drums).


Norell, who penned along with Håkansson most songs of the band, however, did not appear with them on stage or on the album covers. Secret Service's first single "Oh Susie" became a hit in Sweden and several other countries of Europe, South America and Australia (#1 in Sweden, #6 in Norway, #9 in Germany, #27 in France, etc.). The same titled album that included another hit, "Ten O'Clock Postman" (#4 in Germany, #8 in Austria, #18 in Sweden, etc.), went gold in Sweden. Other successes followed, with their synthpop number "Flash in the Night" (1982, their greatest success) hitting the charts all over continental Europe (#5 in France, #6 in Norway, #9 in Switzerland, #12 in Italy, #12 in Sweden, #23 in Germany, etc.). In the mid-'80s Norell and Håkansson started writing and producing songs for other artists. Ola Håkansson's duet with ex-ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog, "The Way You Are," became a gold single in Sweden.

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Ten O’Clock Postman – Here is Please, Mr. Postman if it were written by Swedish pretty boys. Enjoy.




Oh Susie – This guy is cute enough, he could have been in ABBA. Not a great pop song but not horrible.



This is their biggest hit: Flash in the Night – This was their biggest hit. Typically, there isn’t a lot to it. Perhaps this was just the sound the world wanted to hear in 1982.



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Broken Heart – Okay song. The 80’s drum machine is a bit annoying, though. They could have probably used a better lyricist. Though, that can be said about a lot of bands that have English as their first language.



Eyes Are Talking – Again, the drums sound like shit and there are too many of those awful 80’s keyboards. There were a few bands this side of the ocean mining this same musical vein. And, oh yea – Eyes Are Talking – is a silly idea for a song.



If I Try – this song is even further into Disco-Ass Wag- territory. The chorus isn’t bad though. If only they were using a few real instruments. Using the occasional acoustic guitar would kill you?

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Cry Softly – Some music videos should never be made. This is one of them. It looks so artificial and is so sub-Hallmark Card romantic, you can hardly hear the song over the sound of yourself cringing.



LA Goodbye – A little poppier. With real instruments! A much better song. The video is silly but it doesn’t make you physically ill.



Don’t You Know Don’t You Know – More synths and drum machines. There were a million songs like this back in the day. This would not have stood out on this side of the Atlantic. (And it didn’t)



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Visions of You – An acoustic guitar!! Plus some synths and annoying drum machines…but it’s a start. This one is a bit bland.




I’m So I’m So I’m So – I like his leather jacket, in the video. The song is pretty generic. The girls dancers add a certain camp value to the proceedings.



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Ye-si-ca – This is from 1981. It has an islandy feel. This sound like a lot of European pop songs that you hear (when you hear European pop songs) and think, “How was that a hit?” Hey, but I’m still wondering how Car Wash and I’ve Never Been to Me were hits.



And here is Agnetha and Ola doing their gold duet, The Way You Are: They seem to be trying to out-blond each other. The song is a bit sacchariney, but it doesn’t make you want to pull your ears off.



Information about the song Please Mr. Postman can be found here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.



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Great Canadian Singles – Minglewood Band - Matt Minglewood

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
The Canadian flag is back!!!!

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Minglewood Facts Stolen From Wikipedia:

Minglewood joined his first band, the Rockin’ Saints’, when he was in his late teens, playing local high school dances, and even tavern gigs before he was old enough to get into bars. He played organ and rhythm guitar.
When he was in his early twenties he was part of a band called "Sam Moon, Matt Minglewood & the Universal Power". The group was formed in 1969 with Sam Moon [1] and Minglewood sharing vocal duties. The band performed regularly in the Halifax Dartmouth metro area and was a staple at the local high schools in the twin cities.
Minglewood briefly sang lead vocals and played guitar for Peppertree, then formed Cold Duck, Moon - Minglewood, and then in 1974, this band later became The Minglewood Band. They recorded their first album with Solar Records in 1975, it is known as The Red Album. Soon after the album was released they signed a record deal with RCA Records. The group received a 1980 Juno Award nomination for the Most Promising Group of the Year.
During 1984—1985, Minglewood took a sabbatical. When he returned, he launched as Matt Minglewood. In the mid 1980s to early 1990s he was also part of an annual seasonal group called the Cape Breton Summertime Revue, consisting of about 12 members performing musical and comedy skits throughout the evening. This group, performing for all ages throughout the Maritimes brought a new generation of fans on board for Minglewood and inspired many young people into music before they were even teenagers.

