Archive for the ‘1991 Music’ Category


Lesser Known 1991

October 9, 2011

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Band: Lesser Known
Release: Demo
Year: 1991
Genre: Metal
Home: Tilbury/Windsor (Chatham-Kent)

Mike Davidson (Spaz) – Vocals
Cory Chauvin – Guitar
JP Caza – Guitar
Roger Beaudry – Bass
Paul Turgeon – Drums

01. Fate
02. Friendly Fire
03. World On My Shoulders
04. Petty Theives

Notes: Recorded during Easter weekend of 1991.
Lesser Known would go on to release several good quality demos through the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Their work ethic and attention to the full aspect of the complete package was like no other locally.

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Good Question 1991 acoustic folk

September 29, 2011

Good Question
Cassette release: Self Titled
Year: 1991
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Genre: Acoustic based folk-rock

Note: The project was a one off deal that performed all original music.

Brad Davis – bass
Fred Feyen – drums
Paul Vanderkooy – 12-string acoustic
Bill Van Dyk – guitars.

Track list:
01 Foolish Heart  (Bill Van Dyk)
02 To Susan (Paul Vanderkooy)
03 Landlord (Bill Van Dyk)
04 401 (Bill Van Dyk)
05 Demon Machine (Bill Van Dyk)
06 Hysterically Bored (Bill Van Dyk)
07 Africa (Bill Van Dyk)
08 Turn the TV Down (Bill Van Dyk)
09 Calm and Reason (Bill Van Dyk)
10 If I Confess (Bill Van Dyk)
11 Freeways of Your Mind (Bill Van Dyk)
12 Psalm 19 (Paul Vanderkooy)

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Skeleton Crew 1991

July 26, 2011

Band: Skeleton Crew
Year: 1991
Genre: Rock Cover Band
Home:  Chatham Ontario

Notes: Part of the Aberdeen scene in its good ‘ol days. They were some of the nicest guys on the scene also.

Dave Brooks – Vocals
Mick McDowell – Guitar
Tommy Myers – Drums
Murray Metcalfe – Bass

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October 11, 2010

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Circa: 1990-1991
Home: Chatham
Genre: Rock

Note: A fan favourite in Chatham that played live and recorded original material during 1990-1991.
The video footage of this young band is from Bothwell Ontario May 11, 1991.
  Around 1997, Shawn formed the experimental metal band “Whatever“, who released a Cd followed by a few tours across Canada, performing originals & covers.. Rod went on to record with Fletcher Munson who recorded a few Cd’s in the early 2000’s, followed by a few popular cover bands through out the following years. Nick found a home in the country music scene.

Nick Olmsted – Vocals
Shawn Meriano – Guitars
Bill Tight – Bass
Rod Reynolds – Drums

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3 East Band 1991

March 11, 2010

Band: 3 East
Release: Idiocracy Experiment
Year: 1991
Format: Cassette Tape
Genre: Hard Rock, Metal
Home: Sarnia

Chatham Connection: Singer Chris Young moved to Sarnia from Chatham after high school. He had played in a few underground bands here during high school. He ended up recording a few demo releases with 3 East. Chris’s brother Charles (Chuck Young) stayed in Chatham and became the drummer for Foster Child, The Janet Theory, FL3P, Dead Girls Union, and Face For Radio (as of 2010). Chris’s Dad (Randy “Mr. Chatham“) is a bass player and has played in many bands including Rebel & Texas.

Chris Young – guitar/vocals
Chris Hamlin – guitar
Brett Savory – drums
Matt Keefe – Bass

01 Possessed
02 Life Without Existence
03 Cup Of Madness
04 Mother
05 Of Course
06 Going Sane
07 Cry For Justice
08 Butterfly Of Death
09 Teds & Ednas

Notes: When having to come up with a genre, they consider themselves power metal. The good vibe about this band is the humour. They had allot of fun and were a great group of guys. Sometimes they would just write a goofy little song to a heavy riff and it worked. The sarcasim was working for them. 3 East worked hard to create events and shows within the underground scene and gained support from the punk movement as well. The guys were young when they wrote these demos.

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Bob Lucier 1991

December 12, 2009

Northern Steel CD

Compilation CD: Northern Steel
Release: Northern Steel  1
Date: 1991
Genre: Country (Steel Guitar)

  Brilliant steel guitar player Bob Lucier, from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe),  leads off this CD produced by Bob Taillefer. The disc contains performances by some of Canada’s top steel guitarists.

1. Lonesome 77203 – Bob Lucier
Honky Tonk Night Time Man – Dale Rivard, Andy Schick
3. Desperado – Steve Smith
4. All My Loving – Al Brisco
5. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – John Lacey
6. Raisin’ The Dickins – Rusty Walker
7. Kindly Keep It Country – Doug Johnson
8. Chasing Paul – Roy Thomson
9. I’d Rather Have You Fat And Happy – Al Bragg
10. Cry – Burke Carroll
11. One Smokey Rose – Bob Taillefer
12. Moonglow – Bob Wingrove
13. Silver Haired Daddy of Mine – Mike Holder
14. PC Blues – Paul Cockburn, Doug Johnson, Steve Smith
15. Hot Burrito #1 – Neil Flanz
16. Freddie the Freeloader – Bob Taillefer
17. Ghostbusters – Ed Ringwald (PeeWee Charles)
18. Canadian Farewell – Roy Thomson



Bradley J. Preston 1991

November 27, 2009

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Artist: Bradley J. Preston
Year: 1991
Location: Desert Storm, The Gulf War

Home: Chatham Ontario
Resides: Nashville
Genre: Country vocalist
Note: Drummer Dave Foltz is also from Chatham.

