Vancouver Complication

Vancouver Complication

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A classic late-'70s punk-era city-scene survey (the liner notes for the 2005 re-release specifically mention the Akron compilation on Stiff as the source of inspiration), Vancouver Complication was both an important release for its time and in retrospect an enjoyable period piece. Drums are often muffled or clattering,

Overview

A classic late-'70s punk-era city-scene survey (the liner notes for the 2005 re-release specifically mention the Akron compilation on Stiff as the source of inspiration), Vancouver Complication was both an important release for its time and in retrospect an enjoyable period piece. Drums are often muffled or clattering, vocals can be tentatively quirky or brawling sneers -- it's seat-of-the-pants stuff but that's pretty much what had to happen then in order to get on vinyl and be heard at all. The reputation of such groups as D.O.A. and the Subhumans, among others, would grow beyond their appearances here, but even the one-offs and never-heard-agains help contribute to the whole thing. As was so often the case with early punk efforts away from New York and London, many of the efforts were aping to one extent or another (the Pointed Sticks' Anglophilic "The Marching Song" and Wasted Lives' "Wirehead" are just two of several songs that would love to claim they were from Camden instead of, say, Burnaby). D.O.A. themselves were already well under way, Chuck Biscuits drumming like a superstar, but Joey Shithead still had to get the Clash affectations out of his voice, as "Kill Kill This Is Pop" readily shows. In ways it's the bands that were starting to find other less straitjacketed ways around punk inspirations that come up with the lasting winners -- if Exxotone loved Devo and Active Dog XTC, they did so well, while BIZ's straight-faced '50s tearjerker gone wrong, "Pork U," is a murky masterpiece of comedy. Equally funny and a lost power pop classic is the K-Tels' "I Hate Music," a "Losing My Edge" for its time and place. Meanwhile, the U-J3RK5' "U-J3RK5 Work for Police" is a weird brief spaz rant that's somewhere between early Roxy Music and MX-80 Sound and still inhabits its own universe, while (e)'s solo effort, "e925" predates lo-fi as genre signifier by some years. The 2005 reissue adds five tracks of varying worth, including three (one being a ridiculous cover of the Gilligan's Island theme) from the Ramones-sounding, otherwise unheard-on-the-original Rude Norton.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Sudden Death
UPC:
0652975005728
catalogNumber:
57
Rank:
160041

Tracks

  1. The Marching Song
  2. Big Shot @@Exxotone
  3. Kill, Kill, This Is Pop
  4. Fun While It Lasts @@Active Dog
  5. Wirehead @@Wasted Lives
  6. Death to the Sickoids
  7. U-J3RK5 Work for Police @@U-J3RK5
  8. Rock & Roll Radio @@Private School
  9. Mmindless Aggression
  10. I Don't Love You
  11. Pork U
  12. Sideways @@Exxotone
  13. I Hate Music @@K-Tels "Young Canadians"
  14. Nothing Holding You
  15. Urban Guerilla @@Subhumans
  16. New Clientelle @@Shades
  17. Quarter to Eight @@Ray, Tim & A.V.
  18. Naum Gabo @@U-J3RK5
  19. I Hate You
  20. Old
  21. E925 @@{E}
  22. Dying in Brooklyn @@Ray, Tim & Druts
  23. Bullshit
  24. Tits on the Beach @@Rude Norton
  25. Sea Cruise @@Rude Norton
  26. Gilligan's Island @@Rude Norton

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Clay   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Carpenter   Bass
Chuck Biscuits   Drums,Vocals
David M.   Vocals
Dale Powers   Bass
Tim Ray   Guitar,Vocals
Barry Taylor   Drums
Art Bergmann   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Rampage   Bass,Vocals
Tony Bardach   Bass,Vocals
David Gregg   Guitar,Vocals
Gord Nicoll   Organ,Keyboards
B.G.   Vocals
Phil Smith   Vocals
Martin Brown   Bass
Scout   Drums
Kent Bradley   Guitar
Ian Tiles   Vocals
Roy Andrew   Drums,Vocals
Zippy Pinhead   Drums
Bill Napier-Hemy   Guitar,Vocals
Jade Blade   Guitar,Vocals
Wimpy   Vocals
Rodney Graham   Guitar
John "Buck Cherry" Armstrong   Guitar
Chris Arnette   Guitar,Vocals
Warren Ash   Drums
Jim Bescott   Bass,Vocals
Gary Bourgeois   Synthesizer,Guitar,Voices
Terry Bowes   Guitar
Kitty Byrne   Synthesizer,Drums
Ronnie Cargill   Drums
Danice Comma   Violin
Frank Colin Griffiths Crass   Guitar
Dan Dere   Guitar
Dimwit   Drums
Tony Faulk   Bass,Vocals
Mike Gramham   Guitar
Colin Griffiths   Organ
Jimmy Hamelin   Bass
Warren Hunter   Bass
Nick Jones   Vocals
Little Donna   Voices
Taylor Little   Drums
Walter Makaroff   Drums,Vocals
Sal Mimeo   Drums
Mister Ed Norton   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Pandora   Vocals
Pebbles   Bass
Frank Ramirez   Synthesizer,Clarinet,Vocals
Michael Raycevick   Bass
Reed   Organ,Keyboards
Tony Robertson   Bass,Vocals
Steve Roughouser   Drums
Dave Schade   Guitar,Vocals
Maddy Schenkel   Vocals
Bill Scherk   Vocals
Joey Shithead   Guitar,Vocals
Reed Urchuk   Piano
Gerry Useless   Bass
Ian Wallace   Bass
Rory Washtok   Bass
David Wisdom   Organ
Ron Nelson   Vocals
Robert Bruce   Drums

Technical Credits

Jay Leslie   Engineer
David M.   Engineer
Tim Ray   Composer
Jim Vallance   Engineer
George Wyle   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
Ron Obvious   Engineer
Phil Smith   Liner Notes
Sherwood Schwartz   Composer
Jade Blade   Composer
Robin Spurgin   Engineer
Stephen Macklam   Executive Producer
Chris Cutress   Engineer
Dick Drake   Engineer
Eye Teaser   Graphic Design
Ken Nermo   Engineer

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