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Subject: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/05/11 at 7:36 pm

Not only does CANCON rule, but CANCON rules have helped Canadian artists and songs get rise in their native land, and though not all of these artists make or have made noise outside of Canada, it's like that with any country and 'homegrown' artists. 

Some of these songs that will appear in this thread made it outside of Canada, but many of them did not.



Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/05/11 at 7:37 pm

To open this thread, here are 5 cover songs.  The originals are known around the world.  These covers may not be better, but they are quite catchy ...


These Kids Wear Crowns - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (2011)
Original artist:  Whitney Houston (1987)
This is their 3rd single and first ever Top 40 hit in Canada.  The video for it is set in 1987 (same year of the Whitney original)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXK5QuqgNe0


Edward Maya and Mia Martina - Stereo Love (2010)
Original artist:  Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina (2009)
The original 'Stereo Love' made it's first non-European chart appearance in Canada where it peaked at #17, so Ultra Records decided to capitalize on it by releasing a newly recorded version with an up and coming artist named Mia Martina.  Upon release, it replaced the original in the chart and ended up rising to #10, giving the song itself through both versions a total of 67 consecutive weeks in the Canadian Hot 100!  Edward Maya had nothing to do with this version at all.  It was solely the decision of Ultra Records to make and release this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_5D4y6x-oo


M-Appeal - Making Love Out of Nothing At All (1997)
Original artist:  Air Supply (1983)
The name was an alias of Nova Scotia singer Tina Savoie (must've been a big Avengers fan).  The album this song appears on was a complete covers album, and though this song never made the Top 40, it was the only one from the album to hit the charts.  She took a great ballad, and turned it into an excellent dance song!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwY_33EIeQ0


Temperance - Forever Young (1996)
Original artist:  Alphaville (1984)
I am not certain if this one initially made the dance charts in the US, but after it appeared in an episode of 'Queer As Folk', it ended up becoing very popular among gays and a high request in dance clubs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nThvWUOW40


Nancy Martinez and Allen Harris - Sunshine Reggae / La Vie En Rose (1984)
Original Artist:  Laid Back (1982) / Edith Piaf (1946)
Americans know Nancy best for her 1986 Top 40 hit 'For Tonight', but to me, this medley is her best.  A duet with her then husband Allen Harris, the idea was to take a current hit song (Sunshine Reggae by Laid Back was a Top 40 hit in Canada) and fuse it with an old standard.  The A side was the medley, the B side was both songs separately.  The medley became a smash club hit, but in the mainstream 100 Singles chart, only 'Sunshine Reggae' by Allen Harris charted, where it reached #87.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asYAlcR2Fcc

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/05/11 at 10:19 pm

Good idea to start the thread!

I have heard 2 of these before. I like Temperance's version of forever young. M-Appeals song is great. I like it better than Air Supply's.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/05/11 at 10:29 pm

http://www.appliedlanguage.com/flags_of_the_world/small_flag_of_australia.gif NEWSFLASH:  AUSTRALIA FIRST TO EMBRACE THIS CANADIAN BAND

These Kids Wear Crowns (as mentioned above) has reached Australia with their 2nd single titled 'Jumpstart', making this the first chart appearance for this group outside of Canada.  The song only reached #44 in Canada, but recently peaked at #17 in Australia, and it's currently sitting in the Australian chart at #18 8)

These Kids Wear Crowns - Jumpstart (2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8bMLeiAE74&ob=av2n


Have there been instances before where Australia accepted a Canadian song into their charts where the US or UK charts did not?  Yes indeed!  Back in 1989, Bruce Cockburn reached #41 in the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) charts with If A Tree Falls ...

Bruce Cockburn - If A Tree Falls (1989)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8CibAuvZM4


That same year (1989), Andrew Cash reached #4 in the ARIA chart with his single Smile Me Down

Andrew Cash - Smile Me Down (1989)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cl0bkMFPzg


In 1996, Amanda Marshall reached #30 in the ARIA chart with Let it Rain ...

Amanda Marshall - Let it Rain (1996)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5rJ472Yp9E


In 2003, Shawn Desman reached #37 in the ARIA chart with Get Ready ...

Shawn Desman - Get Ready (2003)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liuj1WjgqCo


In 1977, Nick Gilder left the Glam band Sweeney Todd, and re-released the single Roxy Roller as a solo single, and it reached #29 in the Kent Music Report in 1977 (The Kent Music Report measured hit singles in Australia from 1974-1988.  ARIA took over in 1989) ...


Nick Gilder - Roxy Roller (1977)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEYwmfd65C8

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/05/11 at 10:34 pm


M-Appeals song is great. I like it better than Air Supply's.