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Minglewood Band – I can remember David B. talking to me about this great band he’d found up in Canada. There was a certain album by the Minglewood band that he thought was the second coming. While I don't like everything they have done - it's been a long, long career - there are highlights. 

Can’t You See – This is bizarre. It’s a cover of the Marshall Tucker Band song. It’s a cover of the Marshall Tucker song…eventually. There’s just a lot of talk. Almost three minutes! Then he finally starts singing. It’s not a bad version of the song but it’s lacking something. When you cover a classic song, you’ve got to bring something new to the party. 3 minutes of dull patter about country boys and heartbreak just doesn’t cut it.



Minglewood Band – Price He Pays – This maybe one of the cheapest singing car videos ever made. Not a band little number. It kind of drifts along slowly like a car driven by an old guy with a hat in the fast lane.



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Rockin’ the Blues – This is a bit generic. Nothing really stands out and something needs to stand out with when you’re playing the blues because it’s such a small piece of the musical pie.



The Drinker – This is a little livelier. This is from the 1981 album, Out on a Limb. The production is better than on earlier recordings but there’s still something that doesn’t quite cut through. If Gary Moore were doing this song, the CD would melt.



Me and the Boys – Again, not a bad song. There’s just nothing exceptional about it. It probably plays well in the Midwest.



Four O’Clock in the Morning – This song has a little more oomph to it. Nice harp playing. The talking piece in the middle kind of ruins it. You need real personality to get away with something this long. It’s cute, but I can’t see listening to it a bunch of times with the “Story” in the middle.



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A Long Way From Texas- This song has a little something to it. The guitar lead could be better.



Someday I’m Gonna Ride in a Cadillac – I like the whammy bar! This is probably my favorite of all the Minglewood songs. I think horns might have worked in this song. Well worth checking out.



East Coast Blues – A good rocker! This is far less anemic than some of the earlier stuff. Another enjoyable song. That’s two in a row!



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Matt Minglewood’s hompepage is here:

The Minglewoodband’s wiki page is here:

PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Great Canadian Singles – Borealis

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
The Canadian flag is back!!!!

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Borealis

Information stolen from this great site


Paul Bradbury - Vocals, Organ
Wayne Sturge - Guitar, Vocals
Mark Bradbury - Bass, Vocals
David Hillier - Drums


Audar Records produced the Borealis In July 1972. It was the first rock album recorded in the Atlantic provinces. The record company was kind of expecting the usual country or folk materials, normal during that time, but we had other things in mind, although we did not mislead them. Song 1, "In the end". made the Top Ten for two months in St. Johns, Newfoundland.


However, a lack of promotion by the hand members, who thought record companies did such duties, soon consigned this LP to collector's shelves and bargain bins in Woolworth deportment stores. Nevertheless, for many years the hand relieved (CAPAC cheques of varying amounts, indicating repeated airplay someplaces, somewhere in Canada. "business", song one on side two was a funky sendup of local business practices, as experienced by the band, it was thought to be the most worthy, as satire. and was designated to be the first "single". Instead, the record company pressed it has to be the "B" side, with "In the end” as the "A" side.


The company then mastered the LP with "In the end" as song one, side one, perhaps because it was the least jarring to the region's many country fans. The album was recorded the night before Borealis opened for the famed Lighthouse band. The recording company's timetable would not be overthrown by a group of young musicians who professed So be opening for a supergroup the next day! And so, a weekend passed, I remember most of it the ports when 1 was awake. It was worth every second!

Business – Lots of organ in this band. It’s more a groove song than a single. There isn’t really a catchy chorus. It basically, just chugs along with some nice playing.




In The End – The lead-off song on the album. This is a better song. I can see how it charted locally. There’s a tiny bit of David Clayton Thomas in the singer’s voice.



Broke – There’s even more Clayton Thomas in the vocals on this rockier number. Some very tasty organ swells. Another darned good song.



Sons of the Sea – The title track. It kind of splits the difference between the mellowness of In The End and the rockin’ Broke. Not quite as catchy as either of those two songs, though.



