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Hah, the Last Call comp...obviously I've heard that, but I also have the U-J3RK5 ep too, and it's all pretty much the same sort of herky-jerky XTC-style new wave arty weirdo pop. Only four songs. I think "Eisenhower and the Hippies" showed up elsewhere, too.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Saturday, 21 February 2004 06:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I actually wrote those bands down, maypang, but then thought 'fuck it that's too embarassing' and then crossed them off.' To be honest: I have always found 54-40 extremely boring (ok i think i liked one of their records when i was 15) but I used to be a huge SOTW fan. My brother has a SOTW tatoo. I've seen them live 3 times. I never lisen to them anymore, but I can imagine it being really fun if I were drunk...although I like a lot of music when I'm drunk...

Jaromil (Jaromil), Saturday, 21 February 2004 06:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I saw SOTW play live a few times as well. I'd probably still listen to them now and again if it weren't for a lot of that celtic stuff that they've stuck in there. And yeah, in retrospect 54-40 were pretty dull, but when I was 14 or 15 I was really into it all; even the glossy sounding shit like Show Me.

The Grapes of Wrath (another one from BC) were a band that I liked back then, too. While it's not the coolest thing to admit, all three of these acts had a huge influence on me at the time. It could've been worse though, I suppose. Much worse.

maypang (maypang), Saturday, 21 February 2004 07:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is Barry Truax from Vancouver? I know he's not a band but this thread is depressing me.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 21 February 2004 07:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm sorry. it's skinny puppy. debate over.

dyson (dyson), Saturday, 21 February 2004 08:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No Means No - early stuff

bh, Saturday, 21 February 2004 08:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wrong: "Wrong".

prostpilso (nestmanso), Saturday, 21 February 2004 10:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Subhumans "Fuck You" vs Chilliwack "Fly at Night", for me

dave q, Saturday, 21 February 2004 12:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The World Famous Riflemen? ;)

martin (martin), Saturday, 21 February 2004 13:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No Means No - early stuff

OK, I don't mean to get nitpicky, but Victoria bands = not Vancouver bands. The two cities are quite distinct! That's like saying Santa Barbara bands = L.A. bands. (unless you're implying that the Wrights lived in Vancouver in their early days, then never mind).

In this case, it's Victoria's gain, Vancouver's loss.

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 21 February 2004 17:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Where were Beyond Possession and Dayglo Abortions from?? Weren't at least one of em from Vancouver?? I might be thinking of Calrary. Ehh... the bands there must be too lazy cause Vancouver's got the best weed in the galaxy.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Saturday, 21 February 2004 17:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dayglo Abortions were from Victoria.. so probably Beyond Possession.. (though I've never heard of the latter, so take that with a micrograin of salt)

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 21 February 2004 17:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No I'm thinking Beyond Possession was from Calgary. So I'll just go to a Canucks game instead.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Saturday, 21 February 2004 17:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Destroyer, yo.

Sym (shmuel), Saturday, 21 February 2004 19:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This thread should have been locked after the first post.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 22 February 2004 03:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

July Fourth Toilet !

We played with them in a horseshoe-shaped bar downtown that's now a hotel; They did an impeccable start-to-finish performance of Michael Nesmith's Tantamount to Treason album, with singer Rob Dayton running in place wearing nothing but a disgusting clear PVC suit.

Most of those Scratch Records bands named above are from Vancouver, but not all of them.

Looks like this thread is yet another runners-up prize for poor old Chilliwack. Look up their hometown on a map!

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Sunday, 22 February 2004 03:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Were Kreviss from Vancouver? Kid Champion?

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 22 February 2004 03:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe it's not Loverboy

Huck, Sunday, 22 February 2004 04:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

how about we start a new thread: "name every weird/obscure vancouver band you can" so we can leave this one with what we all know is the correct answer - loverboy.
er, skinny puppy.

dyson (dyson), Sunday, 22 February 2004 05:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was kind of hoping that someone would mention a slew of bands that had escaped my memory. But I think the winner is: Loverboy, er skinny puppy. I'm surprised there was no mention of Sarah MacLaughlin or Bryan Adams, although neither of them are bands, or any good...ok I like a couple of Sarah MacLaughlin songs. And I've met her -- she's quite nice.
Jimi Hendrix's grandmother lived in Vancouver (gastown neighbourhood) -- she should have started a band. I'm sure they would have been better than Loverboy.