I do too.  The lone album that she released is so hard to find.  When I finally got a copy, I was disappointed that the Air Supply one was the only hit.  She does a real good version of Steve Winwood's Higher Love

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/06/11 at 11:06 pm

Here are some covers of Canadian songs.  You don't necesarily have to be Canadian to qualify for CANCON ...


Freemasons featuring Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited (2007)
Original artist:  Alanis Morrisette (1998)
This group and singer hail from England.  Bailey Tzuke is the daughter of British singing legend Judie Tzuke.  Their cover of this Alanis Morrissette song reached #8 in the UK, and to me, is one of the greatest cover songs of all time, for one reason alone:  They turned a song that to me was like nails on a chalkboard, into a listenable song that was not only catchy, but ended up becoming one of my favourite songs of the 00s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFBWPcaMKeo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvgi7P97lu0


Tiga and Zyntherius - Sunglasses at Night (2002)
Original artist:  Corey Hart (1984)
Like Corey Hart, Tiga hails from Montreal (making this an exception to the rule in this theme).  Unlike Tiga, Corey Hart had no success in Europe, but only as a performer.  Tiga's version of Sunglasses at Night caught the wave of Electro beats that was sweeping Europe and eventually peaked at #25 in the UK chart.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEgGDJV6zIM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9p0Ac5bLlI


Santana - Hold On (1982)
Original artist:  Ian Thomas (1981)
Despite many hits in Canada, Ian Thomas (the brother of SCTV comedian Dave Thomas) remained a one hit Wonder in the US for the 1973 hit 'Painted Ladies', but that all changed in 1982 when Santana took his song Hold On into the US Top 20.  The mystery here was that Santana didn't really change much, and sung the song the exact same way.  Where Ian Thomas took his version to #28 in Canada, Santana took it all the way to #4 in Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvhuBr3BpIo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DpMYEUA9Do


Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Runner (1983)
Original artist:  Ian Thomas (1981)
Even Legends can turn to Canada for help.  Perhaps inspired by the success that Santana had, from that same Ian Thomas album, Manfred Mann took the title track The Runner, which had not been a hit in Canada, and made it a Top 40 hit across North America, becoming Manfred Mann's first North America Top 40 hit since Blinded By the Light in 1976
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNMA2kHHZMw

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/07/11 at 12:57 am

I like Ian Thomas's stuff. I prefer his version of Hold on. (Isn't that the one he sang on SCTV, not sure)

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/07/11 at 6:24 am


I like Ian Thomas's stuff. I prefer his version of Hold on. (Isn't that the one he sang on SCTV, not sure)


That is the one.  He also sang his '79 hit Pilot on that same SCTV episode.

Sometimes when I hear 'Hold On', I get confused whether it is Santana or Ian Thomas. 

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/07/11 at 12:46 pm


That is the one.  He also sang his '79 hit Pilot on that same SCTV episode.

Sometimes when I hear 'Hold On', I get confused whether it is Santana or Ian Thomas. 

I have both versiosn of "Hold on" in my computer. My favorite of Ian's is "Come the son", IMO sounds very Neil Young like.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Henk on 09/07/11 at 2:31 pm


These Kids Wear Crowns - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (2011)
Original artist:  Whitney Houston (1987)


Sorry, I'm not allowed to listen to that video. :(


Edward Maya and Mia Martina - Stereo Love (2010)
Original artist:  Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina (2009)


My only question is: why?


M-Appeal - Making Love Out of Nothing At All (1997)
Original artist:  Air Supply (1983)


No, sorry, doesn't do it for me.


Temperance - Forever Young (1996)
Original artist:  Alphaville (1984)


Meh. It's okay, but nothing special.


Nancy Martinez and Allen Harris - Sunshine Reggae / La Vie En Rose (1984)
Original Artist:  Laid Back (1982) / Edith Piaf (1946)


Again, nothing special IMHO. The only cover version of La Vie En Rose I like is Grace Jones's. :D



These Kids Wear Crowns - Jumpstart (2011)


And I'm not allowed to watch that video either. What is it with These Kids..?


Bruce Cockburn - If A Tree Falls (1989)


Not really surprising that did well in Australia, with Midnight Oil basically banging the same drum.


Andrew Cash - Smile Me Down (1989)


Another song that I don't really care for.


In 1996, Amanda Marshall reached #30 in the ARIA chart with Let it Rain ...

Amanda Marshall - Let it Rain (1996)


Let It Rain failed to reach Top 40 in the Netherlands, but Beautiful Goodbye was something of a hit (peaking at #22). I prefer the latter.