  Bradley has been out on the road working hard, but has been very fortunate to perform on a tour that only a select few could ever get the chance of doing. Playing for the Military in a war zone is the experience of a life time, combining the happiness music brings to people in the most crucial and trying times, to the reality of people surviving under extreme conditions in the world. I thought the article should be shared with Bradley’s home town, to show the effort and risk he has made to share his talent and love of music world wide.

Continued article from “The Gulf View” from the above picture:
  “We were out at places in the middle of the desert to do some performances,” said Bradley J. Preston, lead singer for the band. “They really appreciated the show. Soldiers literally came up crying after the performance, especially since they hadn’t seen anyone in awhile.”

  The five-member band, out of Nashville, played favourites from Diamond Rio, Clint Black, Bob Seger, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams JR., the Kentucky head Hunters and more. The two hour show entertained about 400 people at Khobar Towers.

  Country and western fans crowded the asphalt in front of the stage to line dance and two step to all their country favourites. Temperatures in the 80’s made the evening a pleasant, outdoor gathering at the base’s open air stage.

  “This was our third show in the Dhahran area,” said Preston, whose group volunteered for the DOD Over-seas Shows. “We had about a month to get ready to come on this tour, but we’d do it a gain in a second.”
  The group played for Army and Air Force men and women at the base’s two recreation facilities before Monday evening’s concert appearance. The group dedicated one song to the Army’s Tennessee Volunteers Reserve unit on temporary duty to the area.

  The band travelled to remote locations in the Saudi desert and throughout Kuwait to entertain soldiers supporting Desert Storm. Preston travelled with steel guitar player Kelley Greene, bass player Art Bittner, lead guitarist Robbie Wilson and drummer Dave Foltz.

  The band left for the United States Thursday, but not before making an impact on the military members still in the Middle East, and not before being affected by the people here.

  “Thanks for the entertainment,” one soldier said between sets. “And thanks for coming all the way out here to do it.”


Bradley’s Background:
Bradley has played in several local country bands in Chatham including the Melody Ramblers, along side country music star Michelle Wright. He has recorded several singles over the years with his first coming out in 1983. He moved to Nashville and has toured heavily throughout the U.S.A. and Canada . This current tour of the Middle East will also take him to England and Germany.  In 1988 he appeared on the Ernest Tubb Show which broadcasts from Nashville and is host to the top country recording acts. Bradley is also the first Canadian to sign with King’s Universal Label, as well as being the first Canadian to appear on the Nashville Network show “You Can Be A Star.” In 1992, Bradley returns home to perform at the Festival of Nations next year, followed by a tour of Eastern Canada.



MYSTERY TRAIN with Oscar Demers

October 30, 2009

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Year: 2001
Style: Country
Home: Vancouver

Chatham Connection: Oscar Demers, on pedal steel, was born in Chatham, Ontario but moved out West for a period of time.

Oscar Demers – Pedal Steel
Larry Boudreau – Guitar
Bill Dellert – Lead Vocals, rhythm guitar & keyboards
Jay Stevens – Bass and lead vocals
Brad Kent – harmony, drums and lead vocals

  Oscar Demers first band was The Meyers Bros with his sister singing. Oscar was only twelve but would continue with the band for 18 years. The band had three albums and six 45’s. At roughly sixteen years old, Oscar and the band began touring between Detroit and Toronto opeing shows for Nashville acts.
  They appeared on the prestigious Ernest Tubb Record Shop national radio show as well as an interview with Ralph Emery on WSM radio.

  Oscar did allot of work as a session player and played with many great country artists such as Bill Anderson, Billy Walker, Donna Fargo, Ronnie Milsap, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Snow, Dolly Parton and more.

  Destiny was Oscar’s next band, another opening act for many Nashville artists. But Oscar was headed out west and by the mid- 70’s he was in Vancouver working with Ray McAuley & Wild Country and playing on the 1978 Album of the Year ‘Sometimes Good’. He also played with the Midnight Rodeo Band until he moved to the Island and joined Nanaimo’s Family Tradition.

  Oscar wanted to retire after 45 years in the music industry when Larry Boudreau approached him about replacing a member of his band who was leaving. Oscar said he didn’t want to join another band, but he’d help him out until he could find a permanent replacement. To quote Oscar, “That was three years ago and he’s still looking. Or is he?”

  They say a band is as good as its weakest link and I’m still looking to find it with this grouping. This is a band of seasoned professionals that you can count for a quality performance, no matter what the venue. Each member brings a large amount of background, skill, style and personality to create the solid country dance band, Mystery Train. Whether you buy a ticket or hire this band, you will be a happy customer, even if you have sore feet.