Jaromil (Jaromil), Sunday, 22 February 2004 05:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd vote for Moral Lepers or Young Canadians.

jazz odysseus, Sunday, 22 February 2004 06:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Aren't Loverboy from Toronto?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 22 February 2004 06:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Loverboy formed in Toronto. I don't know if they bothered sticking around there though.

maypang (maypang), Sunday, 22 February 2004 06:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i cannot confirm where loverboy be from, myself.
i do know, since jaromil brought up grandmothers, that kid koala's granny lives in vanny. she makes lovely cookies.

dyson (dyson), Sunday, 22 February 2004 20:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Art BERGMANN... that's the dude i was thinking of way back...

ken taylrr, Sunday, 22 February 2004 20:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

for new bands, Circlesquare, great in a:
Suicide records new album in North Pacific ocean canyon and high tundra Aurora Borealis zone 'soul desert' kinda way

Paul (scifisoul), Sunday, 22 February 2004 20:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think every Canadian's granny lives in Vannie or Vickie.

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 22 February 2004 20:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

or edmonton

dyson (dyson), Sunday, 22 February 2004 22:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pork Queen!
(I think they were from Vancouver)

Are you thinking of Vancouver punk supergroup Victorian Pork? I used to be good buddies with the singer in the new father/daughter version of this band.

Sym (shmuel), Monday, 23 February 2004 08:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No no, Pork Queen is one of the guys from Good Horsey doing really noisy music... releases on Scratch and Shrimper.

donut bitch (donut), Monday, 23 February 2004 09:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good Horsey!
Carpozzi Park!

(Pork Queen was another member of Good Horsey other than Mark -- solo noise thang)

jack cole (jackcole), Monday, 23 February 2004 09:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wandering Lucy. "Leap Year" is an amazing CD. Too bad they dropped off the planet afterward.

mike a, Monday, 23 February 2004 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And let's not forget the Langley Schools Music Project. Langley is a nearby Vancouver 'burb, and Hans commuted to work from Vanc.

mike a, Monday, 23 February 2004 21:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm gonna second superconductor.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 February 2004 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Not "greatest of all time," but: Cub.

mike a, Monday, 23 February 2004 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


dean! (deangulberry), Monday, 23 February 2004 21:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Not "greatest of all time," but: Cub.

ooh yeah! their guitarist works at Aquarius and is really nice!

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 February 2004 21:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

subhumans, modernettes, slow

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 23 February 2004 21:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Mecca Normal are probably someone's favorite Vancouver band.

mike a, Monday, 23 February 2004 21:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

cub, dear god¡ they made me want to vomit sugar.

dyson (dyson), Monday, 23 February 2004 23:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna third superconductor.

martin m. (mushrush), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 00:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'll be the first to say Zumpano.

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 01:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


etta, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 01:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Lemme put in another vote for Slow here.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 01:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

She Stole My Beer.

bh, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 08:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Neil Osborne from 54 40 looks like Ryan Adams.

I think that, at one point, I was the only person putting my ass on the line for Nelly Furtado on the internet. I'm glad I did, because she kills everyone else on this thread (apols if she isn't officially from Vancouver - I don't do research on principle)

Le Coq, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 08:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she isn't.
I second:

but only if I can't have Loverboy.

And that AMG list is wrong about Kid Koala. I mean he grew up in Vancouver, but his career began in Mtl. I mean really.

My Huckleberry Friend (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 14:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nelly Furtado is from Victoria. Don't ask me how I know that; I'm not sure myself.

mike a, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 15:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is Chilliwack ("My Girl" - "a-gone gone gone, she been gone so long...") from BC? I know the city of Chilliwack is near Vancouver.

mike a, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 15:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You can get to Langley by Skytrain, but not Chilliwack. Not that you'd want to go to either.

My Huckleberry Friend (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 15:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You people are sick. Doug and the Slugs need to be chopped up and turned into fertilizer.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 16:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Too bad"

My Huckleberry Friend (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 17:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the other day I came THIS CLOSE to buying a D & Slugs greatest hits CD, and then I thought better, prefering to keep them a good MEMORY and not a bad EXPERIENCE.