In 2003, Shawn Desman reached #37 in the ARIA chart with Get Ready ...

Shawn Desman - Get Ready (2003)


No. Just...No.


In 1977, Nick Gilder left the Glam band Sweeney Todd, and re-released the single Roxy Roller as a solo single, and it reached #29 in the Kent Music Report in 1977 (The Kent Music Report measured hit singles in Australia from 1974-1988.  ARIA took over in 1989) ...

Nick Gilder - Roxy Roller (1977)


Would it shock you to know that both Hot Child In The City and You Really Rock Me got stuck in Dutch bubbling under section (at #54 and #58 respectively)...?


Here are some covers of Canadian songs.  You don't necesarily have to be Canadian to qualify for CANCON ...

Freemasons featuring Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited (2007)
Original artist:  Alanis Morrisette (1998)

Tiga and Zyntherius - Sunglasses at Night (2002)
Original artist:  Corey Hart (1984)

Santana - Hold On (1982)
Original artist:  Ian Thomas (1981)


I already knew these three and love them all.


Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Runner (1983)
Original artist:  Ian Thomas (1981)


Neither version did anything over here, so I can listen without prejudice. It's hard to pick a favorite... Both versions have something going for them.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/12/11 at 7:49 pm


My only question is: why?


Apparently Edward Maya does not like this version, only because it's often assumed that he goes on tour with Mia, when he has apparently not even met her yet lol

Canada was the only country to get two versions.  I am kind of partial to both.  I hear the Mia Martina version on the radio more than the Vika version, which is surprising.  Mia just released her debut album 'Devotion' which includes Stereo Love.  Neither Edward or Vika have yet to release an album, and I doubt Mia's version will appear on his album

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/12/11 at 8:39 pm

One of my favourite 90s albums to qualify for Canadian Content is one that I know Henk is quite familiar with.

In 1991, a new criterion was added to CANCON to accomodate Canadian artists who collaborate with Non-Canadian artists with partial songwriting credit:  "If a musical selection was performed live or recorded after September 1, 1991, and, in addition to meeting the criterion for either artist or production, a Canadian who has collaborated with a non-Canadian receives at least half of the credit for both music and lyrics."

In 1998, the Belgian produced group 2 Unlimited released their 4th album titled II that featured 2 (new) Dutch born singers named Romy and Marion. 

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000JZY5.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Several songs on the album were co-written by a Montreal based songwriter named Steven Tracey.  Two of these ended up becoming singles ...

2 Unlimited - Wanna Get Up (1998)
This one reached #10 in the Netherlands, #38 in the UK and #1 on the Canadian dance chart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwjLWp6F5dk

2 Unlimited - Never Surrender (1998)
This one failed to chart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV7PrZ9Z2Z0


As for Steven Tracey, his big claim to fame dates back to 1984, where he had a very popular club hit across Canada called A Woman Like That.  This is an extremeny hard to find song, and after long searches, I finally found a video of it ...

Steven Tracey - A Woman Like That

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Henk on 09/13/11 at 12:23 am


One of my favourite 90s albums to qualify for Canadian Content is one that I know Henk is quite familiar with.

In 1991, a new criterion was added to CANCON to accomodate Canadian artists who collaborate with Non-Canadian artists with partial songwriting credit:  "If a musical selection was performed live or recorded after September 1, 1991, and, in addition to meeting the criterion for either artist or production, a Canadian who has collaborated with a non-Canadian receives at least half of the credit for both music and lyrics."

In 1998, the Belgian produced group 2 Unlimited released their 4th album titled II that featured 2 (new) Dutch born singers named Romy and Marion. 

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000JZY5.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Several songs on the album were co-written by a Montreal based songwriter named Steven Tracey.  Two of these ended up becoming singles ...

2 Unlimited - Wanna Get Up (1998)
This one reached #10 in the Netherlands, #38 in the UK and #1 on the Canadian dance chart

2 Unlimited - Never Surrender (1998)
This one failed to chart


I never cared much for the second incarnation of 2 Unlimited. Not that the girls weren't easy on the eye or anything...they're just not Ray & Anita.
It's somewhat ironic that "Never Surrender" was their last project.


As for Steven Tracey, his big claim to fame dates back to 1984, where he had a very popular club hit across Canada called A Woman Like That.  This is an extremeny hard to find song, and after long searches, I finally found a video of it ...

Steven Tracey - A Woman Like That


That's not a bad song at all. Sadly, the "video" only comes with half of the song.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/13/11 at 5:48 pm


I never cared much for the second incarnation of 2 Unlimited. Not that the girls weren't easy on the eye or anything...they're just not Ray & Anita.
It's somewhat ironic that "Never Surrender" was their last project.


