He's My Soul Baby / Pot of Gold - 7"
It may not be widely known, but one of the first all-female rock and roll acts - anywhere in the world - was a group of five Montrealers called Les Beatlettes. That band formed in February 1964, issued a single on the Jeunesse Franco label and even played in Toronto at the Le Coq d'Or on Yonge Street. However, the girls met a tragic ending on the way to a gig in London (ON) when one of their vehicles was involved in a horrific accident, killing two of them instantly and pretty well snuffing ...more
J'en Ai Assez / Tu Le Sais Bien - 7"
Les Dabsters hailed from the hardscrabble neighbourhoods of St-Henri and Verdun in the southwest corners of Montreal. In a rather tough-to-find promo piece from the January 1967 issue of Photo Vedettes, the five lads recounted how they were flipping through an English dictionary and stumbled upon the word "dabster", a slang term meaning "an expert or skilled person", which they figured would make a cool enough epithet for a new garage band.
The newly christened group - sin...more
Foxy Lady / J'aimerais Tant Te Revoir - 7"
Throughout the 1960s in Quebec, Denis Pantis was the Man...well, sort of.
Pantis was actually one of three erstwhile pop idols from the early sixties who had turned their attentions away from the microphone and more towards producing young francophone talent and pressing up their songs on one of the myriad labels they controlled. Tony Roman, whose version of 'Doo Wah Diddy' charted in 1964, ran the Canusa, Revolution and A1 labels, while former Les Baronets Jean Beaul...more
With "a heart the size of ten Greyhound buses", New Brunswick's plucky Bored Coast Records is definitely anything but boring. The Fredericton-based label is run by JE Sheehy and is in fact the primary outlet for the talented musician's many endeavours, which include his indie-rock duo Beard Springsteen, his francophone alter ego Saint-Jack and as of 2017 Starving Ghost, his left-field foray into ambient electronics. On the latter project, Sheehy notes, "I'm a huge fan of cinematic/slower in...more
Love's Got a Hold on Me / If That's What She Wants - 7"
The Spasstiks' big moment came at precisely ten in the morning on September 24, 1966, when they opened the Toronto Sound revue at Maple Leaf Gardens. That massive show ("14 Hours - 14 Big Groups in One Place at One Time" is what the posters read) featured acts like Luke and the Apostles, the Paupers and the Ugly Ducklings and kept a sell-out crowd of screaming teens in its thrall until midnight.
And though the Spasstiks did manage to release a pretty decent soul/pop single i...more