Higher- Another rocker. This is a drug song. This guy is trippin’ man. Some nice rockin’ guitar. Two Vickers thumbs up.




Another Boy – An anti-war song. It doesn’t fall completely into the “Too earnest” lyric toilet but it certainly circles around the rim a few times.



Old Age – This is their change of pace song. A very different sound from the band and a different singer. (and I use the word singer loosely.) This guy cannot hold a tune. This thing is pretty silly.  I'm sure they meant well.



PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?

Great Canadian Singles – Pepper Tree & The Brunswick Playboys

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
The Canadian flag is back!!!!

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Peppertree

Info stolen from here:


The Pepper Tree was the culmination of a handful of bar bands in Nova Scotia, formed when drummer Tim Garagan left his band Friends of The Family and got together with guitarist Ritchie Richmond and Lenny Brennan on bass when those two left their previous group Lost Children in '67. They soon augmented their sound with Tony Argent as a second guitarist, ex of The Outcasts. To set themselves apart from the rest they then persuaded friend Bonnie Oulton to take on lead vocal duties.
Beginning with their first show in Hubbards, NS, they honed their chops playing the bars and continued to refine and diversify their sound when Argent was replaced by keyboardist Bob Quinn and Doug Billard, ex of Central Nervous System replaced Oulton on vocals in mid '68. Developing an acid/psychadelic meets Partridge Family sound unique to the area, they were noticed one night by a talent scout who recommended they cut a demo and send it to Capitol Records.
There’s a huge write-up on the band, so please check it out.

Airplane – This is very cool. Dreamy-trippy guitars and then a scorching organ comes in before the vocals start. There’s everything to like about this song. Two Radio Vickers thumbs up.



Try – This one is a little more soulful. The lyrics are a little too sincere. Though, there was a lot of that Brotherhood of Man stuff back then. Now they pepperspray people like that.



Yellow Man – no, this is not the Randy Newman song. I believe that “Yellow” in this song connotes cowardice and not ethnicity. There’s a nice fuzz guitar on this tune. There’s a very cool musical break about halfway through the song. Good tune.



I Could Not Control It – This starts out sounding like Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. It falls down a bit on the chorus.



Oh Yeah – the Pepper boys get a little funky here. They still throw some great organ and fuzz guitar, just to keep things rockin’.



How Many Times – This one has some very nice bits but the lyrics let the song down a bit. Again, the instrumental breaks are very tasty.



You’re My People – This is the lead-off song for the album. This is a little Lighthouse-like and a-typical for the album. They’ve got horns and some strings, instead of the waves of organ and sizzling guitar. That being said, not a bad song, but it really should have been better leading off the second side as a change of pace tune.



Brian MacLeod’s wiki page is here:

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Brunswick Playboys
I guess the interesting thing, to me, about this band is the bass player, Roger Cormier. My father met Roger in the Oshawa area doing shows, in the 70’s. I believe he went under the name of Roger Cormier and the Playboys. (now it can be explained!) My father is a bit of a song writer and got Roger to record two of his songs, Motor City and Looking This Way on an album. If anyone has a copy of that record, I’ll pay buck for it!
Since then, I heard Roger made a ton of money running a taxi business in the Oshawa area.

On The Outside Looking In – This has a Merseybeat sort of feel with a little Seeds thrown in for good measure. The video is just plain weird. I have no idea what the connection of the visuals and the music are.



Heart – This has a bit of a Roy Orbison feel to it. This could use a better arrangement and a chorus.



Nothin’s Changed – The Brunswick boys are in Frankie Laine territory here. All whispered and moody. Not a bad song but it could have a better arrangement.



It’s Only Love – A cover of the Beatles song. It’s not the Beatles but they do an admirable job.



Need You – Another pretty enjoyable Beatles cover. The singer hits a bit of a suspect note in the chorus.



PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?

Great Canadian Singles – Central Nervous System & Everyday People

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
The Canadian flag is back!!!!

