Category Archives: Canadian Shield

Glueleg – Heroic Doses

Glueleg – Heroic Doses

 

When the 90’s hit Toronto, the underground sounds of Alternative came oozing from the gutters and made their way into our club scene and began choking out the Pop bands that had it great in the 80’s. It seemed the joyful times of Pop were being pushed out by the wildly abrasive noise of these new experimental sounds. Lyrics were becoming harshly truthful and we as an audience would sit within the angst and let us be coated in these new murky waves.

Amongst bands, like, I Mother Earth, Bootsauce, Me Mom and Morgentaler, Glueleg slipped in and began to assault their new audience with a pneumatic sound that would resonate within the vibe of Toronto. Now mind you, this band did not go on to do large things in stadiums or go on world tours, but what they did do was put together an album that could shake up the foundation of our scene here in Toronto. That album is called, Heroic Doses.

This was a recording that the music scene was not really ready for. They had a funky sound that seemed offbeat. They had heavy guitars that could belong to almost any Metal band at that time. They had a horn section that was more in your face than getting you on the dance floor. They sounded like a Funky Heavy Metal Progressive Soul band that could rap with street cred. It was all very unapologetic, raw and even humorous at times. This band did the movie, Reservoir Dogs justice with their song Mister Pink. One man isn’t what he seems? They even captured the essence of the 1960’s cartoon Spider-Man with that swing music we would hear as Spidey was swinging around on your TV. BTW, what were Spidey’s webs attaching to when he was swinging around? I guess we will never know… Glueleg had a great knack for attaching cool pop culture within their music.

The two songs worth noting is their title track, “Heroic Doses”,  that start off this crazy journey with a solid intensity that almost slams instructions in your face and forces you to listen to what they have to say- AGAIN!. The other pure gem is the song “Come with me”, as it starts with some very choppy horns and painfully dictates an insensitive invitation to visit their nirvanic hospice.

“Dust”, has a ritualistic edge that that swindles itself in some Neo-Gothic spasm and attempts to lay you to waste.

“Pampa De Chooch”, is an offbeat trip that seems to announce itself within a smoky room that mentally exhausts you as you sway into a living coma.

“I saw you Joja”, is a Metal mash up with Rap from an alternate universe. Prepare yourself to be pulled in several directions at once.

“Lilies”, is a straight forward steamroller on steroids as it races like a juggernaut with a purpose. This is a great song to fly down the highway with!

“Park Alien”, starts off almost bluesy and slips into something jazzy that would please the likes of someone like Frank Zappa, for just the right amount of strangeness and creativity.

Glueleg finishes off with a nod to the Masters of Prog, King Crimson. Their rendition of, “Red”, is fantastic. It is like have a beautiful dessert after this entire creative meal is whipped up by a bunch of unglued chefs.

Here are some images of Glueleg:

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The Paupers – Magic People

The Paupers – Magic People

Back in the 60’s Canada did not have a lot of choice of psychedelic Rock Bands. You had the Guess Who, and Steppenwolf. After that our sound was either Country or Folk, but a pop band emerged and added a wonderful flavor to our landscape. They were huge in the Yorkville scene as other bands… Continue Reading

Big Sugar – Hemi-Vision

Big Sugar – Hemi-Vision

Hemi-vision is the third recording by Big Sugar and was released on September 11, 1996. Gordie Johnson had been a staple in the music club scene for many years and made a lot of friends along the way including Molly Johnson, who helped get Big Sugar with securing a record deal. Hemi-vision is a hard… Continue Reading

Coney Hatch – Coney Hatch

Coney Hatch – Coney Hatch

  Back in the 70”s we had our share of great Hard Rocking outfits producing solid riffs for the fans with the taste for something concrete. There was no shortage of Rush, Triumph and BTO. With the 80’s ushering in the new sounds of New Wave and Pop, was there still room for a Hard… Continue Reading

Neil Young – Harvest

Neil Young – Harvest

With over 50 albums to his credit, it is really difficult to just choose one great Neil Young album. So instead of debating this endless topic with everyone, I am sure you will see other Neil Young postings in the Canadian Shield. Harvest is Neil’s fourth solo album, coming off the heels of another mega… Continue Reading

Spoons – Arias and Symphonies

Spoons – Arias and Symphonies

The year is 1982 and Toronto was in a swirl of young electronic pop bands that were jostling for attention to get into the bigger spotlight. I recall bands like Images in Vogue, Blue Peter, The Parachute Club, Martha and the Muffins, Platinum Blonde, and Rough Trade. They were all out to seize the new… Continue Reading

The Tea Party – Transmission

The Tea Party – Transmission

Back in 1991, a self titled album was making some noise on the airwaves and a song called, “Save Me”, began to grab the attention of Toronto. I was lucky enough to grab a tape of it, because this recording is a pretty rare find. A year later, the debut album came out called, “Splendor… Continue Reading

Voivod – War and Pain-1984

Voivod – War and Pain-1984

Here is a quick history lesson on Heavy Metal. 1980 saw the explosion of Heavy Metal and it was coming from the Uk. This period was called the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead engrained themselves in the North American Psyche as well as taking over the… Continue Reading

Blue Rodeo – Outskirts

Blue Rodeo – Outskirts

This little write up could have been about any Blue Rodeo record in their discography. The reason I chose this one was the fact that this was the first of many great recordings they would accomplish over their career. These boys are still going strong after 33 years since this record. Canada has a rich… Continue Reading