I wish it hadn't of been 2 Unlimited.  I loved the album so much, I almost want to say it was the best 2 Unlimited release, but I just can't do that to Ray and Anita.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Bobby on 09/14/11 at 7:40 pm


To open this thread, here are 5 cover songs.  The originals are known around the world.  These covers may not be better, but they are quite catchy ...

These Kids Wear Crowns - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (2011)
Original artist:  Whitney Houston (1987)
This is their 3rd single and first ever Top 40 hit in Canada.  The video for it is set in 1987 (same year of the Whitney original)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXK5QuqgNe0


I'm sorry Jason but I can't stand this version. The group took a vibrant song and turned it into something banal.

When you mention CANCON are you referring to Canadian music in general or just a certain brand of Canadian music?

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/15/11 at 8:25 am


When you mention CANCON are you referring to Canadian music in general or just a certain brand of Canadian music?


Canadian music in general.  Canadian artists are good, but there are many non Canadian artists who can qualify for Canadian Content if the song they are recording was either written by a Canadian and/or produced in Canada.

A prime example of this was the 1990 hit 'The Other Side' by Aerosmith.  The lyrics for it were written by Jim Vallance and the song itself was recorded and produced in Vancouver.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/15/11 at 12:18 pm


Canadian music in general.  Canadian artists are good, but there are many non Canadian artists who can qualify for Canadian Content if the song they are recording was either written by a Canadian and/or produced in Canada.

A prime example of this was the 1990 hit 'The Other Side' by Aerosmith.  The lyrics for it were written by Jim Vallance and the song itself was recorded and produced in Vancouver.

When I DJ'd at a local University radio station in the early to mid 80s, we had to play a certain percentage of Cancon music on each hour of my show, I think it was 30%, but I really don't remember anymore.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/15/11 at 1:13 pm


When I DJ'd at a local University radio station in the early to mid 80s, we had to play a certain percentage of Cancon music on each hour of my show, I think it was 30%, but I really don't remember anymore.


Last I heard, it was still 30%

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/15/11 at 2:52 pm


Last I heard, it was still 30%

Thanks for replying, I really wasn't sure it was 30%. When I went to the room and collect all the albums I used to play, always was given a reminder (remember to play enough Canadian songs..etc..)
Sometimes I forgot, and played a few Bryan Adams or Guess Who/BTO/Burton Cummings songs at the end of my show... ;D

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Paul on 09/15/11 at 3:34 pm

CANCON rules

Following that link, I find that...

'...For example, Australian broadcasters are required to broadcast a certain percentage of Australasian content alongside international content. Similar domestic content quota laws also exist in the Philippines, Mexico, Nigeria, France, Israel, Ireland, South Africa, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. (In the UK, Ireland, and France, this rule is now a European Union content rule rather than a domestic content rule.)'

I never knew this kind of rule existed for UK listeners, whether or not we've stood alone or have been lumped in with the rest of Europe!

All in all, it's a bit of a mis-nomer...it's either good music or bad, regardless of where it originates...

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Bobby on 09/16/11 at 6:00 pm


Canadian music in general.  Canadian artists are good, but there are many non Canadian artists who can qualify for Canadian Content if the song they are recording was either written by a Canadian and/or produced in Canada.


I see. As you may be aware, I really enjoy music from all over the world but I have a certain fondness for Canadian music and there is a lot of it that should have hit the UK charts.

A prime example of this was the 1990 hit 'The Other Side' by Aerosmith.  The lyrics for it were written by Jim Vallance and the song itself was recorded and produced in Vancouver.

The Other Side is a great track. I heard it on their Big Ones compilation. The whole CANCON thing may have been a little tricky for mixed-nationality bands, I know at least one member of Ultravox was Canadian (Warren Cann was born in Victoria, British Columbia).


All in all, it's a bit of a mis-nomer...it's either good music or bad, regardless of where it originates...


Right on!  8)

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/11 at 6:03 pm


I know at least one member of Ultravox was Canadian (Warren Cann was born in Victoria, British Columbia).


This is true.  Another popular European group also had a Canadian member:  Bruce Watson of Big Country (aka that guy who makes his guitar sound like bagpipes; Born in Timmins, Ontario)

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Bobby on 09/16/11 at 6:16 pm


This is true.  Another popular European group also had a Canadian member:  Bruce Watson of Big Country (aka that guy who makes his guitar sound like bagpipes; Born in Timmins, Ontario)


Guitar!?! I actually thought they were bagpipes! Lol. That is impressive!  8)

Big Country were a great band. In a big country, One great thing and Look away are my favourite tracks.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/11 at 7:02 pm

Do you like a good dance song?  In recent years, Canada has produced many great ones, alot of which made it internationally, some which did not.  Here's a baker's dozen of a few that have gotten the dance floors moving ...