Cassandra Vasik – Wildflowers (1991)

July 18, 2009


Artist: Cassandra Vasik
Also known as: Cassandra Leigh
Release: 1991 : Wildflowers
Record Label: Epic
Genre: Country / Pop
Home: Blenheim Ontario Canada

Cassandra Vasik is a Canadian country singer/songwriter from Blenheim, Ontario. Signed to Epic Records between 1990 and 2000, she released three studio albums for the label. In that same time span, she charted eleven singles on the Canadian country charts.

Winner of two Juno Awards.

01. Black Book
02. Burning Witches
03. Which Face Should I Put On Tonight
04. When Will I Become A Man
05. It Comes Back To You
06. Those Stars
07. Fading Footsteps
08. Painted Cafe
09. Wildflowers
10. I Walk Alone
11. Innocence
12. Talk About Me



Tom Lockwood – Streamline (1991)

May 6, 2009


Tom Lockwood
: Streamline
Year: 1991

This followup Cassette only release was met with great reviews, with a full page feature in the Our Times section of the the London Free Press praising Tom’s “World class music”.

This release featured some ensemble pieces as well as more original solo pieces by Tom. Again produced by Steve Fowler.



Foster Child – First Demo (1991)

May 4, 2009


Artist: Foster Child
Home: Chatham Ontario
Release: Memories Of Tomorrow (Cassette)
Year Formed: 1991

Shawn Beaulieu – Vocals, Guitar
Jesse Verleye – Bass, Backing Vocals
Chad Kobylka – Guitars
Chuck Young – Drums

lifeless expressions
02 in the real world
03 dark room dream
04 once a slave
05 alien breed
06 gift of life
07 open future
08 colour my world
09 more of you
10 the final chapter
11 peter and the wolf (Bonus track)

The Scoop
      This is the first of 2 demos for the band. At the ages of 15-17, this band surprised the scene by being extremely tight, fast, & different from everything else going on locally.
The demo was recorded in 1 day by Rick Neufeld (Wallaceburg). The band found themselves playing all over Ontario & often having to leave the venue after their sets because they were way to young to be inside the clubs they were playing.
This was the beginning of a writing team of Shawn & Jesse who later played together in the Janet Theory, Dead Girls Union, Demo Kid, Infinite Arms & Saint Ends. Chuck also played in all these bands, except the home demo sessions for Demo Kid.

Before the release of the pink tape demo, they recorded a three song demo that was never released. This recording had Simon Coleman on drums.

Released on cassette only. Recorded September 16-18 1991.



C.O.I. ( Conflict Of Interest )

May 3, 2009

Artist : C.O.I. ( Conflict Of Interest )
Home : Chatham Ontario
Release Title : Dead Wrong  (Cassette only)
Music Style : Hard-core Punk
Date : Recorded January 6th 1991 at the dungeon jam rooms, Inches ave., Chatham


Musicians :
Joe Beaupre – Vocals
Jesse Verleye – Bass
Bryan Caddotte – Drums
Chris Donais – Guitar
John Hamilton – Guitar

Track Listing.
Side 1 When Darkness Fell, Run For Your Life.
Side 2 Dead Wrong, We Don’t Care, No Time To Waste

The Demo : This was a first band for a new generation of up & coming musicians. Most of the members are 13 or 14 years of age but this was definitely a true New York hard-core style release.
Here’s where they went…
Joe moved to Quebec & became a drummer for local death metal bands.
Jesse Verleye went on to join Foster Child, a young new Thrash band, & later Janet Theory/Dead Girls Union.
Bryan did a few bands before settling into a permanent home as
Square Root Of Margaret.
Chris Moved to London. John moved to Montreal.  2011 update: John has been playing in the punk/metal crossover band bludgeoned for awhile.



M.A.D. – Taboo Of The Western World (1991)

May 2, 2009


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Rob Johnston
Vocals, Guitar
Mat DavisGuitars
Jeff McFaddenBass
Terry HartDrums

.Is Life… Generation Zero
2.Strait-Jacket Memories
3.Special Olympics
4.Hold Your Breath
5.These Days
6.Technological Noose
7.Transparent Solutions
8.Plastic Cast… For M

   This Chatham based band just gets signed to Fringe Records (Toronto), Walt leaves his drumming position, Terry Hart takes over, & the new CD hits stores.
    The band toured the underground scene & quickly became as talked about as the legends of Punk/Thrash/ Metal they were opening for.
    The CD itself is great & is still as relevant today. The Mad were always known for writing music that had a purpose or message. The Mad were getting airplay across the country on college radio & began playing shows in the U.S.A. for the first time ever.

    This is one band I looked up to. I was lucky enough to be called in to do some shows with them on bass. I was a big fan & already knew how to play their songs so that got me in the door.  I was 17 & happy as s**t. We did a leg of a tour with Dayglo Abortions. NOFX played a date on the bill. They drove up in a little white van back then.  Thanks for taking me out with ya guys. Interesting.

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