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Central Nervous System –

Information stolen from here

"Now it might take time and a whole lot of sweat but I know babe I'm gonna get to you yet." The Central Nervous System were a soul band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They were on the Music Factory label for one release in 1968 entitled, I Could Have Danced All Night. They recorded the album in New York with legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Small Faces, Traffic). Unfortunately, the band broke up a year later before any promotion or touring could take place. The members were Dough Billard, Keith Jollimore, Bruce Cassidy, Richard Oakley, Jim White and Jack Lilly. Billard and White would go on to be discovered as Pepper Tree a couple of years later. Almost all of the members spent time in the band, Lighthouse, as well. I'm completely blown away by the sound of this album especially when I consider where they were from. These guys sounded like they were disciples of James Brown on this track, I'm Comin' To Get Ya. If you enjoy soul music with lots of funky horns, you are going to dig this. The album was actually re-released by Retro Disc International from Spain in 2008. Unfortunately though, a CD copy of the album is still quite rare.

Sweet Hot Lucy – Nice James Brown type number.


Why - Nice moody, bluesy workout. The fuzzy, psych guitar coming in near the end really puts this over the top. With a little better production, this could have been massive.



She’s Everything Good To Me – A poppier number with a big horn section. I think if the chorus on this were a little catchier, we might be hearing this on the radio today.



It’s So Hard – This is a cute song. Deserved to be a minor hit. I quite like the guitar hooks.



A Heart That’s Cold & Welcome Back Girl
A high octane horn number and a mellow jazzier affair. Welcome Back Girl sounds like it belongs in one of those movies from the late 60’s. Nice song.



Alice In Wonderland – This is a huge departure for this band. A Beach Boys type number. This is a very tuneful little ditty. Bravo!



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Everyday People

Vital information stolen from here:

Pamela Marsh (vocals)
Christ Paputts (guitar)
Bruce Wheaton (vocals, guitar)
Carson Richards (bass, vocals)
David Hare (keyboards)
Alan Muggeridge (drums)


Taking its name from the Sly & The Family Stone song of the same name, Everyday People was created by Bruce Wheaton in 1970 after his band Stitch In Tyme split up. They were based in Yorkville, home of several members who came from acts like a reformed Jack London & The Sparrows (which featured David Hare and future Major Hoople's Boarding House member Ed Miller), but found their biggest popularity in the Maritimes where three of the members originated from including Pamela Marsh who had once been a member of Woody's Termites with April Wine member Myles Goodwyn.
Everyday People were signed to GRT Records in 1971. They released several singles that went Top-10 in the Maritimes, but got the band little recognition in Toronto. GRT was not promoting their records in the east and fans were frustrated not being able to buy the band's material. They disbanded shortly thereafter.
Wheaton later joined east coast band Molly Oliver whom he was with throughout the late '70's and early '80's; Marsh continued singing throughout Nova Scotia and continues with a successful solo career; Hare was an insurance broker for his own company and moonlighted as part of the duo A Positive Outlook; Paputts joined The Brtish Are Coming and The Fun Guys before becoming infamous with his alter ego Chris Hate of The Viletones and The Secrets.

Nova Scotia Home Blues – This number starts off like a church service and then jumps into a funky romp. The soaring harmonies over the funk remind me quite a bit of Bush (Domenic Trioano’s Bush).




Everyday People – This is the song that the band is named after. Not bad. I’m not sure it adds anything to the original.




I Like What I Like – Cowbell!!! Christopher Walken would be very proud. Good song. Reminiscent of some band, but it’s just not coming to me at the moment. Very enjoyable.


PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Great Canadian Singles – Ferraris of Canada & Stitch in Tyme

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
The Canadian flag is back!!!!

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Ferraris of Canada

George Martinelli (lead vocals)
Ralph Martinelli (lead guitar)
Carl Doucette (bass guitar)
Edgar Fevens (guitar, horns)
Harvey Deveau (drums)
Terry Ryan (MC, horns)

1963 Irene Goodnight/Little Pineapple (REO) 8750
1965 (All I Ever Want Is) Girls/Please Tell Her (DCP) DCP-1110
1966 He's Just a Little Boy/Tennessee Waltz (DCP) DCP-1140

Little Pineapple – This is a cute, early 60’s instrumental. Luckily, no one came up with a love song where a guy calls his best girl his Little Pineapple. Cooler heads prevail and they let the guitar do the talking.



