Birds of a Feather: The Best of Rough Trade

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Inundated with sexually explicit innuendo and taboo subject matter, Rough Trade was led by the crass but forceful vocals of Carole Pope, who along with Kevin Staples wrote the bulk of the band's music and lyrics. Best known for the sleazy-sounding "High School Confidential," Rough Trade was much more popular in Canada than anywhere else, but they did enjoy a hint of success in the U.S. The Best of Rough Trade is the most accessible and consistent album offered from this now defunct band. Bypassing huge amounts of unnecessary filler, this ten-song compilation includes all of their singles, highlighted by the seductive implications of "Crimes of Passion" and the overwrought ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Inundated with sexually explicit innuendo and taboo subject matter, Rough Trade was led by the crass but forceful vocals of Carole Pope, who along with Kevin Staples wrote the bulk of the band's music and lyrics. Best known for the sleazy-sounding "High School Confidential," Rough Trade was much more popular in Canada than anywhere else, but they did enjoy a hint of success in the U.S. The Best of Rough Trade is the most accessible and consistent album offered from this now defunct band. Bypassing huge amounts of unnecessary filler, this ten-song compilation includes all of their singles, highlighted by the seductive implications of "Crimes of Passion" and the overwrought feminism of "Weapons." "All Touch" kept up with Rough Trade's attempt at sounding sultry while "Fashion Victim" spotlighted the importance of looking good in the self-conscience '80s. Pope fails to emit the same roughness or jagged persona of, say, Joan Jett, but the songs do employ some rock & roll amicability.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/1995
  • Label: True North
  • UPC: 620638006429
  • Catalog Number: 64
  • Sales rank: 124,698

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rough Trade Primary Artist
Bruce Cockburn Background Vocals
Nona Hendryx Background Vocals
Jorn Andersen Drums
Howard Ayee Bass, Background Vocals
Vern Dorge Horn
Carole Pope Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Waychesko Horn
Terry Wilkins Bass, Background Vocals
Ray Borg Background Vocals
Margo Davidson Horn
Tevan Kaplan Background Vocals
David McMorrow Keyboards
Kevan Staples Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dalbello Background Vocals
Coconut Grove Band Percussion
Tony Springer Guitar
Bucky Berger Drums, Background Vocals
Sharon Lee Williams Background Vocals
Scott Davey Background Vocals
Tony Craig Drums
Technical Credits
Howard Ayee Horn Arrangements
Lenny DeRose Engineer
Gary Gray Engineer
Gene Martynec Producer
Carole Pope Composer, Producer
Kevan Staples Composer, Producer
Dimo Safari Cover Photo
Karen Simpson Art Direction
George Whiteside Sleeve Photo
Jorge Zontal Sleeve Photo
Isabel Harry Sleeve Photo
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