Chromeo - When the Night Falls (2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkyYxAv6kB4

Mia Martina - Latin Moon (2011)
CAN #41
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrQYqhWr3GA

Candy Coated Killahz - Neon Black (2011)
CAN #77
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0siDLOdkvI

Sunloverz featuring Rosette - Fire (2011)
CAN #53
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adqCY05QBnE

Audio Playground - Famous (2011)
CAN #73
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-LBFuyG34I

Danny Fernandes - Take Me Away (2010)
CAN #39
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy_gbKFEzd0

Martin Solveig and Dragonette - Hello (2010)
CAN #8 | US #46 | AUSTRALIA #13 | NL # 1 | UK #13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnET4RKXx5k&ob=av2n

Richard Vission and Static Revenger - I Like That (2010)
CAN #86 | AUSTRALIA #3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtQbENQ4Zk0

deadmau5 - SOFI Needs a Ladder (2010)
CAN #73 | UK #68
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDndZn0YPdI

Duck Sauce - aNYway (2009)
UK #22 | NL #25
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWM5D3MwSgA

MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend - Heartbreaker (2009)
UK #50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6gHLHbYVeA

James Doman - Everything's Gonna Be Alright (2008)
UK #50 | NL #15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVLqEE-jO5o

Ercola featuring Daniella - Every Word (2008)
UK #47
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wOr5Lw_MOM

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/11 at 7:03 pm


Guitar!?! I actually thought they were bagpipes! Lol. That is impressive!  8)

Big Country were a great band. In a big country, One great thing and Look away are my favourite tracks.


They are back.  They have a new album coming out and their lead singer is (are you ready ...) Mike Peters, former lead singer of 'The Alarm'

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Bobby on 09/17/11 at 8:01 am


They are back.  They have a new album coming out and their lead singer is (are you ready ...) Mike Peters, former lead singer of 'The Alarm'


He's not a bad replacement but he kind of lacks that inner passion that Stuart Adamson had.

Mike Peter's first band was a punk band in the late 1970s called 'The Toilets', lol.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/17/11 at 12:52 pm


Do you like a good dance song?  In recent years, Canada has produced many great ones, alot of which made it internationally, some which did not.  Here's a baker's dozen of a few that have gotten the dance floors moving ...


Thanks for introducing some songs ( new) to me.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/19/11 at 9:38 pm


He's not a bad replacement but he kind of lacks that inner passion that Stuart Adamson had.

Mike Peter's first band was a punk band in the late 1970s called 'The Toilets', lol.




LOL The Toilets.  I bet their music was crap :D :D

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/19/11 at 10:33 pm

Here's 5 Canadian one hit wonders of the 80s ...



Geoff Hughes - Happy Birthday Kid
He had 2 other singles released from his self-titled debut album, but none charted, and it was his only album he ever released
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jxp22zNurU


The Wildroot Orchestra - In the Mood
A group from Vancouver with a vocal version of the Glenn Miller classic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wF2Nk8eLtA


Rosetta Stone - Hidin' From Love
This was a British group formed by one time Bay City Rollers member Ian Mitchell, and this was their lone  hit single in Canada.  Hidin' From Love was originally a hit for Bryan Adams in 1980 (it made #64 in Canada). 
Rosetta Stone previously had success in some parts of Europe in 1978 with their cover of the 1969 Amen Corner hit (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice.  They remain the 2nd group in history to have a hit with a song written by Bryan Adams (The first being Prism in 1980 with Cover Girl and again in 1981 with Don't Let Him Know).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdtE0ISHwkw


The Tenants - Sheriff
For some reason, the guitar in this song always made me question the sound of it, as many Canadian acts had that similar sound of twang, that I have never heard common in that of many bands from other countries.  To me, this is the most Canadian song of the 80s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ1QmAvDtkE


Tic Toc - Twenty Questions
From their hard to find album Where the Picnic Was.  Well worth a listen, as the other songs on it are really good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhCdLxtx6kM

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/20/11 at 1:06 am


Here's 5 Canadian one hit wonders of the 80s ...