Stitch in Tyme

Facts about the band stolen from here:

John Yorke (vocals)
Grant Fullerton (guitar, vocals)
Bob Murphy (keyboards, vocals)
Donnie Morris (bass, vocals)
Pinky Dauvin (drums, vocals)
Bruce Wheaton (guitar, vocals; replaced Yorke)


ARC/Yorkville Records president Bill Gilliland discovered The Untouchables (which was half of another band - The Continentals) in Halifax and was so impressed with their original songs he signed them to the label and brought them to Toronto in 1966. He re-christened them The Stitch In Tyme and the members began living in and amongst the flourishing Yorkville Village scene and within a year the band was one of the most popular acts in Toronto.


However, the drug influence and laid-back lifestyle of Yorkville wasn't conducive to songwriting. In order to fulfill at least part of their recording agreement with Yorkville, who was footing the bill for a full-length album in progress, the hastily slapped together a cover version of The Beatles "Got To Get You Into My Life".


The record hit the charts and became a national hit. John Yorke moved to Sault Ste. Marie (where he still resides) and was replaced by Bruce Wheaton formerly of The Continentals/Chester & The Unknowns.


They appeared on several Canadian TV shows including a regular feature on Toronto's "After 4" music show. They toured constantly through Ontario, Quebec and The Maritimes. One of the highlights of their career performing at the official opening of Expo'67 and staying on to rotate a week each at the Ontario Pavilion and at The Garden Of Stars on La Rhonde.


The band went to New York City to record their next single entitled "New Dawn". After returning to Toronto, the band opened a coffee house called The Flick in Yorkville so that they had a place to play.


The band left Arc Records and formed their own company called Flick Entertainment Co. which included a record label and publishing company. They then began writing and recording their own material but when it came time to release their new single "Stop Wastin' Time", Arc Records served them with an injunction preventing them from going further.


Arc's Bill Gilliland and the band tried to reconcile their differences but things did not work out and the band split up in late 1968.


In December 1969 Fullerton and Dauvin joined Skip Prokop and Paul Hoffert in Lighthouse; Wheaton Wheaton went on to form the short lived Rockin' Chair before returning to Nova Scotia with Donnie Morris and Bob Murphy to join SOMA. Wheaton would then form Everyday People followed by Molly Oliver; Bob Murphy switched to rhythm guitar while with SOMA until he left to form the country band Big Buffalo.


There have been several reunions, the last being when John Yorke, Pinky Dauvin, Grant Fullerton and Bruce Wheaton got together to play The Toronto Rock Revival reunion in 1999. 
 
Dry Your Eyes – This is a bit dreary. Maybe it isn’t one of the greatest of Canadian singles. It is rare, though. They seem to be a poor man’s (and very poor at that) Association. In fact, this misspelling of Time in their name maybe the most original thing about this band. The song doesn’t help.



Got to Get You Into My Life – When in doubt, cover a Beatles song. They did. This has a little more spirit to it. Of course, it’s also a better song.



Point of View – This is a straight forward pop song written by a couple of guys in the band. Not a bad song. Way, way better than Dry Your Eyes.



The band got back together at some point recently and took a shot at Mercy Mercy.



PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?

Great Canadian Singles – Gene MacLellan

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
The Canadian flag is back!!!!

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Gene MacLellan

When I was a kid, a band called Ocean had a huge hit with a song called Put Your Hand in the Hand. Around the same time Ann Murray had an enormous hit (and for a long, long time, her only gold record) with Snowbird. It turns out the same guy wrote both of these songs. Those two songs alone made him a Canadian songwriting legend and he had more songs by the likes of Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Rance Allen Group, Lynn Anderson, Joan Baez, Perry Como, Ray Conniff, Shirley Caesar, and Donny Hathaway and others.
Gene was not only a songwriter, but a singer in his own right and a good one.
His daughter is now a recording artist and doing quite well in Canada. I’m sure dad would have been very proud.
So, here are some of the man’s tunes with him singing them…mostly.

I Got Drunk Monday – This is a basic blue song but a blue song with a pleasing lilt and far more lyrical than the usual bluesy fare.



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Here is Gene’s original version of Snowbird. This is a terrific song. And a Canadian wrote it!



And now….Anne Murray singing her first huge hit.



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The Call – This sounds a little too much like a Bobby Goldsboro song.