My Huckleberry Friend (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 17:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there's a doug & the slugs greateset hits cd? that is somehow both sad and exhilarating. i always knew vancouver was creepy...that's why i left. another vote for animal slaves...not the most well-known, but fresh at the time and still worthy.

thea b, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 17:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Doug & the Slugs vs Barney Bentall FITE
(maybe they should've taken a tip from Martha and renamed themselves D+S)

dave q, Thursday, 26 February 2004 13:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This thread has reminded me why I don't want to move to Vancouver.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 26 February 2004 13:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I got a copy of Joey Keithley's autobiography in the mail and have been reading it -- Vancouver does sound strange.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 26 February 2004 17:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hallo, Ned! Please it happens, I am from there but have no particular interest in defending it.

Thea, Thursday, 26 February 2004 18:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I wonder how many ilxrs have gnawed their nails to the quick while waiting for Ned to respond to the thread.

Thea, Thursday, 26 February 2004 18:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I am now working on digit number four of my right hand.

Thea, Thursday, 26 February 2004 18:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Carl Newman trilogy of Superconductor, Zumpano, and New Pornographers for me.

Ben Boyer (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 26 February 2004 18:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What, where? No hand eating plz. It's obviously more a portrayal of the Vancouver then than of the now, but still it was strange and the bikers were stranger.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 26 February 2004 19:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was just making the joke you've likely heard many times before that people always wait to see what Ned says and if all they get is , they worry.

Thea, Thursday, 26 February 2004 20:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Octatractor. Hey Darren, plz Google this! What've you been up to?

dave q, Saturday, 28 February 2004 14:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Point of order - the Evaporators and the Smugglers are from North Vancouver which, although it sounds like the northern part of the City of Vancouver is actually a different city entirely and lies across a large inlet. Langley is over an hour drive from Vancouver's city limits so claiming the Langley Schools Project as being from Vancouver would be like saying the Beatles are from Blackpool. Chilliwack is even further away but that's okay since the band Chilliwack are from Vancouver.

I'm not too up on most of the Vancouver bands these days, except for the ones everyone knows, but you can't go wrong with Stinkmitt, They Shoot Horses (Don't They) and yeah, July 4th Toilet. But I think there's a band like them in every city isn't there?

everything, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 19:53 (ten years ago) Permalink


libcrypt, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking they have disappeared into the black hole of side projects. There's quite a bit of that kinda low-key chamber pop around these days. Mostly I don't really like it because it's so reverential and staid. Those P:ano people were all right though.

everything, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sons of Freedom!

2for25, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I just remembered Fond Of Tigers is a great band doing improvised sounding math-rock or whatever. Sorry, I'm useless at describing this stuff - let's just say they make a great racket.

everything, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it too late to vote for the Poppy Family?

Saxby D. Elder, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

This band Winning are from Vancouver, I think. They seem neato.

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:59 (ten years ago) Permalink


Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 22:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Canned Hamm is an acceptable answer. If they keep going, they could probably have a brilliant "best of" cd in about 10 years 'cos all 3 albums have a fair few gems. Live they are patchy and dependent on the venue and audience. It's either awesome or excrutiating. Either way they win. Both members are in July 4th Toilet of course.

The Poppy Family are from up Gibsons way I think, which is a couple of hours journey from Vancouver, including a 45 minute ferry ride. The last time I was there I actually found a Poppy Family single in a junk store for one dollar only - signed by Susan and Terry Jacks. No joke.

everything, Thursday, 12 July 2007 00:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

WOW!!! awesome find!!

I thought Terry Jacks moved from Manitoba to Vancouver, started the Chessmen and then stuck around for the Poppy family as well.

I keep meaning to watch this Poppy Family DVD I got, maybe that will have all the details... Keep you posted...

Saxby D. Elder, Thursday, 12 July 2007 07:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Go Joey Shithead go!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 April 2012 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink


caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 27 April 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

There are so many bands in Vancouver right now but FWIW the best band is a young (I think they are all 20 years old) guitar-pop group called Thee Ahs, who are so head-and-shoulders above their peers it's insane. They are not particularly groundbreaking musically but they are very cool and fun, have dozens of great songs, and owing to gigging continually for the last two or three years are really tight. They are going on their first cross-Canadian tour in June to promote their second album.

Also, this band Aunts & Uncles are really great.

everything, Friday, 27 April 2012 20:07 (five years ago) Permalink

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