Geoff Hughes - Happy Birthday Kid
He had 2 other singles released from his self-titled debut album, but none charted, and it was his only album he ever released
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jxp22zNurU


The Wildroot Orchestra - In the Mood
A group from Vancouver with a vocal version of the Glenn Miller classic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wF2Nk8eLtA


Rosetta Stone - Hidin' From Love
This was a British group formed by one time Bay City Rollers member Ian Mitchell, and this was their lone  hit single in Canada.  Hidin' From Love was originally a hit for Bryan Adams in 1980 (it made #64 in Canada). 
Rosetta Stone previously had success in some parts of Europe in 1978 with their cover of the 1969 Amen Corner hit (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice.  They remain the 2nd group in history to have a hit with a song written by Bryan Adams (The first being Prism in 1980 with Cover Girl and again in 1981 with Don't Let Him Know).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdtE0ISHwkw


The Tenants - Sheriff
For some reason, the guitar in this song always made me question the sound of it, as many Canadian acts had that similar sound of twang, that I have never heard common in that of many bands from other countries.  To me, this is the most Canadian song of the 80s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ1QmAvDtkE


Tic Toc - Twenty Questions
From their hard to find album Where the Picnic Was.  Well worth a listen, as the other songs on it are really good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhCdLxtx6kM

I know all of these, but am least familair with "Tic Toc"

I haven't heard "Happy Birthday kid" for 30 years, honest. Thanks! Now I just gotta get the mp3 through youtube. A long lost song...

The tenants song "Sheriff" is so influenced by the Police, IMO

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/20/11 at 5:28 pm


I know all of these, but am least familair with "Tic Toc"

I haven't heard "Happy Birthday kid" for 30 years, honest. Thanks! Now I just gotta get the mp3 through youtube. A long lost song...

The tenants song "Sheriff" is so influenced by the Police, IMO


Happy Birthday Kid is so obscure, the one big hit it was, is seldom heard today.  Still a fantastic song.  I listen to it often

These were only the tip of the iceberg.  More to come ...

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/20/11 at 6:00 pm


Happy Birthday Kid is so obscure, the one big hit it was, is seldom heard today.  Still a fantastic song.  I listen to it often

These were only the tip of the iceberg.  More to come ...

I don't think I've heard it since 1982.
Looking forward to more (hope I haven't posted too many in the "obscure song" threads already)

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/20/11 at 7:14 pm

Here is a bunch more of early 80s Canadian classics !


Claudja Barry - (You Make Me) Feel the Fire
This one technically could be considered a 70s song, as it was recorded, released, and first charted in 1979.  But with that being said, it did peak in the chart in January of 1980.  Who said disco died in 1979 ?!?!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUTY5AF5z4c


Stonebolt - Don't Ya Hide it
These guys are remembered best for their 1978 single I Will Still Love You which made the Top 40 across Canada and the United States.  In America, it was a one hit wonder.  In Canada, though it was their only Top 40 entry, it was not their only hit.  This one is still my favourite ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVg8zG9V8Z0


Ironhorse - What's Your Hurry Darlin'
What did Randy Bachman do when he left BTO?  He formed another band called Ironhorse, and scored a Top 40 hit across the US, Canada and even the Netherlands in 1979 with the track Sweet Lui-Louise.  In 1980, he followed that up with this minor hit that was a radio favourite ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBL2IwoOStU


Martha and the Muffins - Women Around the World at Work
It wasn't Echo Beach, but it was still good.  With a name like Martha and the Muffins, you wonder how they made it beyond Echo Beach
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7avJBkLGWg


Goddo - Pretty Bad Boy
Legendary Canadian rocker Greg Goddovich.  This was his biggest hit!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBW57LhJYpg


David Roberts - Boys of Autumn
David Roberts is an American-born Canadian.  I always used to think this was Christopher Cross.  It was not his only hit, but the only one to reach the mainstream Top 40
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-OCXXUUBd0


Sheriff - You Remind Me
Remember that super awesome one hit wonder from 1988 called When I'm With You by Sheriff?  Well, it was actually a 1983 hit, and though it was their biggest hit, it was their 2nd hit of only 2 hits total 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH_HmiGXoNg


Surrender - Start Again
The lead singer for Surrender was Alfie Zappacosta, who in 1984, went out on his own and became a very popular solo artist in Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tV7xNOts4w


Mens Room - Sign of the Times
The 1983 original by The Belle Stars had already been a Smash hit in the UK, and a minor hit in the US.  Though it never charted in Canada, this cover did, and I still sometimes hear it on the radio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Han4CLb_trQ


The Bat Boys - OK Blue Jays
Sung by British-born Canadian legend Keith Hampshire.  It was his last ever hit in the Canadian mainstream chart.  Keith is best known for his many 70s hits such as The First Cut is the Deepest and Big Time Operator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKyllyP1TeI


Prototype - Video Kids
Well remembered, yet hard to find and seldom heard, one hit wonder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LvtCl7HTBY

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/20/11 at 9:25 pm

I like the goddo song, I know all but 2 of these. Nice selections.