Face In The Mirror – This is from a Nashville album he recorded in 1971. It’s nice country tune .



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Just Want To Be Loved By You – This has a folkie feel. You could almost hear Arlo Guthrie singing it.



Miracles – This is from ’76. Nice little ballad. The video someone put on is inexplicable and annoying.



This is a recording of Put Your Hand in the Hand recorded in 1982 by Gene and Marty Reno.



Gene's wiki page can be found here:

PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?

Radio Vickers Broadcast #27

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Let’s start off today’s festivities with a little blues. And, if you’re going to start with the blues, why not start with one of the greats?  Muddy Waters, that is.  The man could bring it. 

Muddy Waters – Can’t Get No Grindin’ – Muddy goes in for the double entendre in this little up-tempo blues song. Very enjoyable with some very tasty harmonica.



Here’s a young Muddy doing Manish Boy. Yummy, but this is good.



There’s an informative intro on this and then it’s on to a young Mr. Waters doing You Can’t Loose What You Never Had.



Mr. Waters wiki page can be found here:

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Old Soul – Blackbird Calling – I don’t know much about this band. I think they’re Canadian. That’s got to be worth something, right? Just a nice tune that stood out when I was doing my morning listening. They’ve got a new album out that’s self-titled.



The Old Soul hompage is here:

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Oscar Peterson – S’Wonderful – Just a delightful performance of this song. And I’m not just saying that because he’s a fellow Canadian. He could actually play…no honestly.



Here is Oscar doing You Look Good to Me with Ray Brown and Niels Pederson. This is sweet, sweet stuff.



And here is Mr. Peterson doing Satin Doll in 1989.



Oscar’s website is here:

And he wiki page is here:

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Ouedraogo Mamadou & L’Orchestre Super Rail Band – Dioulou Koussoube – Pardon the vinyl scratchiness of this record. (it’s not too bad) The track will more than make up for it. I can’t seem to find out much about the band on Google. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to sit back and enjoy this African gem.



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And to finish off…a little change of pace. A little music from everyone’s favorite musical drunkard, Phil Harris. He had a long career. Most people today will remember him as the voice of Baloo the bear in The Jungle Book but he also had a treasure trove of funny/talkie songs. I’m actually stunned that a guy, who drank and smoked as much as Phis was famous for, lived to be 91. Some people are just born with those genes, I guess.

Phil Harris – Crawdad Song – This has some cookin’ organ in it. There seems to be a little double entendre going on in this.



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Phil Harris – Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette – Phil certainly lived this song. You almost never saw him without a cigarette during his performances on television in the 60’s and 70’s. I believe people considered it cool to smoke back then. Now they’re all dead.



Here is Phil and Dean Martin on Dean’s show. Oh those whacky cards!



Here is Phil Harris on the Johnny Cash show doing Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette.



Here is a very young Phil Harris with That’s What I Like About the South.


Mr. Harris’s wiki page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.



Los Maracaibos and Eddie Barclay, carnival in brazil, franck poucel, Johnny gun, joes guardiola, Un De Tantos, Tony y Charley, Vueltas y Vueltas, northern light orchestra, Go Tell It On the Mountain, radio vickers

Radio Vickers Broadcast # 26

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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I thought I’d start off today with a long forgotten gem. Well, I like it. This was an album put out by Alan Price (the animals) and Georgie Fame (the Blue Flames & Van Morrison) It’s called Fame and Price, Price and Fame.
I liked this so much I’m going to put two songs on. These guys were obviously having a lot of fun on this album and that is certainly borne out by their selection of songs. The first was a hit in England called Roseta.



Here are the two likely lads singing Roseta on some British television song.



Next is a very nice cover of the Randy Newman song, Yellow Man. Again, this is just a lot of fun.



Another video featuring the lads. This time they’re slowing it down and getting a little more serious with Sam Cookes’s Bring it On Home to Me.



They also took a swing at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls of Fire. You should watch this one, just for the hideous dancing from the chorus girls. Yikes!



This must have been a special of some sort. Here Georgie and Alan take a laid back swing at Zip-a-dee-doo-dah with Thelma Houston.



And here is Randy Newman himself doing his musical tribute to our Asiatic friends.



