Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Vanity - Dead at 57

Lost another one yesterday..with each passing we seem to lose a little bit more of the 80s. Denise Matthews, aka "Vanity" died on Monday. The Canadian-born Prince protege was only 57 years old at the time of her passing. Definitely a girl of extremes, from a hard core party girl in the 80s she did an about face in the early 90s to hard core bible thumping Christian minister... Poor girl never did seem to find a happy medium between the two.  Ahh well, at least she found happiness, she will be missed. RIP Denise, a life too short but well lived.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IROC Daytona 1986 - Nostalgia

The way we where...0 to 50 in 5.39 seconds, even by todays standard the IROC Daytona Turbo Z would be a fine little performer indeed... Still one of my favorite 80s cars.

Dean Markley - Circa 1985

The way we where....Made in the good old USA, this advertisement for the Dean Markley signature series amplifiers dates back to January 1985. The company is still in business today making great amps as well as other products. .

TDK Cassettes - Circa 1985

The way we where...Raise your listening pleasure with TDK.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GTA Comic Con 2015

Fun time last weekend at the GTA Comic Con, this a one day event held every year in Burlington.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Spoons - Romantic Traffic / Tell No Lies 30th Anniversary Show.

It's hard to believe it's been 30 years, it's amazing how quickly time flies. I swear it was just yesterday I headed down  to Sam the Record Man to grab my first copy of this  astounding album. Last Friday night at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club the Spoons marked the anniversary by putting on a absolutely spectacular show to a sold out crowd here in down town Toronto. This also marks only the second time in 25 years that all four original members Gord, Sandy, Rob, and Derek performed together. I see Steve Sweeny was filming the show, hopefully this means the DVD will be available at the next gig, fingers crossed.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belle Stars

An all girl seven piece band the Belle Stars were founded in London in 1980. Prior to formation four of the members (Sarah Jane, Stella, Miranda and Judy) were in an all girl band, The body Snatchers who had a hit Do Rock Steady. The Belle Stars signed to Stiff Records in 1981 releasing a series of singles, Hiawatha, Slick Trick, Iko Iko, and a four track EP featuring, Another Latin Love Song, Having a Good Time, Miss World and Stop Now. Following these releases the band spent time touring throughout Europe with The Clash, The Police, Madness, The English Beat and Elvis Costello among others . In late1982 the Belle Stars scored hit record in the UK with their Single The Clapping Song followed by Sign of the Times (January 1983) and Mocking Bird. In 1989, they finally charted in the United States when "Iko Iko" reached number 14 on the Billboard Top 100 in March, it was also included on the soundtrack of the film Rain Man.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The English Beat - Live Gateshead Stadium July 31, 1982

Great little live performance I pulled off YouTube filmed at Gateshead Stadium July 31, 1982. The English Beat actually started a new tour  in March, there are no Canadian dates but there are some dates in the US.

Friday, September 27, 2013

For those that are in the Toronto area IIV is playing a concert with the Spoons next Friday night at the Mod Club. These two bands played a sold show at the Revival last winter and it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen.

Saw the Pet Shop Boys last Thursday night at the Sony Centre in Toronto. Great show but way too short. It started at 9:00 and finished at 10:22. A bit disappointed to say the least. Not that I regret going, I waited 30 years to see them now I finally have. Took quite a few shots but very few turned out, the show was completely sold out so the ticket I got left much to be desired, the nose bleed section doesn't really lend itself to photography. Ahh well, shit happens...