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Written By: whistledog on 09/20/11 at 10:55 pm


I like the goddo song, I know all but 2 of these. Nice selections.


Which 2?

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/20/11 at 11:48 pm

I don't know the Ironhorse song, and I don't think I head the Claudja Barry selection before.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/24/11 at 5:13 pm


I don't know the Ironhorse song, and I don't think I head the Claudja Barry selection before.


Here's two from 1979 you may recognize ...


Ironhorse - Sweet Lui-Louise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnGfkD5UveE


Claudja Barry - (Boogie Woogie) Dancin' Shoes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p-d2N8ZqGw

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/24/11 at 5:16 pm

Yes, I know both songs.
In case some of you may not know, that's Randy Bachman (formerly of the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) singing the Ironhorse song.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/24/11 at 5:22 pm


Yes, I know both songs.
In case some of you may not know, that's Randy Bachman (formerly of the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) singing the Ironhorse song.


Indeed it was.  With Ironhorse, he put out 2 albums.  The third Ironhorse album re-paired him with Fred Turner and they changed their name to Union.  The lone album 'On Strike' produced a minor rock hit with the song 'Mainstreet USA'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9d-RPTYmOc

I have the 1980 'Everything is Grey' and 1981 'On Strike' albums on cassette, but they are both so old, they barely play lol

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/24/11 at 5:33 pm

Another band he (Randy Bachman) was in after the "Guess Who" and before BTO was "Brave belt", reuniting with Chad Allen (who was with the Guess who I think before Burton Cummings was.)
They had this hit song in 1972, which I remember from AM radio back then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WIPj-DyM4w

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/24/11 at 5:37 pm

^ I know that song quite well.  Brave Belt morphed into BTO.  Chad Allan was a founding member of the Guess Who, whose original name was Chad Allan and the Reflections, then Chad Allan and the Expressions

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 09/26/11 at 12:30 am

Here's some late 80s Canadian classics ...



Johansen - Walkin' A Fine Line
Glen Johansen's first BIG taste of success was in 1983 with a cover of Eddy Grant's Killer on the RampageWalkin' a Fine Line was his first hit in the mainstream.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OxlFTCiUo


Rock and Hyde - I Will
The Payola$ were a popular new wave group in the early 80s, founded by core members Paul Hyde and Bob Rock, best known for the 1982 hit Eyes of a Stranger.  In 1987, they re-branded themselves Rock and Hyde, and their lone album under that name Under the Volcano produced 2 hits in Canada, the latter of which was this ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxdqcVaBcyk


Rock and Hyde - Dirty Water
... But this was the better known one, also making a splash in the US chart  ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5kLzAajFZQ


Jato - She's Got
You don't have to be in the Top 40 to have a popular hit.  I remember this one real well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1GTqdgZ2Mk


Saga - Only Time Will Tell
Their biggest hit in America was 'On the Loose' in 1983.  In Canada, it was 'Wind Him Up' in 1981.  Despite being their lowest charting single, this is the one I remember best of all their hits ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ5udKNRq-8


David Foster - Winter Games
Theme song to the 1988 Calgary Olympics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSmCriyrhsY


Paris Black - Better Get Ready
Whoa, check out that 80s hair.  This was not his only hit, but with all the screaming fans in the video (which was real fan reaction to him), you'd think this song would have been atleast in the Top 40
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1krcwSX7_9Q


Blvd - Dream On
From their debut album that produced 3 hit singles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAZijSMb9CA


Gino Soccio - Love the One You're With
Gino Soccio, most famous for the 1979 hit Dancer made a brief comeback to the mainstream in 1988 with a cover of this Stephen Stills classic ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW1-7wKDnFY


Roman Grey - IBU
The duo of Ross Roman and David Grey.  This was not  their only single release, but the only one to reach the Canadian Top 100.  The album it appears on titled Edge of the Shadow was their lone album release, though they did release 2 EPs in 1982 and 1984 respectively
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wCByUhTXNY


Toyo - Lola
Sounds like Phil Collins, doesn't he?  I always used to think it was, and later learned I was not the only one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fc_iY_y31w

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 09/26/11 at 1:23 am

Out of your last batch, I don't know "Lola" or the Gino Socchio version of "Love the one you're with". I can't say I'm very familiar with the rest either, but I have heard them before.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Bobby on 09/26/11 at 4:59 pm

I like 'Pretty bad boy' by Goddo.  :)

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 10/05/11 at 4:33 pm

Some songs from 1978

Aerial - Easy Love 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdNsQubj7DE


This was their only song to crack the top 100


Peter Pringle - You really got me needing you now 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zzGiqOckPs

Peter had a few more minor hits in Canada in the late 1970s


Prism - Take Me Away 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYreEXVa9ss

Prism had several hits, this was one of their first.