Georgie’s wiki page is here:

Mr. Price’s wiki page is here:

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Bringing the proceedings forward in time a little, I’m going to put up the lead song from the Coverdale-Page album. It seems to be a theme so far, doesn’t it? Guys from other bands, getting together to do albums together.
I didn’t think I was going to like this album when I first heard it but there is some good stuff here. I was surprised at the high notes Coverdale was able to hit. He mostly sang in a lower register in Deep Purple. Shake My Tree was a great lead-off song. Page does some nice guitar work here to. Very Led Zeppelin-like but that’s never a bad thing.



Page and Coverdale doing Pride and Joy. This is another pretty good Zep song. I like the Tape machine recording the proceedings. Don’t see many of those anymore.



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Another change in direction. Now I’m dropping into girlie-pop territory with a singer I just discovered. Maria Mena has a new album out called Viktoria and there are some damn fine songs on it. She’s Norwegian and has 6 albums out. Not bad for a 25 year old. She’s mostly in that sad girl who has trouble with boys territory but she has a beautiful voice and some very nice tunes.

Homeless – This is the second song on Maria’s new album. I really like this. Very delicate and very pretty. Should be another big one for her in Lapland.



The Art of Forgiveness – This starts off a bit like a Rod McKuen song and then rises up to Adele territory. I quite like this.



Just Hold Me – A song off here third studio album. The video is a bit hackneyed, but the song has something. After all, it was a hit in Norway!


Miss You Love – Also off her Apparently Unaffected album from 2005. This one doesn’t do as much for me.  It's a bit bland. The Norwegians like it, though.



All This Time (Pick-Me-Up Song) – Nice little pop tune.It's also a little more upbeat.  She should do more of this kind of song.  A real winner. . Cute video, too.



Maria’s wiki page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Radio Vickers Broadcast #25

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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This is JB Lenoir. I got this off a compilation but it was originally off the Eisenhower Blues album. Regrettably, I don’t know who the woman singing is. The song is called Sitting Down Thinking. JB really lays back on this song. Sounds like a sixties blues



This is JB on television in 1963. Not a great sound, but it gives you a visual as well as a relatively short version of Everything I Do is Wrong.



This includes an interview with JB from 1965. Then there’s some playing!


JB’s wiki page is here:

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This is a little change of pace. Bodyjar are an Australian punk/rock/pop band. Radio Vickers quickly became a big fan of Bodyjar and Not The Same. It’s a combination of power and catchy tune. You can’t beat it.



Bodyjar’s wiki page is here:

Their official website is here:

Here are the boys doing Too Drunk to Drive. I’m not quite sure what to make of the video. A bit of a goof, I suppose.



This is Don’t Sell Me Out. They pretty well mine a small vein of music but they do it well.



Here’s Is It a Lie. The picture quality isn’t great but you will get the idea. Another catchy, bashy pop song.



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I have a weakness for this band/performer. Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst also mines a thin vein of the music but he does it awfully well. This is from a recent EP of the band/person performing live. I’ve chosen Shell Games cause, well, I like it..



This is the official video of Shell Games. The other version is far more stripped down. A good song can be played many ways and still be enjoyable. This be one of those.



Here is the official video for Coyote Song.


The Bright Eyes wiki page is here:

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A slight change of pace. Some Calypso! This is the Kiskedee Trio doing Congo Bara. Don’t know what it’s all about but I do know that a Kiskedee is some kind of bird. This song is from 1935 and is sung in Patois. There, you’ve learned something and been entertained!



You can learn all about the Patois language here:

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Now, normally I wouldn’t be posting something like the next couple of tunes. I put on this EP by Lexi Elisha, not expecting much and then, right out of the blue, I just started to like it. Perhaps I’m full of the holiday spirit. Apparently she’s 18 and super religious. I’m not really big on super religious people, but I like to be open minded when it comes to music. She also wrote the songs. Anyway, you be the judge of whether I’m off my rocker or this girl has got something.

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This is By The Lake – It just caught my ear, right off. Bound to happen eventually, I guess.



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This is Without You. – Another nice little tune.   Go figure!



Lexi’s super religious homepage is here:

Here’s a video of Ms. Elisha – It’s not very good quality, but it’s another pretty good song.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off. I really like this kind of thing.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.