Martin Stevens - Love Is In The Air

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT_u6w7gq0U

Martin's version of "Love is in the air" made famous by John Paul Young. They do sound similar, but there are differences.


Christopher Ward - Maybe You Heart 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E1VgsoS6i4

Christopher had some other hits in the late 1970s, but maybe he's more well knows as one of the first VJ's (Video jockeys) at Muchmusic, in Canada.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 10/05/11 at 7:00 pm

Technically Aerial did have other hits.  They were previously known as Liverpool, and in 1976, had a smash hit with 'Dolly'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy2E5SE_DNY

When Aerial parted ways, lead singer Gary O'Connor went solo under the name Gary O' and scored his one and only US hit with a cover of the Hollies 'Pay You Back With Interest' in 1981

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PRdUhfKNdg

As a solo artist, Gary O' had three other hits in Canada.  Oh how I remember these ...

I Believe in You (1981)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vAtZoF3SzQ

Shades of 45 (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai6PlftGOIM

Get it While You Can (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrxh_7pwR_U

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 10/05/11 at 7:01 pm


Christopher had some other hits in the late 1970s, but maybe he's more well knows as one of the first VJ's (Video jockeys) at Muchmusic, in Canada.


He was also behind the helm for Alannah Myles' music career.  He launched MuchMusic in 1984 with J.D. Roberts, aka John Roberts, former CNN Anchor

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 10/05/11 at 7:41 pm


Technically Aerial did have other hits.  They were previously known as Liverpool, and in 1976, had a smash hit with 'Dolly'

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As a solo artist, Gary O' had three other hits in Canada.  Oh how I remember these ...

I Believe in You (1981)

Shades of 45 (1984)

Get it While You Can (1984)


I know the Dolly song and "Get it while you can", but I don't know the other ones. And I wasn't aware of the connection with Aerial either.  :o

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 10/05/11 at 8:14 pm


I know the Dolly song and "Get it while you can", but I don't know the other ones. And I wasn't aware of the connection with Aerial either.  :o


You don't know 'Shades of 45' :o
That song was everywhere back in the day!

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: Bobby on 10/05/11 at 8:30 pm

I like 'You got me needing you now' by Peter Pringle.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 10/05/11 at 9:05 pm


You don't know 'Shades of 45' :o


Nope.

I like 'You got me needing you now' by Peter Pringle.

It's a very good song.

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 10/09/11 at 6:39 pm

Here's one from 1983 that is in my Top 10 of greatest songs of the 80s

Orphan - Miracle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n2OrKCk4b0


Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 10/10/11 at 5:32 pm


Here's one from 1983 that is in my Top 10 of greatest songs of the 80s

Orphan - Miracle


I've heard that one before, but not often. Did it reach the top 40 in CDN charts?

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 10/10/11 at 7:29 pm


I've heard that one before, but not often. Did it reach the top 40 in CDN charts?


It didn't even chart, but it still was a radio favourite.

The parent album it appears on titled 'Lonely at Night' did reach #92

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 10/16/11 at 4:38 pm

Studebaker Hawk - Rainbows, Pots Of Gold And Moonbeams  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRiO86QqsQ


Prior to being known as "Studebaker Hawk", they were known as "Southcote"
which had this hit in 1973

Southcote - She

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wGUYiLSSpA

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: whistledog on 10/16/11 at 6:09 pm


Studebaker Hawk - Rainbows, Pots Of Gold And Moonbeams  

Prior to being known as "Studebaker Hawk", they were known as "Southcote"
which had this hit in 1973

Southcote - She



Great stuff.  Studebaker Hawk never charted in the US, but She by Southcote did, where it reached #80.
That Studebaker song actually reached #79.  She by Southcote reached #19 in Canada

Subject: Re: CANCON Rules: The BEST in Canadian music! (1965 - 2011)

Written By: King Tut on 10/16/11 at 6:22 pm


Great stuff.  Studebaker Hawk never charted in the US, but She by Southcote did, where it reached #80.
That Studebaker song actually reached #79.  She by Southcote reached #19 in Canada



I read it reached #80. Website off by 1. Major fail.  ;)

During the 70s, the Studebaker Hawk song received more air play than the Southcote one, even if it didn't do as well on the charts.

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